While last week’s top-grossing film Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata dropped sharply to ninth in its second week, the anime feature film adaptation of Hiroko Reijo’s children novel Wakaokami wa Shogakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!) has kept gaining a good box-office reception thanks to favorable words of mouth over the internet.
The Kitaro Kousaka (Nasu: Summer in Andalusia)-directed film opened in 215 theaters across Japan on September 21, 2018, and ranked first and second in Filmmark and Pia’s first day satisfaction rankings, respectively. Though it has never ranked in the weekly top 10 since its opening, the film’s critical reception by the audience and critics has been very high. Even in its fourth weekend, 95 of the 215 theaters still sold more tickets than the previous weekend. It has earned 200 million yen on 168,000 admission in 24 days, and more theaters will be newly added from this weekend.
The novel series was published from Kodansha’s children novel imprint Aoitori Bunko for 20 volumes
from 2003 to 2013, and has sold over three million copies in Japan. The story centers around Oriko “Okko”
Seki, a sixth-grade elementary school girl. After losing her parents in a sudden traffic accident, she moves
to her grandmother Mineko’s hot spring inn “Haru no Ya.” Because of a ghost boy Uribo who has lived there
for 60 years, she starts her training as “Wakaokami” (young innkeeper) of the inn.
The novel’s TV anime adaptation also produced by Madhouse was aired for 24 episodes from April to September
of this year.
Weekend box office in Japan (October 13-14, 2018)
(ticket sales basis)
1 (new). “The Laws of The Universe Part1” (Japanese religious group Happy Science’s PR anime film)
2 (new). “Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu”
3 (new). “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”
4 (2). “Christopher Robin”
5 (3). “Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond”
6 (6). “Quiet Place”
7 (5). “Cafe Funiculi Funicula”
8 (4). “Perfect Worls Kimito iru Kiseki”
9 (1). “Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata”
10 (10). “One Cut of the Dead”
“Wakaokami wa Shogakusei!” film poster visual
© ©Hiroko Reijo, Asami, KODANSHA/Wakaokami wa Shogakusei! Production Committee