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The Apothecary Diaries Light Novel Debuts in the West Next Year

Today, Square Enix announced that it will release the light novel series The Apothecary Diaries next May. The release will feature full-color art and black-and-white illustrations, while the manga is currently available through Square Enix. The light novel series is now available to pre-order at all major booksellers. Additionally, the anime adaptation will be streaming on Crunchyroll on October 22.

About The Apothecary Diaries Light Novel

A palace servant with training in herbal medicine is promoted up the ranks to food taster…and right into the thick of imperial intrigue in this enthralling period mystery series!

In the East is a land ruled by an emperor, whose consorts and serving women live in a sprawling complex known as the hougong, the rear palace. Maomao, an unassuming girl raised in an unassuming town by her apothecary father, never imagined the rear palace would have anything to do with her-until she was kidnapped and sold into service there.

Though she looks ordinary, Maomao has a quick wit, a sharp mind, and an extensive knowledge of medicine. That’s her secret, until she encounters a resident of the palace at least as perceptive as she is: the head eunuch, Jinshi. He sees through Maomao’s façade and makes her a lady-in-waiting to none other than the Emperor’s favorite consort… so she can taste the lady’s food for poison!

We can’t wait to read The Apothecary Diaries light novel next year, though volumes 1 to 9 of the manga will satisfy for now. Stay tuned for more manga and light novel news here on Miso!

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During the day, Elisha is an aspiring businessman, but at night, he's a wacky freelance writer. Born into the world with a fleeting knowledge of rhythm games, he loves shonen manga and still wants Pushing Daisies to have some closure. For any manga/anime/video game inquiries, please contact him at edeograc (at)
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