TOHO Animation and OLM are joining forces this year to bring the hit light novel series The Apothecary Diaries (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto) into the small screen! The announcement was made on Thursday and was accompanied by the release of a promotional video and stunning visual for the series.
Check them out below!
The Apothecary Diaries is written by Natsu Hyuuga. It first appeared on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” website in October 2011. Shufunotomo later on published the story in print with illustrations by Shino in August 2014.
J-Novel Club, its digital publisher, describes the story as follows:
In the East is a land ruled by an emperor, whose consorts and serving women live in a sprawling complex known as the hougong, the rear palace. Maomao, an unassuming girl raised in an unassuming town by her apothecary father, never imagined the rear palace would have anything to do with her—until she was kidnapped and sold into service there.
Though she looks ordinary, Maomao has a quick wit, a sharp mind, and an extensive knowledge of medicine. That’s her secret, until she encounters a resident of the palace at least as perceptive as she is: the head eunuch, Jinshi. He sees through Maomao’s façade and makes her a lady-in-waiting to none other than the Emperor’s favorite consort… so she can taste the lady’s food for poison
The light novel series also inspired a manga adaptation by Nekokurage in May 2017.
The upcoming TV anime is to be directed by Norihiro Naganuma. He will, the same time, be in charged of the scripts for the series. Akinori Fudesaka is to serve as the assistant director, while Yukiko Nakatani is to act as the character designer.
Other key staff members for the anime include Katsumi Takao as the art director, Misato Aida as the color key artist. Yū Nagai, as the CGI director, Rumi Ishiguro as the compositing director of photography, Daisuke Imai as the editor, and Shōji Hata as the sound director. Satoru Kousaki, Kevin Penkin, and Arisa Okehazama, will all serve as the music composers.
The anime is set to air this 2023. More details about the series are expected to be revealed soon.