Earlier in the year, the next anime film from director Makato Shinkai (Your Name, Weathering With You) was revealed: Suzume no Tojimari, now just called “Suzume.” We’ve now got a trailer for the film as well as some new details about the plot and the lead actress.
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!
Nanoka Hara has been cast as the Japanese voice of the lead character, and it’s her you get to hear in the trailer. Says Hara, “I was so nervous. Since I could only use my voice to act out the characters’ emotions, I had to be mindful of every phrase and the meaning it was intended to carry. There was so much I didn’t know. Seeing the picture and voice together, it finally dawned on me that it was up to me to bring this character to life, which made me so nervous, I could barely move. Nonetheless Director Shinkai would praise my acting and guide me to just the right performance each time. Recording this trailer definitely increased my confidence!”
Suzume will debut in Japanese theaters on November 11, 2022. Crunchyroll has the global rights and will begin distributing it sometime in early 2023.