We saw the first trailer for Makoto Shinkai's Suzume last month, and the official Twitter account (@suzume_tojimari) has released a brand new IMAX poster highlighting Suzume, Souta and the adorable Daijin for the upcoming anime film!
Suzume, Makoto Shinkai's latest anime is set to land in Japanese theaters November 11th. In addition to its normal theatrical release, the world's first IMAX screenings will be held a few days earlier on November 7th at IMAX theaters across Japan. The screenings are part of a 200,000 postcard promotion that will include a serial code required to apply for the IMAX screening ticket lottery. The postcards were available to theatergoers of "Makoto Shinkai IMAX Film Festival" last month.
Suzume is directed by Makoto Shinkai. He is also the writer of the screenplay for the film. Masayoshi Tanaka is the character designer, while Kenichi Tsuchiya is on board as the animation director. Takumi Tanji is the art director. Animation production for the film was done at CoMix Wave Films. The movie will premiere in Japan on November 11, and Crunchyroll, in collaboration with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International, will bring the anime film to audiences outside of Asia beginning early 2023.
The anime film Suzume follows 17-year-old Suzume as her jouney begins in a sleepy town in Kyushu where she meets a young man who tells her, "I'm looking for a door." What she discovers is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as if it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Suzume, who appears to be attracted to its power, reaches for the knob...
Doors start opening one after the other across the entirety of Japan, unleashing destruction upon anyone who is nearby. Souta is widely known as a "Closer" because of his job of traveling throughout Japan and locking doors shut.
However, as soon as the door is opened, the enigmatic white cat with the nick name "AristoCat" appears in front of them. "I love Suzume, but you [Souta] are in the way," it said, and as soon as it said those words, Souta transformed into Suzume's childhood chair, which she has treasured ever since she was a child.
In a state of panic, Suzume runs after Souta as the latter pursues the cat disguised as a chair with three legs. They will eventually embark on a journey together that will take them from Kyushu to Shikoku, Kansai, and finally Tokyo on their quest to shut doors.
During her travels, Suzume meets a number of people who assist her in the same way that she assists them. But when she finally reached the end of her journey, she was confronted with a particular reality that had been ignored for a very long time.