The Deer King (Shika no Ou) manga, written by Nahoko Uehashi and illustrated by Taro Sekiguchi, has announced that the series will be ended after 2nd volume released. Therefore, its manga version only has 2 volumes.
It is a Japanese fantasy novel series written by Nahoko Uehashi. Kadokawa have originally published the series in two volumes in September 2014, and then republished it in four reprinted volumes between June and July 2017. A manga adaptation with art by Taro Sekiguchi has been serialized online via Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website since July 2021. It has been collected in a single tankōbon volume. An anime film adaptation by Production I.G was scheduled to premiere on September 10, 2021, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film had previously been shown in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in July this year and the Fantasia Film Festival, The Deer King won the Bronze Audience Award for Best Animated Film.
The novel has won the Japan Booksellers Award and 4th “Japanese Medical Novel Award” in 2015.
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.