GKids Is Bringing Anime Film ‘Lonely Castle in the Mirror’ To The USA

GKids is bringing the 2022 magical adventure anime film ‘Lonely Castle in the Mirror’ to the United States for its North American debut. The studio is planning a limited theatrical run and a home video release with plans for an English dub in the near future.

“GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, announced today it has acquired all North American distribution rights for LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR. Directed by Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, Colorful, The Wonderland), the film features animation from the lauded A-1 Pictures, and is adapted from the beloved novel of the same name by Mizuki Tsujimura,” GKids said on their website.

The movie premiered at number six at the Japanese box office on its opening weekend on December 22, 2022.

You can watch the trailer below:

Keigo Sasaki did the character designs and served as the chief animation director. The cast includes Ami Touma, Takumi Kitamura, Sakura Kiryu, Rihito Itagaki, Naho Yokomizo, Minami Takayama, Yuki Kaji, and Mana Ashida.

IMDB describes the synopsis as follows,

“In a tranquil neighborhood 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.”

The Tokyo-based publishing company Shueisha released a five-part manga adaption of the novel between 2019 to 2022 featuring illustrations by Tomo Taketomi. Seven Seas Entertainment released it in North America.

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