Hikari no Ou (The Firecatcher Lord) trailer focuses on main cast Touko and Koushi

Hikari no Ou trailer screenshots, featuring Touko and Koushi.
Hikari no Ou trailer screenshots, featuring Touko and Koushi. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The Hikari no Ou release date is in January 2023, the Winter 2023 anime season.

On October 19, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of author Rieko Hinata and illustrator Akihiro Yamada’s Hikari no Ou fantasy novel series released a trailer focusing on the two main lead characters of the story.

The Firecatcher Lord trailer shows Touko and Koushi as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world with an unlikely wolf ally.

Right now the trailer can only be watched via Twitter, but once a region-free video is available this article will be updated with the appropriate link. Or you can use a VPN to watch the below video.

Hikari no Ou will premiere in January 2023, and will be available via a premium subscription on the television streaming service WOWOW.

What is the plot of Hikari no Ou?

The story takes place in an apocalyptic world and is set after humanity’s last war. The world has become enveloped by a black forest that is infested with flame creatures and other fallen beasts. Pockets of humanity live in small sheltered communities while struggling to survive. During the Late War, a special weapon was used that infected people with a pathogen that causes them to spontaneously burst into flames if they come too close to a small source of natural fire.

The only safe source of energy for humans is found within the bodies of burning animals, also known as black beasts or “Flame Spirits”, which reside deep in the forest. It is the responsibility of the brave hunters who dwell in the depths of the forest to hunt these creatures. A rumor begins to spread among the fire hunter about “The King of Fire Hunters” who would be able to harvest the man-made star – the millennium comet that once wandered the void.

The story begins when a young village-raised girl named Touko, is attacked by a flaming beast and protected by a hunter. Elsewhere, around the same time, a young student born in the capital named Koushi protects his younger sister after the death of his mother. When Touko and Koushi, two individuals who were never supposed to cross paths, meet their encounter will change the fate of the world.

Hikari no Ou key visual
Full-sized key visual for the upcoming anime Hikari no Ou. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the cast members?

Picture of the cast for Hikari no Ou and the characters they will play.
Picture of the cast for Hikari no Ou and the characters they will play. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Hikari no Ou cast members include:

  • Misaki Kuno – Touko
  • Shouya Ishige – Koushi
  • Maaya Sakamoto – Akira
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya – Roroku
  • Saori Hayami – Kira
  • Megumi Yamaguchi – Hinako

Who are the members of the production team?

Hikari no Ou production team members include:

  • Director – Junji Nishimura (Nurarihyon no Mago, Ranma ½, True Tears, You’re Under Arrest: The Motion Picture, Vladlove)
  • Animation Production – Studio Signal.MD (Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Napping Princess, The Wonderland)
  • Producer – WOWOW
  • Scriptwriter – Mamoru Oshii (Urusei Yatsura, Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: On TV, Vlad Love, Ghost in the Shell, Angel’s Egg, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Blood: The Last Vampire)
  • Character designers and Animation Directors – Takuya Saitou (Koutetsujou or Kabaneri, Usagi Drop, Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star), Kise Kazuchika and Toshihisa Kaiya.
  • Music composer – Kenji Kawai (Mob Psycho 100, Fate/Stay Night, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
  • Sound Director – Kazuhiro Wakabayashi

Where can I read the light novel series?

In December 2018, Hinata published the first book in the series with illustrations by Akihiro Yamada, who is known for his work in The Twelve Kingdoms and RahXephon character designs. On September 3, 2020, Hinata published the fourth book in the series, followed by a side story volume on December 21, 2021. The four books have been released by Holp Shuppan.

Are you looking forward to the anime Hikari no Ou? Let us know in the comment section below!

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