Studio Chizu has dropped the latest video for their upcoming film “BELLE” — also known as “Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime” in Japanese, featuring its theme song “U” sung by Kaho Nakamura and written by millennium parade — the solo project of King Gnu vocalist and guitarist Daiki Tsuneta.
The film project will be a celebration of the studio’s 10th Anniversary and is Mamoru Hosoda’s first feature-length animation in three years since the Oscar-nominated “Mirai of the Future” in 2018. It’s slated for release on 16th July 2021.
“BELLE” is Hosoda’s third movie set in a virtual world, following “Summer Wars” in 2009 and “Digimon Adventure / Our War Game!” in 2000. It follows the story of Suzu — who lost her mother at a young age, and is unable to sing in person from the severe trauma. However, in the virtual world of “U”, she lets go as the virtual songstress Belle — becoming a chart-topping sensation unafraid to sing her true emotions.