Five New Cast Members Take the Stage in Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle

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Are you ready for some more info on the next release from animation legend Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children)? Five new cast members have joined Belle, the latest from Hosoda and Studio Chizu.

The official website for the upcoming film revealed that the newly announced cast will voice the five members of the choir team who look after protagonist Suzu.

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These include Sachio Nakao as Hatanaka; Fuyumi Sakamoto as Okumoto; Yoshimi Iwasaki as Nakai; Ryoko Moriyama as Yoshitani; and Michiko Shimizu as Kita.

Belle looks to explore humanity’s place in the virtual world, much like Hosoda’s previous work with the Digimon series or Summer Wars. The film will touch on themes including growing up, family bonds and the importance of friendship.

Studio Chizu bills it as “…a tale of hope and courage that will be an inspiration for everyone around the world in 2021.”

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Belle is planned for a release in Japan on July 16, and its crew includes character designer Jin Kim (Frozen, Moana) and directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart of Cartoon Saloon (Wolfwalkers), among others.

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Source: Studio Chizu/Belle official website; Anime News Network