BELLE Heads to Theaters in the United States on January 14, 2022

GKIDS reveals more about the upcoming theatrical plans and shares two teasers



It's safe to say that Mamoru Hosoda's latest feature, BELLE, was a smashing success in Japan. Following its release on July 16, it went on to become the highest-grossing film for the director, who is known for acclaimed features like Summer Wars, Boy and the Beast, and more. Next up we have screenings on the way in the United States, and distributor GKIDS has those lined up for January 14, 2022.


GKIDS shared a couple of teasers to go along with the date announcement.





From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of MiraiWolf ChildrenSummer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.


Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.


Source: Press release




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his comics at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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