On the official site for the anime adaptation of the novels written by Rieko Hinata and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada, Hikari no Ou (The Firecatcher Lord), the first promotional image of the project was published. The press release confirmed that the premiere is scheduled for the month of January 2023, and also revealed the production details.
Hinata published the first book in the series in December 2018, with illustrations by the artist from The Twelve Kingdoms and character designer RahXephon, Akihiro Yamada. Hinata published the fourth book in the series on September 3, 2020, followed by a side story volume on December 21, 2021.
- Junji Nishimura (Nurarihyon no Mago, Ranma 1/2, True Tears) is in charge of directing the anime at the studios Signal.MD.
- Mamoru Oshii (Urusei Yatsura, Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: On Television, Vlad Love) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
- Takuya Saitō (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, Usagi Drop, Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star) is in charge of character design and animation direction, in collaboration with Kazuchika Kise Y Toshihisa Kaiya.
- kenji kawai (Mob Psycho 100, Fate/Stay Night, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) is responsible for the composition of the soundtrack.
Synopsis for Hikari no Ou
The story takes place in a world in the chaotic aftermath of humanity’s Last War. A great forest, infested with flaming creatures and other fallen beasts, covers the world, and pockets of humanity live in small, sheltered communities. Due to a special weapon used during the Last War, humans spontaneously burst into flames even if they get close to a small source of fire. Thus, the only safe source of energy for humans is found within the body of the burning beasts, and the duty of hunting them falls to the hunters who brave the depths of the great forest. Thus, the story begins with Touko, a young girl in a paper-making town, who is assaulted by a flaming beast and protected by a hunter. Elsewhere, a young man born in the capital named Kouishi now protects his younger sister after his mother passed away.
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