The Deer King anime film was previously planned for a September 10 release, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced a delay. Now the new date has officially been set, and the feature is scheduled to make its theatrical debut in Japan on February 4, 2022.
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The key visual has been updated to reflect the new date.
Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke animation director Masashi Ando is at the helm for this one. As previously announced, GKIDS will bring The Deer King to North America at some point.
In the years following a vicious war, the Empire of Zol now controls the land and citizens of rival Aquafa – except for Aquafa’s Fire Horse Territory, where wild dogs that once carried the deadly Black Wolf Fever continue to roam free. When a pack of dogs race through a Zol-controlled mine, Van, an enslaved former soldier, and a young girl named Yuna are both bitten, but manage to escape as the sole survivors of the attack. Finally free, Van and Yuna seek out a simple, peaceful existence in the countryside. But as the deadly disease once again runs rampant, they find themselves at the crossroads of a struggle much larger than any one nation. GKIDS is proud to present THE DEER KING, a sweeping fantasy epic, and the directing debut of acclaimed animator Masashi Ando, whose work on such landmark films as Spirited Away, Paprika and Your Name helped shape the world of modern Japanese animation.