The Apothecary Diaries, also known as Kusuriya no Hitorigoto, is a highly-anticipated upcoming anime based on the light novel by Natsu Hyuuga. The light novel has been adapted into two manga series, one illustrated by Minoji Kurata and the other by Nekokurage. The one illustrated by Nekokurage has been licensed by Square Enix and has a dedicated fanbase.
The story is set in a fictional country closely modeled after ancient China. Maomao, an unassuming young girl with a special talent in the art of herbal medicine, is kidnapped to work in the inner palace. To gain her freedom back, she decides to live a quiet life.
Alas, the young 17-year-old possesses farsightedness far beyond her years. Her extreme curiosity and sense of justice lead her right in the middle of the “curse” afflicting the imperial heirs. Maomao tries to resolve the matter secretly, but sadly for her, she attracts the attention of a handsome Eunuch, Jinshi, and is promoted to be the emperor’s favorite concubine, Lady Gyokuyoku’s food tester.
Contrary to his innocent and charming appearance, the eunuch turns out to be rather conniving. Maomao is soon back to brewing potions and…solving the palace mysteries. What kind of past does Maomao have? Is there something bigger at play in the palace? And is Maomao actually connected to the tragedies?
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Apothecary Diaries Anime: Official Release Date
The anime adaptation is being produced by TOHO Animation STUDIO and OLM. With Norihiro Naganuma at the helm as the director, it is set for Fall 2023, and the first three episodes will be released on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The official Twitter account has announced that the first season will run for two-cours.
Where To Watch Apothecary Diaries Anime? (And How)
So far, we know that Crunchyroll has licensed the series and thus will be simulcasting it. Here’s a guide on how to access Crunchyroll so that you will be able to watch this series as soon as it is released. If the anime isn’t available in your country, we recommend using a VPN service. We may come to know of more platforms to watch it once the first episode goes on air.
- Step 1
Open the Crunchyroll website or app and log in to your account. If you don’t have an existing account, we recommend creating one.
- Step 2
After logging in, search “The Apothecary Diaries” in the search bar. Make sure you are not on Crunchyroll news.
- Step 3
Click on the thumbnail, and you will be redirected to Season 1. Now all you need to do is click on the episode you want to watch.
Fans of the manga are eagerly looking forward to the anime adaptation, especially after the official trailer was released. The one-minute video gave a glimpse into the beautiful animation, stunning backgrounds, and incredible voice acting, and the anime is overall hyping up to be a solid adaptation. With names such as Kevin Penkin on the soundtrack and Norihiro as the composition and director, the series is in good hands.
All that’s left is to wait for the Fall Season to arrive. Hopefully, you are also looking forward to watching the adventures of the young, slightly crazy, really inquisitive girl pairing up with a mysterious man who seems to never leave her alone.
Even if you haven’t heard of the manga before, we are sure that you are bound to like this unique twist on historical mystery dramas!
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