TOHO animation opened an official website for a television anime adaptation of Natsu Hyuuga's Kusuriya no Hitorigoto (The Apothecary Diaries) light novel on Thursday, revealing the lead cast, staff, a teaser visual (pictured), and project promo. The anime series will premiere in 2023.
Voice actress Aoi Yuuki (Heike Monogatari, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners) is starring as Maomao.
Hyuuga originally began penning the medical mystery novel on the Shousetsuka ni Narou website in October 2011. Shufunotomo published it under its RayBooks imprint in a single novel volume in September 2012, featuring the cover illustration by Megumi Matsuda. The publisher began reprinting the series as a light novel through its Hero Bunko label with illustrations by Touko Shino in August 2014. The 12th volume went on sale last July, with the 13th volume scheduled for a February 25 release.
J-Novel Club licensed the light novel in English in November 2020 for digital release and published the sixth volume in October 2022. The seventh volume is planned for a March 1 release.
Square Enix Manga & Books licensed Nanao and Nekokurage's manga adaptation in English in November 2019 and shipped the seventh volume in December 2022. The eighth volume is planned for a June 6 release.
In an imperial court in ancient China, it has been a few months since a 17-year-old girl known as Maomao was kidnapped and forced to work as a low-level servant at the emperor's palace. Still, she manages to retain her curious and pragmatic spirit, planning to work until her years of servitude are over. One day, however, she catches wind of the fact that the emperor's two infants have fallen gravely ill. She decides to secretly take action, drawing on her experience as a pharmacist raised in the poor red-light district.
Despite Maomao's attempts to remain anonymous, she soon catches the eye of Jinshi, an influential eunuch who recognizes her talents. Maomao soon finds herself in the emperor's inner courst, where she gradually makes a name for herself by utilizing her knowledge and eccentric personality to solve various medical mysteries. [Written by MAL Rewrite]