TOHO animation announced on Thursday that it and OLM are producing an anime adaptation of Natsu Hyūga and Touko Shino‘s The Apothecary Diaries (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto) light novel series that will premiere this year. Aoi Yūki will voice the main character Maomao.
Norihiro Naganuma (The Ancient Magus’ Bride season 1) is directing the anime at TOHO animation and OLM, and Naganuma is also supervising the scripts. Akinori Fudesaka is the assistant director. Yukiko Nakatani (Go! Princess Precure, Tropical-Rouge! Precure) is designing the characters.
Katsumi Takao (Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle) is the art director, while Misato Aida (My Master Has No Tail) is the color key artist. Yū Nagai (Komi Can’t Communicate) is the CGI director. Rumi Ishiguro is the compositing director of photography. Daisuke Imai is in charge of editing. Shōji Hata is the sound director. Satoru Kousaki (Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-), Kevin Penkin (Made in Abyss), and Arisa Okehazama (ONIMAI: I’m Now Your Sister!) are all composing music for the anime.
J-Novel Club publishes the novel series digitally, and it describes the story:
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!
Hyūga began serializing the story on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” (Let’s Become Novelists) website in October 2011. Shufunotomo published the first print volume with illustrations by Shino in August 2014, and the 13th volume will ship on February 25. J-Novel Club published the sixth volume in October 2022.
Nekokurage launched the manga adaptation of the light novel series in Square Enix‘s Monthly Big Gangan magazine in May 2017. Square Enix will publish the manga’s 11th compiled book volume on February 25. Square Enix Manga & Books is releasing the manga adaptation in English, and it published the manga’s seventh volume in December 2022.
Sources: The Apothecary Diaries anime’s website, Comic Natalie