BELLE, the upcoming movie from Mamoru Hosoda, revealed a new PV. The movie is scheduled to open on July 16th, 2021 in Japan.
The new BELLE PV features characters from previous Mamoru Hosoda works, such as Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and The Boy and the Beast. In addition, you can also spot scenes from The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Mirai. Watch the full video below:
Hosoda’s Studio Chizu (Wolf Children, Mirai, The Boy and the Beast) is producing the BELLE movie. The story is an original work by Mamoru Hosoda himself, while Jin Kim (Frozen) did CG character designs. Ryou Horibe and Youhei Shimozawa are serving as CG directors, with Nobutaka Ike (Perfect Blue) listed as art director. Ludvig Forssell (Death Stranding), Yuta Bandoh, and Taisei Iwasaki composed the music.
Suzu Naito is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her father in the countryside. Suzu loved singing with her mother, but after her mother died it became too painful. One day, her friend invites her to join “U”, an online virtual world where people can create avatars. Suzu registers and discovers that even though she can’t sing in real life, she is able to do as her avatar – Belle. Soon she becomes a popular singer and her concerts attract millions of fans. However, one day a mysterious dragon appears and crashes one of her concerts. Belle tries to get close to him and learn more about him, in order to save the world from chaos. But, self-righteous groups start hunting the dragon, both in “U” and in real life. As two worlds collide, will Belle be able to discover the dragon’s true identity and find her special someone?
Kaho Nakamura, a Japanese singer-songwriter, stars as the main character Suzu/Belle, while Ken Satou plays the dragon.