The Deer King USA release date is on July 13, 2022. GKIDS will screen the film first with English subtitles as a fan preview featuring an introduction by director Masashi Ando. The Deer King English dub release date is on July 14, 2022. Afterward, the film will have a limited release in select theaters in the US on July 15, 2022.
The opening theme song is titled One Reason and was created by singer-songwriter Milet.
On GKIDS’ official YouTube channel an English dub trailer for the anime film The Deer King (Shika no O: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi) was released on June 10, 2022. The Deer King is a Japanese medical fantasy novel series written by Nahoko Uesashi. In September 2014, the novel series was published in two volumes by Kadokawa, and later republished into four volumes during June and July 2017.
In 2015, the novels won the Japan Booksellers’ Award and the fourth Japan Medical Novel Award. The novel series’ anime film adaptation by Production I.G. premiered on February 4, 2022 in Japan. In August 2021 it won the Bronze Audience Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival. The film will also screen in select theaters in the US this July!
Between July 2021 and March 2022, a manga adaptation with art by Taro Sekiguchi was serialized online via Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website. The manga has been collected into two tankobon volumes, which tell the entire story.
Those that fight against a cruel fate share a special bond
The story centers on a soldier named Van, who is the leader of a group of men fighting against a large empire that wants to incorporate their homeland into their kingdom. The soldiers expect to die, but instead of dying Van is defeated, made a slave, and forced to work in the salt mines. One night, a pack of otherworldly dogs attacks the salt mine, and soon after a mysterious illness breaks out.
During the chaos of the animal attack, Van takes the opportunity to escape and encounters a young girl. Van hears about a rumor that only immigrants are coming down with the illness and becomes troubled. Meanwhile, a medical scientist named Hossal risks his life to try and find a cure for the mysterious illness. A father and daughter, who have both survived the illness, become the target of doctors that are desperate for a breakthrough.
Prepare for another whimsical adventure from Spirited Away director
The Deer King’s production team includes:
- Director (plus character designer and chief animation director) – Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Your name)
- Co-director – Masayuki Miyaji (Xam’d Lost Memories, Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress)
- Scriptwriter – Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!!, ERASED, Fruits Basket)
- Music composer – Harumi Fuuki (Forest of Piano, Miss Hokusai, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna)
The Deer King’s English dub cast includes:
- Ray Chase – Van
- Griffin Puatu – Hohsalle
- Erica Schroeder – Sae
- Luciana VanDette – Yuna
- Doug Stone – Tohlim
- Neil Kaplan – Aquafa King
- Frank Todaro – Kenoi
- Luis Bermudez – Makokan
- Keith Silverstein – Ohfan
- Chris Hackney – Yotalu
- Doug Erholtz – Utalu
- Xander Mobus – Shikan
- Larissa Gallagher – Van’s Wife
- Michael Deaner – Van’s Son
- Stefan Martello – Tohma
- Stever Kramer – Ohma
- Edna Larsen – Ohma’s Wife
- Larissa Gallager – Kiya
- Marc Thompson – Yoki
- Stephanie Sheh – Yoki’s Wife
- Michael Deaner – Yoki’s son
- Grant George – Hohsalle’s assistant
- Stephanie Sheh – Kazan Woman
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