Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Door-Locking) anime film gets manga adaptation

New key visual for the upcoming movie Suzume's Door Locking.
New key visual for the upcoming movie Suzume’s Door Locking. Pic credit: @AniNewsAndFacts and @afternoon.kodansha.co.jp

The latest issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine, its November issue, revealed that Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming paranormal romance anime film Suzume’s Door-Locking (Suzume no Tojimari) is getting a manga adaptation illustrated by Denki Amashima.

Suzume’s Door-Locking manga will launch in Monthly Afternoon’s December issue on October 25, 2022.

Suzume’s Door-Locking is written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is best known for his feature film Weathering with You (2019) and Your Name (2016). Suzume’s Door-Locking is scheduled to premiere in November 2022 in Japanese theaters and internally in early 2023.

You can watch a trailer for Suzume’s Door-Locking here:

Trailer for Suzume’s Door-Locking.

What is the plot of Suzume’s Door-Locking?

The story centers on a young 17-year-old girl named Suzume, who lives in a quiet town in the Kyushu region of southwestern Japan. Her boring, everyday life gets turned upside down when she encounters a mysterious, handsome man looking for a “door”.

The two set out on an adventure together and find an old door at an abandoned house in the mountains – the house is in ruins and only the door is remaining standing upright. A supernatural force causes Suzume to reach her hand out towards the door in a daze, and open it – that’s when she’s pulled in.

“Doors of Disaster” begin to appear across Japan and instigate a series of unfortunate calamities. It’s up to Suzume to close these doors and tie up loose ends in order to prevent future disasters.

What do the doors within the movie symbolize?

Shinkai explained that there are three main points in the film. The first is that at heart the film is a story about a journey – it’s about getting out into the world and meeting new people.

The second point is that the story is about closing doors in order to protect people rather than opening them. This point may symbolize how when you try new things (open doors) the people around you tend to get hurt.

The third point is that the film itself is a reason to go out into the world (when you go to the theater to see it). Closing doors symbolize tying loose ends or the end of something.

Even though Suzume wants to close all the doors in order not to hurt anyone, life has a way of forcing itself to progress forward because as she does so she’s forced to go out into the world all around Japan and meet new people.

Full-sized new key visual for Suzume's Door-Locking.
Full-sized new key visual for Suzume’s Door-Locking. Pic credit: @AniNewsAndFacts

Who are the cast members?

Suzume’s Door-Locking cast members include:

  • Nanoka Hara (She beat 1,700 voice actresses who auditioned for the role) – Suzume Iwato
  • Hokuto Matsumura (Touru in live-action Liar X Liar, Doukemi in live-action xxxHOLiC) – Souta Munakata, the Door-Closing Master

Who are the production team members?

Suzume’s Door-Locking production team members include:

  • Original creator and Director – Makoto Shinkai
  • Animation – CoMix Wave Films
  • Distribution – Toho
  • Character Desinger – Masayoshi Tanaka (Your Name, Weathering With You)
  • Animation Director – Kenichi Tsuchiya (Your Name, Garden of Words)
  • Art Director – Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices)
  • Music – Radwimps and Kazuma Jinnouchi

Where can I read the novel?

On August 24, 2022, a novel adaptation by Makoto Shinkai was released under the Kadokawa Bunko imprint. On June 10, 2022, during the Kadobun Summer Fair, which was held in bookstores throughout Japan, a portion of the novel was included in a booklet that was distributed to the fair’s patrons.

Are you looking forward to the anime film Suzume’s Door-Locking? Are you looking forward to the manga adaptation? Let us know in the comment section below!

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