Lonely Castle in the Mirror, the anime film adaptation of the book by Mizuki Tsujimura, is inching closer to release. Now we’ve got a fresh trailer for the film and some new news on its cast. Not so lonely anymore, huh?
The newly announced cast members are: Akiko Yajima, Karen Miyama, Ayaka Yoshimura, and Anji Ikehata (clockwise from top left).
Here’s a reminder of who’s on staff:
Director: Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, The Wonderland)
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Screenplay: Miho Maruo (Miss Hokusai, The Wonderland)
Character designs, chief animation director: Keigo Sasaki
Visual concept, castle design: Ilya Kuvshinov
Music: Harumi Fuuki
The theme song previewed in the trailer is “Merry-Go-Round” by Yūri. Lonely Castle in the Mirror hits Japanese theaters on December 23.
Here’s how Doubleday describes the original novel:
In a tranquil neighbourhood of Tokyo, seven teenagers wake to find their bedroom mirrors are shining.
At a single touch, they are pulled from their lonely lives to a wondrous castle filled with winding stairways, watchful portraits and twinkling chandeliers. In this new sanctuary, they are confronted with a set of clues leading to a hidden room where one of them will be granted a wish. But there’s a catch: if they don’t leave the castle by five o’clock, they will be punished.
As time passes, a devastating truth emerges: only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved.