Japanese animator Hosoda Mamoru and his film company Studio Chizu released a new ninety-second trailer for their upcoming anime ‘Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime,’ known in international markets as ‘Belle: The Princess of Dragons and Freckles’ or simply ‘Belle.’
The official synopsis explains that the “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.
Check out the new trailer:
Singer-songwriter Kaho Nakamura will voice Suzu as well as sing some of the musical numbers.
Paris-based sales company Charades is re-teaming with Studio Chizu after the success with Hosoda’s “Mirai,” which would go on to be nominated at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
“I’ve been following closely the evolution of Mamoru Hosoda’s brilliant work over the past years. His voice keeps surprising us, film after film,” said Charades exec Yohann Comte told Variety. “We are eager to discover his new take on the topical and universal themes he masters. We are very proud to handle the sales of his most ambitious film to date.”
According to Cartoon Brew, Chizu explains, “Director Hosoda uses the digital world as a backdrop to delve into themes of modern society, basing the story on his more recent insights. Coming of age, family ties, love between parents and children, friendship that transcends species, the links between our lives.”
They add, “Of the various themes, Mamoru Hosoda’s recurring concept is “People in difficult situations bravely pushing themselves forward and striving for a better future.” In 2020, people all over the world have faced a crisis like never before, but the year is finally coming to an end. Director Hosoda will spin a tale of hope and courage that will be an inspiration for everyone around the world in 2021.”
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