susume, director Makoto Shinkai’s next film, is only months away from its theatrical release – and now we finally have a better idea of what to expect from the mysterious project. The film’s latest trailer has all the bittersweet vibes you’d expect from the director of your name and grow old with you, plus a few quirky additions like an adorable cat with its own Twitter feed and a sentient chair that likes to run around. The trailer also features Nanoka Hara in the title role, along with the film’s main theme song. (If you don’t speak Japanese, you can turn on the subtitles in the trailer above to see the lyrics.)
If you’re curious what the actual story is, here’s the basic description:
17-year-old Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she meets a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door. What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing amidst the ruins as if safe from any disaster. Seemingly drawn to her power, Suzume grabs the button…
Gates begin to open one after another all over Japan, unleashing destruction on all who stand nearby. Suzume must close these portals to avoid another disaster.
The morning sky
In this area, it was as if all time had melted into the sky –
Guided by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey to close the doors is about to begin.
Besides the trailer, there’s also news about when the rest of the world can see susume. The film will be released in Japanese theaters on November 11, but it will be distributed by Crunchyroll in North America, with a worldwide release scheduled for early 2023.