Mamoru Hosoda’s upcoming anime film Belle revealed a new 70-second trailer and more info on the people behind the movie. Belle was announced back at the beginning of February.
If you’re not familiar with Belle, here is a quick story synopsis:
Our protagonist, Suzu, is a 17-year-old high school girl who lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with her father, after losing her mother at a young age.
She loves singing with her mother more than anything else, but as a result of her mother’s death was no longer able to sing.
It wasn’t long before she and her father grew more and more distant from each other, and Suzu closed her heart to the rest of the world.
When Suzu felt that writing music was her only purpose left in life, she then discovers the massive online space known as ‘U’, where she takes on her persona, Belle.
We are no longer limited to a single world.
Suzu quickly realizes that when she is inside ‘U’ as her avatar, Belle, she can sing quite naturally. As she continues to showcase her own music in the virtual world, she fast becomes the rising star of ‘U’.
Nonetheless, that surprise is short-lived. Suddenly, a mysterious dragon-shaped creature appears before her…
Studio Chizu has some pretty big names on the production side of things. They are teaming up with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Jin Kim, London-based up-and-coming architect/designer Eric Wong, and Irish Animation Studio Cartoon Saloon.
Belle is slated to hit Japanese theaters in July 2021.