After Your Name. and Weathering with You, Makoto Shinkai is once returning to his fans with a new anime film that premiered in Japan on November 11, 2022, titled Suzume no Tojimari. Although not a direct sequel, Suzume no Tojimari is a spiritual successor to both of Shikai’s previous movies and will feature a similarly strange and beautiful story, as well as a similar aesthetical approach. With the movie being a major hit in Japan, we have decided to tell you when and where you can expect to see it in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Suzume no Tojimari premiered in Japan on November 11, 2022, and is currently a major cinema hit in Japanese theaters. Crunchyroll and Sony will distribute the movie in North America, whereas Sony and Wild Bunch will be responsible for the European distribution of the film. So far, a fixed release date has not been given, but the movie will premiere outside of Japan in early 2023.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the Western release of the Suzume no Tojimari anime film. You’re going to find out about the official release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story will be about, and much more about this recently released anime film.
Suzume no Tojimari US and UK release date
The film was produced by the studio CoMix Wave Films and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who had successful outings with his two previous movies, Your Name. and Weathering with You, of which Suzume no Tojimari is a spiritual successor. Character design was handled by Masayoshi Tanaka, the animation by Kenichi Tsuchiya, and the art direction by Takumi Tanji.
The planning phase of the project took place between January and March 2020. Then, between April and August of the same year, the studio devoted its time and resources to writing the scripts, then to the storyboards between September 2020 and December 2021. Production of the animation began in April 2021. Production officially ended on October 21, 2022. Seven days later, the first twelve minutes of the film aired on the Japanese television channel ntv.
The music for the series was composed by RADWIMPS, who has already worked on both our Name. and Weathering with You, the two other films directed by Makoto Shinkai that we have mentioned, in collaboration with Japanese composer Kazuma Jinnouchi. The theme music of the film, “Suzume”, was interpreted by Toaka.
The film was officially released in Japanese theaters by Toho on November 11, 2022, through regular screenings and IMAX. The film also had a special pre-premiere IMAX screening on November 7 for a group of selected fans who will be chosen via a raffle. The film’s worldwide distribution rights have been acquired by Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch. While Sony and Wild Bunch will co-distribute in Europe, Crunchyroll will handle distribution in North America and work with Sony in other regions outside of Asia.
Okay, we now know who will handle the distribution, but do we know when? Well, we both do and don’t. Namely, it has been confirmed that the worldwide distribution of Suzume no Tojimari will begin sometime in early 2023, but a precise date has not been specified. We expect it to be sometime in January or February, but we cannot say for sure, especially if there are some delays in the future. But, as things stand, the film will be available in the west in early 2023.
Suzume no Tojimari trailer
If you were wondering whether there is a trailer for Suzume no Tojimari, we have good news for you – there is not one, but three of them. The first one was released on May 11, 2022:
The second one was released on September 28, 2022:
And the third one was released on November 10, 2022, just before the film’s premiere:
Suzume no Tojimari plot
Suzume no Tojimari is an original story written by Shinaki, so before we actually get to see the movie, we cannot tell you too many details about the movie’s plot. What follows is a short overview of the plot which is going to tell you what you can expect from the movie in general.
Suzume is a 17-year-old girl who resides in a sleepy village in the Kyushu area of southwestern Japan, and is the main character of the movie. Suzume comes across a young man who is hunting for a “door” one day. The two continue their journey together and discover an old door in a mountainous abandoned home. Suzume is dragged inside as soon as she reaches for the door.
As a result, “doors of doom” start to sprout all around Japan, setting off a chain of catastrophes. The movie, as described by the Japanese distributors, is actually a journey through Japan where Suzume must lock and close each of the “disaster doors” in order to halt calamities, but it’s also an experience of the modern era that helps a young girl grow up and gain her independence.
Suzume no Tojimari English voice cast
At this moment, we don’t know much about the film’s English language voice cast save for the fact that the movie is, by all means, going to get a dubbed release. Now, since this is a wholly original project, we actually don’t have any previous projects to compare it to, which means that until we get some official information, we won’t know who is going to be providing the voices for the characters in question. We are, of course, going to update this article as soon as more information becomes available. As for the Japanese voices, here is a list of the actors whose voice-acting talents you are going to hear in the movie:
|Japanese voice actor
|English voice actor
|Suzume Iwato (child)
|Matsumoto Hakuō II