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The Deer King
Aliases: Shika no Ou Studio: Production I.G Adaptation: Novel Genres: ... Episodes: ? Release Date: September 18th, 2020 Streaming: ,
Plot: Van is the head of a group of soldiers who expected to die fighting for their lands against a large empire looking to incorporate their home into its kingdom. Instead of dying, however, Van is taken as a slave and thrown into a salt mine. One night, a pack of strange dogs attacks the salt mine, and a mysterious illness breaks out. During the attack, Van takes the opportunity to escape, and he meets a young girl. Elsewhere, rumor is spreading that only immigrants are coming down with this mysterious illness. The medical scientist Hossal risks his life to search for a cure. Doctors also study a father and child who seem to have survived the illness. The novels tell the interconnecting stories and bonds of those who fight against a cruel fate.
Toho announced today that the release date for the anime feature film adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi (Moribito series, The Beast Player)'s fantasy novel series Shika no Ō / The Deer King is postponed to sometime in 2021 due to various reasons. The film was originally set for a release on September 18, 2020, but no trailers had been posted even just one month before its release. A new release schedule will be announced on Toho's official website as soon as it is confirmed.
Acclaimed animator Masashi Ando (50/Princess Mononoke&Spirited Away animation director, Your Name. character designer/animation director) makes his directorial debut alongside co-director Masayuki Miyaji (43/Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl). Taku Kishimoto (44/Haikyu!!) provides a screenplay, Production I.G (Ghost in The Shell, Miss Hokusai) works on anime production.