Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 6, 2021 at 13:45 PHT (GMT+8)
Production I.G's anime film adaptation The Deer King: The Promised Journey With Yuna (Romaji: Shika no Ō) is scheduled to premiere on Feb. 4, 2022 after delays brought by the corona virus.
The promotional video (PV) features the theme song One Reason by milet.
Below is the key visual.
The Deer King (Japanese: 鹿の王) is a Japanese fantasy novel series written by Nahoko Uehashi. Kadokawa originally published the series in two volumes in September 2014, then republished it in four reprinted volumes between June and July 2017. A manga adaptation with art by Taro Sekiguchi has been serialized online via Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace Up website since July 2021.
The story revolves around Van (CV: Shinichi Tsutsumi), a lonely warrior who survives a mysterious disease that invades their world, Yuna (CV: Hisui Kimura), a young girl he picks up, and Hossal (CV: Ryouma Takeuchi), a genius doctor searching for a cure to the mysterious disease.
Original: Nahoko Uehashi's "The Deer King" (Kadokawa Bunko)
Directors: Masashi Ando, Masayuki Miyaji
Screenplay: Taku Kishimoto
Character design, Animation director: Masashi Ando
Concept visual: Hiroki Shinagawa
Art director: Hiroshi Ono
Color design: Ken Hashimoto
Cinematography: Koji Tanaka
Sound director: Hiromi Kikuta
Music: Harumi Fuuki
Production studio: Production I.G
Synopsis by MAL:
In the years following a vicious war, the Empire of Zol now controls the land and citizens of rival Aquafa—except for Aquafa's Fire Horse Territory, where wild dogs that once carried the deadly Black Wolf Fever continue to roam free. When a pack of dogs race through a Zol-controlled mine, Van, an enslaved former soldier, and a young girl named Yuna are both bitten, but manage to escape as the sole survivors of the attack. Finally free, Van and Yuna seek out a simple, peaceful existence in the countryside. But as the deadly disease once again runs rampant, they find themselves at the crossroads of a struggle much larger than any one nation.