GKIDS introduced on Monday that it’s going to launch Mamoru Hosoda‘s BELLE (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime) anime movie on digital platforms on May 3 and on Blu-ray Disc on May 17. The movie will get a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack and a Steelbook version solely at Target. Shout! Factory is distributing the movie.

VAP will ship the Blu-ray Disc and DVD of the movie in Japan on April 20. The movie’s Special Edition Blu-ray Disc in Japan will embody beforehand unreleased footage from the movie as a bonus further. The launch will function two bonus discs with over 4 hours of video extras, together with the unreleased footage.

GKIDS describes the story:

Suzu is a shy, on a regular basis highschool scholar dwelling in a rural village. For years, she has solely been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a large digital world, she escapes into the web persona of BELLE, a stunning and globally-beloved singer. One day, her live performance is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identification of this mysterious “beast” and to find her true self in a world the place you might be anybody.

GKIDS started screening the movie in English and in Japanese with English subtitles within the U.S. on January 14. IMAX previews opened in choose theaters on January 12. The movie has earned US$3,366,867 within the U.S. field workplace, as of Monday. The movie is Hosoda’s highest grossing movie in North America.

BELLE opened in Japan on July 16 final yr. The movie had IMAX screenings in 38 theaters all through Japan. This makes BELLE the primary of Hosoda’s movies to have IMAX screenings. The movie has earned a cumulative whole of 6.53 billion yen (about US$56.9 million) as of December 12. The movie is Hosoda’s highest-grossing movie. MX4D screenings for the movie opened on October 22.

Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, The Boy and The Beast, Mirai) directed and scripted the movie, and can also be credited for the unique work. The movie marks Studio Chizu‘s tenth anniversary. Taisei Iwasaki (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, The Naked Director) was the movie’s music director and composer.

Source: Press launch