Makoto Shinkai is currently one of the most anticipated anime directors. After a series of romantic films renowned for photorealistic visuals, vibrant colors, and enchanted plots, there is a great deal of anticipation for his upcoming film. Here are the international release dates, trailer, plot, and characters for Suzume no Tojimari, as well as everything else that we currently know.
Suzume no Tojimari Story and Plot
No official plot summary for Suzume no Tojimari has yet been released. However, the premise has been hinted at numerous times, allowing us to piece together what we know.
Suzume, a seventeen-year-old girl living in rural Japan, is asked by Sta Munakata, a mysterious young man, to help him find a door. When they discover the door, Suzume is attracted to it and opens it to find a strange dimension beyond.
Suzume’s actions cause more doors to appear across Japan, resulting in a wide variety of strange occurrences and catastrophes. Suzume and Sta are responsible for locating and closing all doors.
In interviews, Makoto Shinkai stated that a significant portion of Suzume no Tojimari is about our inability to control outside events. It is anticipated that the film will have a strong post-apocalyptic element, with Suzume and others coming to terms with events and figuring out how to survive.
Will Suzume no Tojimari Be Linked to Your Name or Other Films by Makoto Shinkai?
People always wonder, when a new Makoto Shinkai film is released, if it will be connected to his earlier works. There is no confirmation of this, but it seems unlikely.
In each of his stories, Makoto Shinkai enjoys toying with various universal laws. He has previously stated in DVD interviews that his films feature a variety of character separation techniques, including space in Voices of a Distant Star, age in The Garden of Words, and time in Your Name.
Consequently, despite the fact that his stories feel like they belong in the same universe, it is difficult to see how that could actually work.
However, Makoto has recently hinted at connections between his films. Both Weathering with You and Your Name featured characters with connections to one another.
Despite the likelihood that Suzume no Tojimari exists in a different universe, it would not be surprising to see references to Weathering With You, which is similarly post-apocalyptic, in the film.
What is the name of Suzume no Tojimari in English?
It has been confirmed that the English title of Makoto Shinkai’s latest film will be Suzume.
Previously, Makoto Shinkai’s films were translated fairly literally. Weathering With You was an exception (a literal translation would have been something like “The Weather’s Child”), but in general, obscure Japanese titles have been retained.
Suzume no Tojimari translates to “Suzume’s Locking Doors” when translated literally. However, distributors have opted for the more straightforward title Suzume, which refers to the main character.
When Will Suzume no Tojimari Be Released in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Abroad?
It has been confirmed that Suzume will debut in theatres worldwide at the beginning of 2023. The film premieres in Japan on November 11, 2022.
Crunchyroll will collaborate with Sony Pictures Entertainment (both of which are owned by Sony) to distribute the film internationally.
Suzume’s arrival in the United States, the United Kingdom, or elsewhere has not yet been specified in detail.
In North America, Crunchyroll will distribute Makoto Shinkai’s new film independently of Sony Picture Entertainment.
Who Are Suzume no Tojimari’s Principal Characters?
Regarding Suzume no Tojimari’s characters, little is known as of yet. However, we do know the main cast based on the available information.
The film’s protagonist will be Suzume Iwato, the titular character. Aside from her status as a 17-year-old high school student living on Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan, little is known about her.
The enigmatic young man in the white lab coat, Sta Munakata, will also play a crucial role. It is likely that he will be the one with all of the door-related information, triggering Suzume’s adventure.
It appears from the first trailer that Suzume’s family will also play a role in the plot, with her guardian featuring prominently in the first trailer.
It appears that a magical cat will also play a role in the story! This is elaborated upon in the promotional video embedded below.
Who is the Music Producer for Suzume?
It has been confirmed that RADWIMPS will produce the soundtrack for Suzume no Tojimari.
RADWIMPS’ contributions to the soundtracks of Makoto Shinkai’s two most recent films, Your Name and Weathering With You, will be recognizable to his fans.
Alongside the Japanese four-piece band is composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, who rose to prominence for composing Metal Gear Solid’s original score. He has since worked on Hollywood films such as Jumanji and Detective Pikachu.
Suzume, the film’s theme song, is featured in the trailer below. The theme song is performed by Toaka, a Japanese amateur singer whose acoustic guitar and original songs made waves on TikTok.
Toaka has stated in comments promoting the film that Suzume is the first song she has ever recorded.