Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she...
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Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter.Written by
[last words to her father]
You're selfish, and you're a liar. I don't care if you come back.
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pure undiluted Japanese anime .. no additives or fillers
While every culture is unique -- which is implicit in the very word -- Japan moreso than others has left us with a type of anime that is unmatched anywhere else.
This is Japanese anime so pure and yet so subtle that, if you watch for the entire two hours, it will slowly but inevitably overwhelm you.
Hiroyuki Okiura has lovingly and painstakingly done hand-drawn images which are deceivingly simple. You only have to pause the film and look closely at that you are seeing to appreciate the detail. Even the rice cooker in the kitchen is an exact match for an actual rice cooker.
The intent clearly was not to move into the more action-packed stories (space, time travel, wars) but to stick with the tried and true tale of a young girl connecting with nature spirits of a sort that are, again, unique to the culture. Very similar to My Friend Totoro, with more of an emotional step-laddering Personally, I loved it Give it a chance and you may be crying by the end.
That goes for the ladies too
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