“Belle follows Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural village with her father. For years she has only been a shadow of herself. One day, Suzu enters “U,” a virtual world of five billion online members, and she becomes Belle, a world-famous singer. Belle soon meets with a mysterious creature with whom she embarks on a journey of adventures and love in their quest of becoming who they truly are.”
Mamoru Hosoda (Children, Summer Wars, The Boy and the Beast) continues to be a unique voice in anime feature films. Admittedly the CG elements are more pervasive than they appeared in the initial teaser trailer. Even so, Hosoda is a master storyteller and I can’t wait to see BELLE when it comes out.