On December 3, The Apothecary Diaries revealed a short preview of episode 10 which will air on December 9. The episode is titled “Honey” and is summarized as follows: A rumor spreads in the palace that the culprit who poisoned Lady Lishu at the Banquet garden was a concubine who committed suicide by drowning herself in the moat surrounding the outer palace. However, Jinshi questions why a maid would poison Lady Lishu, and orders Maomao to investigate Garnet Palace where the dead courtesan once served. Guided by head maid Fengming, Maomao helps clean up. Maomao then noticed Lady Lishu discreetly observing the Garnet Palace, which led to the solution of a great mystery.
The Anime Apothecary’s Diary (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto) is based on the light novel series written by Lucy Hyuga, illustrated by Toko Shino and serialized by Shunfunotomo. This light novel series was adapted into a manga by Itsuki Nanao and illustrated by Nekokurage. It is published by Square Enix and serialized in the monthly GanGan magazine. The Apothecary Diaries anime series is animated by TOHO Animation and OML while Norihiro Naganuma is responsible for directing.
This light novel series also inspired a short anime series called Maomao’s Diaries (Maomao no Hitorigoto). This short anime series features main character Maomao, as she explains an important item shown in the week’s current episode. Fans can watch Maomao’s Diary on TOHO Animation’s official YouTube Channel.
The light novel series Apothecary Diaries is licensed and published digitally by J-Novel Club while the manga adaptation is licensed and published by Square Enix. Square Enix will also publish an English version of the light novel series starting in May 2024.
The anime series is streaming on Crunchyroll. The streaming site describes the plot as follows: Maomao lives a peaceful life with her apothecary father. Until one day, she was sold as a lowly servant to the emperor’s palace. But she has no intention of living a life of royal compliance. So when the royal heirs fell ill, she decided to step in and find a cure! This catches the eye of Jinshi, a handsome palace official, who promotes her. Now, she’s making a name for herself solving medical mysteries!
Source: Official website©Natsu Hyuga/Imagika Foss/Production Committee”The Apothecary Diaries”