Lonely Castle in the Mirror gets brand-new Kagami no Kojou trailer

The Nokemono-tachi no Yoru TV anime film will premiere on December 23, 2022. Pic credit: A-1 Pictures

The Lonely Castle in the Mirror release date has been confirmed for December 23, 2022, the Fall 2022 anime season.

The Nokemono-tachi no Yoru TV anime film has been getting regular updates ever since having been announced in July 2022.

The latest one came on November 12, 2022, when a brand-new trailer PV emerged.

Take a look:

The revelation came just mere days after a Lonely Castle in the Mirror movie trailer featuring the theme song music “Merry-Go-Round” by Yuuri had been uncovered.

The first trailer PV for the anime film popped up on August 7, 2022.

On September 20, 2022, additional Lonely Castle in the Mirror cast members were announced.

Lonely Castle in the Mirror cast and staff

A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online II) is producing the Lonely Castle in the Mirror anime film, whereas Shochiku is the distributor.

The main staff members include:

  • Keiichi Hara (The Wonderland) — director
  • Miho Maruo (Hara’s Miss Hokusai) — scriptwriter
  • Keigo Sasaki (ERASED) — character designer, chief animation director
  • Ilya Kuvshinov (The Wonderland) — visual concept, castle design
  • Harumi Fuuki — music composer

The cast members are:

  • Ami Touma — Kokoro
  • Sakura Kiryu — Aki
  • Takumi Kitamura — Rion
  • Aoi Miyazaki — Kitajima-sensei
  • Rihito Itagaki — Subaru
  • Naho Yokomizo — Fūka
  • Minami Takayama — Masamune
  • Yuuki Kaji — Ureshino
  • Kumiko Aso — Kokoro’s mother

The Lonely Castle in the Mirror plot centers on seven teenagers who one day wake up in a mysterious castle. They are about to discover that their bedroom mirrors are shining and there’s indeed more than meets the eye about them!

Namely, if they want to leave the castle, the teenagers will have to unveil their secrets to one another. For some added thrills (and shivers), they must leave the castle by 5 o’clock or be punished.

About The Lonely Castle in the Mirror novel

The Lonely Castle in the Mirror anime film is based on the eponymous novel by Mizuki Tsujimura.

The novel was published by Poplar Publishing on May 11, 2017, winning the grand prize in the 2017 King’s Brunch Book Prize and the 2018 Japan Booksellers’ Award.

In March 2021, Poplar Publishing re-released the novel in a two-volume paperback format in Japan.

The official English translation was published in April 2021 by Doubleday. Erewhon published a hardcover English edition on October 18, 2022.

Author Tsujimura is a well-known name in the fandom. In 2004, her A School Frozen in Time novel series (冷たい校舎の時は止まる, Tsumetai Kousha no Toki wa Tomaru) won the Mephisto Prize.

The series inspired a manga adaptation illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa (Your Lie in April), which was serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine from December 2007 to April 2009. The individual chapters have been collected into four tankōbon volumes.

Vertical has licensed the manga series for an English-language release.

In 2014, Tsujimura-sensei published another successful novel — Anime Supremacy! (ハケンアニメ!, Haken Anime!), which was illustrated by CLAMP.  

Anime Supremacy! was published in English by Vertical in October 2017.

Overall, expectations are high for the Lonely Castle in the Mirror anime film, based on the author’s proven track record of successful titles. Thankfully, there’s just a bit more until the Nokemono-tachi no Yoru December 2022 premiere!

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