‘Your Name’ Director’s New Anime Has a Girl Who Loves a Chair

Suzume stands up for a kiss with Souta.

Screenshot: CoMix Wave Films / 東宝MOVIEチャンネル / Kotaku

While most cartoons have a muscular hunk or aloof loner as the protagonist’s romantic partner, the international box office hit director’s new film your name takes a slightly different path. Suzume, the lead actress of the film, loves a wooden chair. That’s not a Onion article, this is the premise of the film.

The movie is susumeWhere Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume enclosing the doors). Produced by anime studio CoMix Wave Films, it follows a 17-year-old girl from Kyushu named Suzume who, after a chance encounter with a mysterious man, must close magical doors across Japan that contain doomsday disasters. world behind their thresholds. Where does the deeply romantic come from? to kiss/to sit on a chair come in, you ask? Well, you see, the swoon-worthy Squat, Yellow, and Timber, there’s actually a dude named Souta who, after crossing paths with a cat spreading the strange fit, turns into a chair. Naturally, somewhere on the line to save the world, the two kiss.


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We had our first look at susume back in April. In a statement provided to io9the film’s director, Makoto Shinkai, revealed that the central theme of Suzume, which again is a movie about a girl who has to get around closed doors, is the closure. In case that metaphor goes over your head, Shinkai drove the point home by sharing that he hopes viewers steer clear of susume thinking about “how to close the many doors we left open”.

“I entrusted this responsibility to susume as she travels through Japan closing multiple doors,” Shinkai said. io9.

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Although the premise of this film seems equally simplistic and ambitious, it goes without saying that its director has a very good track record. your name, whose plot revolves around a love story where a city boy and a country girl swap bodies, has won many awards including Crunchyroll’s 2018 Anime Awards Best Picture award. Although our review of his most recent work, Beautifula reinvention of The beauty and the Beastsaid the film left a lot to be desired with its commentary on being terminally ill online, he noted that Beautiful was nonetheless an “audiovisual marvel”. It is partly thanks to the work of the Swedish composer and songwriter Ludvig Forsseland should come as no surprise given Forssel’s work on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

susume seeks to maintain Shinkai’s streak of having good music in his films as well. Its soundtrack is worked in collaboration by Kazuma Jinnouchithe composer behind Ghost in the shell SAC_2045and the famous TikTok singer Toaka.

susume is set to hit Japanese theaters on November 11 and will arrive in US cinemas at the start of 2023.