From the head that brought you the award-winning films Mirai and Wolf childrenMamoru Hosoda plans to bring another hit with his upcoming one Belle Anime movie. It was recently announced that more actors have been added to the cast.
As revealed on the official Belle On the website (via Funimation), five more actors will cast their votes for the upcoming film. These include Sachio Nakao as Hatanaka, Fuyumi Sakamoto as Okumoto, Yoshimi Iwasaki as Nakai, Ryoko Moriyama as Yoshitani and Michiko Shimizu as Kita. The five characters make up the choir team that takes care of them Belle’s Protagonist, Suzu.
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While the spokespersons for the movie’s main characters, Suzu and Ryu, are not yet known, a pretty large part of it is BelleThe cast has been announced. Here’s the cast so far:
- Ryo Narita as Shinobu Hisatake
- Shota Sometani as Shinjiro Chikami
- Tina Tamashiro as Ruka Watanabe
- Rina Izuta as Hiroka Betsuyaku
- Toshiyuki Morikawa as Justian
- Mamoru Miyano as Muitaro Hitokawa / Tokoraemaru
- Mommy Koyama as a swan
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Jelinek
- Sachio Nakao as Hatanaka
- Fuyumi Sakamoto as Okumoto
- Yoshimi Iwasaki as Nakai
- Ryoko Moriyama as Yoshitani
- Michiko Shimizu as a daycare center
Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime is written and directed by Hosoda. The film’s crew also includes character designer Jin Kim (Frozen, Moana, Great Hero 6) and the directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart of Cartoon Saloon (Wolf Wanderer). It is produced by Studio Chizu.
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Similar to some of Hosoda’s earlier works, such as Summer Wars or Digimon, the relationship between humanity and a virtual world is examined. Studio Chizu says it is “… a story of hope and courage that will be an inspiration to everyone around the world.”
Belle is scheduled for July 16 in Japan.