Okko's Inn | 若おかみは小学生! Animezing!

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Such a cute and kid-friendly anime about grief


Winner of Best Animation Film at the 2018 Mainichi Film Awards and Nominated for the Best Animation Film at the 2018 Japanese Academy Awards!

The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli and with script by Reiko Yoshida of Lu Over the Wall. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story that – despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity.

After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself.



A prolific writer for animation, film, and manga, Reiko Yoshida made her debut in the 1990s writing for the Dragon Ball Z television series. Her first film screenplay came in 1999's DIGIMON ADVENTURE, directed by Mamoru Hosoda. In 2014 and 2017, she was awarded the Best Screenplay Award at the Tokyo Anime Awards. She has collaborated frequently with director Naoko Yamada on such films as K-On! The Movie (2011), Tamako Love Story (2014), A Silent Voice (2016), and most recently Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) which was nominated for Best Animated Film at the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.

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