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The latest anime film from renowned director Makoto Shinkai, Suzume no Tojimari, has been picked up for distribution outside of Asia in early 2023 by Crunchyroll in cooperation with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International!
In addition to distributing the film in the US, Crunchyroll will coordinate with Sony Pictures Entertainment to distribute the film in Latin America, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa and some European territories. Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch International will be responsible for distribution in French and German-speaking Europe.
The story follows Suzume, a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in a quiet town in Kyushu. After meeting a young man on a journey to find doors, she discovers a strange door, old but still standing despite the ruins surrounding it. Before long, doors all over Japan begin to open, bringing misfortune from beyond. Thus, Suzume must embark on her own journey to close these doors.
Shinkai is known worldwide for films like Your name. and Weathering with You. In addition to directing Suzume no Tojimari, he is credited for creating the original work and the script. Other confirmed staff includes Masayoshi Tanaka for character design, Kenichi Tsuchiya as animation director and Takumi Tanji as art director.
Suzume no Tojimari opens in Japan on November 11, 2022. It will be released outside Asia in 2023.