Makoto Shinkai is a legendary anime director who has directed anime films like Your Name, and Weathering With You. It has been 3 years since his last film was released (Weathering with you, released in 2019), and it looks like the wait is finally close to over.
A new key visual has been released for Makoto Shinkai ‘s upcoming feature film Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Locking-Up). The press release confirmed that Suzume’s Locking-Up premiere is scheduled for November 11 in theaters in Japan, and that the first promotional video will be revealed on Saturday, on April 10 at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. EDT). The trailer will be released on Toho’s official YouTube channel.
The official Twitter account of the film also shared the first still from the movie, where we can Suzume from behind, she is walking on a bridge facing a town which appears to be destroyed due to some disaster.
Makoto Shinkai himself will be producing, writing and directing Suzume no Tojimari. Shinkai has also brought back Masayoshi Tanaka as character designer (also worked on Your Name film), and Kenichi Tsuchiya will be the animation director (also worked on Your Name film). Takumi Tanji, Shinkai’s former collaborator, also returns from Your Name and Kotonoha no Niwato for the role of artistic director. The animation will be produced at CoMix Wave Films, with production by STORY Inc. and TOHO is responsible for distributing the film.
Here is the synopsis for the Suzume no Tojimari:
Suzume, a 17-year-old girl who lives in a quiet town in Kyushu, meets a young traveler who tells her “I’m looking for a door”. She follows him and discovers a worn door in the ruins of the mountains, as if it were the only thing left standing from a collapse. As if attracted by something, Suzume approaches the door… Before long, doors begin to open one after another in various parts of Japan. As catastrophes come from the other side of doors, open doors must be closed. The stars, the setting sun, and the morning sky: in that place she entered, there was a sky that seemed to mix all the time. Guided by the mysterious gates, Suzume’s “gate-closing journey” begins
Source: Official Twitter