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Kusuriya no Hitorigoto  
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Description
After breaking a "curse" on the imperial heirs, a palace servant with training in herbal medicine is promoted up the ranks to food taster...and right into the thick of palace intrigue!

Manga

Won the Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Award in 2019

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
The Apothecary Diaries
The Pharmacist's Monologue
The Pharmacist's Soliloquies
药屋少女的呢喃
薬屋のひとりごと
약사의 혼잣말

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Latest Release(s)
c.36b by No Group Scanlation 20 days ago
c.36a by No Group Scanlation 20 days ago
v.6 c.32.5 by No Group Scanlation about 1 month ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 9 / 10.0 (282 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 25th 2020, 9:16pm PST


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Year
2017

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Square Enix Manga & Books (1 Volume - December 2020)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #340 increased(+62)
Monthly Pos #236 increased(+38)
3 Month Pos #218 decreased(-21)
6 Month Pos #180 decreased(-59)
Year Pos #138 increased(+6)

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On 459 wish lists
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Very Good  
by PZcolo
September 2nd, 2020, 5:37pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
A sort of mix of detective short stories, slice of life, court intrigue and medical story mixed in an old Chinese Empire setting. Its a light and easy going comedy.
It's well done for the most part, the story is basically of a young herbalist trying to survive in classic China period where a woman's lot is uncertain and even more so for those living in the red district and in the palace harem. MC is quite interesting, intelligent, knowledgeable, tough and somewhat aloof, and when she explodes its a sight to see, love the character, reminds me a bit or the MC of saving 80.000 gold coins.
On the other hand there are things I find a bit hard to grasp like her views on gender, position in society and so on. She acts, expresses and accepts in a matter of fact way or maybe a resigned to the situation way, how the system of that era works. But her way of thinking is more avant garde for that age, for example, she's not all that polite to her superiors (this might be for comedy's sake actually), she has a very pragmatic view on many things, like not believing in the supernatural, she also has knowledge that is or feels off, the notion of doctor-patient confidentiality which I have no clue if this was something that existed in that era (doubt it) but CPR for sure didn't exist, and so on. I guess it's very hard for an author not to insert some modern ideas or points of view since they are so ingrained in our thinking we don't notice, or maybe it's one of those stories where the MC is transmigrated or has past lives memories and the fact is not told till much later, I read such stories twice before so it's not unheard of, still it's unlikely, posible doesn't mean probable.
I also like how the imperial court is portrayed in a more amiable fashion, there are a few poison events and so on but there isn't a conspiracy or scheme at every turn, something I loath of other court intrigue stories.
Overall, it's an interesting read, the mix of genres go along with each other and the episodic nature of it but plot continuity is also pleasing. Recommended.
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Very Solid  
by SomberNight
January 11th, 2019, 10:05am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I cannot think of anything negative to say about this. Maybe the logic used to explain the mysteries isn't quite as understandable as I would like, but that doesn't bother me too much (it could be a translation issue). I also like that the author uses plot points from past chapters and carries them into future chapters. It shows that the consequences have meaning (for example, we see how friendships start to form and why certain side characters are forced to leave and never be seen again).
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Light and easy read  
by PhieX
June 4th, 2018, 8:19am
Rating: N/A
I have always loved this kind of story. A story when a girl is indifferent with opposite gender, mentally strong, and smart. Historical background and fluffy storyline (a story without serious, complicated twist or bloody gore) are a plus-plus to me. It is a light and easy manga to read, no headache due to too much thinking. There's political issue, but no worries it's still easy to read. It's almost like a shoujo (which I don't mind).

Character wise, only main female lead is interesting and fully explained than the rest. Well, it's still acceptable cause there's a secrecy happening and I'm guessing they're just 'come and go' characters to help the heroine survive.

My only complaint is.. it was such a let down that the author decided to explained some simple compound things as a topic of her stories in this manga
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like chocolate as aphrodisiac, mercury in make-up, or seafood allergy
. I know, the manga took a place in hundred years ago.. where simple things are bigger problem for them. But come on, I have seen this type of story with complicated compound (it's a drama though). This is the reason why I said it's an easy manga. It's still in volume 2, maybe along the way it will change.

So far, I have enjoyed till the latest chapter.
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So far so good  
by Rinii
January 16th, 2018, 2:17pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
There are only 8 chapters, but I can say for certain, I was hooked in the first chapter! The art and story is amazing! The main character Maomao is one of the main reasons. She isn’t indecisive, she uses her past experiences and learns from them. I like how she is daring and risky, to the point it’s pretty funny. When I was reading I was super excited seeing what Maomao would do next! I highly recommend this, and hopefully it will retain its awesomeness in the later chapters.
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