The Boy and the Heron

Lists: Adventure, Animated, Drama, Fantasy

Brief Synopsis: "While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother's tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy's mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the "long-awaited one.""

Overall Ranking: 1400 (Rank from 2023: # 35)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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  • Soma Santoki (Mahito Maki (voice))
  • Masaki Suda (Gray Heron (voice))
  • Ko Shibasaki (Kiriko (voice))
  • Aimyon (Lady Himi (voice))
  • Yoshino Kimura (Natsuko (voice))
  • Takuya Kimura (Shoichi Maki (voice))
  • Keiko Takeshita (Izumi (voice))
  • Jun Fubuki (Utako (voice))
  • Sawako Agawa (Eriko (voice))
  • Karen Takizawa (Warawara (voice))
  • Shinobu Otake (Aiko (voice))
  • Jun Kunimura (The Parakeet King (voice))
  • Kaoru Kobayashi (Noble Pelican (voice))
  • Sh?hei Hino (Granduncle (voice))
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