Even ghosts and spirits deserve hospitality, or at least that’s the premise of the new English language teaser trailer for Okko’s Inn (known in Japan as Wakaokami wa Shogakusei!), a 2018 theatrical anime film that will soon receive a limited U.S. theatrical release thanks to GKIDS.
GKIDS describes the story of Okko’s Inn as follows:
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.
Based on the series of children’s books written by Hiroko Reijo and illustrated by Asami, Okko’s Inn is directed by Kitarō Kōsaka and features animation production by MADHOUSE. GKIDS will distribute the film to select U.S. theaters in April of 2019. For more information, please check out the official GKIDS home page for Okko’s Inn here.
Source: Official press release
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