On July 21, 2022, the official website for the anime film Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Kagami no Kojo) released a trailer giving us a glimpse of the main heroine, Kokoro, who narrates the trailer, and the mysterious castle that the plot of the story revolves around.
Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Miss Hokusai, The Wonderland) will direct the film at the animation studio A-1 Pictures. The film is set to premiere at the end of the year this winter 2022 in Japan. On July 28, 2022, more information about the film will be released.
You can watch the trailer on Shochiku’s official YouTube channel here:
What is the plot of Lonely Castle in the Mirror?
The story begins when one day, seven lonely, Japanese teenagers wake up to discover that their bedroom mirrors are shining with ethereal light and appear to have become portals to another world. Curiosity gets the better of all seven of the teenagers, who decide to touch their respective mirrors.
They instantly become transported to a wondrous castle filled with winding stairways, portraits that appear to be alive, and sparkling, golden chandeliers. The teens are given a set of clues, which will lead them to a hidden room where one of them will be granted a wish. 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 the teens play the game a devastating truth emerges – only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved.
Where can I read the original best-selling novel and other works by the author?
In 2017, author Mizuki Tsujimura released the original, fantasy mystery novel Kagami no Kojo in Japan, which won the 2018 Japan Bookseller’s Award (with the highest number of votes in history!), topped Da Vinci magazine’s Book of the Year list in 2017, and won the grand prize in the King’s Brunch Book Prize 2017. On July 5, 2022, Erewhon released a hardcover edition of the novel’s English version. Another English translation of the novel exists that was released in April 2021 by Doubleday. Kagami no Kojo currently has 1.25 million copies in cumulative circulation.
Mizuki Tsujimura’s Anime Supremacy! (Haken! Anime!) inspired a live-action film adaptation that opened on May 20, 2022, in Japan. In October 2017, Vertical released the novel’s English version.
Mizuki Tsujimura is also known for teaming up with mangaka Naoshi Arakawa to create the A School Frozen in Time manga. A School Frozen in Time has been released in English by Vertical. In 2019, Tsujimura wrote the script for the anime film Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration.
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