The Deer King Anime Film Postponed to 2021

Anime films have the capacity to portray even the most complicated plot points. Even though it is regarded as just an animation for kids, the reality is quite different. Complex emotions and relationships are sometimes represented through the fluidity of the animation.

The Deer King Anime Film Postponed
The Deer King | Source: Reddit

The Deer King anime film is adapted from the fantasy novel of the same name by Naoko Uehashi. It tells an interconnected tale of humans who are facing hardships at the same time.

The official Twitter account of TOHO Animation announced that the Deer King film’s release date has been delayed to 2021.

[Notice of Postponement of Release of “Deer King”]

We are pleased to announce that the release date of “Deer King,” which was scheduled to be released on Friday, September 18, 2020, has been postponed in 2021 due to various reasons.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has been waiting for the release of the work.

English Translation, Twitter Translate

Initially set for an 18th September 2020 release, the anime film has been delayed to 2021 for “various reasons.”  The causes behind the delay may be internal, or due to the pandemic, but it has not been clearly declared yet.

The Deer King novel set won the Japan Booksellers’ Award and the fourth Japan Medical Novel Award. Uehashi himself is the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award in 2014. Although it is a fantasy novel, it portrays deep issues and precariously set human emotions.

Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji are directing the anime under I.G. Production. Taku Kishimoto is in charge of scriptwriting. Masashi Ando is also doing character designs and is the chief animation director.

The fantasy novel by Uehashi has been published in two volumes. The first volume called Survivors portrays the story of Van, the leader of a group of rebel warriors called “The Lone Antlers.”

All his comrades are dead, and he is enslaved in a salt mine. One day a pack of savage dogs attack the area, and disease spreads, and Van, taking this opportunity escapes with a girl named Yuna.

The Deer King Anime Film Postponed
The Deer King | Source: Wikipedia

The novel’s second part is called “Returnees,” which focuses on the attempts of Doctor Hossal in bringing down the disease. A father and a child who had survived the disease are studied while Van tries to find the kidnapped Yuna.

About The Deer King

The Deer King anime film is adapted from the fantasy novel by the same name, written by Naoko Uehashi.

Van, a lone survivor of a warrior faction, is enslaved at a salt mine. He manages to escape with a girl Yuna, while the place is under attack by dogs and a disease. Dr. Hossal tries his best to cure the disease and other such stories of people and portrayed in an interconnected manner.

Source: Toho Animation official tweet

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A grandma by heart who loves to knit, sketch, and swing in parks. Binge-reads a massive amount of manga from psychological to shounen-ai. Either awkward or salty, there's no in-between.


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