Anime News: GKids Acquires Licensing for Belle’s North America Release

The title says it all.


GKids announced their acquisition of the North American distribution rights for Mamoru Hosoda’s BELLE: Ryu to Sobakasu no, 06/14/2021, the film debuting in its native Japan next month, July 16th. A trailer baring GKids’ logo dropped today onto their YouTube account.


A link to it can be found here on their website as well.


BELLE - Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu [Official Subtitled Teaser Trailer]


Furthermore, a theatrical release for BELLE: Ryu to Sobakasu no was stated to be forthcoming by Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter:


GKIDS — which also handled North American distribution for Mirai — plans to release Belle theatrically this winter, in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version, in a timeframe for which it would qualify for next season’s awards.”


Full article can be found here.



BELLE: Ryu to Sobakasu no tells the story of 17 year old high school student Suzu who lives with her father in a rural village. Unable to sing in real life she enters the virtual world of U, which hosts 5 billion users online, and becomes Belle, a world renowned singing sensation.


Reality, and virtual alternate reality coming into conflict being a recurring theme for Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon, Summer Wars), his film with Studio Chizu is highly anticipated by fans ready to see what new direction he will take familiar material.


We all will wait and see, but it is clear we won’t be waiting all that long!

Lucas Paris

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