A Letter to Momo is an animated movie from writer and director Hiroyuki Okiura, well known for JIN-ROH: The Wolf Brigade. What drew me to this movie initially is that this took seven years to create. The entire film was produced with traditional hand-drawn animation techniques; that’s a tremendous amount of dedication!
The movie follows Momo, a shy 13-year-old Japanese girl, who gets swept up into a comedic adventure with 3 silly spirits who can’t seem to ever keep their stories straight. This coming of age story never strays into a cliche Japanese melodrama and still weaves a tale that can appeal to all ages.
After the film’s viewing, the audience was treated to a special Q&A session with the film’s producer Keiko Matsushita. Many great questions were asked such as why the animators chose hand-drawn instead of computer scripting and if there are plans for more from the team.
Special thanks to SirInsania for the recording!