Based on the novel series written by Reiko Hinata and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada, the Hikari no Ou TV anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan in January 2023. A fresh update arrived this week to show off a new key visual and announce more of the anime’s staff.
Junji Nishimura (Dog Days’) is directing the series, with Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor) on series composition, Takuya Saitou on character designs, Keji Kawai on music and Kazuhiro Wakabayashi on sound direction for the SIGNAL.MD production. Along with Takuya Saito, additional animation directors include Kazuchika Kise and Toshihisa Kaiya.
The world after the last war of humanity. The earth is covered with black forest, and the people have been infected with a human pyrogenic pathogen that causes their bodies to burn when they approach a natural fire. The fire in this world is gathered by hunting black beasts that live in the forest, the Fire Demons. Recently, there has been a rumor whispered among the fire hunters who hunt the Fire Demons. “The fire hunter who hunted the thousand-year comet “Shimmering Fire,” an artificial star wandering in the empty sky, will be called the King of Fire Hunters.” The protagonists of the story are Touko, a girl who grew up in a village, and Koushi, a former student in the capital city. Their encounter, which was never supposed to happen, changes the fate of the world.