Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

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Vol. 4 Ch. 20 - The Eunuch and The Courtesan
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@miyako19 in what world is there "nothing terrifying" about a fungus that takes control of its host's mind so it can make them climb up and cling to a good spot to disperse spores, kills its host, and then bursts out from within the body of the dead host? Sure it's only in arthropods, but it's still fucking creepy, especially if you imagine what it would be like if it evolved to be able to do that to humans.

Mind controlling fungus? Scary. Fungus that grows inside you until it splits you open, spilling its tendrils out into the open? Horrifying. Fungus that does both? Fucking nightmare fuel, make no mistake.

Interestingly they also apparently can have a fair bit of arsenic and other heavy metals in them, so that might be another reason Maomao likes them so much. She can't keep her hands off of anything that might be poisonous.
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2 pu$$y ... cat girls , lol . This picture is from the artist 's twitter , she posted this to celebrate Cat 's Day or something .

also Pai Rin = 白 鈴 = White Bell , i guess she got this nickname because her moaning is vibrating/resonating like the chiming of a bell , lol .

Bell and Belle .

CRUSHED . i think Mao Mao is having a "crush" ( = an infatuation or affection for someone. )

Last edited 1 mo ago by daywithoutgames.

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Doctor is not that rare.
Doctor who willing to cut his own balls to work in harem (as per requirement) is rare.

Last edited 1 mo ago by fresthy.

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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 3 mo 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 3 mo 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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