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Kusuriya no Hitorigoto   
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Associated Names
Die Tagebücher der Apothekerin - Geheimnisse am Kaiserhof
Diários de uma Apotecária
Dược Sư Tự Sự (Manga)
El monólogo del farmacéutico
I diari della speziale
Il monologo della speziale
Les carnets de l'apothicaire
Los Diarios de la Boticaria
The Apothecary Diaries
Zapiski zielarki
Şifacı Günceleri
Монолог в аптечной лавке
Монолог травниці
يوميات الصيدلة
ตำรับปริศนา หมอยาแห่งวังหลัง (Animag)
약사의 혼잣말

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Latest Release(s)

in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (S1)
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 40 (S1)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (509 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.66 / 10.0

Last Updated
May 2nd 2024, 4:48pm



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Manga Up! Global (Digital)
Square Enix USA (11 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #150 increased(+17)
Monthly Pos #149 decreased(-33)
3 Month Pos #80 decreased(-35)
6 Month Pos #62 decreased(-37)
Year Pos #34 increased(+116)

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highly overrated  
by Sherinz92
April 29th, 2024, 3:10am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
This manga is no seinen. It is more like a shoujo manga and I would bet that majority of the fans are of shoujo fans.

Romance? If you called once in a blue moon appearence of ML a romance, that is.

95% of the time this manga revolve around FL and ML is just a cameo once per volume or so. We'll get to see how great the FL is, how everyone seem to like her (yes yes she got haters too, even cringiest of shoujo FL had haters, yeah right).

If this is not the trait of shoujo and its seinen still, I guess I must be wrong.
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January 16th, 2024, 9:50pm
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
why is this popular and high rated? people nowadays don't even have good taste. the FL is so cringe and toxic. fuck that girl and the characters in this manga talks about cutting genitals like nothing tf.

... Last updated on March 3rd, 2024, 1:57pm
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by Squared
December 20th, 2023, 10:53am
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
Its very good until you realize you have no reason to read it, yeah the characters can be charming, but there’s really nothing going on below that, MC has literally no reason to get into half of the trouble she does, it is never explained why she does more then ‘girl likes plants and medicine’

I don’t read mysteries for their own sake, less so if the protagonist has other stuff she wants to do. It’s an ok read, but for me? Boring after the novelty passes and you get their shtick
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by Supreme Equinox Astrisk
December 5th, 2023, 10:59am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
Aside from mystery solving and stuff characters are bland and inconsistent.
Take ML for example for the start he was seen as someone calculating and a reason but as after chapter one he is litrel mush a dog who keeps wagging his tail for FL yuckk.
FL at first being from the poor family was introduced as humble but after some chapters she turn in some arrogant and irritating b*txh who treats ML as annoyance and always orders him around meddling in others affairs this is a cringe troupe for sure. The development is downhill and inconsistent with settings idk why this LN is popular but even trash has a fan base so I guess people can digest anything.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2023, 11:02am
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A rare good manga  
by Krimson
August 15th, 2023, 11:08pm
Rating: N/A
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by Seabunniesarecool
June 25th, 2023, 10:46am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Plot was good. Only thing that made me drop my rating to a 6, was the ml. The ML is extremely annoying and is basically those kids in elementary who NEVER stop talking to you, even after you made it clear you dislike them.
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by InoriRain
May 2nd, 2023, 1:59pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
It's one of the most amazing mangas I've read so far.
If you're looking for serious romance, then this ain't your cup of tea. However, there's some very very slow burn romance going on here.
The main focus of the manga seems to be solving mysteries and politics. Therefore, the story is amazing in that aspect.
Definitely worth a shot!
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A very special story for me!  
by glowtoads
May 31st, 2021, 10:13am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I've been following the novel for so long (the terrible unofficial translation, and then the much-better official) so I was overjoyed to see that KnH had a manga adaptation too! And it's fantastic. This story translates beautifully to a manga format -- it's really lovely to see this many women drawn so diversely and sensitively. In general I think the tone is tasteful and sophisticated -- what other story can take subjects like rape, sex work, ageing, and childbirth, and NOT insult a woman through it? In fact, KnH takes pains to make sure to emphasise that Maomao's opinion is just her opinion, and that doesn't mean it's right, and that she sits as a small fish in a big sea with some very powerful decision-makers. As a character, she's very aware of what it means to make a judgement, and the implications and outcomes from saying anything, which is why she is always so confident and assured when she makes her move; as a story, the repercussions of making judgements and acting on opinions have a ripple-effect throughout the plot.

This manga is pretty easy reading, which is nice considering how serious some of the subject matter is. I think that shows a lot of respect for the characters/women involved (for example
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
one of the dowager imperial consorts is VERY VERY VERY young i.e. the late emperor was a paedophile
and it gets addressed with appropriate tones of quiet horror but isn't the focal point of her story. She's allowed to be more than what other people did/made of her). Rakan's story is also much stronger here than it is in the novel, which I was pleasantly surprised by. The episodic nature of KnH works really well in keeping the pace up and matches the plot as well as Maomao's "well this isn't my problem" attitude. Lovely, lovely story, and I highly recommend!

... Last updated on August 31st, 2022, 3:31am
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Somewhat obsessed with this  
by canofsquirrels
April 13th, 2021, 6:59pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I love it. Maomao is simply the best heroine of all time, full stop. Jinshi is great too. One of the few manga that I have purchased. Definitely worth your time to read.
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Sherlock Holmes and the Forbidden City  
by apsyda
November 21st, 2020, 7:08pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
To be frank I did not expect this manga to be what is effectively a series of detective stories layered on top of one another. However, after getting it I was very satisfied.

The crimes or problems posed are all reasonable, and you can often figure things out before the characters due to the information supplied and some prior knowledge. But little is so trivial that its insulting to read through.
Characters are well made, while most are fairly shallow or only have bits and pieces revealed many chapters apart, they're all generally entertaining and fit together well. The main duo, of a tradition pharmacist girl, and a faux-enuch man, are nicely made and information about them is drip fed with good enough pacing to keep you asking for more, and their assumptions or choices in the series are all rational for who they are.

The politics of the Harem and the ministers are kept fairly vague, despite the setting.
Most of it only comes in at important moments and otherwise things are fairly light-hearted and casual. That most of the mysteries aren't that huge in the grand scheme of things helps, but the tone can get dark and heavy fast.

The humor can be very funny when it wants to be.
The character writing is also good, the MC, a young genius girl, is able to tread between juvenile immaturity and lack of forethought and hyper-rational fluidly and without betraying the writing.
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