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Production I.G Adapts 'Shika no Ou' Novel Series as Anime Film

by Vindstot
Mar 24, 9:19 PM | 17 Comments
Publishing company Kadokawa announced on Monday that Nahoko Uehashi's Shika no Ou (The Deer King) novel series is receiving an anime film adaptation. The film is being produced by animation studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Haikyuu!!).

Synopsis
The Lone Antlers, a band of death warriors, gave their lives to save their homeland from the empire of Zol. Van, their leader and the sole survivor, is enslaved in a salt mine. One night, savage dogs attack the mine, and soon after, a mysterious disease wipes out both the slaves and their keepers. Van, however, escapes with a little girl called Yuna.

Meanwhile, Hohsalle, a gifted physician, searches for a cure for the disease that is spreading among the Zolian settlers. What path will these men choose to save their loved ones and the people of this land? (Source: Official website)

Kadokawa published the fantasy novel in two volumes in September 2014 and later reprinted the series in four volumes in June and July 2017. Commemorating the author's 30th anniversary, the company will ship the sequel novel, Shika no Ou: Minasoko no Hashi (The Deer King: Underwater Bridge), on Wednesday. The novel series has a cumulative 1.9 million copies of its volumes in print.

Shika no Ou won the Japan Booksellers' Award and the fourth Japan Medical Novel Award in 2015.

Special site: https://promo.kadokawa.co.jp/shikanoou/

Source: Comic Natalie

Shika no Ou on MAL

17 Comments Recent Comments

Okay, I had no idea that the woman who wrote Kemono no Souja Erin was behind this until now. Consider me hyped.

Mar 28, 9:09 AM by Skittles

HungryForQuality said:
fullmetalbender said:
May I ask what you had gripes with? I personally consider it the best fantasy anime and it's a favourite too, so I'm rather curious.
Of course.

I see where you're coming from for a couple of them, like certain subplots and pacing. However, on the whole I'd say it's possibly a matter of perspective because I either a) didn't find them to be an issue or b) regarded those aspects as 'how it should be' for this particular story. I'm afraid I don't have the time (nor energy - admittedly >o<) to go into detail about each of the points, but I do commend you for such a thorough write-up in response to my question!

Mar 28, 2:40 AM by fullmetalbender

Seems interesting. I'll watch this movie.

Mar 27, 8:32 AM by Xnovazero

This is going to be so good! Can't wait

Mar 26, 10:57 PM by Latt

Sounds really promising overall.

Mar 26, 9:26 AM by xchyssa

fullmetalbender said:
HungryForQuality said:
Seirei no Moribito was pretty good although I had serious gripes with it.
May I ask what you had gripes with? I personally consider it the best fantasy anime and it's a favourite too, so I'm rather curious.


Of course.


But yeah pretty good/decent anime. Glad I watched it. I'll probably read the books someday. I heard the pacing is better there. Will probably watch Kemono no Souja Erin soon.

Mar 26, 1:49 AM by HungryForQuality

HungryForQuality said:
Seirei no Moribito was pretty good although I had serious gripes with it.
May I ask what you had gripes with? I personally consider it the best fantasy anime and it's a favourite too, so I'm rather curious.

Mar 26, 12:21 AM by fullmetalbender

premise looks good, and always love a bit of production ig

Mar 25, 11:19 PM by photophobic

Seirei no Moribito was pretty good although I had serious gripes with it. However I feel one of her works that are movie-length could work much better. I'm definitely looking forward to it :)

Mar 25, 9:56 PM by HungryForQuality

Nahoko's stories are amazing!

Mar 25, 9:13 PM by Mrchocoman34

It's like Production I.G is so in love in Nahoko's works, they just can't help but adapt them into anime.

I haven't yet seen Erin, but I'm willing to when I'm in the right mood.

I'm excited for Shika no Ou and look forward to the film release.

Mar 25, 11:37 AM by youthful

Newly I saw Seirei no Moribito, i've to say that i enjoyed it and it seems like a wonderful anime, So I hope this!

Mar 25, 11:15 AM by FaustoW

Nahoko Uehashi's works and Production I.G are the mach made in heaven. Really excited for this! Hopefully we get more Seirei no Moribito novel adaptations in the future as well.

Mar 25, 10:57 AM by Tsarko

I'm looking forward to it.

Mar 25, 6:18 AM by Slarkero

Omg an adaptation of another of Nahoko Uehashi's novels?!? Her works are easily the best among what fantasy genre has to offer in anime. I'M SO EXCITED!!!

Mar 25, 5:41 AM by fullmetalbender

holy shit. i know this series length is perfectly for long movies and world building could be cut off without much of harm. but it was wishful thinking of me, didn't expect it to be actually happened.

Mar 25, 2:32 AM by Kuma

YES!!! Uehashi Nahoko's works are so awesome!!

Going to see if I can find this translated somewhere and give it a read, seriously can't wait for this.

Mar 24, 10:58 PM by xcess090

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