Okko's Inn trailer: The legacy of Studio Ghibli lives on
The retirement of Hayao Miyazaki saw Studio Ghibli stop producing films - before starting once they convinced Miyazaki to come out of retirement to direct the upcoming How Do You Live?. The legacy of Ghibli continues to live on in Studio Ponoc (who made the beautiful Mary and the Witch's Flower) and Okko's Inn (Waka okami wa shôgakusei!) is Kitaro Kosaka's (who worked on The Wind Rises, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) first film in 10 years. The Ghibli style can be seen in the first trailer for Okko's Inn, which looks like another one to add to the list of must-sees for this year. Check out the trailer for Okko's Inn above.
After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games 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 a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself.
Okko's Inn arrives in the US this April, but no news yet on a UK release date.