The previously announced Hikari no Ou anime adaptation revealed a new visual, along with more staff information and January 2023 premiere date. Studio Signal.MD is animating the series, which is produced by Wowow and listed as their original series. Junji Nishimura (True Tears, Vlad Love) is directing, while Mamoru Oishi (Ghost in the Shell director) is writing the script and overseeing the series composition. The duo worked together on multiple titles, including the original Urusei Yatsura and Vlad Love.
The newly announced staff for Hikari no Ou anime includes:
- Character Design: Takuya Saito (Macross Zero, Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike)
- Chief Animation Directiors: Takuya Saito, Kazuchika Kise, Toshihisa Kaiya
- Music: Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell)
- Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (Blue Exorcist, Bunny Drop)
Hikari no Ou is a novel series written by Rieko Hinata and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada. Holp Shuppan has published four volumes since December 2018 with the newest one coming out on September 3, 2020. The synopsis is as follows:
A fire hunter runs through the black forest set in the world after the final war of mankind. The land is now covered with black forests, and people have bodies that ignite whenever they are close to fire due to an igniting pathogen that was used as a weapon.
The fire hunters wield crescent scythes to fight the fire demons and obtain the only fire that can be safely handled by humans. In recent years, there has been a rumor whispered among them: the fire hunter who catches the thousand-year old comet will be called the king of fire hunters. When the fates of 11-year-old Touko and 15-year-old Kouji intersect, the story begins to unfold.
Source: Official Website
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