Hikari no Ou Releases New Teaser PV Trailer

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A new 32-second teaser PV trailer has been released for the upcoming Hikari no Ou anime series. The anime is scheduled to premiere in January 2023. 

The PV trailer is also posted on WOWOW’s official YouTube channel, although it is region-blocked in several countries and territories. 

The main voice cast is headlined by Misaki Kuno as Touko, Shouya Ishige as Koushi, Maaya Sakamoto as Akira, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Roroku, Saori Hayami as Kira, and Megumi Yamaguchi as Hinako.

The production staff includes Junji Nishimura (True Tears, Vlad Love) as director with Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell director, Urusei Yatsura Episode 1 – Episode 129 chief director) as series screenwriter and scriptwriter. Takuya Saitou (Outlaw Star, Macross 0) is serving as character designer and one of three chief animation directors, along with Kazuchika Kise (xxxHOLIC and Blood-C character designer) and Toshihisa Kaiya (Ascendance of a Bookworm co-character designer). Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell) is the music composer and Signal.MD is handling the animation production.

Hikari no Ou is based on a series of fantasy novels by Rieko Hinata, which was first published on December 20, 2018 and concluded on September 3, 2020 with four total volumes. Akihiro Yamada provided illustration artwork for the novels. 

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The story takes place after mankind’s final war, with the land covered by a black forest where fiery creatures roam. A strange pathogen has spread around and causes human bodies to ignite. With the creatures being the only source of heat that humans can safely handle, sickle-armed fire hunters called Hikari venture into the forests to find these beings. There is also talk of an appearance of a thousand-year comet that will allow one of the Hikari to be called “King of the Fire Hunters” if they hunt it down. The main characters are an 11-year old girl named Touko and 15-year old Koushi, whose intersecting fates set the story in motion.


Source: Hikari no Ou Official Anime Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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