The Apothecary Diaries Reveals Main Trailer, Theme Songs, More Cast


The Apothecary Diaries, which is set to premiere on October 21 (effectively October 22 at 1:05 AM JST) with its first three episodes, has received a main trailer and theme song details. 

The opening song is “Hana ni Natte” by Ryokuoushoku Shakai, while the ending song is “Ai Kotoba” by Aina the End. Both songs are featured in the trailer, which also shows us more of heroine Maomao’s life as a food taster for a consort.

There are also new cast announcements for The Apothecary Diaries, like:

Katsuyuki Konishi as Gaoshun
Atsumi Tanezaki as Consort Gyokuyou
Yui Ishikawa as Consort Lifa
Hina Kino as Consort Lishu
Yuuko Kaida as Consort Aduo
Megumi Han as Mei Mei
Ami Koshimizu as Pailin
Hiroki Nanami as Joka
Misaki Kuno as Shaoran

The Apothecary Diaries (which Crunchyroll will stream) is based on the Shufunotomo-published light novels written by Natsu Hyuuga and illustrated by Touko Shino. J-Novel Club describes the plot 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! At her lady’s side, Maomao starts to learn about everything that goes on in the rear palace—not all of it seemly. Can she ever lead a quiet life, or will her powers of deduction and insatiable curiosity bring her ever more adventures, and ever more dangers?

Norihiro Naganuma (The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 1) is serving as director and series composer of the mystery anime with Akinori Fudesaka (Summer Time Rendering and Komi Can’t Communicate storyboarder) as assistant director and Yukiko Nakatani (Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure) as character designer. TOHO animation STUDIO and OLM are credited with the animation production.

Other staff include:

• Color designer: Misato Aida (Eternal Boys)
• Art director: Katsumi Takao (Pokemon: Harukanaru Aoi Sora)
• Compositing director: Rumi Ishiguro (Akiba Maid War)

• Music composers: Satoru Kousaki (Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-), Kevin Penkin (Made in Abyss), Alisa Okehazama (The God of High School

Aoi Yuuki is voicing Maomao, while Takeo Ootsuka is the voice of the eunuch Jinshi. 

The light novels began in 2014 and have 14 volumes as of September 2023. Prior to becoming a light novel series, The Apothecary Diaries was a Shousetsuka ni Narou web novel that started serialization in 2011. A single tankoubon volume was published under the Ray Books label (also from Shufunotomo Infos) in 2012. The light novels have inspired a Square Enix-published manga by Nekokurage (also available in English) and a Shogakukan-published manga (subtitled Mao Mao no Kōkyuu Nazotoki Techou) by Minoji Kurata.

Source: The Apothecary Diaries website

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years starting from his college days. Now, he primarily focuses on anime-related content, although he also writes about games, light novels, manga, and VTubers sometimes. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences.
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