Bibliophile Princess October debut confirmed by Mushikaburi-hime trailer PV, key visual, and more

Key visual for the upcoming anime Bibliophile Princess, featuring Elianna and Christopher.
Key visual for the upcoming anime Bibliophile Princess, featuring Elianna and Christopher. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On September 12, 2022, the staff for the anime adaptation of Yui’s Bibliophile Princess light novel series released a new trailer, a key visual, and character designs. Three new cast additions were also revealed, along with comments from the voice actors.

The Bibliophile Princess (Mushikaburi-hime) release date has been set for October 6, the Fall 2022 anime season.

You can watch the new trailer on Kadokawa Anime’s official YouTube channel here:

【本PV】TVアニメ『虫かぶり姫』
Trailer for the upcoming anime Bibliophile Princess.

The trailer begins by explaining that the members of the Bernstein family are known for choosing reading a good book over eating good food. The crown prince, Christopher, is being pressured into finding a fiancée and sees an opportunity with Elianna. He proposes that they get married so she can continue to pursue her love of reading and he can finally please everyone by saying he’s “engaged”. What begins as a “sham marriage” with no feelings of love begins to change as Elianna gets to know the prince better.

The trailer also features the anime’s opening theme song “Prologue” performed by Yuka Iguchi.

The new key visual, which is a collaboration with the Japan Library Association can be seen here:

Collaboration visual between Bibliophile Princess and the Japan Library Association, featuring Elianna and Christopher.
Collaboration visual between Bibliophile Princess and the Japan Library Association, featuring Elianna and Christopher. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The theme of the collaboration is “The library is a place where you can meet a book that makes your heart flutter.”

Voice actor Youhei Azakami plays Irving

Character design for Irving and picture of voice actor Yosuke Azakami.
Character design for Irving and a picture of voice actor Youhei Azakami. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Irving is a young man, who was invited to the “Autumn Hunting Festival” where nobles compete and show off their hunting skills. He cares about Elianna, and watches her from afar, taking great interest in her actions.

“When I read the story ‘Bibliophile Princess’ I was impressed by how intricate the world-building is and how I was able to fully immerse myself in the story. The character I play, Irving, is a mysterious guy, but I think fans have come to really like him. Will he be a rival I love for Elianna’s affections, an ally, or an enemy? You’ll have to wait for the anime to find out!”

Youhei Azakami commented at Comic Natalie

Voice actor Nobunaga Shimazaki plays Alfred

Character design for Alfred and picture of voice actor Nobunaga Shimazaki.
Character design for Alfred and a picture of voice actor Nobunaga Shimazaki. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Alfred is the son of Marquis Bernstein and Elianna’s older brother. He works in the royal palace with his father. He worries about Elianna, who is a bit spacey, but she also watches over him.

“I am playing the role of Alfred, Elianna’s brother. Elianna is a kind girl who loves books and I understand how Alfred just wants to support her and protect her from a world that is full of conspiracies.”

Nobunaga Shimazaki commented at Comic Natalie

Voice actor Taku Yashiro plays Jean

Character design for Jean and picture of voice actor Taku Yashiro.
Character design for Jean and picture of voice actor Taku Yashiro. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Jean is Elianna’s servant, who has been a member of the Bernstein family and has been by Elianna’s side for a long time. She sees him as “family” rather than just a servant. Jean teaches Eliana self-defense techniques.

“I am playing the role of Jean, who is Elianna’s servant. He watches as Elianna’s world grows as she meets new people but his stern attitude towards her doesn’t change. Jean doesn’t want to see himself as a servant to Eliana, but he does his job well.”

Taku Yashiro commented at Comic Natalie

Who are the cast members?

The Bibliophile Princess cast members include:

  • Reina Ueda — Elianna
  • Ryouhei Kimura — Christopher
  • Kouki Uchiyama — Alexei
  • Yuma Uchida — Gren
  • Wataru Hatano — Theodore
  • Gen Sato — Alan
  • Ayaka Nanase — Eilieen
  • Youhei Azakami — Irving
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki — Alfred
  • Taku Yashiro — Jean
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Who are the production team members?

Bibliophile Princess production team members include:

  • Original Story — Yui
  • Character planning — Sakizuki Shiina, Yui Kikuta
  • Director — Tarou Iwasaki
  • Animation — Studio Madhouse
  • Production — Mushikaburi Hime Production Committee
  • Scriptwriter — Mitsuki Hirota
  • Character Designer — Mizuka Takahashi
  • Sub-character Designer — Junko Abe, Shinichi Yoshikawa
  • Art Director — Hitomi Yoshida
  • Color Designer — Harue Ohno
  • Director of Photography — Junko Sakai
  • Editor — Yoshiko Kimura
  • Sound Director — Satoshi Motoyama
  • Sound Effects — Yuji Furuya
  • Music composers — Yuko Fukushima, Tomoo Osumi

Where can I read the light novel series and manga?

Bibliophile Princess (Mushikaburi-hime) is a Japanese romance fantasy light novel series written by Yui and illustrated by Satsuki Shiina. Between September 2015 and January 2022, it was serialized online on the user-generated novel publishing website Shousetsuka ni Narou. On July 1, 2016, it was acquired by Ichijinsha, which has to date released six volumes under their Iris NEO Label. The English version of the light novel series has been licensed by J-Novel Club for release in North America.

On August 28, 2018, a manga adaptation with art by Yui Kikuta launched in Ichijinsha’s shoujo manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum. It is still ongoing; the individual chapters have been collected into six tankoubon volumes. The English version of the manga has also been licensed by J-Novel Club for release in North America.

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