EXCLUSIVE: Crunchyroll announced today tha auteur filmmaker Makoto Shinkai’s animated FILM Suzume will come to its streaming service exclusively on November 16. The award-winning film will be available in North America and all of Crunchyroll’s international territories (excluding Asia and France).
Suzume is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close the doors causing devastation.
This is the latest film from auteur Makoto Shinkai who has been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with the most recent films being Your Name (2016) and Weathering With You (2019) both of which have catapulted him as a leading animation filmmaker with international viewers. Weathering With You was selected as Japan’s entry for the best international feature film category of the 2020 Academy Awards and nominated in four categories in the 47th annual Annie Awards including best animated independent feature.
Suzume has recently been nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards “Discovery of the Year” and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards “Best Animated Feature Film.” The film was also awarded Outstanding Achievement in Music at the 46th Japan Academy Awards.
The film had its international premiere in February 2023 at the Berlin International FIlm Festival , marking the first time that an anime feature film screened in the coveted competition section in over two decades. The film was met with critical acclaim and went on to gross over $300 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the fourth highest-grossing anime film of all time.
The animated feature hit theaters globally in April of this year, and was distributed by Crunchyroll, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, Wild Bunch Germany, and Eurozoom (excluding Asia).