Belle | 2021    

Updated January 16, 2022

Summary & Info

Belle
A shy girl (voiced by Kaho Nakamura) struggles with loneliness after the death of her mother, until she enters the virtual universe of U, where she can be who she really wants to be. Cast: the voices of Ryô Narita, Shôta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Ikura, Sumi Shimamoto, Kôji Yakusho and Ermhoi. Director: Mamoru Hosoda. In Japanese with English subtitles. [2:01 – PG]

Dueling Critics

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“[A] fusion of hand-drawn and CG styles that keeps shapeshifting ‘Belle’ in weird and wonderful directions…[It] s also incredibly funny, gear-shifting from soaring uplift and plunging lows to bone-dry comic moments that Hosoda edits perfectly to nail the endless awkwardness of high-school romantic encounters.”
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“[It] is too long, thanks not only to the melodrama piled onto the story, but also owing to the extensive exposition and explanations of the digital universe of ‘U,’ which is where this ‘Belle’ avatar becomes a singing sensation, and meets her ‘Beast’…It’s all a little hard to follow.”

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Belle | 2022

    

Updated January 16, 2022

Critical Consensus

Dueling Critics

thumbs-up“[A] fusion of hand-drawn and CG styles that keeps shapeshifting ‘Belle’ in weird and wonderful directions…[It] s also incredibly funny, gear-shifting from soaring uplift and plunging lows to bone-dry comic moments that Hosoda edits perfectly to nail the endless awkwardness of high-school romantic encounters.”
thumbs-down“[It] is too long, thanks not only to the melodrama piled onto the story, but also owing to the extensive exposition and explanations of the digital universe of ‘U,’ which is where this ‘Belle’ avatar becomes a singing sensation, and meets her ‘Beast’…It’s all a little hard to follow.”

Summary & Info

Belle
A shy girl (voiced by Kaho Nakamura) struggles with loneliness after the death of her mother, until she enters the virtual universe of U, where she can be who she really wants to be. Cast: the voices of Ryô Narita, Shôta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Ikura, Sumi Shimamoto, Kôji Yakusho and Ermhoi. Director: Mamoru Hosoda. In Japanese with English subtitles. [2:01 – PG]

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