Kagami no Kojou


Lonely Castle in the Mirror

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Solitary Castle in the Mirror
Japanese: かがみの孤城
English: Lonely Castle in the Mirror
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 23, 2022
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery
Duration: 1 hr. 56 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 7.631 (scored by 78027,802 users)
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Ranked: #14842
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Popularity: #4149
Members: 28,828
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Synopsis

In a tranquil neighborhood of Tokyo, seven students are avoiding going to school—hiding in their darkened bedrooms, unable to face their family and friends—until the moment they find the mirrors in their bedrooms are shining.

At a single touch, they are pulled from their lonely lives into a wondrous castle straight out of a Grimm's fairy tale. This whimsical place, oddly lacking in food and running water but full of electrical sockets, is home to a petulant girl in a mask, named Wolf Queen and becomes their playground and refuge during school hours. Hidden within the walls, they're told there's a key that will grant one wish, as well as a set of clues to find it. But there's a catch: the key must be found by the end of the school year and they must leave the premises by five o'clock each day or else suffer a fatal end.

As time passes, a devastating truth emerges: only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved. And so they begin to unlock each other's stories: how a boy is showered with more gadgets than love; how another suffers a painful and unexplained rejection, and how a girl lives in fear of her predatory stepfather. As they struggle to abide by the rules of the game, a moving story unfolds, of seven characters trapped in a cycle of misunderstanding and loneliness, who are ultimately set free by the power of friendship, empathy, and sacrifice.

(Source: Erewhon Books, edited)

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Hara, Keiichi
Director
Yuuri
Theme Song Performance
Matsumoto, Norio
Key Animation
Kuvshinov, Ilya
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"Merry-Go-Round (メリーゴーランド)" by Yuuri




Reviews

Dec 17, 2023
Lonely Castle in the Mirror is another anime film focused on a troubled teen overcoming her personal issues through some extraordinary means, in this case entering a parallel world in a castle through her bedroom mirror where she encounters six other teens having their own personal troubles. There are two main elements explored throughout this film's run: exploring the personal issues of each of the characters and the mystery surrounding the alternate world that the seven are able to enter.

For the first one, the seven teens share a common dilemma in that they have their personal traumas impacting their lives to varying degrees. The ...
Sep 13, 2023
Mixed Feelings
A story at it's core full of potential unfortunately hindered by it's pacing and script which are, for lack of a better word... shit

Although i did ultimately enjoy this movie, i feel like it missed by a long shot how great it could've been
It tries to showcase emotional and even tough themes, but these lose their depth and instead come off as exagerated and/or melodramatic thanks to mediocre writing and directing

The first half is paced extreamly badly, with the characters actions feeling so slow a snail could run a marathon before the scene ends
It's also very dialogue focused, like i mentioned before, the script's quality ...
May 11, 2024
I was really disappointed with this adaptation from manga/book to anime. So many details were missing, even important ones. It's a shame because the book is really good. Watching it, you don't even get to know the main character properly. Of course, she doesn't talk much, but she has a lot of inner monologues that build up her character. The other characters have as much personality, which is a shame. Everything is so random, and the pacing is even worse because the movie is so rushed. Let's not talk about the animation.
I wouldn't recommend this movie, and I'd rather suggest reading the book. I ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

There's actually an epilogue to this film
Jax - Apr 8
6 repliesby eiiba »»
Apr 24, 6:24 PM
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Usopp8000 - Jan 1, 2023
50 repliesby ZXEAN »»
Apr 18, 10:48 AM
Over a year, movie is still loved by many people.
kumajoi - Feb 9
5 repliesby BassDrivenM »»
Mar 24, 2:46 PM
Is this English Dubbed?
OtakuSociety8 - Feb 10
3 repliesby Akmalbarg47c »»
Feb 12, 9:07 AM
Beautiful movie, if it gets a local release, don't miss it.
blenderben - Dec 25, 2022
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