The Hikari no (The Firecatcher Lord) television anime series, based on the fantasy novel series by Rieko Hinata and Akihiro Yamada, on Wednesday disclosed more crew members, the date of its January 2023 debut, and a teaser image.
The newly revealed employees are:
- Character Design: Takuya Saito (Knights of Ramune & 40, Outlaw Star, Macross Zero)
- Chief Animation Directors: Takuya Saito, Kazuchika Kise, Toshihisa Kaiya
- Music: Kenji Kawai (The Sky Crawlers, Stray Dog, Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Patlabor the Mobile Police)
- Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
The narrative of the novel series takes place in a world in the disorderly wake of humanity’s terrible Last War. Small, safe towns are scattered across the vast forest that is home to flameling animals and other extinct species. Because of a unique weapon employed in the Last War, people now spontaneously catch fire even when they are only a few feet away from a small source of fire. The only reliable source of energy for mankind is contained within the corpses of flamelings, and it is the task of the sickle-wielding firecatchers who enter the depths of the great forest to hunt them. The “Firecatcher Lord” is rumored to be among the firecatchers; he will be able to gather the fire of the thousand-year comet, the “Wandering Spark,” which has been in the sky since it was launched up during the Last War but is now coming back to earth.
Tko, a little girl from a village that makes paper, finds herself in the forbidden forest and under attack from flamelings until a flamecatcher races to save her. In another location, a little kid named Kshi who was born in the capital city takes care of his younger sister after losing his mother to industrial toxins.
At Signal.MD (Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Napping Princess, The Wonderland), Junji Nishimura (Ranma 12, You’re Under Arrest: The Motion Picture, True Tears, Vladlove) is in charge of directing the anime, and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Angel’s Egg, Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade, Blood: The Last Vampire, Vladlove) is in charge of The anime will be shown on the high-end pay television network WOWOW.
With images created by RahXephon character creator and artist of The Twelve Kingdoms Akihiro Yamada, Hinata released the first book in the series in December 2018. On September 3, 2020, Hinata released the fourth book in the series. On December 21, 2021, a side-story volume was released.