Despite making a splash in 1999 with Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
, Okiura Hiroyuki stepped away from the director's chair for over a decade. Now, he has finally reunited with Production I.G. with A Letter to Momo
, a gentle fantasy comedy about a teenage girl s friendship with three kind goblins. The creator of the original story concept and the film's storyboards, Okiura worked closely with illustrator Ando Masashi (Spirited Away
, Princess Mononoke
) and art director Ono Hiroshi (Kiki's Delivery Service
) on the film's hand-drawn animation design. However, A Letter to Momo
is also more intimate than the typical Ghibli fantasy, focusing on the bittersweet emotional journey of its heroine to get over the death of her father.
After the death of her father, 13-year-old Momo is forced to move to her mother's old family home on Shio Island. Left with only the beginning of an unfinished letter from her father, Momo has been trying to decipher the meaning of the words while secretly resenting herself for their final argument before his death. One day, Momo starts to notice things going missing and strange noises around the house. During her investigation, she discovers that the noises are caused by three goblins, led by Iwa (voiced by Nishi Toshiyuki). After getting over her initial fear of the three, they end up forming a special friendship that helps Momo get over her grief.
This edition includes staff audio commentary, making of, test footage, and trailers. It comes with a 100-page booklet.