How Would You Live in a Different World? A Look into Belle (竜とそばかすの姫)

in The Anime Realm2 months ago (edited)
My exposure to games, movies - and now the metaverse - had me wondering: how close are we to the possibility of getting a chance to take on life differently? If you had the option to live differently in a different world, would you?

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Banner created on Canva. Screenshot taken from Belle's Official Trailer

Belle brings me to the same thought after yet another rewatch. This is probably my fifth... Or sixth? I lost count.


Belle (竜とそばかすの姫, Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") is a modern-day twist to Beauty and the Beast. The movie's protagonist is Suzu Naito, a high-school student struggling to get back into singing after her mother's death. As her avatar Belle, she dives into the widely known virtual space called "U" after her friend Hiro's recommendation. There she quickly becomes a singing sensation but also becomes intrigued by the Dragon who gatecrashed into her concert.

This film was written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda who also directed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.


After Suzu lost her mother to an unfortunate event, she closed her heart off from the world. She distanced herself from her father, her friends, and her passion for music and singing. But that changed after she discovered "U".

"U" is a virtual space where its system will create your avatar, Alternate Self (AS) based on your characteristics IRL. You can be anything you want there. At first, Suzu hesitated to take on her AS as it looked like her popular schoolmate, Ruka Watanabe, but then becomes surprised as it also acquired freckles - something she has identified with. She then named her AS Bell since Suzu is bell in Japanese. After diving into U, she sings a few lines from a song she made and that bolsters her fast into fame.

There is a dash of romance in here as it is an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast after all, and the film captures the feelings of a high-schooler being infatuated with a close childhood friend.


One of the things that I admire about this film is its mix of 2D and 3DCG animation. It feels seamless, but you know it's there. You will see 2D elements in Suzu's world and more of the 3DCG work in U. In the coming days, I'll be using this as my reference for practicing art too!

Screenshots taken from Belle's Official Trailer

Apart from its visuals, Belle's music was beautifully done. Kaho Nakamura's voice and lyrics fit well with Suzu's personality. The film's score and music aided the flow, too. My favorite is A Million Miles Away (はなればなれの君へ), where Suzu sings about wanting to see a loved one once more. The song will move you as it starts with sadness and longing but caps it off with an optimistic outlook.

As for its story, I wish there was more about U as another world. What else could possibly be done in it aside from walking around a space that reminds you of the streets of New York? There were also times when emotions were highlighted for too long and I was itching to skip a few frames ahead.

Overall, Belle's an 8 for me and will always be one of my favorite animated movies. Beautiful visuals, good voice acting, and music, and I'd definitely love to learn more about the 2D and 3D creation side of things!


That's pretty much all I have about Belle right now. Let me know if you've given this film a try too. Thanks for sticking around!


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I am currently looking for fresh recommendation. I watch quite a bit of isekai and this seems more cheerful than what I normally watch. That being said, i'll check this out after I finish binge watching overlord.

Ahh, Overlord! That's one of my gf's favorites! The other one is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. I've yet to binge on both but I know more about the latter since I watched the first season and some of the second one.

This one's not much of an isekai but if the trailer piques your interest, give it a try and get back to me some time!

Hahaha I also watched Slime and it was the most fun anime I've ever watched 😂 although at first I was like, " this can't be right!". I use viu to watch these anime and seems like they cater more to Isekai than other genres which is why I watched quite a bit of them. Anyhow, I'll let you know when I finished watching that one.

Hahahaha I was surprised when I saw it too! Eventually I got hooked to it!

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Ahhhh, thanks for this. I mean, I saw this before on fb, a lot of pipz are hyping it too but I forgot to download it, lol. Now I will add into my watchlist para di malimutan, aguy.

UwU try mo! Puro movies lang kaya ng attention span ko these days, hais
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Haha, oo nakakita na ako ng link download ko yan latur. Magaganda series para di bitin, try mo kapag may time ehehe

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Wer did you watched it is it available in Netflix Arc? Music anime genre sympre lez go tayo dyan!

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I like this new version of beauty and the beast, and it is also interesting to think about living in another reality, so I will have this production among the ones I must see, very good post

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Great review @arcgspy ! I didn't know that you were into Anime btw, so the movie sound really interesting and it's going to be on my watch list for sure! Thanks for sharing!
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Lofone! Nice to see ya dropping by! I’m just taking some baby steps into Anime. 😅 Anything that’s needs to be watched for more than 3 days is a no-no for me, haha.

Let me know what you think of it after you’ve seen it!

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Ohhh, ito pala yung Belle! This genre fascinates me, I'm not used to it kasi, but since I liked The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and there's a reference from Beauty and the Beast, I might try this.

Mhm, that Belle~ Give it a try, it’s got a nice score. Or I can probably stream it one of these days.

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I've been wanting to watch this ever since I saw the trailers and when it was released in the cinema and then netflix. Sadly, the lack of time meant that it's still sitting on my to-do list 😭. I really have to find a slot somewhere in my schedule for this show. 😅 !PIZZA

Aww dang! Hope you could watch it soon! Good luck with sorting your schedule out, Blitzzz 😅
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This sounds like a pretty cool premise for a movie! Thanks for the review! 😃

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This looks so nice, I'll most certainly add this to my Next year list 😂