In a small and quiet town of Japan's Kyushu region, a 17-year-old girl named Suzume finds herself entangled in a terrifying mystery. The wide-eyed teen meets a strange man who seeks a very special door. When the two of them find it in an old abandoned house in the mountains, Suzume is drawn to the handle by a captivating force. Stepping through, she opens a portal to the unknown. As more doors appear all over Japan, Suzume must travel across land and sea to lock each one closed and to stop the Doors of Disasters from upending the country.
What to know
Suzume no Tojimari is an upcoming fantasy adventure anime from lauded director Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai has a long history of filmmaking in Japan but has garnered commercial success worldwide with the movie, Your Name, which became the third highest-grossing anime of all time. Character designer, Masayoshi Tanak, and art director Takumi Tanji are both frequent collaborators of Makoto Shinkai and return for this movie.
After an open audition of many, Nanoka Hara was chosen as the voice of Suzume. The teenager is taking on her first anime voice-acting role and has been an enduring fan of the director's work, making it a dream debut for her. A novel adaptation of the film, written by Shinkai himself was released on August 24th, 2022.
Where to stream
Suzume no Tojimari will be released in Japan on November 11, 2022, with a global release schedule beginning on 14th April, 2023. Crunchyroll is the confirmed streaming partner for the movie. The novelisation of the original story written by the director is already released.
Production: Timeline, news & updates
- December 15, 2021: Acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai announced that his new project would be titled Suzume no Tojimari and gave some information about the film. Shinkai is confirmed to be writing the screenplay and directing the movie from his own original story. (Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
- April 8, 2022: A still from the movie is released showing an abandoned environment with the protagonist walking alone across a mossy bridge. Alongside the still image release is the news that the film will be released on November 11, 2022.(Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
- April 10, 2022: The first teaser of the upcoming anime is released with a captivating musical score and dazzling imagery. (Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
- May 19, 2022: Anime streaming site Crunchyroll acquired the global distribution rights for the movie outside of Asia. Teaming with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International (Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
- July 4, 2022: Nanoka Hara is cast as the heroine of the piece after an audition with over 1700 other applicants. It marks her first role voice-acting in an anime movie. A clip was released showing the emotional teenager being told for the first time that she was being given the role. (Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
- July 14, 2022: The first full trailer is released with an English-subtitled version also. It teases an epic journey for the main character Suzume and hints that she might be accompanied by a delightful three-legged anthropomorphic chair.(Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
- December 12, 2022: The US release date was confirmed to be 14th April 2023. (Source: IMDB)
Videos: Trailers, Teasers, Featurettes
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