On September 11, 2022, the staff of the anime film Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Kagami no Kojou) released a new trailer that gives a deeper look into the story’s setting and its characters. The premiere date of Kagami no Kojou is December 23, 2022 in Japan.
You can watch the trailer here:
The trailer focuses on the lonely heroine Kokoro, who discovers a mirror in her room that is a portal to a castle. As soon as she arrives, she realizes that she is not the only one who has been kidnapped into the mysterious fairytale castle. Six strangers have also arrived at the castle. Her hostess, a girl wearing a wolf mask, greets her with the words: “Congratulations, you are the chosen seven. I’ll grant you a wish, no matter what it is.” At the end of the trailer, Kokoro says, “I’m not alone anymore.”
Why were these seven people chosen? What do they have in common? What is the desire each of them has in their heart that they cannot share with others? As everything is revealed… a surprising twist awaits.
Who are the members of the production team?
Lonely Castle in the Mirror production team members include:
- Original Story – Mitsuki Tsujimura
- Director – Keiichi Hara
- Screenwriter – Miho Maruo
- Character Design/Chief Animation Director – Keigo Sasaki
- Visual Concept/Kojou Design — Ilya Kuvshinov
- Music Composer — Fuki Harumi
- Production Manager – Shochiku Nippon Television
- Sales — Shochiku
- Animation Production — A-1 Pictures
What is the plot of Lonely Castle in the Mirror?
The story begins when seven lonely Japanese teenagers wake up one day to find that their bedroom mirrors are bathed in an ethereal light and seem to have become portals to another world. Curiosity overwhelms all seven teenagers, who decide to touch their respective mirrors.
You are immediately transported to a wondrous castle filled with winding staircases, portraits that appear to be alive, and sparkling, golden chandeliers. The teenagers are given a series of clues that lead them to a hidden room where one of their wishes will be granted. However, the castle is more sinister than it first appears. If the teens don’t leave the castle by five o’clock, they will be punished.
As they play the game, a shattering truth is revealed – only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved.
Where can I read the original bestseller and other works by the author?
In 2017, author Mizuki Tsujimura published the original fantasy crime novel Kagami no Kojou in Japan, which won the 2018 Japan Bookseller’s Award (with the highest number of votes in history!) and topped Da Vinci Magazine’s 2017 list of Books of the Year and won the top prize at the 2017 King’s Brunch Book Prize. On July 5, 2022, Erewhon published a hardcover edition of the English version of the novel. Another English translation of the novel exists; it was published by Doubleday in April 2021. Kagami no Kojou currently has a total circulation of 1.25 million copies.
Mizuki Tsujimura’s Anime Superiority! (Haken! Anime!) inspired a live-action film adaptation that premiered in Japan on May 20, 2022. In October 2017, Vertical published the English version of the novel.
Mizuki Tsujimura is also known for collaborating with mangaka Naoshi Arakawa to create the manga A School Frozen in Time. A School Frozen in Time was published in English by Vertical. In 2019, Tsujimura wrote the screenplay for the anime film Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Chronicles of the Lunar Exploration.
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