Mamoru Hosoda’s new movie BELLE will become available for American audiences this winter when GKIDS releases it dubbed and subbed. In the meantime, the insert song “Kokoro no Soba ni” (translated as “Beside the Heart”) is available to listen to on YouTube. It’s sung by Belle’s voice actress, Kaho Nakamura.
The movie made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received a 14-minute standing ovation. It has also come out in Japan, where it placed number one in the box office. Despite COVID, it had a successful opening that earned more than Hosoda’s movie The Boy and the Beast did when it first came out.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.