Mb | Mar 18, 2023 | Reading Time: 2 Min.
A second season of the TV anime adaptation of the fantasy novel series The Fire Hunter (Hikari no Ō) by Rieko Hinata and Akihiro Yamada has been greenlit, the official Twitter account announced with a teaser video. The final episode of the first season, Episode 10, was released today.

The anime premiered on premium subscription channel WOWOW on January 14, and Crunchyroll will stream the series as it airs in Japan. The cast includes Misaki Kuno, Shōya Ishige, Maaya Sakamoto, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Saori Hayami and Megumi Yamaguchi.

Directed by Signal.MD's Junji Nishimura, Mamoru Oshii has overseen the series and written the screenplays. "The Fire Hunter" is set in a post-apocalyptic world covered by a vast forest inhabited by flaming creatures and other beasts. The people live in small, shielded communities, and thanks to a unique weapon used in the last war, they spontaneously burst into flames when exposed to small sources of fire. The fire hunters, armed with sickles, are in charge of hunting down the flamingos, which are the only sure source of energy for humans.

The story follows Tōko, a young girl who finds herself in the forbidden forest and is protected by a fire catcher, and Kōshi, a capital city boy who protects his younger sister after they lose their mother to a factory poison. The novel series was first published in December 2018, the fourth book will be published in September 2020 and a volume with a side story in December 2021.