Toho introduced right now that the discharge date for the anime function movie adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi (Moribito collection, The Beast Participant)'s fantasy novel collection Shika no Ō / The Deer King is postponed to someday in 2021 on account of numerous causes. The movie was initially set for a launch on September 18, 2020, however no trailers had been posted even only one month earlier than its launch. A brand new launch schedule might be introduced on Toho's official web site as quickly as it’s confirmed.
Acclaimed animator Masashi Ando (50/Princess Mononoke&Spirited Away animation director, Your Title. character designer/animation director) makes his directorial debut alongside co-director Masayuki Miyaji (43/Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Woman). Taku Kishimoto (44/Haikyu!!) offers a screenplay, Manufacturing I.G (Ghost in The Shell, Miss Hokusai) works on anime manufacturing.
— 東宝映画情報 (@toho_movie) August 6, 2020
The novel was initially launched from KADOKAWA in two-volume hardcover version in September 2014, then re-released as four-volume bunko version in June-July 2017. The collection gained the Booksellers Award and the fourth Japan Medical Novel Award in 2015, and has printed 1.9 million copies in Japan to this point. And its third quantity Ninasoko no Hashi (The bridge within the backside of the water) was launched on March 27, 2019.
The creator's official English website introduces its first two volumes' story as beneath:
1st quantity: "Ikinokotta Mono (Survivors)"
The Lone Antlers, a band of demise warriors, gave their lives to save lots of their homeland from the empire of Zol. Van, their chief and the only real survivor, is enslaved in a salt mine. One evening, savage canines assault the mine, and shortly after, a mysterious illness wipes out each the slaves and their keepers. Van, nevertheless, escapes with a little bit woman known as Yuna.
2nd quantity: "Kaette iku Mono (Returnees)"
Somebody has kidnapped Yuna, and Van units off in pursuit. In the meantime, Hohsalle, a gifted doctor, searches for a treatment for the illness that’s spreading among the many Zolian settlers. What path will these males select to save lots of their family members and the individuals of this land?
Unique 1st and 2nd hardcover quantity covers
Supply: Toho's official film info Twitter