Promotional release poster
Japanese name
Revised HepburnBaburu
Directed byTetsurō Araki
Written by
Produced by
  • Tetsuya Nakatake
  • Mirai Kase
CinematographyKazuhiro Yamada
Edited byAya Hida
Music byHiroyuki Sawano
Distributed by
Release dates
  • February 10, 2022 (2022-02-10) (Berlin)
  • April 28, 2022 (2022-04-28) (Netflix)
  • May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13) (theatrical)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office$509,309[1]

Bubble (Japanese: バブル, Hepburn: Baburu) is a 2022 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic film produced by Wit Studio. It is directed by Tetsurō Araki and written by Gen Urobuchi with character designs by Takeshi Obata and music composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. The film had early screenings at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 10, 2022.[2] It was followed by its worldwide release on Netflix on April 28, 2022, before it was released theatrically in Japan in May.[3][4][5] A manga adaptation of the film by Erubo Hijihara was serialized in Shōnen Jump+ from April 22 to May 23, 2022.[6][7]


In the near future, the world is overcome by bubbles that break the laws of reality. An explosion at Tokyo Tower concentrates all the bubbles in Tokyo, but makes the city uninhabitable. Various young folk defy the restrictions, and live there anyway, using parkour tournaments as a means to barter and trade supplies. In one parkour team, the Blue Blazes, 18-year-old Hibiki is an exceptional parkour talent, but he avoids others due to a hearing ultrasensitivity. Tokyo Tower continues to be an impossible location to get to because of gravity anomalies.

One day, Hibiki attempts to climb the tower because he hears a woman's song, and believes he sees a boy there. He almost makes it, but ends up falling into the ocean, where his final exhale combines with some of the bubbles to make a young girl. She is clearly new to being a human, but learns quickly from others. Hibiki names her "Uta" ("Song") because she knows the song he hears in his head. Uta and Hibiki train parkour together, beating a team called the Morticians/Undertakers, however, in one final catch, when Uta touches Hibiki, her arm fades away into bubbles. Bubble activity starts up again, so the Tokyo residents need to flee. Uta goes to Tokyo Tower to stop it. Hibiki goes to save her.

In the final scene they save each other, but Uta fades into bubbles as in the original fairy tale from Hans Christian Andersen: "The Little Mermaid." In her final breath, she tells Hibiki that he made it worth it for her to be human. With the bubbles gone, the citizens of Tokyo return and start to rebuild. The parkour teams continue their lives too. Whether real or imagined, in the end credits Hibiki is still continuing to do parkour and there is a bubble following him which could imply it is Uta.

Voice cast

Character Japanese voice English voice[8]
Hibiki Jun Shison[3][9] Zach Aguilar
Hibiki (young) Jeannie Tirado
Uta Riria[10] Emi Lo
Makoto Alice Hirose[2][9] Erica Lindbeck
Shin Mamoru Miyano[2][9] Keith Silverstein
Kai Yuki Kaji[2][9] Robbie Daymond
Usagi Sayaka Senbongi[2][9] Laura Stahl
Denki Ninja Tasuku Hatanaka[2][9] Kyle McCarley
Undertaker Leader Marina Inoue[2][9] Cristina Vee
Kantō Mad Lobster Shin-ichiro Miki[9] Chris Jai Alex


The film's score is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. The opening theme song is "Bubble feat. Uta" performed by Eve, while the ending theme song is "Jaa ne, Mata ne" (じゃあね、またね。, "See You, Catch You Later") performed by Riria, who voices Uta in the film.[10]

Bubble (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 11, 2022 (2022-05-11)
LabelToy's Factory
ProducerHiroyuki Sawano

Track listing

All music is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano

Bubble (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) track listing
1."BUBBLE" 1:58
3."BB" 00:53
4."JU-RYOKU" 2:35
5."BB2" 2:29
6."MERMAID" 4:18
7."HIBIKI" 1:56
8."UTAtoHIBIKI" 1:32
10."BBxUT" 3:20
11."PARKOUR" 3:56
12."UTA" 1:57
13."2ndBUBBLE" 5:29
14."TOWER" 5:57
15."NE-SAMA" 2:20
16."BUBBLE-cho." 6:49
17."BUBBLE-THEME" 3:54
19."Bubble (TeddyLoid Remix)"Eve3:23
20."Shikisai (色彩)" 5:13
21."Bye Bye, See You (じゃあね、またね。)"Riria.4:05
Total length:73:28


Critical reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 50% of 22 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.6/10.[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 56 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[12]

Bubble grossed $509,309 at the box office.[1]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2022 72nd Berlin International Film Festival Generation 14plus — Crystal Bear for the Best Film Tetsurō Araki Nominated [2]
Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Animated Programme or Series (2D or 3D) Bubble Won [13]
2023 7th Crunchyroll Anime Awards Best Film Nominated [14]


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  3. ^ a b "虚淵玄×小畑健×荒木哲郎のオリジナルアニメ「バブル」22年5月公開 声優に志尊淳、宮野真守、梶裕貴ら". Eiga.com (in Japanese). December 7, 2021. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
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  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 3, 2022). "Netflix 2022 Film Slate Touts 86 Titles Including Star-Studded Fare Knives Out 2, The Gray Man, The School For Good And Evil & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  6. ^ Mateo, Alex (April 11, 2022). "3 New Manga Launch on Shonen Jump+". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 16, 2022). "Bubble Anime Film's Manga Ends on May 23". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
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  9. ^ a b c d e f g h @NetflixAnime (February 14, 2022). "Bubble is coming to Netflix! Directed by Tetsuro Araki, animated by WIT Studio, and music composition by Hiroyuki Sawano! This gravity-bending, breathtaking adventure hits Netflix on April 28th, check out the first look at the characters 👇" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  13. ^ Ravindran, Manori; Ramachandran, Naman (December 8, 2022). "Asian Academy Creative Awards Unveil 2022 Winners: Netflix Scores Five Wins on Night Two". Variety. Retrieved May 30, 2024.
  14. ^ Eisenbeis, Richard (March 4, 2023). "All the Winners of the 7th Annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 30, 2024.