18-year-old actress Nanoka Hara will voice the main heroine in Makoto Shinkai’s new film Suzume no Tojimari.

The official website for Makoto Shinkai (Your Name., The weathering with you) new movie Suzume no Tojimari announced today the 18-year-old actress Nanoka Hara is cast as its main heroine, Suzume Iwato. She was selected by Shinkai himself from an audition attended by more than 1,700 people.

Hara was born on August 26, 2003 in Tokyo. In 2009 she passed the J-beans Net Scout Audition and began her career as a child actress. Most recently, she played Ginko Nanba, the younger sister of protagonist Tsuyosh Nanba, in the live-action TV drama adaptation of Toshio Ozawa’s high school delinquent manga Nanba MG5which aired in Japan from April to June 2022.

Shinkai has cast actresses with little anime voice acting experience to play the main heroines of its recent feature films, such as Mone Kamishiraishi in Your Name. (2016) and Nana Mori in weathering with you (2019). This is also Hara’s first time voicing an anime character.

The film’s official website posted Hara’s message as follows:

Even now I’m not sure I’m still dreaming. I can’t imagine passing through the unforgettable, heartbreaking feeling I felt the first time I saw director Shinkai’s film in a theater in the summer of my freshman year of junior high school. But now I see a twinkle before my eyes with a feeling that something great has begun.

I think Suzume no Tojimari is a story that lets us see the connection and warmth between people, something that is fading in today’s world and which is really important. It’s a wonderful film that makes you want to appreciate those around you and yourself, like everything you see shines more vividly than it did when you left the theater.

As a big fan of director Shinkai’s works, I’m anxious and under a lot of pressure, but I hope to grow as Suzume Iwato, along with the director and all the staff and cast, through joy, anger, sadness, fun, and a lot of worries and thoughts .

TOHO MOVIE channel posted a clip to introduce the moment Shinkai tells Hara that she was chosen to play Suzume.

Suzume no Tojimari is scheduled for release on November 11, 2022 in Japan. Crunchyroll will then release the film worldwide (excluding Asia) in early 2023 in coordination with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International.

Crunchyroll will distribute the film in North America, while Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment will distribute the film in Latin America, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe. Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International will distribute the film in French- and German-speaking Europe.

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TIED TOGETHER: Crunchyroll is bringing Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume no Tojimari to theaters in early 2023

Sources: Official website of “Suzume no Tojimari”. / Twitter, TOHO MOVIE channel

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