Lonely Castle in the Mirror Trailer and Key Visual Revealed

The upcoming movie based on the award-winning novel has released its first official trailer!


A new trailer, key visual and cast members were revealed on Thursday for the upcoming Lonely castle in the mirror animation film. While their roles have not yet been specified, Akiko Yajima (Pino – Ergo proxy), Anji Ikehata (debut), Ayaka Yoshimura (debut), and Karen Miyama (Koyuki Kazehana – Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow). The trailer also features the movie’s theme song titled “Merry-Go-Round” by singer Yuri. Studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, 86 Eighty-Six) is responsible for the animation production for Lonely castle in the mirror which will hit theaters across Japan on December 23.

The lonely castle in the mirror anime


Award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Miss Hokusai) will direct the film. Miho Maruo (Dragon Ball) is responsible for the screenplay and Harumi Fuuki is composing the music. Fuuki recently composed the soundtrack for the film Tunnel to summer, the exit of goodbye, which was released in September. Keigo Sasaki (deleted, Seven Deadly Sins) is responsible for the character designs for the film and will also lead as chief animation director. Hiromichi Itō (Seven Deadly Sins) will oversee the art for the film as art director.

Toshiaki Aoshima and Yohei Miyawaki are the directors of photography. The two have worked on many series together in photography roles, including: Kaguya-sama: Love is war, Space Brothers, Darling in the Franxxand deleted. They were also on the 2D work team for Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale also. And more recently, Aoshima was the director of photography for Lycoris recoil while Miyawaki played the same role but for the other original anime from A-1 Pictures Engage Kiss.

The rest of the Lonely castle in the mirror staff includes the following:

  • art board: Hiroshi Ono (Akira, Nine)
  • art institution: Takashi Nakamura (Akira, Colorful)
  • CG Animation Director: Shigetaka Ushida (Expelled from paradise)
  • CG Modeling Director: Hiroshi Inagaki (SSSS.Dynazenon)
  • Color design: Takahiro Mogi (Golden Kamuy, Megalobox)
  • To process: Shigeru Nishiyama (Slam Dunk, soul eater, deleted, Bungo Stray Dogs)
  • Design lonely castle: Ilya Kuvshinov (The orbital children)
  • Visual concept: Ilya Kuvshinov (The orbital children)

The teaser trailer for Lonely Castle in the Mirror was released in July, which you can watch below:

Official teaser trailer


Ami Toma will land her first major, voice acting role as a lead character Kokoro. Aoi Miyazaki, who voiced Shoko Sano in the film, will join her as Kitajima-sensei in the film. Colorful. Kumiko Asou will vote Kokoro’s mother in the movie. And while the former three just-mentioned are relatively newer voice actresses, they’ll be joined by veteran Minami Takayama as Masamune. Takayama has many notable past roles including Conan from Detective ConanGriffith van Berserk (1997)Hao Asakura out Shaman King (2001), Nabiki Tendou out ranma , and of course one of the best anime moms in history as Sachiko Fujinuma from deleted.

Other cast includes:

  • fūka: Naho Yokomizo
  • Subaru: Rihito Itagaki (debut)
  • aki: Sakura Kiryū (Nagisa Amano – Weathering with you)
  • Rion: Takumi Kitamura (Naomi Katagaki – Hello World)
  • Ureshino: Yuuki Kaji (Eren Yeager – Attack on Titan)

Lonely castle in the mirror novel

The film is based on the award-winning novel by Mizuki Tsujimura. Lonely castle in the mirror was published in 2017 and won the top prize at the King’s Brunch Book Prize awards that same year. Fast forward to 2018, the novel finally won the Japan Booksellers’ Award 2018 and placed at the top da Vinci magazine “Book of the year” list. In 2021, US-based publisher Doubleday released the novel in English in 2021, while Erewhon released a hardcover version earlier this month.

In a quiet area of ​​Tokyo, seven teenagers wake up to find that their bedroom mirrors are shiny.
With a single touch, they are pulled from their solitary lives to a wondrous castle filled with winding staircases, watchful portraits and twinkling chandeliers. In this new sanctuary, they are confronted by a series of clues that lead to a hidden room where one of them may grant a wish. But there’s a catch: if they don’t leave the castle by five o’clock, they’ll be punished. As time goes by, a devastating truth emerges: Only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved.

Novel synopsis by Doubleday

Source: official website, Official Twitter

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