The Apothecary Diaries television anime series made important announcements on its launch and development on Friday, August 25, 2023, including its release date of October 2023. The show also revealed that the anime will run for two seasons and that it will premiere with the first three episodes.
Along with this information, the show also unveiled a brand-new key image showing the leads Maomao and Jinshi, respectively portrayed by Aoi Yuki and Takeo Otsuka. The Apothecary Diaries anime series, which is an adaptation of the light novel series by authors Natsu Hyuga and Touki Shino, made the announcements on its official website.
The Apothecary Diaries Anime Key Visual
As the anime gears up for its premiere, a brand-new key visual has been revealed. The image showcases the two lead characters, Maomao and Jinshi, portrayed by the talented Aoi Yuki and Takeo Otsuka respectively. This captivating visual gives fans a glimpse into the world they are about to enter—a world filled with mystery, intrigue, and captivating characters.
A key visual was presented on the website shown below:
The Apothecary Diaries Anime Cast and Staff
The anime is being produced by TOHO Animation and OLM under the direction of The Ancient Magus’ Bride season 1 director Norihiro Naganuma, who is also in charge of screenplay supervision. Assistant director Akinori Fudesaka is in charge.
Designing the characters is Yukiko Nakatani (Go! Princess Precure, Tropical-Rouge! Precure). Misato Aida (My Master Has No Tail) is the color key artist, while Katsumi Takao (Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle) is the art director.
The director of the CGI is Y Nagai (Komi Can’t Communicate). The compositing director of photography is Rumi Ishiguro. Editing is handled by Daisuke Imai. The sound director is Shji Hata. The soundtrack for the anime is being written by a variety of artists, including Satoru Kousaki (Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song), Kevin Penkin (Made in Abyss), and Arisa Okehazama (ONIMAI: I’m Now Your Sister!).
Additional Information About The Apothecary Diaries Debut
On October 1, the first three episodes will also be screened in theaters in four different cities across Japan: TOHO Cinemas Tenjin in Fukuoka, TOHO Cinemas Umeda in Osaka, and TOHO Cinemas Hibiya in Tokyo. Director Norihiro Naganuma, Maomao voice actress Aoi Yuki, and Jinshi voice actor Takahiro Sakurai will provide special talks before the screenings.
The talk will take place at TOHO Cinemas Hibiya and be broadcast to all other theaters around the nation via streaming.
The Apothecary Diaries Plot and Web Novel
The Apothecary Diaries was first published as a web novel on the Shosetsuka ni Naro website, similar to many other well-known anime and light novel series. It was authored by Hyuga. With the upcoming anime adaptation, the series seems prepared to follow in the footsteps of online novel series like KonoSuba, Re:ZERO, and a number of other successful anime adaptations.
In August 2014, Shufunotomo started printing the novels with Shino’s artwork. 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.
The anime will be streamed live on Crunchyroll. The novel series is published digitally by J-Novel Club, which summarizes the plot 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!”
Frequently Asked Question
The anime is set to premiere on October 21, 2023, with the first three episodes.
“The Apothecary Diaries” anime is confirmed to have two exciting seasons.
Yes, director Norihiro Naganuma and the voice actors will engage in special talks during the theater screenings.