On the official site for the new animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, Summer Wars, Bakemono no Ko, Mirai no Mirai) and produced by Studio Chizu, Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime (The Dragon and Freckled Princess, or also Belle), a new promotional image of the project was published.
The visual commemorates the film’s grossing 890 million yen (more than $8.09 million) and more than 600,000 tickets sold in its opening weekend. The film premiered on July 16 in theaters in Japan, and also in 38 IMAX cinemas, being the first film produced by Hosoda to be screened in this type of theater.
- Mamoru Hosoda (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, Summer Wars, Bakemono no Ko, Mirai no Mirai) is directing the anime at Studio Chizu, and the original idea for the project is also credited.
- Studio Chizu also confirmed that it is collaborating with Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon (Wolfwalkers, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) for this project. In particular, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart collaborated on the production.
Synopsis of Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime
Our protagonist, Suzu, is a 17-year-old high school student, who lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with her father, after losing her mother at a young age. She loved to sing with her mother more than anything else, but as a result of her death she is no longer able to sing. It wasn’t long before she and her father grew increasingly distant from each other, and Suzu closed her heart to the rest of the world.
When Suzu felt that writing music was the only remaining purpose in her life, she discovers the huge online space known as “U”, where she takes on the personality of her, Belle. Another me, another reality, we are no longer limited to one world. Suzu quickly realizes that when she’s inside “U” as her avatar, Belle, she can sing quite naturally. As she continues to showcase her own music in the virtual world, she quickly becomes the rising star of “U”. However, that surprise is short-lived. Suddenly, a mysterious dragon-shaped creature appears before her.