Hikari no Ou

The Fire Hunter

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 火狩りの王
English: The Fire Hunter
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Type: TV
Episodes: 10
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 14, 2023 to Mar 18, 2023
Premiered: Winter 2023
Broadcast: Saturdays at 22:30 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Signal.MD
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.341 (scored by 1300913,009 users)
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Ranked: #76862
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Popularity: #3350
Members: 45,232
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Human civilization no longer revolves around fire, but is instead now driven by fear of it. Repeated wars have changed human biology, and people now spontaneously combust when they get close to natural flame. However, a new source of energy prevents society from complete collapse: a stone-shaped material used to produce light and steam lies within the bodies of monsters that infest numerous forests. Those tasked with collecting this precious resource are called fire hunters.

Touko, a young village girl, is saved from a forest monster by a fire hunter who perishes during his heroic action. After the hunter's dog, Kanata, heals from his own injury, the girl's family sends her to the capital in order to return Kanata and the hunter's fire sickle to his relatives.

Elsewhere, the fire hunter's son, Koushi, and his sister are adopted by a wealthy family. Koushi learns some troubling facts related to the country's ruling royal family. He conducts secret research on a special fire stone found by his late father, kickstarting a race against time between the country's leaders and those trying to save mankind from its ultimate demise.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kuno, Misaki




Ishige, Shouya


Hayami, Saori


Kobayashi, Chiaki


Ishida, Akira


Shimamura, Yuu


Watanuki, Ryuunosuke


Ohara, Sayaka


Sakakibara, Yoshiko



Opening Theme

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"Usotsuki (嘘つき)" by 家入レオ

Ending Theme

"Mada Tooku ni Iru (まだ遠くにいる)" by Maaya Sakamoto (坂本真綾)

Episode Videos


Dec 26, 2023
It may seem boring and tempting to drop in the first few episodes but the story gradually unfolds with new interesting plots and links.

Art style is unique, similar to dororo and its a story without modern conveniences.
It was predictable to a certain extent.

Characters are mysterious and there was not a lot of background story other the anime reminding that humans toyed with fire and got burnt badly.

Ending was a cliffhanger that stated will be continued in season 2.
Quite a lot is shown without much details hence the score.

Definitely a must watch if one doesn't mind the slow and boring start.
Jul 26, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Hikari no ou has as one of his biggest points of interest and strenghts the world-building and everything related to the settings, the premise is interesting but as im going to mention later there are many reasons why in general terms the series didnt live up to my expectations (and maybe to many others spectators) even with doing right many things.

Although the complexity of the story in not enormous, is does feel like that due to an poor direction and writting, the narration and chuncks of information about the world that serve as explanation about something along the episodes accompained with transitions very erratics with ...
Jan 5, 2024
Hikari no Ou tries to be a unique, more thoughtful kind of fantasy, but sadly it is much too shabby and dry to recommend.

Its biggest problem is the animation; constantly breaking the art, moving as little as possible, making odd artistic choices, and often making scenes more confusing. Action sequences suffer the most, with characters suddenly looking like MS Paint drawings and awkwardly floating around. Characters go off-model all the time, even in quieter moments. The 3D CG, while sparingly used, looks very outdated and jarring. Painterly illustrations sometimes take over the screen, but often in seemingly random moments. The list goes on.

Unorthodox, "low-quality" animation ...

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Recent News

'Hikari no Ou' Gets Second Anime Season

'Hikari no Ou' Gets Second Anime Season

The 10th and final episode of Hikari no Ou (The Fire Hunter) television anime series announced a second season on Saturday. Returning staff includes Junji Nishimura ...read more

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Do people really think the animation quality is bad? ( 1 2 )
EmmyMoomin - Feb 7, 2023
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trivial question about the title name pronunciation
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Poll: The state of the fantasy genre in anime in the 2010s/20s
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For a world where fire was once worshipped; now was declared an enemy
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