The official website for the television anime of Rieko Hinata and Akihiro Yamada‘s () fantasy novel series revealed on Thursday that the anime’s second season will premiere in January 2024.
The second season’s new cast includes Manaka Iwami as Yururuho / Sennen Suisei (third row, third from left) and M.A.O as Ruri Matsuri (third row, fourth from left). The rest of the 16 main cast members are reprising their roles.
The first season premiered on January 14 on the premium subscription television channel WOWOW. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.
Junji Nishimura (, , , ) is directing the anime at Signal.MD (, , ), and Mamoru Oshii (, , , , ) is overseeing and writing the scripts.
The novel series’ story is set in a world in the chaotic aftermath of humanity’s apocalyptic Last War. A great forest, infested with flameling creatures and other fallen beasts, covers the world, and pockets of humanity live in small protected communities. Due to a special weapon used in the Last War, human beings spontaneously burst into flame even when merely getting close to a small source of fire. The only safe energy source for humanity lies within the bodies of flamelings, and the duty to hunt them falls to the sickle-wielding firecatchers who brave the depths of the great forest. Among the firecatchers, they whisper tales of one who would be “Firecatcher Lord,” an individual who will be able to harvest the fire of the thousand-year comet, the “Wandering Spark” that has flown in the sky since it was sent up before the Last War, but is now returning to earth.
The story begins with Tōko, a young girl from a paper-making town who finds herself in the forbidden forest, assailed by flamelings, when a flamecatcher rushes to protect her. In another place, a young capital-born boy named Kōshi shelters his younger sister after losing his mother to factory poison.
Hinata debuted the first book of the series in December 2018, with illustrations by illustrator and character designer Akihiro Yamada. Hinata published the fourth book in the series on September 2020, followed by a side-story volume in December 2021.
Sources: anime’s website, Comic Natalie