Mappa, the renowned animation studio known for producing hit titles like “Chainsaw Man,” “Hell’s Paradise,” and “Jujutsu Kaisen,” is all set to make a groundbreaking leap with its first original anime movie, “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou,” also known as “Maboroshi.” Anime enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting any glimpse into this highly anticipated project, and their excitement reached a new peak when the movie’s dramatic main trailer was finally revealed.
Director Mari Okada’s Second Venture: A Thrilling Prospect
Directed by the immensely talented Mari Okada, celebrated for her exceptional work as the scriptwriter of “Anohana” and the series composer of “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans,” “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou” has already captured the attention of anime fans worldwide. Mari Okada’s previous directorial experience with the 2018 fantasy film “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms,” produced by P.A. Works, has further heightened expectations for her second directorial endeavor, with the support of Mappa promising a truly innovative and emotive anime movie.
Revelations in the Main Trailer
The newly released main trailer provides a tantalizing glimpse into the world of Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou,” shedding light on the dynamics between the main characters and treating viewers to the enchanting Miyuki Nakajima theme song, “Shin-on.” The fresh footage offers a glimpse into the mysterious setting of a gloomy town, haunted by an explosion at a steel mill that left all exits closed and time at a standstill. In this captivating world, the residents must adhere to a daily unchanging routine to prevent the world’s destruction.
A Journey with Compelling Characters: Meet Masamune, Mutsumi, and Itsumi
The story centers around Masamune Kikuiri, a third-year middle school student, brought to life by the talented voice actor Junya Enoki, whose previous notable role includes Itadori in “Jujutsu Kaisen.” Masamune’s life takes an unexpected turn when he is led by the enigmatic Mutsumi Sagami, voiced by Reina Ueda, known for her roles in “Demon Slayer,” “My Hero Academia,” and “Fruits Basket,” to the fifth blast furnace of the steel mill. There, they encounter a feral girl named Itsumi, portrayed by Misaki Kuno, who has previously lent her voice to Hawk in “The Seven Deadly Sins.”
The encounter between these three characters becomes the catalyst for a world-altering event, as the unstoppable impulse of love between boys and girls, weary of their mundane lives, begins to unravel the very fabric of reality.
Talented Staff and Enchanting Music: The Power Behind “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou”
Embark on an enchanting journey with Mappa’s first original anime movie, “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou,” as it brings together a talented team led by director Mari Okada, promising an unforgettable cinematic experience.
- Mari Okada – Director (Known for “Anohana” and “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans”)
- Tadashi Hiramatsu – Assistant Director (Contributed to “Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0” and “Banana Fish”)
- Yuriko Ishii – Character Designer & Chief Animation Director (Involved in “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms”)
- Kazuki Higashiji – Art Director (Worked on the art for “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms”)
- Masaru Yokoyama – Music Composer (Renowned for his work on “Horimiya”)
When and Where Can You See “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou”?
The highly anticipated anime movie, “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou,” produced by Mappa and directed by Mari Okada, is set to premiere in Japan on September 15, 2023. While this is the official release date for the Japanese audience, the international release date has not been announced yet.
With the movie already generating considerable buzz and excitement, it is likely to have a wide release and may even be available for streaming on select platforms following its theatrical run.
Conclusion: A Cinematic Masterpiece Awaits
As the movie’s premiere date draws near, fans worldwide are eagerly anticipating the full experience that “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou” promises to deliver. With a powerful combination of Mappa’s artistic prowess and the visionary storytelling of Mari Okada, this original anime movie has all the elements to leave a lasting impression on the hearts of viewers.
Set to debut in Japan on September 15, 2023, “Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou” will undoubtedly be a milestone in Mappa’s legacy, solidifying the studio’s position as a pioneer in the anime industry. As the international release date awaits its revelation, fans can hardly contain their excitement for this captivating tale of love, mystery, and the transformational power of youth.