It’s official! The popular lady of the lamp medical manhwa is getting animated! Kadokawa announced that Yuin and Mini’s Surgeon Elise or Doctor Elise (Gekai Elise or Oegwauisa Elise in Korean) will be getting a new anime TV series. The anime will be based on the medical reincarnation fantasy web novel and vertical-scrolling manhwa of the same name.
Mini the manhwa illustrator drew an illustration to commemorate the anime’s announcement:
Kumiko Habara who directed I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss, is directing the anime at Maho Film (I’m Standing on 1,000,000 Lives, In the Land of Leadale). Deko Akao who wrote the script and series composition for (The) Case Study of Vanitas, and Komi Can’t Communicate is handling the series composition. Yūko Watabe who worked as a key animator for several titles like Naruto Shippūden: The Will of Fire (movie), and Tokyo Ghoul (TV) is in charge of character design. The cast for the anime is yet to be announced.
What is Surgeon Elise about?
Surgeon Elise has a unique story where the main character dies as a villainess, reincarnates on Earth as Jihyun Song, grows up to become a surgeon, and dies again to return to her previous life before her engagement to the crown prince. After returning as Elise de Clorance again, Elise decides that she no longer wishes to be engaged to the crown prince much to the surprise of her father and the Emperor. She implores to have the engagement canceled and expresses her wish to become a surgeon. The Emperor makes a bet with her to accomplish something more valuable than becoming the future Empress before she becomes an adult (which is within the next 6 months). So starts Elise’s journey to becoming a doctor and canceling her engagement with the crown prince.
Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp (외과의사 엘리제 – Oegwauisa Ellije) started as a South Korean web novel written by Yuin. It began serializing from December 30, 2015, to April 27, 2016, in Kakao’s KakaoPage service and has been published in four volumes. A side story was published from May 4 to May 30, 2016. A second side story ran from September 19 to December 27, 2017.
A manhwa adaptation was serialized in KakaoPage from September 18, 2017, to February 16, 2021, with illustrations by Mini. The manhwa has been compiled into 10 volumes. It was published in English digitally by Tappytoon. The manhwa has been printed by Kadokawa Shoten and is available digitally in Japan through Kakao’s Piccoma service.