The English dub cast for the historical fantasy anime, The Apothecary Diaries, has been revealed, along with a premiere date of November 4. As with the Japanese premiere, the first three episodes will air together. Crunchyroll has announced the full English dub cast for The Apothecary Diaries as follows:
- Emi Lo as Maomao
- Kaiji Tang as Jinshi
- Molly Zhang as Gyokuyou
- Trina Nishimura as Lihua
- Bree Han as Xiaolan
- Monica Rial as Ah-Duo/Narrator
- Alex Hom as Gaoshun
- Jim Foronda as Guen
- Stephen Miller as Luomen
- Giovannie Cruz as Hongniang
- Kelsey Maher as Yinghua
- Ciaran Strange as Pairin
- Monica Flatley as Joka
- Rebecca Danae as Meimei
- Alex Mai as Emperor
- Sarah Roach as Fuyou
- Kelly Greenshield as Guiyuan
- Naya Moreno as Ailan
Behind the scenes, the English dub for The Apothecary Diaries will be directed by Shawn Green, and produced by accomplished VA and ADR producer, Colleen Clinkenbeard. Scriptwriting will be shared between Kieran Flitton and Clayton Browning.
The Apothecary Diaries anime is based on a light novel series written by Natsu Hyuga and illustrated by Toko Shino; the light novel series is licensed digitally (ePUB) by J-Novel Club in English, with print editions from Square Enix to begin publishing in May 2024. A manga adaptation by Itsuki Nanao has been ongoing since May 2017, and is licensed in English by Square Enix.
J-Novel Club describes the series 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?
©Natsu Hyuga, Shufunutomo / “Kusuriya no Hitorigoto” Production Committee