The Apothecary Diaries Season 2 Coming in 2025

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A second season of The Apothecary Diaries anime has been announced with a 2025 premiere date. A teaser trailer and visual for the new season have been released as well.

The Apothecary Diaries premiered in late October 2023 and ran for two cours. The anime adapts the Shufunotomo-published light novel series written by Natsu Hyuuga and illustrated by Touko Shino, which J-Novel Club describes 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?

The first season was a TOHO animation STUDIO and OLM co-production with Norihiro Naganuma (The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 1) as director and series composer, Akinori Fudesaka (Summer Time Rendering and Komi Can’t Communicate storyboarder) as assistant director, and Yukiko Nakatani (Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure) as character designer. 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 composer: Satoru Kousaki (Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-)
• Music composer: Kevin Penkin (Made in Abyss)
• Music composer: Alisa Okehazama (The God of High School)

The lead voice actors are Aoi Yuuki as Maomao and Takeo Ootsuka as Jinshi.

The Apothecary Diaries was originally a Shousetsuka ni Narou web novel, with the first chapter being released in 2011.

Image source: @kusuriya_PR

Source: @kusuriya_PR

Melvyn is one of Anime Trending's main news writers. Aside from anime, he can sometimes be found writing about Japanese/anime-related video games, VTubers, manga, and light novels. Occasionally, he'll put out a review or listicle too. Every anime season, he looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese.
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