Suzume no Tojimari International Release Dates, Trailer, Plot, Characters, and Everything You Need to Know

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Suzume no Tojimari International Release Dates, Trailer, Plot, Characters

Few anime filmmakers are as anticipated right now as Makoto Shinkai. After a string of romantic movies renowned for photorealistic visuals, big colours and magical plots, there’s a lot of hype for his next release which is coming soon! Here’s Suzume no Tojimari’s international release dates, trailer, plot, characters and everything else we know so far.

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Suzume no Tojimari Story: What We Know About the Plot

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No official plot has been released for Suzume no Tojimari yet. However, the premise has been teased multiple times, so we can stitch together what we know.


The story will follow Suzume, a 17-year-old girl living in rural Japan who is asked by a mysterious young man to help him find a door. When they find the door, Suzume is drawn toward it and opens it to discover a strange dimension beyond.

Suzume’s actions trigger more doors to appear across Japan, causing a whole range of strange events and disasters to occur. It’s up to Suzume and the young man to find and close all the doors to save the world.

Makoto Shinkai has mentioned in interviews that a large part of Suzume no Tojimari is about our inability to control things that happen around us. The film is expected to have a strong post-apocalyptic aspect, with Suzume and others coming to terms with events and finding ways to survive.

Will Suzume no Tojimari Be Connected to Your Name or Other Makoto Shinkai Films?

People always wonder when a new Makoto Shinkai film is released whether it will be attached to previous films. Nothing is confirmed in this respect, but it would be unlikely.

Makoto Shinkai likes to play with different universal rules in each of his stories. He previously mentioned in DVD interviews that his films have different styles of divide between characters, whether that’s space in Voices of a Distant Star, age in The Garden of Words or time in Your Name.

As a result, while it feels like his stories should slot together into one universe, it’s quite difficult to logically see that working.


However, Makoto has teased connections between his movies recently. Weathering with You and Your Name shared connections with characters appearing in both movies.

While Suzume no Tojimari is very likely to exist in a different universe, it wouldn’t be surprising to see references towards Weathering With You – which is similarly apocalyptic – appear in the movie.

What is Suzume no Tojimari’s Name in English?

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No official English translation for Makoto Shinkai’s new film Suzume no Tojimari has been provided yet. However, we can speculate based on previous releases.


All of Makoto Shinkai’s recent films have had a fairly literal translation. Weathering With You was a slight exception (a literal translation would have called this something like ‘The Weather’s Child’), but generally, the Japanese title is kept regardless of obscurity.

Suzume no Tojimari, when translated literally, means something along the lines of ‘Suzume’s Locking Doors’. It’s likely the English title will remain along these lines, perhaps with a few tweaks.

Personally, I can imagine something like ‘Closing Doors’ as closure has more meaning in English than locking and the phrase has been used a lot in promotional messaging thus far.

However, it could go the other way and simply be called ‘Suzume’, as appears in the official translation in the first trailer. Right now, we can only speculate.

When Will Be Suzume no Tojimari’s Release Date in the US, UK, and Internationally?

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It has been confirmed that Suzume no Tojimari will be arriving in theatres internationally throughout 2023. In Japan, the film premieres in November 2022.


Crunchyroll has announced that they will be working to distribute the film alongside Sony Pictures Entertainment (both enterprises are owned by Sony) internationally in 2023.

No further information has been provided yet about when Suzume no Tojimari will arrive in the US, UK or elsewhere.

Crunchyroll will be working independently of Sony Picture Entertainment when it comes to distributing Makoto Shinkai’s new film in North America. However, that does not mean it will be arriving on streaming services.

Crunchyroll and Funimation previously worked on international distribution for the anime film Jujutsu Kaisen 0, among other titles.

Who Are the Main Characters in Suzume no Tojimari?

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Again, not much has been revealed about Suzume no Tojimari’s characters as of yet. However, we can piece together the main cast from the information provided so far.


The film’s protagonist will be the titular Suzume Iwato. Not much is known about her beyond being a 17-year-old high-school girl living in Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island.

Kyushu might make a good starting point if the story takes her throughout Japan. The island is also known as a popular tourist destination domestically, famed for its natural landscape.

Another key driver will be an as-yet-unnamed mysterious young man, who appears to have long hair and a white lab coat. While unconfirmed, he will likely be the one with all the information relating to the doors, triggering Suzume’s adventure.

Based on the first trailer, it looks like Suzume’s family will also play some part in the story, with her guardian particularly featured in the first trailer.

Unlike in many of Makoto Shinkai's films, there will also be anthropomorphic characters present in Suzume no Tojimari. The chair and cat look like they will provide emotional support and comic relief, both to Suzume and us as viewers.

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Makoto Shinkai’s latest film looks as beautiful as ever, and it’s already full of sci-fi mystery and intrigue! We can’t wait to see what happens when it releases worldwide next year!

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