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Anime: Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror is a Japanese CGI animated film by Production I.G, released in 2009.

16-year-old Haruka is on a mission to find her mirror, a precious childhood gift from her mother that mysteriously disappeared. While following a strange foxlike creature in the woods, she tumbles into a mystical world where once-cherished toys and treasures go when their owners neglect them.

Haruka sets off to find the mirror, but must contend with the Baron, the evil ruler of the island who wants the mirror for his own purposes. She also meets the fox boy, who's named Teo, a gang of wicked thieves, a trio of foxes who bully Teo, and her lost plush toy Cotton. Haruka must decide who, if anyone, she can trust in this strange land as she works to get the mirror back.


This movie contains examples of:

  • All Cloth Unravels: How Cotton defeats the giant robot toy.
  • All Part of the Show: Done when Haruka sees Cotton in the Oblivion Theatre and rescues him.
  • Big Bad: The Baron.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Teo wanting to build a plane.
  • Classic Villain: The Baron, embodying the sins of Greed, Pride, and Gluttony themselves. He appears to be wealthy and elegant, but on the inside, he's just a simple creature who likes stealing things. When Haruka's mirror was brought to Oblivion Island, he made the residents think it was stolen from him by bandits just so he could plan to steal that mirror and build a better island. He has a huge fascination with mirrors, and frequently adds them to his collection without sharing with anyone. He was eventually done in when his collection of mirrors collapsed as Haruka and Teo attempted to grab the mirror back from him. The Baron was reduced to a cowardly pig-like creature that he was underneath his robes all along.
  • Damsel out of Distress: When Haruka is captured, she breaks free of her bonds on her own.
  • Deal with the Devil: The Baron tries to coerce Teo to hand over the mirror in exchange for 10,000 stamp cards.
  • Disney Death: Cotton.
  • Disney Villain Death: Teo and the Baron. Both survive.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Baron vs the thieves, though the thieves later help the heroes.
  • Faceship: The Baron's airship has a giant version of his face as the front.
  • Fictional Currency: Inhabitants of Oblivion Island use stamp cards like currency.
  • Final Speech: Cotton tells Haruka he's glad he got to see her again.
  • Force Feeding: The Baron tries to force a captive Haruka to eat an Oblivion Drop. Emphasis on tries.
  • Full Body Disguise: The Baron's.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Teo rallies the citizens to save Haruka.
  • Grumpy Bear: Teo, at least at first.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The Terrible Trio and the thieves.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: The climax has Haruka inside the mirror's memories...which are also her own.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Oblivion Drops can cause this, though we don't get to see their effects.
  • Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: Parodied when Haruka falls straight into what looks like lava, but it's actually harmless paint.
  • Living Toys: These are created with mirror shards.
  • Magic Mirror: Haruka's, as well as the other mirrors the Baron collects.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Baron employs these and can control them via the mirrors as well.
  • Medium Blending: Done in reverse, the backgrounds are traditionally made, while the characters are rendered in CGI.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The mirror.
    • Also Cotton the lamb.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Oblivion Island.
  • Narnia Time: The amount of time that seems to have been spent on the island at the end appears to be zero.
  • Ocular Gushers: Teo sheds these when Haruka is captured.
  • Oh, Crap: The Baron knows he's in trouble when Haruka and Teo are about to slam Teo's airplane right into the Baron's flying fortress.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Haruka's fox mask.
  • Pig Man: The inhabitants of the island are said to be foxes, but they look more like pigs, especially the Baron.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Cotton.
  • Plucky Girl: Haruka.
  • Scenery Porn: This film is very pretty.
  • Sissy Villain: The Baron.
  • Terrible Trio: Vikki, Descargo, and Picanta.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Baron seems to go completely crazy when Haruka and Teo attempt to retrieve her mirror, eventually causing him to go even crazier with the beauty of his mirrors when his mirror collection starts to collapse. His breakdown ultimately reduces him to a cowardly Pig Man who doesn't want to be seen the way he becomes after losing his last bit of clothing, even by his bodyguards.


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