When you have a good thing, you might as well keep going, and director Makoto Shinkai is doing just that with his upcoming anime, susume. The latest feature news has teamed up with Shinkai again RADWIMPS—who previously worked on music from the 2016s Your name. and 2019 grow old with you— with the Seattle-based Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ghost in the shell SAC_2045, Ultraman).
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The singer behind the theme song, ‘Suzume’, has also been revealed as a TikTok sensation Toaka.
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Here’s what RADWIMPS’ Yojiro Noda had to say about collaborating with Kazuma Jinnouchi:
“Partnering with someone of Kazuma’s caliber, having worked on both movies and video games, gave me an experience I can’t describe in words. It broadened my horizons.”
Kazuma Jinnouchi, who drew many ideas for the action sequences from his experience in Hollywood, echoed these sentiments:
“The process of developing a sound that can co-exist with the incredible mood and energy of RADWIMPS was both exciting and nerve-wracking for me, but in the end I think we stuck landing on the one of the answers to how that might sound.”
Toaka apparently “seized the hearts” of Shinkai and RADWIMPS. Yojiro Noda said the following about the performer:
“I felt a connection between Toaka’s voice and this music that no one could break.” Toaka added, “I am thrilled to be a part of RADWIMPS’ intricate melody and director Shinkai’s beautiful world that will touch the hearts of audiences.”
Toaka’s own comments:
“I couldn’t believe it when they first told me that I would be singing the movie’s main theme song. Emotions of shock and anxiety swept over me instantly, and I spent the days following with my mind completely empty.
“At the audition, it was my first time recording anything. I was so nervous that my voice was shaking – I remember my voice was very breathy. But, when I received the accompaniment for the theme song ‘Suzume’, I thought about how I would like to express this song, and the vision became clear.
“When the time came to finally record the theme, I let that vision guide me and tried to express myself fully in a way that the sounds and words resonated. I feel like I didn’t nothing left on the table and that I could be myself.
“When the trailer was revealed and I heard my voice coming through the speakers, I got goosebumps like never before. I’m thrilled to be a part of the intricate melody of RADWIMPS and the director Shinkai’s beautiful world that will touch the hearts of the audience.
And, finally, Shinkai himself on the newly revealed artists:
“Almost as soon as I finished the first draft of the script for ‘Suzume’, I shared it with Yojiro without hesitation. I knew that the musical demands of ‘Suzume’ would be quite different from the previous two films, offering audiences thrilling musical experience RADWIMPS was one of the few musical talents I could count on to help me make this discovery.
“Throughout the film’s two-year production process, I was fortunate to encounter Toaka’s unparalleled voice and Kazuma’s film music experience, which greatly affected the sounds of the film, elevating it. on another level.
“I’m confident we’ve achieved something worth calling a ‘theatrical musical experience’ and I hope everyone gets a chance to experience the film in theaters.”
Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming anime film, susumeis due to open in Japan on November 11, and Crunchyroll partners with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International to bring the feature to a global audience outside of Asia in early 2023.
The film is described as follows:
On the other side of the door, it was the whole time…
“Suzume no Tojimariis a coming-of-age story for 17-year-old protagonist Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close gates causing havoc.
Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she meets a young man who says to her, “I’m looking for a door. What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing amidst the ruins as if safe from any disaster. Seemingly drawn to her power, Suzume grabs the button… Doors begin to open one after another all over Japan, unleashing destruction on anyone nearby. Suzume must close these portals to avoid another disaster.
— The stars, then the sunset and the morning sky.
In this area, it was as if all time had melted into the sky…
New landscapes, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await him on his journey. Despite all the obstacles in her path, Suzume’s adventure sheds a ray of hope on our own struggles against the hardest roads of anxiety and stress that make up everyday life. This story of closed doors that connect our past to the present and the future will leave a lasting impression on all of our hearts.
Drawn to these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.
Source: press release