Crunchyroll is teaming up with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch to distribute Makoto Shinkai’s next movie globally!

Although Makoto Shinkai has delivered many masterpieces over the years, the next time has gotten a bit special. Especially with Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch teaming up to distribute it worldwide. Animated by CoMix Wave Films (as usual), Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film Suzume no Tojimari has been in negotiations for a few days regarding distribution rights.

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the distribution rights to “Suzume no Tojimariwere acquired by Crunchyroll from TOHO outside Asia. The negotiation took place under the supervision of Crunchyroll’s chief content officer, Asa Suehira, TOHO’s Akihiro Takeda and Wild Bunch’s international CEO, Vincent Maraval.

Suzume no Tojimariis set to debut on November 11, 2022 in Japan and distribution will begin in major territories around the world from early 2023. The distribution rights according to each company are as follows:

  • North America (Crunchyroll)
  • Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and many parts of Europe (Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures)
  • French and German-speaking Europe (Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch)
  • Worldwide (TOHO- except South Korea and India)

Synopsis of the movie:

The coming-of-age story follows a 17-year-old girl named Suzume who finds herself in a disaster-stricken Tokyo. Across Tokyo’s various locations, doors begin to open when she turned the handle of a mysterious door and now she must prevent another disaster with a young man. Will she be able to connect her past to the present to close the doors?

About Crunchyroll:

Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service in the world with a huge catalog of anime shows ranging from the 90s to the latest. It was also successful at the box office and also won numerous awards at international film festivals.

About CoMix Wave films:

CoMix Wave Films is a Japanese animation studio that produces all of Makoto Shinkai’s films. It is currently engaged in the production, distribution and sale of motion pictures. Although the company has a few employees, they are highly qualified people.

About Wild Bunch:

Wild Bunch International is a world-renowned film sales company that distributes over 30 films per year. He has not only invested in local films but also foreign films which have won countless awards like Spirited Away, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Wrestler, Titanium, Shoplifters and Happening.

About TOHO:

TOHO Company is a Japanese entertainment studio that focuses on the development, production and distribution of content for television, film and theater. It was founded in 1932 and its subsidiaries include TOHO Cinemas, the most profitable exhibition company in Japan.

Crunchyroll is teaming up with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch to distribute Makoto Shinkai’s next movie globally!

Author: Hanumanth Reddy

Hanumanth is an anime geek who writes about anime and manga. He’s been watching anime for over 5 years now and never shy away from writing down his thoughts. He is obsessed with the Gintama anime and his day never ends without watching at least one episode of it.

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