Raven of the Inner Palace anime release date in Fall 2022 confirmed by trailer

Key visual for the upcoming anime Raven of the Inner Palace.
Key visual for the upcoming anime Raven of the Inner Palace. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The Raven of the Inner Palace anime release date is on October 1, 2022. The TV show will be aired by the Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 channels in Japan, and also air on Kansai TV.

On August 20, 2022, a new trailer, additional cast, and a key visual were revealed for the upcoming anime adaptation of Koko Shirakawa’s light novel series Raven of the Inner Palace (Kokyu no Karasu). The announcement was made during a live-streamed special television program, which aired on the Nico Nico Live Broadcast channel in Japan, and also on their official YouTube channel and Twitter accounts.

You can see the new full-sized key visual here:

Full-sized key visual for Raven of the Inner Palace.
Full-sized key visual for Raven of the Inner Palace. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On September 24, 2022, part of the first episode will be screened during Aniplex’s Online Fest 2022. Voice actress, Saku Mizuno, who is playing the lead heroine in the anime will appear at the event.

You can watch the trailer for Raven of the Inner Palace on Aniplex’s official YouTube channel here:

TVアニメ「後宮の烏」本PV第一弾/2022年10月より放送予定!
Trailer for Raven of the Inner Palace.

What is the plot of Raven of the Inner Palace?

The story centers on a mysterious concubine named Uki. Although Uki lives in the harem chambers at the palace the Emperor has never requested her presence. Rumors about Uki spread like wildfire throughout the palace. Some of the people, who work at the palace, say they see Uki appear to them as an older woman, some a beautiful young woman, and others a child.

But the rumors don’t end there. People in the palace also believe that Uki is a powerful sorceress that is capable of inflicting horrible curses, but at the same time others go to her for her unique talent in being able to find lost items.

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One day, the Emperor, who has ignored her until now, goes to Uki to request her help in finding something. When their paths cross and they finally meet face-to-face that’s when things change. The Emperor is surprised by Uki’s beauty and she in turn is surprised by the Emperor’s gentleness and kind heart. Will love blossom between these two who are already supposed to be lovers?

Key visual for the anime Raven of the Inner Palace.
Key visual for the anime Raven of the Inner Palace. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the Raven of the Inner Palace cast members?

Raven of the Inner Palace cast members include:

  • Nobunaga Shimazaki – Onkei (an eunuch who serves the royal family and is Uki’s bodyguard)
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto – Tankai (high-ranking eunuch who is an information broker)
  • Saku Mizuno – Jusetsu Ryo (Also known as Uki, is an imperial concubine)
  • Masaaki Mizunaka – Koshun Ka
  • Taku Yashiro – Eisei
  • Marika Kono – Jiu Jiu

Where can I read the light novel series?

Raven of the Inner Palace (Kokyo no Karasu) is a Japanese light novel series written by Koko Shirakawa and illustrated by Ayuko. Ayuko is also known for having illustrated the manga adaptation of the light novel series The Earl and the Fairy. Since April 2018, Shueisha has published seven volumes under their Shueisha Orange Bunko imprint.

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the English version of the light novel series for release in North America next year 2023. Seven Seas Entertainment made this announcement during the Anime Expo 2022.

Who are the members of the production team?

Raven of the Inner Palace production team members include:

  • Director – Chizuru Miyawaki (Gintama, Gintama: The Final)
  • Animation – Bandai Namco Pictures
  • Scriptwriter – Satomi Ooshima (Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko)
  • Character design – Shinji Takeuchi (Fairy Tail, Gintama)
  • Music composer – Asami Tachibana (DARLING in the FRANXX, Haikyu!!, Moriarty the Patriot)
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