Summer is looking up for anime, both here in the States, and (of course) in Japan. Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime now having an official release date of July 16th in its native country, and another beautiful trailer dropping several days ago:
No apparent release date yet Stateside for Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime, but given that Mamoru Hosoda’s works have been consistent imports in the past, we’ll no doubt see it on our shores before too long. The story centers on 17 year old Suzu, living a dual life between the real world in rural Japan, and in the virtual world of U as ‘Belle’ a pop idol.
As we wait, Fathom Events seems to have us covered with a string of releases from June through September beginning with Children of the Sea, and ending with Studio Trigger’s Promare in September.
In between we have Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (Yeesh, that title is long!), and Weathering With You by Makoto Shinkai. August gives us Lupin The 3rd: The First.
As it is the closest, and specifically set in summer, it’s worth noting that June 13th, and 15th will have Children of the Sea (2019) finally coming to US theaters on Sunday, and Tuesday respectively in both dubbed and subbed formats.
Visually arresting, the story revolves around Ruka, a junior high student spending her Summer break at an aquarium after a falling out with her mom, and peers at school. She meets two boys, Umi and Sora, who (according to her father) were raised by Dugongs. They have special abilities and a connection to the sea. The three teens explore a series of spiritual events linked to a comet falling into the ocean, and various aquatic life converging on Japan. Original story by Daisuke Igarashi, adapted by Studio 4°C from his manga of the same name, brought to us the USA and Canada by GKids.
Summer is a hot season, and in between visits to the beach, or pool, a trip to an AC cooled silver screening is more than in order!