Hikari no Ou Anime Release Date
The series is directed by Junji Nishimura (Ranma ½, True Tears, Vlad Love, among others) at the Signal.MD studio. Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade, Vlad Love, among others) is writing and overseeing the scripts. Takuya Saito (including Macross Zero, Reideen) handles character designs and shares the post of chief animation director with Kazuchika Kise (including Otogi Zoshi, xxxHOLiC: Kei) and Toshihisa Kaiya (including Haikyu!!, Ascendance of a Bookworm). Meanwhile, Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (Bungo Stray Dogs, Ghost in the Shell, among others) is the sound director and Kenji Kawai (Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU & SOTSU, Ranma 1/2, among others) is composing the music. The anime is expected to launch in January 2023.
The anime is based on the fantasy novel series of the same name by Rieko Hinata and Akihiro Yamada.
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The novels are set in the chaotic afterworld of humanity’s last war. Forests full of beasts cover the earth and only a few people live in small protected communities. Due to a special weapon used in the last war, humans suddenly burst into flames whenever they are even near a small fire source. Therefore, the only safe source of energy for humans is the bodies of the Flameling. Beings that are hunted by the sickle-wielding fire catchers in the depths of the great forest. Among those Fire Catchers, there is a legend about the so-called “Fire Catcher Lord” – a Fire Catcher who would be able to harvest the fire of the 1000-year-old comet, the “Wandering Spark.” A comet that flies in the sky and returns to Earth after being transported there in the last great war.
The story of the books begins when Touko, a young girl from the village of Paper Makers, finds herself in the forbidden forest, attacked by Flamelings and protected by a Fire Catcher. Elsewhere, Koshi, a boy born in the capital, takes care of his little sister after her mother dies of poisons from the factory.