We breakdown everything you need to know about the upcoming anime movie ‘Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop’, including release, voice cast, plot and more!
For Western audiences, Crunchyroll and Funimation dominate the ani-streaming space; however, Netflix is slowly edging their way towards the same level of promotion.
This month alone, fans on Netflix will get the second season of Beastars, the final Trollhunters chapter and the new Masters of the Universe series.
However, one of the ‘sleeper’ titles of this month is ‘Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop’, which certainly has the potential to become a modern classic.
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop: Plot
The anime movie tells the story of Cherry and Smile.
Cherry is a boy who has poor communication skills who always wears headphones, so people won’t talk to him. However, he puts the day-to-day emotions he feels into Japanese haiku poems.
On the other hand, Smile always wears a mask to hide her large front teeth and braces, but has become a popular video streamer in secret, often talking about seeking ‘cuteness’.
One day, the two accidentally bump into each other in a mundane shopping centre and what should have been a quiet Summer, turns into a season of love, friendship and music.
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop: Release date and time
- Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop released in both Japanese theatres and worldwide via Netflix on Thursday, July 22nd at 12 AM PDT.
The movie was initially scheduled to release in Japan back in May 2021, but like countless other projects, had to be delayed because of the rise in covid cases.
The film released with Japanese, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French audio options available.
The following voice cast has been confirmed online:
- Hana Sugisaki as Smile (Mary and The Witch’s Flower)
- Somegoro Ichikawa VIII as Cherry (Pocket Monsters)
- Kikuko Inoue as Tsubasa (Fairy Tale)
- Koichi Yamadera as Mr Fujiyama (Dragon Ball Super: Broly)
- Megumi Han as Bieber (Black Cover)
- Megumi Nakajima as Julie (Fairy Tale)
- Natsuki Hanae as Japan (Attack on Titan)
- Sumire Morohoshi as Marie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Yuichiro Umehara as Toughboy (Black Clover)
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is directed by Kyohei Ishiguro, who has worked on Fairy Tale, Mobile Suit Gundam and My Little Monsters.
The script director is Dai Sato, known for Ghost in the Shell, Eden of the East, Halo Legends and Eureka Seven.
Kensuke Ushio is in charge of music, who has provided the score for Devilman: Crybaby, Japan Sinks 2020, Space Dandy and the upcoming Chainsaw Man anime.
Character design was done by Yukiko Aikei, who worked on Sword Art Online, Toradora, Darling in the Franxx and Naruto Shippuden.
The animation companies at the reigns are Signal MD (Mars Red, Dragon Goes House-Hunting and Platinum End) and Sublimation (Dragon’s Dogma, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway and Tokyo Ghoul).
The opening song for Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is performed by Never Young Beach.
The song is expected to be made available as part of the official soundtrack, but you can check it out below:
Is there a manga series?
There is indeed a manga series tied to Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, but it is only available in Japanese.
The first volume released in April 2020 with two more volumes launching in July this year.
This article will be updated as more information is revealed.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]