Earlier today, Production I.G. revealed a new still for their upcoming Shika no Ou (The Deer King) feature film, as well as the main staffers attached to the project. We break the details down below.

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Shika no Ou Anime Film Still

Staff

Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji (Xam’d: Lost Memories, Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress) will direct the film at Production I.G. Masashi Ando (Paprika, Spirited Away) will also provide character designs and serve as chief animation director. Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Fruits Basket) will write the script.

Shika no Ou will hit Japanese theaters on September 29, 2020.

Shika no Ou began publication in 2015 under Kadokawa’s main imprint. The series spans four volumes, with the latest hitting stores on July 25, 2017.

A new entry into the franchise, Shika no Ou: Minasoko no Hashi (The King of Deer: Bridge of the Bottom of the Water) shipped to stores on March 27.

Kadokawa describes the title as:

A father and daughter’s epic adventure starts now! A group of warriors undertake the role of fallen soldiers, as they step up to protect their homeland from the mighty empire, Toule (“Tsuru”) Doku. Van, who lost his wife and child to illness, was at rock bottom, as he battled against the depths of despair. He was captured, enslaved, and forced to work in the salt mines. One night, a group of mysterious dogs attacked the mines, causing a mysterious disease to break out. Van survives, and discovers a child named Yuna who also escaped infection. Together, the two survivors must confront a crisis that had never been seen before.

Nahoko Uehashi has been active in the industry since 1989. She’s written numerous iconic novel series, including Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and The Beast Player. Uehashi is also Professor of Ethnology at Kawamura Gakuen Women’s University.

Source: Animate Times