The official website of Suzume No Tojimari anime film announced on Sep 20, 2022, that RADWIMPS and Kazuma Jinnouchi will be in charge of composing the music for the upcoming film, with Tik tok famed Toaka performing the theme song, “Suzume”.
Makoto Shinkai had previously teamed up with RADWIMPS for your name and Weathering With You. Shinkai wanted a different kind of music for Suzume No Tojimari compared to the previous films, and he believed that RADWIMPS would help him achieve that.
“…I felt that the film needed a distinctly different music than the previous two films, and I wanted to give the audience a much more vivid musical experience. I thought that RADWIMPS would help me find a way to do that,” Shinkai commented.
The website also revealed the comments by RADWIMPS, Kazuma Jinnouchi and Toaka.
I want to work with him more in the future, and I’m looking forward to what kind of creative we can do together.
For the female vocalist, I auditioned for several people.
The moment Jumei started singing “Rururururururu” at the beginning of the theme song “Suzume”, she felt that this song had to be sung by her voice.
instantly. I felt a strong connection between this song and Jumei that no one could break into. I’m sure Shinkai felt the same way.
I’m glad that this song now contains a voice that resonates because she’s at her current age and in her current appearance.
I already felt a great affinity between Director Shinkai and RADWIMPS for “Your Name” and “Weathering with You.” I was surprised, but at the same time, I honestly wondered, “Why did you ask me?” When I heard the story of Director Shinkai and Producer Kawamura at the face-to-face meeting, I felt that my role was to push the Shinkai world experience one step further through music. The process of finding the atmosphere and dynamism that can coexist with RADWIMPS’s wonderful music was very exciting and tense, but I feel that we have shown one form of music that is required for this work.
At the audition, it was my first time recording, and I remember my voice trembling with anxiety and tension, almost like a breath. When I received this song called “Suzume”, I easily had an image of how I wanted to sing it. Relying on that feeling, I think I was able to sing freely and in my own way so that the sounds and words would resonate the most during the actual recording.
When I first heard my own song in the preview video, I felt a tremor that I had never felt before. I am very happy to be a part of RADWIMPS’s delicate and memorable melody and Director Shinkai’s beautiful and moving world view.
Suzume No Tojimari is set to release in theatres across Japan on Nov 11, 2022. The movie is also getting adapted into a novel, with Shinkai himself penning the work. The novel released in Japan on Aug 24, 2022.
Crunchyroll also announced on May 19, 2022, that it will distribute Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime movie, Suzume no Tojimari, worldwide (excluding Asia) from early 2023.
The currently announced staff members for Suzume no Tojimari include:
- Character design: Masayoshi Tanaka
- Animation director: Kenichi Tsuchiya
- Art director: Takumi Tanji
- Studio: CoMix Wave Film
- Production producer: STORY inc.
- Distribution: Toho Animation
Shinkai is directing and writing the screenplay for the film. He’s also the author of the original story. The characters are designed by Masayoshi Tanaka. The animation director is Kenichi Tsuchiya. The art director is Takumi Tanji. The film is produced by CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. The film will be distributed by TOHO.
Shinkai tweeted about the announcement, commenting that Suzume no Tojimari is a “modern adventure story” with action elements of Suzume traveling across Japan. He said that “It should be a fun movie.”
The officially announced story of Suzume no Tojimari is described as:
Suzume is a 17-year-old, who lives in a quiet town in Kyushu. One day, she meets a traveling young man who is looking for a “door.” Suzume decides to follow him and discovers an old door in the ruins in the mountains. As if drawn by something, Suzume reaches out for the door… What follows is Suzume’s liberation and growth as she closes the “doors” that cause misfortune in abandoned places around Japan.
Source: Suzume No Tojimari Official Website