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The Apothecary Diaries Light Novel Crosses 31 Million Copies!

24 million copies were in circulation before the broadcast of the anime adaptation.

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After the release of the anime adaptation, Natsu Hyuga and Touko Shino’s light novel The Apothecary Diaries has sold around 7 million copies, including both digital and physical sales.

The total sales for the light novel have not crossed 31 million copies.

In September 2023, before the broadcast of the anime adaptation, 24 million copies were in circulation and crossed 27 million just a month later.

The staff for the anime includes:

  • Director, Script Supervisor: Norihiro Naganuma
  • Assistant Director: Akinori Fudesaka
  • Character Design: Yukiko Nakatani
  • Art Director: Katsumi Takao
  • Color Key Artist: Misato Aida
  • Assistant Director: Akinori Fudesaka
  • CGI Director: Yu Nagai
  • Composition Director of Photography: Rumi Ishiguro
  • Editing: Daisuke Imai
  • Sound Director: Shoji Hata
  • Music Composers: 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 is 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, or 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 facade 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!

Source: Mantan Web