Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimari Reveals Lead Voice Actor

Makoto Shinkai is currently working with his team on the famed director's first new film in three years, and Suzume no Tojimari has taken another major step forward by adding its lead character to the voice cast! Shinkai is one of the most famed directors among anime fans thanks to box office hits such as Your Name and Weathering With You, and now all eyes on the next major release currently in the works. Following production updates from Shinkai, fans got their first look at Suzume no Tojimari as it gears up to hit theaters across Japan later this Fall.

Suzume no Tojimari (which currently does not yet have an official English language title) has given fans another major update on its progress as the official Twitter account for the new film has announced that Nanoka Hara will be voicing the titular lead heroine, Suzume Iwato. Hara won the role from over 1,700 different actress auditions, and it will be her very first anime role overall. You can check out the official announcement for Hara's casting from Suzume no Tojimari's official Twitter account below: 

Suzume no Tojimari will be releases in theaters across Japan on November 11th, and Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment have licensed the film for an international release early next year. Makoto Shinkai is credited with the direction, story, and screenplay for Toho and CoMix Wave Films. Masayoshi Tanaka is providing character design, Kenichi Tsuchiya serves as animation director, and Takumi Tanji will be art director. The film is officially described as such:

"On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—17-year-old Suzume's journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she encounters a young man who tells her, "I'm looking for a door." What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly mesmerized by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob…Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.

The stars
The sunset
The morning sky

Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky—

Drawn in by this mysterious door, Suzume's journey is about to begin."

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