Doesn’t everybody want somebody who understands their true inner self? For some, it’s a spouse, for others, a friend; for others still, it’s Mom. Some, however — and not all under the age of 5 — have this meeting of minds and hearts with a figment of their imaginations.

One such person is Kie Hirano (Haruka Ayase), an average OL (“office lady” or female clerk) in a large company and the heroine of Masato Hijikata’s cute, if predictable rom-com “The Kodai Family” (“Kodaike no Hitobito”). An inveterate daydreamer, Kie has tete-a-tetes inside her head with a white-bearded gnome who is always ready with a question or a quip. But he is only one of a cast of characters that populate her woolgatherings that include a portly mustachioed villain who, together with a gang of clones, comically tries to do her in, until she is rescued by a dreamboat with a flesh-and-blood existence in the real world.

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