It looks The Deer King will premiere in theaters very soon. Now we will finally find out how Masashi Ando does as the director of his very own anime film. Instead of “just” being the key animator, that is.

Masashi Ando’s First Time Helming!

It looks like Princess Mononoke meets Lone Wolf and Cub here.

The Deer King will soon make its debut in US theaters. However, the exact date depends on what version of the anime film you want to see. The anime film will premiere nationwide on July 15, 2022 in select theaters. However, Fathom Fan Preview screenings start 2 days early on July 13, 2022 in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. If you want to watch the anime film in English dub though, then you’ll have to wait a day later on July 14, 2022 for it. You don’t have to worry about missing out though if you can’t catch the Fathom Fan Preview screenings though, since the official screening is only a day or 2 later.

You can purchase tickets for The Deer King now at Fathom Events. Alternatively, you can also purchase tickets at the anime film’s official website. Regardless of where you purchase tickets though, this seems like an anime film that will be worth the money.

The Deer King: Details

"The Deer King" film poster.
I swear, the main character here looks like a middle-aged Ashitaka, even right down to the deer mount.

The Deer King is the anime film adaptation of the fantasy novel series of the same name by Nahoko Uehashi (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Erin). Production I.G. (Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell, Fena: Pirate Princess) is the animation studio behind it. Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Your Name) and Masayuki Miyaji are the directors for this anime film, with Taku Kishimoto writing. Harumi Fuuki composes the music for this anime film. Lastly, GKIDS is licensing this anime film for its NA release.

As for what The Deer King is about? Well, GKIDS has an official synopsis for this anime film. Check it out below:

“In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom—and its possible cure.

The Deer King is a sweeping fantasy epic that marks the directing debut of Masashi Ando, whose work on such landmark films as Spirited Away, Paprika, and Your Name. helped shape the world of modern animation.”

Source: Fathom Events,