Rieko Hinata and illustrator Akihiro Yamada’s Hikari no Ou novel series is coming to the screen in an adaptation featuring series composition by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and direction by regular collaborator Junji Nishimura (Dog Days’). With the anime coming in January 2023, we now have a new teaser trailer to enjoy in the meantime.
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.