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The Apothecary Diaries Anime Lands Second Season

The Apothecary Diaries Anime Lands Second SeasonMore The Apothecary Diaries is headed our way. The first season ended with an announcement that wasn’t particularly surprising, but very welcome: the anime will return with season 2.

That’s the good news. The bad (or at least meh) news is that it won’t hit screens until 2025. But if it’s anything like season 1, it’ll be worth the wait.

Alongside the announcement came a 53-second teaser, which you can check out below.

Season 1, which ran for 24 episodes starting last October, is baed on the series of novels by Natsu Hyuga. It was directed by Norihiro Naganuma (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) at Toho Animation and OLM.

Here’s how Square Enix Manga and Books describes volume 1 of the light novels:

A palace servant with training in herbal medicine is promoted up the ranks to food taster…and right into the thick of imperial intrigue in this enthralling period mystery series!

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?

Source: Comic Natalie

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.