Raven of the Inner Palace anime voice actors and actresses cosplay as Kokyu no Karasu characters

Key visual for the upcoming anime Raven of the Inner Palace and picture of voice actress Saku Mizuno as her character Jusetsu Ryu.
Key visual for the upcoming anime Raven of the Inner Palace and picture of voice actress Saku Mizuno as her character Jusetsu Ryu. Pic credit: @kokyu_anime/Twitter

The Raven of the Inner Palace anime release date is in Fall 2022.

On August 26, 2022, the official Twitter account for the upcoming anime adaptation of Kouko Shirakawa’s Raven of the Inner Palace (Kokyu no Karasu) light novel series unveiled pictures of the three main characters side by side with their VAs doing gorgeous cosplay.

Voice actress Saku Mizuno’s cosplay of her character Jusetsu Ryu (also known as Uki, who is the imperial concubine) is incredibly accurate and beautiful! You can see her cosplay here:

Full-sized picture of voice actress Saku Mizuno and her character Jusetsu Ryu.
Full-sized picture of voice actress Saku Mizuno and her character Jusetsu Ryu. Pic credit: @kokyu_anime/Twitter

Saku Mizuno commented on her Twitter account, “They took a very beautiful picture of me! It’s an amazing feeling to be side-by-side with the character I play – Jusetsu Ryu. It makes me very happy!

Voice actor Masaaki Mizunaka cosplayed his character Koshun Ka, who is the Emperor whom Jusetsu Ryu ends up falling in love with. Koshun Ka has a penchant for wearing blue. You can see Masaaki Mizunaka’s debonair cosplay here:

Voice actor Masaaki Mizunaka and his character Koshun Ka.
Voice actor Masaaki Mizunaka and his character Koshun Ka. Pic credit: @kokyu_anime/Twitter

Voice actress Marika Kouno cosplayed her character Jiujiu, who is a servant in the palace. Jiujiu likes to wear pink, beaded jewelry. You can see Marika Kouno’s cute cosplay here.

Voice actress Marika Kouno and her character Jiujiu.
Voice actress Marika Kouno and her character Jiujiu. Pic credit: @kokyu_anime/Twitter

On August 27, 2022, Raven of the Inner Palace’s Twitter account unveiled a picture of a Mochimochi star stuffed animal that will be made available for sale. The adorable rooster character appears in the story.

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The anime is scheduled to premiere on October 1, 2022, on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 channels in Japan, and also air on Kansai TV.

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:

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The official trailer for the upcoming anime Raven of the Inner Palace.

What is the plot of Raven of the Inner Palace?

The story centers on a mysterious concubine named Uki (also known as Jusetsu Ryu). 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.

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?

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Who are the cast members?

Raven of the Inner Palace cast members include:

  • Nobunaga Shimazaki (Haruka in Free!) – Onkei (an eunuch who serves the royal family and is Uki’s bodyguard)
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto (Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia) – Tankai (high-ranking eunuch who is an information broker)
  • Saku Mizuno (Rena Hananoi in SELECTION PROJECT) – Jusetsu Ryo (Also known as Uki, is an imperial concubine)
  • Masaaki Mizunaka (Diablo in How Not to Summon a Demon Lord) – Koshun Ka
  • Taku Yashiro (Kudo in The Dawn of the Witch) – Eisei
  • Marika Kono (Silence Suzuka in Umamusume Pretty Derby) – Jiu Jiu

Where can I read the light novel series?

Raven of the Inner Palace (Kokyu 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)
  • Production: BN Pictures (BIRDIE WING: Golf Girls’ Story)
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Are you looking forward to the anime Raven of the Inner Palace? What did you think of the VAs’ cosplay? Is the Mochimochi stuffed animal on your wish list? Let us know in the comment section below!

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