Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime


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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ryuusoba
Japanese: 竜とそばかすの姫
English: Belle
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 2021
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Chizu
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: MusicMusic
Duration: 2 hr. 1 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.501 (scored by 7612076,120 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17862
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1447
Members: 154,913
Favorites: 1,582

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"U" is a popular social media platform where people can create a virtual persona and start a new life. Among its five billion users, one newcomer is quickly gaining attention: Belle, a beautiful singer whose alluring melodies slowly capture the hearts of the masses. But in this space where everyone hides behind an avatar, curiosity arises over who the mysterious girl truly is.

Suzu Naito—a shy girl from the countryside—can no longer sing following past trauma, all her efforts resulting in breakdowns and illness. However, when Suzu joins U, she is once again able to project her voice. Under the alias "Belle," her vocals soon go viral, receiving both love and hatred. Meanwhile, rumors spread of a chaotic beast within U, known only as "The Dragon." After a chance meeting during her concert, Belle finds he is not as evil as the stories suggest. Now, both online and in the real world, Suzu has to face the struggles of identity, fame, and opening one's heart.

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Inspired by the 1756 French fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on July 15, 2021 and was received with a standing ovation of 14 minutes. It was the third highest-grossing movie at the Japanese box office in 2021, earning 6.53 billion yen as of December 12, 2021.

Belle was drawn by Jin Kim, the character designer of popular Disney productions such as Tangled and Frozen.

Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime had five nominations at the 49th Annie Awards, including one for Best Independent Animated Feature, making it the Japanese anime film with the most nominations ever received in the history of these awards. A novel adaptation was issued by Kadokawa Bunko on June 12, 2021.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Watanabe, Ruka

Tamashiro, Tina


Moriyama, Ryouko


Iwasaki, Yoshimi


Miyamoto, Mitsuru


Sakamoto, Fuyumi


Sinterniklaas, Michael
Producer, ADR Director
Morie, Kohta
Hosoda, Mamoru
Director, Screenplay, Original Creator
Nakamura, Kaho
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"U" by millennium parade & Belle (Kaho Nakamura)

Ending Theme

"U" by millennium parade & Belle (Kaho Nakamura)


Dec 3, 2023
Story: 9
Animation: 7
Sound: 10
Characters: 10
Enjoyment: 10

Total: 9

Scars can heal. It is an important message this movie nails very well. Even with the minor caveat of getting positive support. But this lesson is as important as well. If your friends struggle through hard times, help them.

Oct 1, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It's about social media, being followed (not told in this work of fiction: the depression of young people, the tribalism that makes people willfully ignorant/excessively conspiratorial and the decline of society), and doesn't condemn it. Mixed with Disney's version of Beauty and the Beast. Feels like it's missing a bunch of scenes/introductions. Stuff just happens. Unbelievable behavior, like how the women in the music club/choir and the boys talk to the girl protagonist. In a scene where a school athlete doesn't know how to deal with a girl rooting for him and the girl protagonist makes him go up to her I threw my head ...
Jul 19, 2023
Mediocre movie. Even from the beginning I was skeptical of how it would turn out. I was left with too many unanswered questions, and there were still unresolved conflicts of the story. The storyline kept going one way then another and it just feels unrealistic. Spoiler alert: Some things I questioned were U, the reality you can travel to; the storyline of Beast, and the main characters’ friends and family.

I was in some disbelief that U would really have that many users, especially users who genuinely cared about the drama. Basically, the world building/setting definitely could have been better developed. Beast’s storyline was also ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
Noodle070 - Aug 16, 2021
140 repliesby justash-_- »»
Nov 14, 8:24 PM
i hate that it took me this long for me to figure it out
mydaddy - Apr 20, 2022
11 repliesby little_shiz17 »»
Nov 11, 4:09 AM
Who does Belle end up with??
Miyuki-K - Feb 3, 2022
34 repliesby Kazuka_Miomi »»
Oct 18, 5:52 AM
In defense of the resolution/ending (spoilers)
Cynical_Pink - Aug 7, 2022
18 repliesby VardhanD »»
Jun 20, 3:14 AM
It's like Summer Wars
iamRey - Apr 1
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