The Apothecary Diaries anime will premiere on October 21st, and a new preview was released as part of the announcement. The series will run in two courses, with episodes one through three pre-screened on a special stage on October 1, as well as on October 21 (the day of the premiere).
The cast for the anime includes Aoi Yuki as Maomao and Takeo Otsuka as Jinshi. TOHO Animation and OLM are animating the series under the direction of Norihiro Naganuma, who will also compose the series. Other personnel include:
- Music: Arisa Okehazama, Kevin Penkin, Satoru Kosaki
- Character design: Yukiko Nakatani
- Art director: Katsumi Takao
- Sound director: Shoji Hata
- CGI Director: Yu Nagai
- Operator: Rumi Ishiguro
- Deputy Director: Akinori Fudesaka
- Colorful design: Misato Aida
- Editing: Daisuke Imai
The Apothecary Diariesthe anime is based on a series of light novels by Natsu Hyuga and is published by Shufunutomo. Itsuki Nanao launched a manga adaptation in May 2017. Square Enix currently publishes the manga and currently has 10 volumes.J-Roman ClubpublishedThe Apothecary Diariesin English and describes the plot as:
To the east is a land ruled by an emperor whose wives and concubines live in a sprawling compound known as the hougong, the back palace. Maomao, a nondescript girl raised in a nondescript town by her apothecary father, never imagined that the back palace would have anything to do with her – until she was kidnapped and sold into service there. Although she looks ordinary, Maomao has a quick mind, a sharp mind, and extensive knowledge of medicine. This is her secret until she encounters a palace resident at least as shrewd as she: the head eunuch Jinshi. He sees through Maomao’s facade and turns her into a lady-in-waiting for none other than the Emperor’s favorite wife… so he can taste the poison lady’s food!
On his lady’s side, Maomao begins to learn about everything that goes on in the back palace – not all of it decent. Can she ever lead a peaceful life, or will her powers of deduction and her insatiable curiosity bring her more adventures and more dangers?