On the official site for the director’s next feature film makoto shinkai, Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Locking-Up), a new promotional video for the project was released. The video maintains the release date scheduled for next November 11 in Japan, while Crunchyroll will take over global distribution and marketing rights (except Asia) in early 2023.
The video previews the main theme song titled “Sparrow (すずめ)” and performed by Nanoka Hara.
In December 2020, makoto shinkai He had already commented that he began writing the script for the project when the Japanese government declared the first state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the director, the theme of his next feature film will be “what happens after the end“, that is, post-apocalyptic.
- makoto shinkaiknown for writing, producing, and directing the hit anime films Kimi no Nawa (Your Name) Y Tenki no Ko (Weathering With You), returns to play those roles in Suzume no Tojimari.
- Shinkai has also brought back Masayoshi Tanakaof Kimi no Nawa Y Tenki no Koas a character designer, already Kenichi Tsuchiyaof Kimi no Nawaas animation director.
- Takumi TanjiShinkai’s former collaborator, also returns from Kimi no Nawa Y Kotonoha no Niwa to the artistic director’s chair.
- The animation will be produced in CoMix Wave Filmswith the production of STORY Inc. Y TOHO distributing the film within Japan and selling it abroad.
Synopsis for Suzume no Tojimari
On the other side of the door, there was time in its entirety… Suzume no Tojimari is a coming-of-age story of its 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where it must close. doors causing devastation.
Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she meets a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door that stands amidst the ruins as if protected from whatever catastrophe befalls. Seemingly drawn to her power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another across Japan, unleashing destruction on anyone who is nearby. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
The stars, then the sunset and the morning sky… Within this space, it was as if all time had melted into the sky… Never-before-seen landscapes, encounters and partings… Endless challenges await her in the road. Despite all the obstacles, Suzume’s adventure sheds a ray of hope on our own struggles against the most difficult paths of anxiety and limitations that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors connecting our past with the present and the future will leave a lasting impression on our hearts.
Drawn to these mysterious doors, Suzume’s adventure is about to begin…
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