Bibliophile Princess key visual released ahead of the Mushikaburi-hime October 6 premiere

A brand new Mushikaburi-hime key visual popped up 3 days ahead of the anime premere date. Pic credit: Studio Madhouse

The Bibliophile Princess release date is on October 6, the Fall 2022 anime season.

Just three days ahead of the Mushikaburi-hime debut, Studio Madhouse released another key visual picturing the title’s protagonists Lady Elianna and Prince Christopher, which you can see below.

The adaptation was first announced in January 2022; the first Bibliophile Princess key visual was revealed in May 2022.

The Mushikaburi-hime main cast (with accompanying character designs) was revealed on July 25, 2022.

The OP and ED theme songs for the Bibliophile Princess anime were announced on September 15, 2022. The OP theme song is “Prologue” by Yuka Iguchi, while the ED theme song “Kawabyoshi” is performed by Kashitarou Itou.

The Bibliophile Princess cast and staff

Tarou Iwasaki is directing the anime at Studio Madhouse. Mitsutaka Hirota (Rent-a-Girlfriend) is in charge of the series composition, while Mizuka Takahashi is designing the characters based on the original character concept by Satsuki Shiina and Yui Kikuta.

This Bibliophile Princess key visual was revealed on October 3, mere three days ahead of the TV anime premiere. Pic credit: Studio Madhouse

The Bibliophile Princess cast members include:

  • Reina Ueda— Lady Elianna
  • Ryouhei Kimura — Prince Christopher
  • Kouki Uchiyama — Alexey Strasser
  • Yuuma Uchida — Glen Eisenach
  • Wataru Hatano — Theodore Warren Ashlard
  • Gen Sato — Alan Ferrera

The Bibliophile Princess light novel & manga series

Bibliophile Princess is based on the eponymous light novel series written by Yui and illustrated by Satsuki Shiina.

The novel was originally serialized online via the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō (September 2015 to January 2022).

In 2016, the series was acquired by Ichijinsha, which has released six volumes as of October 2022.

The light novel series got a manga adaptation in 2018; Yui Kikuta is the mangaka. The title is still ongoing and has been serialized in Ichijinsha’s Monthly Comic Zero Sum magazine. The individual chapters have been collected into six tankōbon volumes as of February 2022.

J-Novel Club is publishing both the light novel and the manga series in North America. The English translation of the novel is up to Volume 5 and the manga has six tankōbon volumes as of August 2022.

The plot follows Elianna, a.k.a. the “Bibliophile Princess” (the daughter of a Marquis), who prefers books to people and her fiancé Prince Christopher… or so it would seem at first. As the story progresses, Elianna will discover there’s more to Christopher than meets the eye.

Nevertheless, the visuals and teaser PVs we’ve seen so far are pinkish, glimmering, and shoujoesque, so presumably, there’s more to the TV anime than meets the eye, too. It is labeled romance, josei,* and fantasy rather than shoujo, so hopefully, it will live up to the expectations.

*Josei targets older female audiences as opposed to shoujo, which targets young teenage girls.

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