January 3, 2012

Charming trailer for Hiroyuki Okiura’s “A Letter To Momo”

It’s been well over a decade since Hiroyuki Okiura’s last film, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, was released. His newest directorial effort is A Letter To Momo, and its slow, Spirited Away-esque vibe looks to be light-years away from Jin-Roh’s gritty, pessimistic tone. What hasn't changed, however, is the incredibly lush and detailed animation and character design.

Here's a brief plot synopsis via Twitch:

Momo is a young girl who grew up in a big city. However, following the premature loss of her father, she has to move with her mother to the old family house on a remote island. Here, time seems to have stopped: old wooden buildings, holy shrines surrounded by trees, fields painstakingly carved out from steep hills... and no shopping mall.

Needless to say, Momo is not too overenthusiastic about this new environment. Most of all, her heart is still feeling uneasy about an unfinished letter left by her father. A letter that contained only two words: "Dear Momo..."