Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime


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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: 7.491 (scored by 8202882,028 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #19132
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1436
Members: 165,024
Favorites: 1,628

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors

Hisatake, Shinobu

Narita, Ryou


Moriyama, Ryouko


Iwasaki, Yoshimi


Nakao, Sachiyo


Miyamoto, Mitsuru


Sinterniklaas, Michael
Producer, ADR Director
Hosoda, Mamoru
Director, Screenplay, Original Creator
Nakamura, Kaho
Theme Song Performance
Tsuneta, Daiki
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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


Apr 3, 2023
Belle is a surprising anime. No, I'm not memeing. Yes, I'll further develop. Might be because I wasn't all that informed about it and I was expecting a standard take on Beauty and the Beast, basically a remake of the classic where the relationship between Belle and the beast is the focus of the movie... or maybe because I didn't expect to get invested in a story of how J-Pop could save the world. Of course, it's far from flawless, it juggles with too many ideas and concepts for its own good and, at times, I couldn't help but 'ugh' at the rather underdeveloped take ...
Jul 16, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Disclaimer that I am conversational-but-not-fluent so there were parts I didn't understand. That being said I also didn't entirely get what was going on in Summer Wars even with English subs and this is very much Same Energy. Anyway maybe it would help if I saw it again, but I found the story difficult to follow. It cuts between scenes really abruptly at times and things just seem to happen without a whole lot of buildup (Belle's fame and her/Suzu's relationships to Ryuu and other characters for instance). Also what are the mods doing? People are just getting doxxed left and right and no one ...
Mar 5, 2024
Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime reinforces the idea that a gold-covered turd, is at the end of the day, still a turd. This sorry excuse for a Beauty and the Beast inspired film falls short in many vital aspects, calling into question exactly "whose idea was this?" and "did anyone really read the script?".

Watching this film felt as though the director had cut out chunks from the storyline at random. Frequently, scenes would fail to adequately flesh out the narrative, resulting in an extreme lack of explanation for character motives or general functionalities of the world. Also present, was an excessive absence of continuity. In ...

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