After an extremely strong start for an anime film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, in just under a month, Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime (Belle) has surpassed Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) to become the second most successful film. box office produced by the prolific director. As of August 15, the film has grossed 4.7 billion yen ($42.79 million) at the Japanese box office with 3.41 million tickets sold.
With this figure, the Studio Chizu film has surpassed the total collection of Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki in Japan, which was 4.22 billion yen, and is on track to exceed the 5.85 billion yen raised by Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast), the highest figure for the director and the studio, barring lockdowns or closures of cinemas as a result of daily cases of COVID-19. Finally, the film was released 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 handling the anime direction 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 persona of her, Belle. Another me, another reality, we are no longer limited to one world. Suzu quickly realizes that when she is 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.