SUZUME – Makoto Shinkai’s Animated Masterpiece is Coming to Crunchyroll

'Suzume,' Makoto Shinkai's latest animated masterpiece, weaves a tale of resilience and self-discovery, set to captivate audiences on Crunchyroll this November

Makoto Shinkai, a name synonymous with groundbreaking anime, returns with his latest offering, Suzume. Set to stream exclusively on Crunchyroll from November 16, this animated masterpiece has already garnered critical acclaim and audience adoration worldwide. With its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and impressive box office success, Suzume is poised to captivate a global audience on Crunchyroll’s expansive platform.

A Trailblazing Anime Achievement

Suzume marks a significant milestone in anime history, being the first feature film in over two decades to screen in the competition section at Berlinale. This achievement is a testament to Shinkai’s visionary storytelling and the film’s universal appeal. The movie’s staggering $300 million global box office haul and high scores on Rotten Tomatoes underscore its widespread acclaim. Nominations for prestigious awards like the World Soundtrack Awards and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, along with a win at the Japan Academy Awards, further cement its status as a cinematic tour de force.

The Evolution of Makoto Shinkai


Makoto Shinkai has long been a luminary in the animation world, with his previous works like Your Name. and Weathering With You earning him international recognition. These films not only showcased his unique narrative style but also solidified his position as a leading figure in animation. Weathering With You‘s selection as Japan’s entry for the Academy Awards and multiple Annie Awards nominations are a testament to Shinkai’s evolving artistry and global appeal.

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Suzume is more than just an animated film; it’s a poignant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of disaster-stricken Japan. The 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, embarks on a journey of self-discovery and resilience as she encounters mysterious doors that unleash destruction. Her quest to close these portals is not just a battle against external calamities but also a metaphorical journey through the trials of adolescence.

A Story That Resonates


The film’s narrative is a beautiful blend of fantasy and reality, where time and space converge to create a tapestry of emotions and experiences. It’s a story that resonates with anyone who has faced the daunting task of overcoming personal challenges. Suzume is not just about closing physical doors; it’s about the doors we close and open in our lives, connecting our past, present, and future.

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With its breathtaking animation and deeply emotional storyline, Suzume invites viewers into a world where every frame is a work of art, and every moment is a step towards self-realization. The film’s ability to weave complex themes into a visually stunning narrative makes it a must-watch for not just anime fans but for anyone who appreciates cinematic excellence.

Suzume is set to be more than just a film; it’s a journey that promises to take viewers on an unforgettable ride of awe-inspiring visuals and heart-touching storytelling. As Suzume’s journey unfolds, it’s bound to leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of its audience.

Suzume will begin streaming on Crunchyroll on November 16, 2023.

About Suzume

Release Date: November 16, 2023, on Crunchyroll
Director / Screenplay / Story: Makoto Shinkai
Character Design: Masayoshi Tanaka
Animation Director: Kenichi Tsuchiya
Art Director: Takumi Tanji
Production Company: CoMix Wave Films Inc.
Producing Company: STORY inc.

On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—

“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. 

Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.

—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.

How does Suzume’s journey mirror our own struggles with life’s challenges? In what ways does the film inspire us to confront and close the metaphorical doors of our past? And finally, what can we learn from Suzume’s resilience and courage in the face of adversity? Let us know how excited you are for the film to come to the streamer on social media!

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