Raven of the Inner Palace Novel Author Posts Message of Thanks to The Anime Staff



After the broadcast of the final 13th episode in Japan, Kouko Shirakawa posted a message of thanks to the staff of the TV anime adaptation of her Raven of the Inner Palace historical fantasy light novel series. The Bandai Namco Pictures-animated adaptation was aired for 13 episodes in Japan from October 1 to December 24.




I could talk about the anime forever, but if I were to put it simply, I would say "thank you." I don't know where to begin and how to say, but from the beginning to the end, I am filled with gratitude.


From the very first time I saw the proposal, I got the impression that the people who came up with this project had read my novel carefully and treated it with great care, which I later felt from the director and everyone else's attitude, and it was something that made me most happy and grateful. So I was able to trust them completely and hand them my work.


I told them at the beginning that I wanted to see "Raven of the Inner Palace" that was unique to the anime and not a copy of the novel, that was also because of my trust in them (even so, they let me know every detail that would be different from the original novel, and I was very impressed by their attitude).


As a result, I am truly glad that I entrusted the project to them because they created a work that was beyond my imagination and expectations. In the end, I am still filled with the word "thank you." I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the anime, and I would also like to thank all the readers of the original novel and anime viewers who watched the anime through to the end.












All 13 episodes of the TV anime Raven of the Inner Palace are available on Crunchyroll for its members in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS.




What is the true identity of the solitary Raven Consort? The Raven Consort is a special consort living deep in the inner palace who, despite her title, does not perform nighttime duties for the emperor. Some who have seen her say she has the appearance of an old woman, while others describe her as a young girl. The Raven Consort's name is Shouxue. She has the ability to use mysterious arts and will accept any favor asked of her, whether it is to find something lost or to curse someone to death. The current emperor, Gaojun, visits her one night to ask a favor. Their meeting exposes a secret that will turn history on its head…






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Source: Kouko Shirakawa Twitter


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