Kodoani.com – The official Twitter account for the television anime of the fantasy novel series The Fire Hunter (Hikari no Ō) by Rieko Hinata and Akihiro Yamada announced with a teaser video on Saturday that production on the second part has been green-lit. The 10th and final episode of the first season also debuted on Saturday.
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The first season premiered on January 14 at 10:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. EST) on premium subscription TV channel WOWOW.
The anime’s voice cast includes:
Misaki Kuno as Tōko
Shōya Ishige as Kōshi
Maaya Sakamoto as Akira
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Roroku
Saori Hayami as Kira
Megumi Yamaguchi as Hinako
Junji Nishimura is directing the anime at Signal.MD and Mamoru Oshii is supervising and writing the script.
The story of the novel series is set in a world in the tumultuous aftermath of Mankind’s Apocalyptic Final War. A great forest, brimming with flaming creatures and other fallen beasts, envelops the world and groups of people living in small protected communities. Due to a special weapon used in the Last War, humans ignite themselves even when only approaching a small source of fire. The only safe source of energy for humanity lies in the bodies of fireflies, and the task of hunting them down belongs to brave sickle-wielding firefighters deep into the great forest. Among the people who caught fire, they whispered stories of someone who would be the “Lord of the Igniters”, an individual who would be able to harvest the flames of the millennial comet, the “Wandering Spark” had flying in the sky since it was sent up before the last war,
The story begins with Tōko, a young girl from a paper-making town, who finds herself in a forbidden forest, attacked by fireflies, when a flaming man rushes to her defense. Elsewhere, a boy born in the capital named Kōshi shelters his sister after losing his mother to poison in a factory.
Hinata launched the first volume of the series in December 2018, with illustrations by Twelve Kingdoms illustrator and RahXephon character designer Akihiro Yamada. Hinata published the fourth book in the series on September 3, 2020, followed by a spinoff volume on December 21, 2021.