Crunchyroll have announced that Makoto Shinkai’s latest feature-length-film Suzume, otherwise known in Japan as Suzume no Tojimari, will be made available to stream on its streaming platform this week in the UK.
Suzume, which saw a cinematic release in the UK earlier this year, will be available to stream from 1am GMT on 17th November 2023 within the UK. At the same time (which is 5pm PT in the US) the film will also be available to stream in North America, Central America, South America, Europe (excluding France), Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS. While audio formats were not mentioned we suspect the film will be available to stream in both Japanese (with English subtitles) and English; but we’ll have confirmation later this week once it becomes available to stream.
On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—
Suzume is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close doors causing devastation.
Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.
Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…
Never-before-seen scenery, encounters, and farewell. A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon.
Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.
Naturally in order to watch Suzume on Crunchyroll a valid subscription will be required (along with relevant equipment and internet connection), but it is great to see the film being made available on the service. In the meantime it’s still unknown when a home video (Blu-Ray or DVD) release of Suzume will become available, but it recently did receive its home video (4K, Blu-Ray & DVD) release in Japan.