The official Twitter account for the TV anime adaptation of Reiko Hinata and Akihiro Yamada’s fantasy novel series The Fire Hunter (Hikari no Ō) has began streaming the second PV, which introduces the opening theme song “Usotsuki” (Liar) by Leo Ieiri. The video also includes a of Maaya Sakamoto’s ending theme song “Mada Tōku ni Iru” (You Are Still Far Away).
The series will launch on January 14 at 10:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. EST) on the premium subscription TV channel WOWOW. In Japan, the first episode of the anime will be broadcasted for free on the channel. Crunchyroll will stream the anime simultaneously as it airs in Japan.
The cast includes:
Misaki Kuno as Tōko
Shōya Ishige as Kōshi
Maaya Sakamoto as Akira
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Roroku
Saori Hayami as Kira
Megumi Yamaguchi as Hinako.
The other recently announced 16 cast members include:
Sachi Kokuryu as Kun
Chiaki Kobayashi as Shōzō
Makoto Koichi as Kaho
Kenta Miyake as Yuoshichi
Kaori Nazuka as Hibana
Mamoru Miyano as Takimi
Shinichiro Miki as Haijū
Yuko Hara as Benio
Yume Miyamoto as Hotaru
Shun’ichi Maki as Sakuroku
Yōji Ueda as Enzen
Ryūnosuke Watanuki as Hitō
Akira Ishi as Hibari
(Characters with no visuals yet).
Sayaka Ohara as Yanagi
Yu Shimamura as Kiri
Yoshiko Sakakibara as Narrator
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The staff includes:
- Director: Junji Nishimura
- Assistant Director: Sachiko Kanno
- Series Composition & Script: Mamoru Oshii
- Music: Kenji Kawai
- Original Creator: Reiko Hinata
- Original Character Design: Akihiro Yamada
- Character Design: Takuya Saitō
- Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura
- Chief Animation Directors: Kazuchika Kise, Takuya Saitō, Toshihisa Kaiya
- Mechanical Design: Kaoru Kamigiku
- Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
- CGI Director: Masayoshi Nishimuta
- Director of Photography: Eiji Arai
- 2D Work: Makiko Yamazaki
- Art Setting: Mika Nakajima
- Color Design: Youko Watanabe
- Creature Design: Tomohiro Matsubara
- Editing: Junichi Uematsu
- Effect Animation Director: Kazunori Ozawa
- Image Illustration & Prop Design: Goichi Iwahata
- Painting: Uta Mizuno
- Special Effects: Hideo Sakurai
- Telop: Mayumi Katsumata
- Title Logo Design: Makimo Yamazaki
- Animation Production: Signal MD
- CG Production: REIRS
- Music Production: Flying Dog
- Sound Production: Production I.G.
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WHAT IS THE FIRE HUNTER ABOUT?
The Fire Hunter is a fantasy novel series written by Reiko Hinata and illustrated by Akihiko Yamada. Holp Shuppan released four volumes of the novel between December 2018 and September 2020. The novel’s plot takes place on a planet devastated by humanity’s Last War. The globe is covered in a large forest filled with flameling creatures and other fallen beasts, with pockets of mankind living in small protected communities.
Humans spontaneously combust when they get too close to a small source of fire, thanks to a particular weapon employed during the Last War. The only safe energy source for humanity is contained with the bodies of flamelings, and it is the task of a sickle-wielding firecatchers who enter the depths of the great forest to hunt them down.
They tell stories among the firecatchers about a “Firecatcher Lord”, someone who will be able to harvest the fire of the thousand-year comet, the “Wandering Spark,” which has been flying in the sky since before the Last War, but is now returning to earth.
The story begins with Tōko, a girl from a paper-making town being attacked by a flameling in the forbidden forest when a flamecatcher rushes to protect her. In another location, a young capital-born boy named Kōshi protects his younger sister after losing their mother from factory toxins.
Reiko Hinata released the first book of the series in December 2018, with illustrations by The Twelve Kingdoms illustrator and RahXephon character designer Akihiro Yamada. Hinata released the fourth book of the series on September 3, 2020, followed by a side-story volume on December 21, 2021.
WATCH THE FIRE CATCHER HUNTER PV HERE:
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