Anime: A Letter to Momo

For anyone who has ever lost a loved one, this movie will stir up many painful memories. It’s a story about Momo who lost her father after they had a fight and is struggling to come to terms with that. It’s an emotional topic but the story manages to bring closure and comfort.

A letter to momo


This movie about moving on, aired in Japan in 2011. It depicts Momo as she deals with the loss of her father as well her many thoughts with regards to what her father wanted to say to her in his letter that only got as far as “Dear Momo…”. She moves back to her mother’s hometown and there we see her struggling to make friends, to learn more about the new environment she is in and to live this new life.

There is a stark contrast between her and her mother, who seems to be coping quite well despite the death of her husband. She’s trying to move forward and being back in a familiar place helps.

In addition, a little bit of the supernatural is thrown in. It’s really these 3 yokai that bring laughter and joy back into Momo’s life. They are the catalyst for her change and it makes the movie much more interesting. It’s both heart-wrenching and heartwarming. There is a keen sense of loss and the struggles that Momo go through are realistic. At the same time, it’s really encouraging to see her character change with each interaction. It’s a wonderful character development that just makes the movie better.

I would love to see a movie like this without the supernatural slant. It feels like an easy way out to stimulate character growth, but the process healing is such a beautiful thing to watch. It’s painful at times, but there’s a reminder that it’ll be alright at the end. I know this isn’t always true, but feel good movies are still the best.

2 Responses to “Anime: A Letter to Momo”
  1. Genki Jason says:

    I really want to see this. The trailer and all of the talent involved in making the movie convinced me that it would be worthwhile. Reviews have been uniformly excellent as well.

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