The latest film from Hosoda's Studio Chizu will release in Japan in July
The official website for BELLE, the upcoming new film from director Mamoru Hosoda, announced four new cats members today alongside their voice actors. A special chart was also released showing off the connection between the new characters and the lead character Suzu, who is known as Belle in the virtual world of U.
The newly announced cast (the cast list under the image goes left to right, with the top row first):
- Shinobu Hisatake is voiced by Ryo Narita (Katsuhiko Teshigawara in Your Name.)
- Shinjiro Chikami is voiced by Shota Sometani (Tanabe in Wolf Children)
- Ruka Watanabe is voiced by actor Tina Tamashiro (Sawa Nakamura in The Flowers of Evil live-action film)
- Hiroka Betsuyaku is voiced by one of YOASOBI's lead vocalists Rira Ikuta in her voice-acting debut.
The relationship chart between the newly announced characters, Suzu/Belle, and the "mysterious dragon-shaped creature."
BELLE is the story of Suzu, a teenage girl who loses her ability to sing after the death of her mother. But in the virtual world of U, as her avatar Belle, she's still able to sing. Just as her fame starts to grow within this virtual world, she meets "a mysterious dragon-shaped creature."
Previously released trailer:
BELLE is scheduled to be released in cinemas in Japan in July 2021, no International date has been announced at this stage.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.