Makoto Shinkai Unlocks the Details on Newest Anime Film 'Suzume no Tojimari' Set for Fall 2022 Premiere [Updated]
The first visual and main staff were announced for Shinkai's latest film
After being teased a few days ago, the first details on the next Makoto Shinkai anime film have been announced ahead of the press conference on the Toho YouTube channel. Suzume no Tojimari is the story of a 17-year-old girl Suzume who lives in Kyushu that discovers a door with the aid of a young man. Upon opening the door, more doors appear across Japan, bringing disasters and bad luck. Suzume must close the doors found in abandoned buildings across Japan before the country falls to catastrophe.
A teaser visual for Suzume no Tojimari has been released, alongside the lead staff, as well as a Japanese theatrical premiere window of Fall 2022. More details are set to been announced at the press conference later tonight in Japan.
Makoto Shinkai, who is best known for writing, producing, and directing the smash-hit anime film Your Name and Weathering With You, returns in those roles for Suzume no Tojimari. Shinkai has also brought back Masayoshi Tanaka from Your Name and Weathering With You as the character designer, with Kenichi Tsuchiya returning from Your Name as the animation director. Long-time Shinkai collaborator Takumi Tanji also returns from Your Name and The Garden of Words in the Art Director's chair. The animation will be produced at CoMix Wave Films, with STORY inc. producing and Toho disturbing the film inside Japan and selling it overseas.
Shinkai tweeted about the announcement, saying that Suzume no Tojimari is a "modern adventure story" with action elements of Suzume traveling across Japan. He said that "It should be a fun movie."
今、新作映画『すずめの戸締まり』を作っています。列島各地に開いてしまう、災いの扉。主人公の鈴芽（すずめ）がその扉を閉めて旅をするロードムービーであり、現代の冒険物語であり、彼女がある存在と共に戦うアクションムービーでもあります。楽しい映画になるはずです。2022年秋どうかお楽しみに！ pic.twitter.com/26prU74yaY— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) December 15, 2021
The official synopsis for Suzume no Tojimari:
Suzume, a 17-year-old girl who lives in a quiet town in Kyushu, meets a young man on a journey “looking for doors.” Suzume follows him to a ruin to a dilapidated building in the mountains and finds a free-standing, undisturbed door t as if “it” alone were saved from devastation. Suzume feels drawn by an invisible power and reaches out to the door... Soon, doors all over Japan start opening one after another. The doors that opened must be closed to shut out calamity that lays on the other side.
—Stars, sunset, and the morning sky. The places she wanders into have a sky where all hours of the day seem to blend together—
Beckoned by the mysterious doors, Suzume’s “journey of closing doors” begins.
Suzume no Tojimari is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in Fall 2022, with no mention of an international release at this stage.
UPDATE: Added the official synopsis from an English press release
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.