Mamoru Miyano: "I am sure that this film will also bring warm feelings to your heart."
UPDATE 5/14/21: Updated the film release date of July 16 per the announcement from Studio Chizu.
The official website for Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime / BELLE, the upcoming new anime film by Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars) announced four new cast members today, as well as announced that the movie will release in Japan on July 16.
The film's story is set in the Internet virtual world "U," where more than 5 billion people gather. Toshiyuki Morikawa (Kazuma Soma in Fruits Basket) is cast as Justin, the leader of Justice, a vigilante group that is trying to uncover the identity of the dragon that is disrupting the order of the "U." Kenjiro Tsuda (Seto Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh!) is cast as comtemporary artist Jelinek, a candidate for the identity of the dragon. Mami Koyama (Kei in AKIRA) is cast as Swan, a noblewoman living in a mansion who also becomes a suspect in the "search for the dragon's identity." And Mamoru Miyano (Light Yagami in Death Note) is cast as Hitokawamuitaro / Guttokoraemaru (double role), a YouTuber duo popular among children, who make the event exciting.
Morikawa says, "I am very happy and honored to join director Mamoru Hosoda's new film. Since I'm the same age as him, and we've walked through the same period of time in the animation and voice acting industries, our feelings match very well." and Miyano adds, "Director Hosoda's films are stories that give us deep "love" and the "courage" to look forward. I am sure that this film will also bring warm feelings to your heart."
The film depicting the growth of Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student, is now set to open in Japan in July 2021 (This schedule may change depending on the status of COVID-19 pandemic in Japan).
Japanese poster visual:
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