Kusuriya no Hitorigoto Japanese

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Ch. 20 - The Eunuch and The Courtesan
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@jiins It's not so much what we have seen her doing, since the vast majority of the chapters she's been in the harem fortress. It's about how Maomao is all the time feeling and thinking of her situation. It's like she's expecting to forced into courtesan (or worse) work all the time, if not sold to the first man offering enough coin. Nor has the hag actually shown a single indication Maomao's pharmacist work mattered to her at all. The world is full of women who could work as a courtesan/whore of little entertainment skills (like Maomao), but not so with women who know a shit about healing people, medicines, dealing with poisons and their cures, and such. That's why I think the hag is already very good friends with Mr. Alzheimer. She simply can't make sound judgements anymore.
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@Kaarme

I'm not so sure. Remember how unflattering she is supposed to be as a courtesan when she puts on freckles, is petite, and doesn't have much of a chest? Yet, she was bought with "huge amount of gold coins," indicating that her worth isn't as a courtesan, but probably as an apothecary. Also, as far as pushing her as a courtesan, she has yet to be bought right? It seems like they're putting her to do labor in between medicinary work.
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There's a certain logical plot hole in this series. We heard earlier that doctors are so rare even the imperial palace needs to rely on quacks. We have seen it first hand with the old so called doctor in charge of the harem. Maomao is far more competent than that old man, yet the brothel thinks absolutely nothing of her, not even after all the medical work she has done for it. The hag in charge of the brothel is all the time pushing her to to do basic courtesan work (or just plain old whore work) or sell her off to a decent bidder, despite the fact she could easily be an irreplaceable doctor. Where's the sense in that? Maybe it's just that hag who's far too demented.
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Bribed with 'plant that grows on insects' complete with the insect husk... that is just... so... *speechless
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I like seeing grumpy Jyoka embracing Mao Mao. Sigh... Gap moe, huh...
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@Sakuratea

Pairin is the sexy type
Jyoga is cold type (see how she doesn't smile at all?)
Meimei is the sweet type.
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Or it could be his personal belonging all along.
From Rihaku's reaction when he saw Catcat's other hairpins, I think they had certain rules in material and design for the ornament to indicate a person's rank. As an open secret for us at this point, Jinshi can not roam around wearing something that shows he's royalty, so he had another hairpin to falsify his identity (which he gave Catcat in a spur of moment, then put the real one on).
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Chapter 20 , and still no explanation of the mystery in chapter 9 : who gave Jinshi that hairpin ?

In chapter 18 , it is hinted that the oldest consort , Aaduo , is Jinshi 's mother , so I guess it was her who secretly gave her hairpin to her son .

Last edited 18 days ago by daywithoutgames.

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@jonathaneze
The consorts gave their own attendants jewelry to show off, but Lady Rifa was really fond of Catcat so she gave her one too. While Lady Gyokuyou might not be bothered by that (just a bit of sulking at most), it would cause problem if two consorts were in bad term.
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@Kathartes how about lady rifa hairpin? i still dont understand that one.
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That parasitic plant is going to give me nightmares.
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This was a very cute chapter
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OK, MaoMao's face at the end really made this.
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So these rich people pay a mountain of gold just to see some prostitutes ? Lame . I demand an 0rgy that lasts a few days , lol .

- Come on , just the tip . Just a little of the tip .
- All right , whatever .
- Ok , here is the tip ... of my d!ck . Lol : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nal-PwcKaY .

How to clear the mis-understandings between couples : the girlfriend only needs to become a prostitute , and then the mis-understanding is cleared up automatically . I wish other misunderstanding shojo manga/anime would learn from this method , lol .

About the fungus : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_sinensis . Interestingly , its chinese name is 冬蟲夏草, literally Winter Worm, Summer Grass , or Winter Insect , Summer Plant .

Last edited 21 days ago by daywithoutgames.

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I wonder if people realize that it was a setup by Gaoshun?

He probably organized the whole party and made sure Jinshi and Mao Mao were both there.
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Kyaaaaaaaaahhhhh~! Our girl is so pretty! Bet the author was working extra hard for this.

That look at the end tho ^ - ^ “
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Don't you mean you've been typesetting since last year?
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@BlueCatMage
The hairpin was used to call people from outside (the one who gave it out) for a rendezvous. Whatever they did when they met is up to your imagination, but mostly it's young maid wanting to marry into rich / influenced household. In Catcat's case, she just wanted him to vouch for her leaving harem for a few days.
From the givers' side, they gave the hairpin to the maid they took interested in, but also there's case like Rihaku with his obligatory hairpins (just for courtesy). If anyone really used that, he could agree or refuse depended on his mood. In the end, they both turned the tryst into something else (still gave Jinshi a good scare though).
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I'm really sorry to ask this again if it's already been asked before, but what's the real story with those hair pins that were being given out during the garden party? I kind don't understand what their "real" purpose was and what this other "hidden" meaning behind them was either. It seemed like everyone was making such a huge fuss over them, but never truly explained everything that the hair pins meant. So what's the real answer here?
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Thanks for the releases!
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Beautiful :,) my poor heart. There were the last few chapters, and now this :,,,,,,,)
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i demand MOAR!
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Hapy New year #spam
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@Chet31 ah, I see. But for people who don't play the game, just hearing about that doesn't really make thing scary.
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Great chapter 100/100 way to start a good year ? thanks to mangaka and scanlators for their awesome job and dedication
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@Kathartes it was this chapter, the gift Maomao got. The TL explained the fungi in the credit pages, and I remember it from an interview with the devs at Naughty Dog.
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Of course Maomao would be interested more in parasitic plant rather than gold.
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Imagine bringing out a very rare and very cute courtesan Maomao to welcome a new year. Many thanks, you two groups really deliver.
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@Chet31
From which chapter they mentioned about that fungus? I can't remember to have read it
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This is an aww chapter :) Thanks, and happy New Year!
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@scripted
Right, this granny knows business as her three princesses seem to have different quirks for different people.
Pairin : big tits turboslut. Likes muscle
Jyoka : gap moe. Looks grumpy but really meek and sweet
Mei mei : that one flower on a cliff everyone have a crush on

And she's trying to rope in maomao for the token loli tsun character. This granny is a reincarnated japanese i bet.

Last edited 22 days ago by Sakuratea.

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Mao Mao's best depiction ever:

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@sinfika nah, it was a typo.
Should be fixed now.
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Sweet chapter
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Why am I here




Edit: Jyoka looks cute grumpily hugging Maomao I think she's myopic

Last edited 22 days ago by scripted.

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Thanks for the chapter
Really nice way to end (start?) of the year ?
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Fuck I'm getting blue balls reading this!!!
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Thank you for the chapter! Maomao is so cute as always, and the last page =/
Happy New Year!
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Thanks for the work :)
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@miyako19 You didn't get the point. In their hypothetical world, it had mutated to be able to infect humans, and the fact that once it is done with its current host it releases new spores to infect new targets, it is bloody terrifying to think of.
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The romance heating up! <3 <3 <3
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Thanks for the update.
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So now he technically "owns" her, let's crank that sexual tension up
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Finally I caught up!!! This is an interesting rrad, and kudos to the scanlation team for the beautiful scans!

So Mao mao becomes Jinshi's property now. Hm, while I don't really like the idea of her being his property, in hindsight it's better for her so she could do what she like the most with an influential person backing her. Not a bad deal
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Thanks for the hard work!
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Godly way to start the year, Happy new year everyone !!
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Love the art, the re-draw, the translations, the art, the story is really really good too. Seeing updates makes me squee.
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It is a famous and expensive traditional medicine. The English name is Caterpillar fungus or cordyceps. There is nothing terrifying about the real thing. It is a medicine used to revitalize people with illness or the elderly people. As I am an Asian, I see this medicine a lot of time. That thing is really expensive.

Last edited 22 days ago by miyako19.

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Damn it Jinshi stop trying to molest my Catcat!
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I was hoping tl would mention zombie ants and 'the last of us' since they said cordyceps.

True that some species were used as medicine in Asia since olden times.
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HAHAHAH Maomao it's so easy
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I need more blushing maomao
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Wonder how much longer it will be before she realizes he wants her....
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Thanks for the translations

Last edited 22 days ago by Cleesus.

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The typesetting and redrawing in this chapter are ace. Great work!
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suwun chapter e..
bedazzled not badazzled,
or do you intent on writing badazzled?
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Maomao doing her strange dance at the end ??

Last edited 22 days ago by Sparrow75.

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omg I am going to get diabetes from how sweet this chapter is. and I sigh every time I see Jinshi, that man has a way to make a heart doki doki
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What a great gift for new years.
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You can win Catcat's heart by giving her poison.
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Oh, wow, Chinese here, just looked up cordyceps..... Didn't realize those shrooms have made their way into my hotpots, ramen, soups and stir fry dishes..... 10/10 mom's cooking, 10/10 would still eat
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Dressed up Maomao, blushing Maomao, neko Maomao, dancing Maomao + bonus sexy Jinshi. This chapter is perfect
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@Suudere Jinshi-sama can push me down any time he wants ??
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Great googly-moogly, I love Pairin
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fuggin Cordyceps makes my skin crawl man DX
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Can we stop and appreciate how cute Jinshi is?
He's so fine <3
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Thank you for this new year's gift.
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I yearn for the chapter where he's telling her, he's not gelded.?
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That plant are worth of gold tho , it still expensive till today standard (about $20,000 per kilogram) and you can only find it at tibet or nepal
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Oh Catcat. Getting hyped over the plant over the gold. Never change.

Also, those 3 princesses are hot AF.
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Happy New Years TL!
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Cordyceps is used in traditional Chinese medicine. That's why she's very excited.
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Wooohoo! Congrats you guys for finishing part one of KusuHito before New Year’s!

What a way to end the year! I imagined more blushing when I read this part in the novel, but it’s still nice to finally see this scene in manga format! Definitely one of the most memorable scenes in the series.

Oh boy, I can’t wait for all the action that’s gonna be in part two ?
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Oh, i thought it would be one of those insectivorous plants.

But man, she got back quick. XD
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Good job Gaushun, and holy hell why cordyceps.
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Pg21
"Right... I almost forgot she was like this."
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lol, mao mao
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@Nicromatic ayy, fixed.
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lol, I love her nerding out ("plants" living on dead animals... is that like one of the parasitic ones that grows on ants?)

edit: just read credits page. So it is cordyceps, huh.

Last edited 22 days ago by JaneJeon.

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Thank you for the chapter! I'm very happy to see some development in this chapter
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Nice
Mao becomes Jinshi's Toy again
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Ty for the chapter and Happy New Years!!
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Damn, MaoMao looked gorgeous in this chapter!
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Nice! Was looking forward to this! Happy new year!

Mao mao is worth it!

Also, typo on pg20. *amount
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The fungus they mentioned is what inspired the devs of The Last of Us for their fungal virus. That thing is fucking terrifying.

And WOHO! MAOMAO!
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