The British Board of Film Classification has rated a new anime license not yet revealed for the UK anime market.
The title rated in particular is Okko’s Inn (Wakaokami wa Shougakusei!), a theatrical anime movie from studios DLE and Madhouse released in September 2018 for Japan. The film is one of two anime projects that both studios have produced which is based on the light novel series of the same Japanese name written by Hiroko Reijo. The other was a 24 episode TV series which had aired during Spring 2018.
The film has been rated in the UK for a PG by the BBFC with the UK distributor listed under Manga Entertainment. The submission mentions a release date for 15th June 2019 but these tend to not be an accurate representation of the final release date of the home video release.
Okko’s Inn premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival before it was brought over to the United States by US distributor GKIDS with an English & French dub included.
Okko’s Inn was directed by Kitarou Kousaka, who is known for working as a key animator for a number of Studio Ghibli films as well as the character designer for Naoki Urasawa’s Master Keaton and Monster anime shows. The script was written by Reiko Yoshida, who also wrote the series composition for a number of well-known anime including Bakuman! and Violet Evergarden. Tokyo Godfather’s Keiichi Suzuki also composed the music for this film.
Plot synopsis via GKIDS:
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.
At the time of this post, the UK distributor has yet to comment on the title. Manga Entertainment recently revealed parts of their Summer line-up including OVERLORD II standard edition, the return of Hellsing Ultimate, and more. They were recently acquired by Funimation with most of their titles coming to streaming service Funimation Now over the coming months.
Source: British Board of Film Classification