Mamoru Hosoda’s (“Summer Wars”, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”) “Belle” and the “Tokyo Revengers” live-action film based on Ken Wakui’s manga earned over 2 billion yen insanely fast. Both of the movies premiered in July 2021, in Japan.
Belle anime film
“Belle” sold over 1.69 million tickets in just 10 days since its premiere, earning more than 2.4 billion yen (~$21.8 million). The full Japanese title of the film is “Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime”. Not only was the film ranked at 1st place in the Japanese box office, but it also sold over 600 thousand tickets in the first three days!
In case you don’t know what “Belle” is about, you can read the synopsis below:
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 A 17-year-old high school girl, Suzu, who lost her mother in an accident when she was young. She lives with her father in a depopulated rural town of Kochi and learns about the virtual world “<U>” on the Internet. She joins <U> using an avatar named Belle, whose singing attracts the people worldwide. One day a mysterious dragon-like creature appears in front of her.
What’s more, you can watch the promotional video for “Belle” below:
Tokyo Revengers live-action
On the other hand, we have a live-action adaptation of Ken Wakui’s “Tokyo Revengers” manga. The “Tokyo Revengers” live-action sold more than 1.66 million tickets in just 17 days, earning over 2.25 billion yen (~$20.4 million). The film is also tied with “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” for reaching the yen milestone among live-action Japanese films in 2021.
In case you don’t know what “Tokyo Revengers” is about, you can read Kodansha Comics’ synopsis below:
Watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his girlfriend from way back in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, has died. The only girlfriend he ever had was just killed by a villainous group known as the Tokyo Manji Gang. He lives in a crappy apartment with thin walls, and his six-years-younger boss treats him like an idiot. Plus, he’s a complete and total virgin…
At the height of his rock-bottom life, he suddenly time-leaps twelve years back to his middle school days!! To save Hinata, and change the life he spent running away, hopeless part-timer Takemichi must aim for the top of Kanto’s most sinister delinquent gang!!
Also, you can watch the trailer for “Tokyo Revengers” live-action film below: