Toho and CoMix released a new trailer for Makoto Shinkai‘s upcoming Suzume. The trailer featured Suzume played by Nanoka Hara. The anime film is scheduled for November 11, 2022 in Japan and will receive an international release by Crunchyroll in early 2023.
The 18-year-old Hara, who began acting as a child in 2009, won the role after an audition process that involved over 1,700 candidates. The staff includes Masayoshi Tanaka (Weathering With You and Your Name co-character designer, Every Blue Sky) as a character designer, Kenichi Tsuchiya (Flavors of Youth “Love in Shanghai” character designer, Your Name) as animation director, and Takumi Tanji (Your Name co-art director, Children Who Chase Lost Voices) nor art director. Shinkai is the writer and original creator in addition to being the director. CoMix Wave Films is the animation production company.
Crunchyroll describes the film as:
On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—
“Suzume no Tojimari” is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close the doors causing devastation.
Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon anyone who is near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.
Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…
Never-before-seen scenery, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connects our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression on all of our hearts.
Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.