The Apothecary Diaries announced that voice actress Houko Kuwashima was cast for the role of Fengxian, an ill courtesan who resides in the back building of the Verdigris House. The character will be making her debut in episode 18 of the anime, which will be airing on February 10, 2024. Kuwashima is known for her roles as Medusa from Soul Eater, Kie Kamado from Demon Slayer, Clare from Claymore, Soifon from Bleach, and Going Merry from One Piece.
Aside from Fengxian’s teasers on the episode 18 previews, a separate visual of the character was also included in the cast announcement.
In case you missed it, the previous announcements of the additional cast for the anime’s second cour also include:
- Takuya Kirimoto as Lakan, an eccentric strategist who challenges Jinshi with impossible tasks (Episode 13)
- Kaori Nazuka as Suirei, a mysterious court lady who works in the outer court and is knowledgeable in medicinal herbs (Episode 13)
- Koki Uchiyama as Rikuson, a subordinate of the high-ranking military official, Lakan (Episode 14)
The Apothecary Diaries (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto) is a Japanese light novel series written by Natsu Hyuga and illustrated by Toko Shino. Shunfunotomo currently publishes the series, while J-Novel Club publishes the English version. The series also has two manga adaptations: the manga series of the same name by Itsuki Nanao, illustrated by Nekokurage; and “Kusuriya no Hitorigoto: Mao Mao no Kokyu Nazotoki Techo (The Apothecary Diaries: The Palace Cloister Mystery-Solving Notebook of Mao Mao)” by Minoji Kurata. Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan and Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday Gene-X publishes them in print, respectively.
TOHO Animation and OML are currently animating The Apothecary Diaries series, which is set to have a total of 24 episodes. The ongoing series is available to watch on Netflix and Crunchyroll in select regions. Crunchyroll describes the plot:
Maomao lived a peaceful life with her apothecary father. Until one day, she’s sold as a lowly servant to the emperor’s palace. But she wasn’t meant for a compliant life among royalty. So when imperial heirs fall ill, she decides to step in and find a cure! This catches the eye of Jinshi, a handsome palace official who promotes her. Now, she’s making a name for herself solving medical mysteries!
Source: Official The Apothecary Diaries Anime X (formerly Twitter)
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