Makoto Shinkai‘s critically acclaimed anime Suzume is finally set for a UK home entertainment release nearly a year after it’s cinematic release. Crunchyroll the leading global Anime distributor will release the Golden Globe nominated film on Blu-ray and DVD on 1st April.
This is a coming-of-age story set to the backdrop of a mysterious quest to prevent calamity. This went on to gross over $300 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the fourth highest-grossing anime film of all time.
We gave it 4 stars and our writer Calum Cooper stated 4 stars calling it a ‘compelling, beautiful story from one of the anime’s richest minds. As Guillermo Del Toro has rightfully been championing, animation is cinema. Suzume is cinema‘.
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.
Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…
Never-before-seen scenery, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon all of our hearts.
Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.
Extras: Director’s Commentary | Director’s Interview | Director’s Filmography Recap | Radwimps Interview | “The Making Of” Documentary | Ending Scene “Tadaima” Version | Special Commemoration Videos | Promo Video Collection | Teaser & Trailers | Roundtable Interview With Makoto Shinkai, Yojiro Noda & Kazuma Jinnai
Suzume will be available from 1st April in the UK and Ireland. Releasing in standard Blu-ray and DVD editions, along with Special Editions and Steelbook Editions.