On Friday, the official website for the anime adaptation of Natsu Hyuga and Touko Shino’s The Apothecary Diaries (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto) light novel series announced that the anime will premiere on October 21.
The first three episodes will be aired on that day. A new visual was released as well.
The anime will air for two cours.
Aoki Yuki voices the main character Maomao, and Takeo Otsuka voices Jinshi.
The staff for the anime includes:
- Director, Script Supervisor: Norihiro Naganuma
- Assitant Director: Akinori Fudesaka
- Character Design: Yukiko Nakatani
- Art Director: Katsumi Takao
- Color Key Artist: Misato Aida
- Assistant Director: Akinori Fudesaka
- CGI Director: Yu Nagai
- Compositing Director of Photography: Rumi Ishiguro
- Editing: Daisuke Imai
- Sound Director: Shoji Hata
- Music Composer: Satoru Kousaki, Kevin Penkin, and Arisa Okehazama
In October 2011, Hyuga began serializing the story on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” (Let’s Become Novelists) website.
In August 2014, Shunfunotomo began publishing the novels in print volumes with illustrations by Shino.
In May 2017, Nekokurage debuted a continuing manga adaptation in Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan publication.
The English language manga adaptation will be published by Square Enix Manga & Books.
J-Novel Club publishing the novel series digitally, and it describes the story as:
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!