Kusuriya no Hitorigoto
Alt name(s):
  • Drugstore Soliloquy
  • 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
  • 9.26
  • 9.29
  • 2,919
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In the imperial court, a young woman is put into servitude, Maomao. The tale is just beginning for the woman pharmacist from the red-light district, as rumors circulate about the emperor's children's lives being short-lived. Her curious nature and thirst for knowledge pushes her to action. To satisfy her curiosity, this young pharmacist will investigate the origin! What is shifting in the imperial court..!? (From: Square-Enix)

Italian / Italiano

  • Won the Grand Prize in the printed manga category at the Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Award 2019.

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    This is amazing
    Proof that each and every chapter of Kusuriya no Hitorigoto is Coronavirus-free (taken from the Twitter account of NekoKurage)

    aahh, i love the fl xD she's so cute in her own way. thank you for the update!
    This manga has the potenteil to blow up all stereotypical seinen genre if it follow the novel!
    It has historical, medical, political aspect to it with ancien folkloric tales debunked by science 💗, the romance is very tiny since it mostly one sided ( till this day maomao doesn't show signs of affection to the poor jinshi in the novel 😓) but since the story is so interesting and ejoyable you can treat the romance as a little treat given occasionally 😅
    As reader you have to be patient and treat every mystery in the a chapter as peice of puzzle of the big mystery and try to figure out everything before maomao expose everything 😍
    dear Admin, at the moment, all images failed to load.. kindly fix this, please... especially from vol.2 chapter 8..
    Last edited 2 mo ago by mangalover2821.
    If all girls thought that they were owed everything by the universe, none of them would ever live to be adults.
    This manga just too similar to saiunkoku monogatari is as I'm seeing shurei and ryuuki here ... The only different the manga here is biased on reality while saiunkoku monogatari is more in fantasy world.
    I love both works but I lean a little more for fantasy XD.
    This manga is just so good

    Mod Note: Please use spoiler tags when talking about chapter-specific or future events.
    Last edited 3 mo ago by BraveDude8.

    Mod Note: Please use spoiler tags when talking about chapter-specific or future events.
    Last edited 3 mo ago by BraveDude8.
    i was so surprised how well down this series is. i got instantly hooked! also, thank you so much for translating!
    Welp... another expensive title on the list of expensive titles..
    Yes, there's a licence. I can finally get a copy of the series. Wait, potential for translation drop... Ah....
    Translation drop in 3... 2... 1...
    Licensed by Square Enix as “The Apothecary Diaries”. Just announced at Anime NYC.
    guess ill pick up the ln now that i binged all the chapters and i want more ;__;
    good read tho
    Science buffs cannot enjoy star wars, History buffs cannot enjoy this.

    Be knowledge a curse or a blessing.

    Or just be like me and pretend that everything is fiction, the authors know what they are doing and all hail the mistakes they make as if they are innovations out of the norm, similar to how English teachers do.
    Syphillis only appeared in China in the early 17th century. Solid chocolate was invented in the 19th century. What era is this story supposed to be set in? The clothing style is Ming but there are too many anachronisms. Is this an alternative history when the Ming never fell?
    Mercury and arsenic
    Funny story: an organoarsenic (Arsphenamine / Salvarsan) was the first effective cure for syphillis and the first true chemotherapy agent.

    Arsenics displaced mercury as treatment until antibiotics, they remain in use for some diseases: IV Melarsoprol used to be the only treatment for second-stage sleeping sickness (and remains the only one for one of the two variants / agents).