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Letter to Momo – Anime by Hiroyuki Okiura

August 2, 2011

Momo e no Tegami (ももへの手紙)

Hiroyuki Okiura spent 7 years creating his 1st film since 2000’s Jin-Roh

Synopsis: “Dear Momo” — that was all that was written on a letter left behind by Momo’s late father. Momo and her mother have just moved from Tokyo to the countryside of Japan’s Inland Sea. On an island lies a wondrous town surrounded on all sides by quaint homes and nature’s landscape. Even as Momo starts a new life, she wonders, “Father, what did you really want to write in your letter…?” One day, she discovers an ancient book in the attic, and from that day forward, strange happenings occur all around Momo.

Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) is overseeing the animation process. Among the animators on the team are Toshiyuki Inoue (Akira), Ei Inoue (The Cat Returns), Takeshi Honda (Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance), Tetsuya Nishio (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence), and Hiroyuki Aoyama (Summer Wars). Hiroshi Ohno (Kiki’s Delivery Service) is serving as art director. (ANN)

Seven years is a long time… The setting reminds me of Totoro. It is easy to set exponential expectations for this one, but I’d encourage you to take a log, just in case.

6 comments

  1. My only hope is that the movie does do well. After all, to be that long in development–well, it has to have had enough potential to still go along with the project, but there had to have been times where the creators thought it might not ever be finished. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.


    • We’ll be cautiously optimistic🙂


  2. Hello (^_^)
    the anime is very interesting! i want to watch it! do you know, when can we watch it?
    byebye, Anzu
    i am sorry for my bad english, but i come from germany (^.^)°°


    • Hi, Anzuhirota ^_^

      No problem, your English is good!

      The film will be available in 2012, but the premiere is on September 8-18 at Toronto Film Festival.


  3. Another anime movie to look forward too🙂

    I definitely think this’ll be an awesome movie, though I haven’t seen Jin-Roh, but then again I’m always a sucker for anime involving youkai.


    • Jin-Roh is a very different, dark film compared to this one, but I expect at least the same level of excellence in directing and animation.

      I also like youkai anime🙂



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