While last week's top-grossing film Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata dropped sharply to ninth in its second week, the anime feature film adaptation of Hiroko Reijo's children novel Wakaokami wa Shogakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!) has kept gaining a good box-office reception thanks to favorable words of mouth over the internet.
The Kitaro Kousaka (Nasu: Summer in Andalusia)-directed film opened in 215 theaters across Japan on September 21, 2018, and ranked first and second in Filmmark and Pia's first day satisfaction rankings, respectively. Though it has never ranked in the weekly top 10 since its opening, the film's critical reception by the audience and critics has been very high. Even in its fourth weekend, 95 of the 215 theaters still sold more tickets than the previous weekend. It has earned 200 million yen on 168,000 admission in 24 days, and more theaters will be newly added from this weekend.
The novel series was published from Kodansha's children novel imprint Aoitori Bunko for 20 volumes
from 2003 to 2013, and has sold over three million copies in Japan. The story centers around Oriko "Okko"
Seki, a sixth-grade elementary school girl. After ...read more