Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

The Apothecary Diaries

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Pharmacist's Monologue, Drugstore Soliloquy
Japanese: 薬屋のひとりごと
English: The Apothecary Diaries
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 22, 2023 to Mar 24, 2024
Premiered: Fall 2023
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:05 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Genres: DramaDrama, MysteryMystery
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MedicalMedical
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.901 (scored by 206518206,518 users)
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Ranked: #212
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Popularity: #554
Members: 418,109
Favorites: 11,269

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Maomao, an apothecary's daughter, has been plucked from her peaceful life and sold to the lowest echelons of the imperial court. Now merely a maid, Maomao settles into her new mundane life and hides her extensive knowledge of medicine in order to avoid any unwanted attention.

Not long after Maomao's arrival, the emperor's infant children inexplicably begin to experience grave symptoms—almost as if a curse has been cast. The curious Maomao easily solves the mystery and, to remain out of the limelight, attempts to leave an anonymous tip. Unfortunately, the dashing and perceptive eunuch Jinshi sees through it and manages to single her out.

In recognition of her talent, Maomao is promoted to lady-in-waiting for the emperor's favorite concubine, Gyokuyou. As Maomao continues to remedy the numerous ailments afflicting the imperial court, her pharmaceutical expertise quickly proves indispensable.

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Kusuriya no Hitorigoto was released on Blu-ray in four volumes from January 24, 2024, to July 17, 2024.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yuuki, Aoi


Ootsuka, Takeo


Tanezaki, Atsumi

Kan, Lakan

Kirimoto, Takuya


Konishi, Katsuyuki


Ishikawa, Yui


Kaida, Yuuko


Koshimizu, Ami


Kino, Hina





Opening Theme

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1: "Hana ni Natte (花になって)" by Ryokuoushoku Shakai (緑黄色社会) (eps 1-12)
2: "Ambivalent (アンビバレント)" by Uru (eps 13-24)

Ending Theme

1: "Aikotoba (アイコトバ)" by AiNA THE END (アイナ・ジ・エンド) (eps 1-12)
2: "Ai wa Kusuri (愛は薬)" by wacci (eps 13-24)

Episode Videos


Jun 4, 2024
At the beginning of the story I guessed that this anime would be like a royal anime that focuses on government, warfare, and politics. but I didn't expect this to be a mystery anime because I didn't read what this anime was about at all. I watched this anime because I saw the interesting cover. I, who am not a mystery fan, am not sure whether to continue watching or not. But after I decided to continue it turned out that my choice was not wrong, this anime is very good even for people who don't like the mystery genre. At first I continued watching ...
Jun 7, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Though decent at times, this anime suffers from what I will dub the "isekai self insert". The MC has the mind of a 21st century secular rationalist, and given that you could say this show has the isekai property of someone from another world, because her mind is from another world. We get a character who uses the scientific method, quickly dismisses any spiritual or superstitious attitudes, and even talks about heritability in the first couple of episodes (something that Gregor Mendel discovered in 1865, AFTER Darwin). Even pre scientific method people like Isaac Newton had quirky tendencies like alchemy, but not our MC!

But ...
May 23, 2024
TL;DR: Not worth your time if you care about the existence of a plot and of at least a decent or bland protagonist (she really is really bad as a character, especially in a leading role), not to mention the many inconsistencies and bs that happens throughout the anime that you are supposed to just "consoom" and not question in order to believe the possibility of this plot actually working. I would say that at least it doesn't promote degeneracy and immorality, but there are at least 2 plot threads about buying a woman (courtesan) because the characters are in love with them and they ...

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