A new trailer has been released for Suzume, which grants fans the chance to hear Suzume’s voice. The latest anime movie from Makoto Shinkai has given the 1st sneak preview with Nanoka Hara’s voice heard for the first time. Featuring wondrous visuals and animation, the movie is set to be released in Japan and distributed by Crunchyroll for the western audience. More details have been released regarding the highly anticipated movie, which includes a deeper look into the keywords released in the teaser trailer.

Suzume is the latest anime movie by Makoto Shinka that is being released by Comix Wave Films. Shinka’s mega-hit anime have included ‘Your Name’, followed by ‘Weathering With You’, which have allowed the world to discover what Japanese animation can achieve. Shinka has a knack for creating beautiful stories for adolescent kids with music and stunning worlds that captivate the world and transcend all cultures, borders, and generations.


Shinka’s latest movie is a coming-of-age story for the protagonist, Suzume, and is set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan. Suzume will be presented with a myriad of challenges in her journey to close the doors causing devastation. These doors are the connections to the past, present, and future linked to the destructive fallout, with Suzume becoming a beacon of hope, despite the added struggle against the toughest roads of anxiety, and constraints, created by everyday life.

Director of Suzume, Makoto Shinkai

More revealed for the feature film, Suzume

Toho and CoMix Wave are proud to reveal the latest trailer for Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film, “Suzume,” which also reveals for the first time, Nanoka Hara’s performance in the lead role of Suzume.

Since the key visual was revealed in April along with the four keywords, “Traveling Young Man,” “White Cat,” “Small Chair,” and “The Key to Doors,” the film has gained considerable interest from the press around the world. The upcoming film follows his previous two blockbusters, “Your Name.” (2016) and “Weathering with You” (2019), which garnered unprecedented international acclaim.

Suzume” is expected to be hitting movie theaters in Japan on November 11th, 2022. Crunchyroll is distributing “Suzume” globally (excluding Japan, South Korea, and India) beginning in early 2023. In North America, Crunchyroll is the sole distributor. In Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, and portions of Europe, the film will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment. In French- and German-speaking Europe, the film will be co-distributed by Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch International.  



The new trailer takes a deeper look into 4 keywords revealed along with the initial teaser in April, which now has close to 5 million views. The “Traveling Young Man” who walks past Suzume underneath the clear skies, eventually closing doors together with “The Key to Doors.” Likewise, the “White Cat” whose social media presence seems to be growing day by day, and the “Small Chair” running around as though alive are but the tip of the iceberg to “Suzume.”

Though still surrounded by mystery, Makoto Shinkai states, “I created this with the intention of introducing Suzume” as we witness her wide range of emotions from her comical reactions to the serious determination of our 17-year-old protagonist.

What are the various encounters and partings that happen along Suzume’s journey? What is the meaning behind the vast grassy plains underneath the sunset and starry sky, which Suzume witnesses on the other side of the door?

For the first time, audiences will get to hear the song titled “Suzume,” which was composed specifically for this film. Suzume ends the trailer with the mysterious words,

“I wandered beyond a space.”

“Where it seemed all time had melted together,”

“in the sky.”

“I was so nervous. Since I could only use my voice to act out the characters’ emotions, I had to be mindful of every phrase and the meaning it was intended to carry. There was so much I didn’t know. Seeing the picture and voice together, it finally dawned on me that it was up to me to bring this character to life, which made me so nervous, I could barely move. Nonetheless, Director Shinkai would praise my acting and guide me to just the right performance each time. Recording this trailer definitely increased my confidence!”

Statement from actress Nanoka Hara, when recording her voice to match Suzume’s on-screen performance
Voice Actress of Susume, Nanoka Hara


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 drawn 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—

Guided by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey to close doors is about to begin.



Theatrical Release (Japan)

11/11/2022 (Fri)



Director / Screenplay / Story

Makoto Shinkai

Character Design

Masayoshi Tanaka

Animation Director

Kenichi Tsuchiya

Art Director

Takumi Tanji

Production Company

CoMix Wave Films Inc.

Producing Company

STORY inc.


© 2022 “Suzume” Film Partners

The movie has stunning visuals that will draw viewers’ eyes with wonder. The animation style also gives the illusion of 3D in certain scenes as the details have so much depth throughout many scenes shown in the trailer alone. The first-time fans get to hear Hara’s voice at the end of the trailer and were so brief that it perfectly teases the character. This makes any viewer crave more, especially since the music conveys so much wonder and emotion with the incredible scenes and environments. This build shows the brilliance of the creators with the tension they have created and it’s going to be so incredibly difficult to wait for the movie to premiere.



CoMix Wave Films (CWF), is a Japanese animation studio and the production company for all of the Makoto Shinkai films. CWF began in creative contracting and currently engages in animated movie production, distribution, and package sales as well as overseas sales. The company staffs each position with a small number of highly skilled people, hoping to create works that both fully display its creators’ abilities and stand the test of time – its mission: to work with imaginative artists and deliver heartfelt works to the world.

Suzume anime

Suzume will be released in early 2023 via Crunchyroll following the debut of the movie premiere in Japan. The Japanese theatrical release is currently set for November the 11th this year.

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