Takeru Satoh to Voice the Mysterious Dragon in Mamoru Hosoda's BELLE Anime Film

BELLE is set to release in Japan on July 16

BELLE

 

It's only 10 days before Mamoru Hosoda's next film, BELLE, releases in Japanese theaters, but before then, a press conference was held today to announce to would voice the titular dragon (in the Japanese name for the anime film) in the movie. Along with the release of the character design for the mysterious dragon, it was revealed that Japanese actor Takeru Satoh will be voicing the dragon.

 

BELLE

 

Takeru Satoh is most well known for playing Himura Kenshin in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films and has previously been the voice of Luca Gotha in the Dragon Quest: Your Story film.

 

Previously released Japanese trailer:

 

BELLE will be released in Japanese theaters on July 16, with GKIDS bringing the film stateside sometime in Winter 2021. GKIDS describes the film as such:

 

Suzu, a 17-year-old schoolgirl, lives with her father in a village surrounded by nature in Kochi prefecture after her mother died in an accident when she was a little girl. Suzu used to love singing with her mother more than anything else, but after her death, she has not been able to sing.

 

Writing songs is the only thing that gives Suzu any comfort until one day she is invited by her best friend to enter a virtual community in the Internet called U with over 5 billion members worldwide. In U, she can live another life as an AS, which is what avatars are called there. Although Suzu can’t sing in real life, singing comes natural to her in U as an AS known as Belle. Belle quickly captures the attention of U’s citizens with her songs and becomes a worldwide superstar diva.

 

The day of Belle’s huge concert viewed by millions of AS around the world— A mysterious presence known as the Dragon suddenly bursts into the concert hall. Her concert is ruined by the violent, arrogant Dragon. Belle, who wants to know why the Dragon suffers so much pain, approaches him. Dragon, on the other hand, slowly opens his heart to Belle’s gentle singing voice.

 

Soon, the search for the Dragon’s identity (unveiling) starts around the world.

 

A group of AS who claim to be the protectors of justice start their relentless pursuit of the Dragon who they believe disrupts order in U. The Dragon becomes the target of trolling and abuse both in U and the real world. The more people persecute him in both worlds, the more Belle feels stronger to find him and heal his heart.

 

Will Suzu’s voice from a remote corner in the real world reach this single, unknown individual in a world of billions? A miracle occurs when the two worlds merge into one.

 

Another reality. Another you. You’re not alone anymore.

 

Source: Comic Natalie

 

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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

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