We’re gradually learning more and more about Suzume, the next anime film from director Makato Shinkai (Your Name, Weathering With You). He’s basically the most successful anime director of the last ten years so all eyes are on his latest project. The music score is usually one of the last elements to go into a film, and Shinkia announced he’s decided who’s doing it: RADWIMPS, a composer group formed in 2001 and working in film and TV scoring since 2005.
The news isn’t really all that surprising since RADWIMPS also scored Shinkai’s previous two films. But this time, the group will be joined by Seattle-based Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, whose credits include both American and Japanese productions. Also, for reasons we’re not entirely clear about, the score will be recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London instead of the domestic locations RADWIMPS has used before.
“The process of developing a sound that can coexist with RADWIMPS’ amazing mood and energy was simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking for me, but ultimately I believe we’ve stuck the landing on one of the answers of how that might sound,” teases Jinnouchi.
17-year-old Suzume is a survivor of some unspecified disaster that has left her Japanese town in ruins. She doesn’t know what caused it until the day she finds a single, battered door standing upright in the middle of a pile of debris — like the disaster somehow missed it. Stricken with curiosity, Suzume opens the door…which was not a good idea. Not only did what’s behind the door cause the disaster in the first place, doors like it are now opening up across Japan. Suzume has to clean up her own mess by finding and closing them all!
Suzume will debut in Japanese theaters on November 11, 2022. Crunchyroll has the global rights and will begin distributing it sometime in early 2023.