Kusuriya no Hitorigoto
The Apothecary Diaries
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Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

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Synonyms: Drugstore Soliloquy
Japanese: 薬屋のひとりごと
English: The Apothecary Diaries
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: May 25, 2017 to ?
Genre: Drama Drama
Theme: Historical Historical
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Gangan
Authors: Hyuuga, Natsu (Story), Nekokurage (Art), Nanao, Itsuki (Story)


Score: 8.421 (scored by 70567,056 users)
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Ranked: #1692
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Popularity: #542
Members: 24,011
Favorites: 890

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In an imperial court in ancient China, it has been a few months since a 17-year-old girl known as Maomao was kidnapped and forced to work as a low-level servant at the emperor's palace. Still, she manages to retain her curious and pragmatic spirit, planning to work until her years of servitude are over. One day, however, she catches wind of the fact that the emperor's two infants have fallen gravely ill. She decides to secretly take action, drawing on her experience as a pharmacist raised in the poor red-light district.

Despite Maomao's attempts to remain anonymous, she soon catches the eye of Jinshi, an influential eunuch who recognizes her talents. Maomao soon finds herself in the emperor's inner court, where she gradually makes a name for herself by utilizing her knowledge and eccentric personality to solve various medical mysteries.

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Kusuriya no Hitorigoto has been published in English as The Apothecary Diaries by Square Enix since December 8, 2020.

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Jan 16, 2018
jjssyy (All reviews)
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 read more
Nov 3, 2019
zwolf12 (All reviews)
This manga is like the main character, an unusual gem that shines with a non-traditional beauty.

After I got your attention, let me explain my confusing intro for this review.
The story is a common, but also uncommon story, that puts a plebeian girl into the harem of the emperor as a maid. So far so common, but here the plot disperses from the common root.
There are no "ugly (usually not ugly at all) duckling charms beautiful prince" shenanigans happening here, because our main heroine is not interested in any of that. Her only interest is in herbs, mushrooms, poisons, medicine and experiments including all of read more
Apr 7, 2018
spartiney (All reviews)
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 more
Dec 1, 2017
Arius900 (All reviews)
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 read more


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