A lovely anime that you can’t help but fall for the main character and her navigating her new reality.
Based on a series of Japanese children’s novels, written by Hiroko Reijo and illustrated by Asami. Kodansha released twenty volumes between 2003 and 2013 under their Aoi Tori Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Eiko Ōuchi was serialized in Kodansha’s shōjo manga Nakayoshi. It was collected in seven tankōbon volumes. It was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature – Independent.
After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn. Okko soon discovers there are spirits that only she can see — welcoming ghosts who keep her company 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 guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. Ultimately, Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others is the key to taking care of herself. The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with storybook charm. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story that is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity.
Japanese Title: 若おかみは小学生(Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!)
Other Titles: The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!
Genre: Anime, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Kitaro Kosaka
Written By: Reiko Yoshida
Language: Japanese (Subtitled in English)
Release Date: September 21st, 2018 (Japan), April 22nd, 2019 (USA)
Worldwide Gross: $293,385
Runtime: 94 minutes
Oriko Seki (関 織子, Seki Oriko) Voiced by: Seiran Kobayashi (Japanese)
Okko (おっこ) Voiced by: Seiran Kobayashi (Japanese)
Makoto Tachiuri (立売 誠, Tachiuri Makoto) Voiced by: Satsumi. Matsuda (Japanese)
Uri-bō (ウリ坊) Voiced by: Satsumi. Matsuda (Japanese)
Matsuki Akino (秋野 真月, Akino Matsuki) Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese)
Mineko Seki (関 峰子, Seki Mineko) Voiced by: Ichiryūsai Harumi (Japanese)
Obā-chan (おばあちゃん) Voiced by: Ichiryūsai Harumi (Japanese)
Etsuko Tajima (田島 エツ子, Tajima Etsuko) Voiced by: Ichiryūsai Teiyū (Japanese)
Kōnosuke Minoda (蓑田 康之介, Minoda Kōnosuke) Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese)
Kō-san (康さん) Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese)
Suzuki (鈴鬼) Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese)