Shika no Ou: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi

The Deer King

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Japanese: 鹿の王 ユナと約束の旅
English: The Deer King
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 4, 2022
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 53 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.861 (scored by 38253,825 users)
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Ranked: #45662
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Popularity: #4058
Members: 26,032
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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-controled 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.

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Aoyama, Yutaka




Orikasa, Fumiko


Naka, Hiroshi


Andou, Masashi
Director, Storyboard, Character Design, Animation Director
Miyaji, Masayuki
Director, Storyboard


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Jul 15, 2022
I'm upset because this movie could have been great. However, it somehow managed to make me feel like I was watching a cheap imitation of itself.

Story: Awful pacing. They wanted to show a lot and didn't have the time. Also, this feels like someone not trying to copy other Ghibli films as much as someone who tried to learn from them and missed the mark. It was clear what every scene was trying to convey and how we were supposed to feel about the characters and that was the problem. This movie somehow managed to commit the tell not show error by showing too ...
Jul 13, 2022
This review does NOT contain spoilers.

This film harkens back to the old Ghibli films in its look and themes but is very much its own thing with a modern approach to animation. The director has made a point to highlight how this film's plot echoes the current times and that it only adds to the impact this film has on its viewers. The story is interesting and the animation is beautiful.

If I were to give any criticisms it is that some of the side plots and minor characters go slightly underdeveloped to an extent where it is sometimes confusing if you are not paying ...
Jul 13, 2022
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I went into this movie just knowing that Ando was at the helm and Production I.G. was the production studio. Based on that knowledge I had some decent expectations for the movie but did not know anything about the story other than a trailer on YouTube. With that out of the way...

Without getting into details, the movie suffers from some pacing and plot development. There are a decent number of factions involved in the plot(s) surrounding the main, but it's hard to focus on which ones are important with all the quick scene changes. At times there are multiple ...

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KiraYoshikage - Aug 26, 2021
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May 29, 3:19 PM
the promotional poster is more visually striking than the actual movie
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