Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
|Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror|
Japanese release poster
|Hepburn||Hottarake no Shima: Haruka to Mahō no Kagami|
|Directed by||Shinsuke Sato|
|Produced by||Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
|Written by||Hirotaka Adachi
|Music by||Tadashi Ueda|
|Edited by||Tsuyoshi Imai|
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (ホッタラケの島 〜遥と魔法の鏡〜 Hottarake no Shima: Haruka to Mahō no Kagami?) is a 2009 Japanese computer-animated film directed by Shinsuke Sato. It was produced in commemoration of Fuji Television's 50th anniversary. The film was nominated for the award for Excellent Animation of the Year at the 33rd Japan Academy Prize.
After losing her mother at a young age, Haruka has treasured the hand mirror she had received from her. As she grew older, she forgot about the mirror and eventually lost it. One day, she decides to go to a local shrine and pray to Inari for the hand mirror to be returned to her. As Haruka sits by the shrine, she drops her house key under the steps. After going to retrieve it, a small fox-like creature runs by, and takes her key, and a toy airplane that had been abandoned earlier. Haruka follows the creature into the woods, but loses it at a large fractured stone. Haruka dips her hand in the small pool of strangely warm water, and is suddenly sucked into the pool, flies out of a river, and lands in a cart with the creature.
The fox creature, named Teo, explains to Haruka that she is in the world of the neglected, made of forgotten things because his race cannot make things themselves. Hoping to find her lost mirror, Haruka goes with Teo to Oblivion Island.
- Voiced by: Haruka Ayase (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)
- Sixteen-year-old Haruka has a strained relation with her struggling father after her mother’s death. One day she remembers the hand mirror she got from her mother, and believes that finding it can connect her to her memories.
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English)
- A resident of Oblivion Island endowed only with minimal power, he is one of the collectors who gather items that people have lost or forgotten for their city.
- Voiced by: Tamaki Matsumoto (Japanese), Julie Maddalena (English)
- A stuffed sheep toy that used to belong to Haruka.
- Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
- Ambitious and pompous, Baron is the de facto ruler of the Oblivion Island who cherishes long-reaching, convoluted plans.
The film was nominated for the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film. In 2010, the film won the Nippon Cinema Award at the Nippon Connection Film Festival. In 2013, it is one of the feature films of the Japanese Film festival organized by Golden Screen Cinemas in Malaysia.
The Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror Blu-ray was released in the US on August 14, 2012 by FUNimation Entertainment. Both the Blu-ray and DVD releases of the film were released in Japan on February 26, 2010.
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- Official Website (Japanese)
- Official Website (English)
- Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror at the Internet Movie Database