Forthcoming Anime

Momo E No Tegami (A Letter To Momo) from director Hiroyuki Okiura (Jin-Roh) will open in Japan during next spring’s Golden Week holidays. Okiura spent seven years planning, writing, storyboarding, and directing the film. 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), Tetsuya Nishio (Ghost In the Shell 2), and Hiroyuki Aoyama (Summer Wars). Hiroshi Ohno (Kiki’s Delivery Service) is serving as art director.


Here’s a second, longer trailer from Studio Ghibli’s From Up On Poppy Hill, which opened in Japan on July 16th. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro (Tales from Earthsea).

(Thanks, Ben Price)


  • Karim

    Okiura’s trailer is definitely exciting and quite unexpected.

    About Ghibli’s latest film, I thought they were facing tough financial times… I’m really glad they pulled one more feature although I don’t really know what to expect of this one. But I hope it’ll do good enough to help finance the second “Porco Rosso” Hayao is planning.

  • Doug

    According to the GhibliWiki (with quotes from Toshio Suzuki and Hayao Miyazaki, that Porco Rosso sequel will not happen. Of course, Miyazaki was sposed to retire before Howl’s Moving Castle as well so …

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    The summary of Okiura’s A LETTER TO MOMO has me interested. Then again, JIN-ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE was an incredible film and is a personal favorite of mine… so I suppose I’m a little obligated to take an interest in it.

  • http://dana-draws.blogspot.com Dana T

    Both look really great : D Can’t wait for the subbed versions.

  • Jason

    Who says 2D is dead?

    • Mad Dog

      It is just in a coma in the West.

  • John

    Toronto International Film Festival just announced that they’ll be hosting the world premiere of Okiura’s A Letter to Momo this September as part of TIFF’s Kids Programme between Sept. 8-18. The press release is so new that the film isn’t listed on TIFF’s schedule yet, so hopefully more details will emerge as September draws near.

  • GW

    That trailer for A Letter to Momo is pretty uninspired. I expect Production IG’s art and animation a bit on the bland side, but more heavily detailed and nuanced than that. Can’t say much of anything else based on this teaser and for that I’m not sure how representative this is of the quality of the film as a whole.

    Kokuriko Zaka Kara looks quite good, much better than The Borrower Arietty which is a boring adaptation of a well known children’s book. Personally, I’ve gotten sick of the look of much of hand drawn animation, aside from the backgrounds. I’ll take charcoal drawing, pencil shading, children’s markers, anything but this ubiqituous look of outline object color.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Both look good. I hope they both get an English dub/sub
    soon.

  • Carina

    “Kokuriko zaka kara” was an excellent movie. I intend to see it again in the theater. In my opinion it was the best Ghibli film in years – I liked it much better than Ponyo, and possibly even better than “Howl’s Moving Castle” (though they are completely different types of movies). “Arietty” and “Tales from Earthsea” were so forgettable I don’t think they hardly even need to be mentioned for comparison’s sake…