Written on the official site for the anime adaptation of the novels by Rieko Hinata and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada, Hikari no Ou (The Lord of Fire Catchers) the first promotional image of the project was released. The press release confirmed that the premiere is scheduled for the month of January 2023 and also revealed the production details.

Hikari no Ou

Hinata released the first book in the series, featuring illustrations by the artist, in December 2018 The Twelve Kingdoms and character designer RahXephon, Akihiro Yamada. Hinata released the fourth book in the series on September 3, 2020, followed by a side story volume on December 21, 2021.

production team

  • Junji Nishimura (Nurarihyon no Mago, Ranma 1/2, True Tears) is responsible for directing the anime at the studios Signal.MD.
  • Mamoru Oshii (Urusei Yatsura, Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: On TV, Vlad Love) is responsible for writing and supervising the screenplays.
  • Takuya Saito (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, Usagi Drop, Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star) is responsible for 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 composing the soundtrack.

Synopsis for Hikari no Ou

The story takes place in a world in the chaotic aftermath of mankind's final war. A great forest infested with flaming creatures and other fallen beasts covers the world, and throngs of people live in small, sheltered communities. Due to a special weapon used during the last war, people would spontaneously burst into flames even if they approached a small source of fire. Therefore, the only sure source of energy for humans resides in the bodies of the burning beasts, and the duty to hunt them falls to the hunters who brave the depths of the great forest. So the story begins with Touko, a young girl in a paper mill town, who is attacked by a burning beast and protected by a hunter. Elsewhere, a young man named Kouishi, who was born in the capital, now protects his younger sister after their mother died.

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