In the imperial court, a young woman is put into servitude, Maomao. The tale is just beginning for the woman doctor/pharmacist from the red-light district, as rumors circulate about the emperor's children's lives being short-lived. Her curious nature and thirst for knowledge pushes her to action. To satisfy her curiosity, this young doctor/pharmacist will investigate the origin! What is shifting in the imperial court..!?
Wow, I think we found another gem that is none of your conventional storyline with the same damn stereotypical lead characters. If I could compare this series to another, it would be Akatsuki No Yona off the bat. Although this is a seinen, I felt that it can also play off as shoujo genre as well because of its art style, and the vibe that I got from the first few chapters. I've always enjoyed historical setting in my manga so when I discovered upon this series, oh boy I was so excited.
The protagonist is not just sassy, but also has a very likeable
personality that would make the readers fall for her charms. She's a little crazy- which the author has done very well in drawing her wicked expressions during those situations. Whenever I see those, I just go "Oh shit.." and would be very taken aback. HOWEVER, she's also very smart and is very good with her words. She's sharp and can read the situation very well, which is something that I find quite refreshing.
The plot of this manga is very interesting. I don't think I've come across similar storyline and I think it has a lot of opportunities to develop. It is not your typical girl-in-palace-falls-in-love-with-a-high-ranking-official cliche and has her doctor/pharmacist background as a "side dish" to go with the story. Although I would say that I would love to see more of Maomao in her vast world of medicine and poison. If any of you have seen the K-drama "Dae Jang Geum/Jewel In The Palace", that's how I kind of want the direction of this manga to follow. Well, not exactly as the latter, but I expect for there to be more instances and situation where her skills as a doctor/pharmacist and knowledge of medicine are tested and thus, growth as a character and social status. Seeing how this is a seinen manga, I hope that the author would go in-depth as it is such a waste to just focus the story on the romance and shallow introduction of her medicine knowledge.
With that being said, if you're here because you seen this manga popping up in your recommendations or anywhere, go ahead and give it a shot! You won't regret it and in fact you'll probably thank me. I hope reading this review has encouraged you to give the manga a chance. You'll love it, so enjoy and have a nice day! ;-)
Im not really good at reviews but i want to try to convince you to read this manga.
The story is very unique in it's setting but what makes this manga standout so far are the characters. I found myself several times being taken back as they went against expectations, the shining example being the main character in Maomao.
She is a great example of a "strong" female protagonist done right as she strives to pursue her own interests even in a new circumstances, helping those around her.
The art itself is pleasing, especially on the character closeups and it's comedic moments through the interactions
of Maomamo and those in her work circle hit well in delivery and expressions.
Found another favourite and I can confidently predict this manga will blow up soon.
I really enjoy how the chapters are episodic and reminiscent of detective/Agatha Christie-type narratives (in Kusuriya's case, each chapter is usually about discovering who was responsible for poisoning [insert name of imperial concubine that was poisoned]). Although this sounds repetitive, each chapter is kept interesting with new strategies the female lead uses to identify the culprit.
This manga is based on a light novel and from reading a few chapters of the light novel I can say that the plot is/will be GREAT and keeps you intrigued for the whole duration of the
read with it's many twists and turns. The light novel develops from an episodic structure into a more long-term narrative as it goes on which makes the story very interesting so I can only assume the manga will go through the same thing - Story 9/10
Female lead is comically matter-of-fact, quietly intelligent and shrewd. Male lead is equally as intelligent but acts as a great foil to her in his flamboyancy. They make a great match. - Characters 10/10
Art - 10/10
So clean and crisp - love the style.
It's subtle and slow to develop but it's so cute.
A real hidden gem! I wish the updates were more frequent, but I've found this a fantastic read so far. The characters are very fun to see interact with each other, and the art and story have been quite compelling. From my perspective, this is also a very unique setting, taking place in China, in an Imperial Harem.
Even though the story is likely tailored to a female audience, I found this thoroughly enjoyable so far, being an adult male in my late twenties.
I suppose the closest thematic manga/anime I can think of would be Fushigi Yugi. Something that has occurred to me
that's odd is that even though the names of the characters are authentically Chinese, the title of the manga is in Japanese. Just a curious note.
How long do these reviews need to be? I'm generally a person of few words.