On November 25, The Apothecary Diaries (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto) revealed a short preview of the ninth episode, which will air on December 2. The episode is titled “Suicide or Murder?” and is summarized as follows:
One day, while Jinshi was at work, he suddenly received news that a military officer had passed away. Cause of death: drinking too much alcohol at a party at his friend’s house. However, Jinshi, who was close to the military officer, was not convinced about the cause of his death and enlisted Maomao’s help. Maomao soon learned about this military officer’s eating habits and deduced the true cause of death from the wine bottle. When Maomao thought about everyone’s deaths, she begged, “I want them to kill me with poison.” What is the real meaning behind this sentence?
Apothecary’s Diary 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 made 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 the 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”