The Memory Repair Factory

by Tomohiko Ishii

ISBN978-4-7631-3815-6 C0093

406 pages / February 2019 / 1,200 yen (w/o tax)

Just like fixing something that has broken, you can turn painful memories into beautiful ones.


This is the first fantasy novel by anime producer Tomohiko Ishii, who supported Toshi Suzuki in the production of Studio Ghibli films“Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.” Pipi, a young girl who has trouble making friends, stumbles upon a mysteriousfactory.  There she meets an impatient, ogre-like Zukki, the white-bearded master, Jisama, and Lady Ms-Mrs-Madam, who appears as a young girl in the morning, an adult in the afternoon, and an old woman at night.  This is the courageous story of Pipi, who along with her new friends stands up against the “black agent” who steals people’s memories and triesto shut down the factory.

【You won’t be able to put it down!】

Friendship andobstacles. Life and responsibility.  Losing loved ones.
This unique fantasy deals withlife, responsibility, and personal relationships as we follow Pipi on her journey.  This storyis for those who like Michael Ende, Harry Potter, or Studio Ghibli, and those who hold on to memories they’d like to let go of.

From the editor

This is the life work of author Ishii, who has been in love with reading, particularly fantasy, from an early age.  While reading the manuscript I was transported to the world of the characters, seeing vivid images in my head as if I were truly there. That is just what you would expect from someone who worked at Ghibli. I guarantee you will enjoy the adventure!


Tomohiko Ishii

Tomohiko Ishii is an animation producer born in Tokyo in 1977.  As a boy, he lived in Nuremberg, Germany, and studied drama in high school in Japan. He joined Studio Ghibli after traveling the world for two years. He supported Toshi Suzuki in producing Ghibli classics “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”