Top 10 Anime Similar to The Apothecary Diaries

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INFORMATION ABOUT The Apothecary Diaries

Alternative title:
Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

Drama, Mystery, Slice of Life, Ancient China, Doctors, Historical, Maids, Medical, Political, Social Gap, Based on a Light Novel


In the East, it 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.

1. Raven of the Inner Palace

Within the inner palace lives a mysterious concubine who has never been called to the emperor’s bedchamber. Although she does not perform nighttime duties and few have actually seen her, she holds a special position in the royal court. Using the supernatural abilities granted to her by the goddess Niao Lian, she can be called upon to aid both the living and the deceased. But what are the origins of the Raven Consort, and what will happen when she and the emperor finally meet?

Release Year: 2022

Episodes: TV (13 eps)

Tags: Drama, Ancient China, Concubines, Ghosts, Historical, Orphans, Political, Royalty, Supernatural, Tsundere, Emotional Abuse, Mature Themes, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Suicide, Violence, Based on a Novel

2. Yona of the Dawn

In the kingdom of Kouka, Princess Yona lives a sheltered but peaceful life with her pacifist father, King II. Surrounded by attentive servants and protected by her bodyguard, Hak, Yona’s only difficulties in life are her unruly red hair and trying to convince her father to let her marry her cousin, Soo-wan. But on the night of her 16th birthday, Yona suddenly loses everything she holds dear and is forced to leave the castle. With no one left but Hak to defend her, Yona realizes that she must become strong if she is to survive. She embarks on a quest to find allies, and an ancient legend involving the Crimson Dragon King and his four Dragon Warriors may be her key to reclaiming her kingdom.

Release Year: 2014 – 2015

Episodes: TV (24 eps)

Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Betrayal, Death of a Loved One, Orphans, Political, Prophecy, Rebellions, Reincarnation, Royalty, Weak to Strong, Based on a Manga

3. Snow White with the Red Hair

Shirayuki is a spunky pharmacist with bright, apple-red hair unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Even the prince of her kingdom is entranced by her locks and demands that she become his concubine. Not wanting to be viewed as an object prized purely for its novelty, Shirayuki flees civilization and heads towards the forest. Here, the girl meets the charming Zen, who rescues her from Prince Raji’s clutches and reveals that he is also a prince. The two become close friends, and Shirayuki returns to Zen’s castle with him to pursue her dreams. But becoming a palace pharmacist isn’t easy, especially since her unusual hair color and close relationship with the prince tend to draw unwanted attention…

Release Year: 2015

Episodes: TV (12 eps)

Tags: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Adult Couples, Apprenticeship, Lifestyle Change, Mature Romance, Medical, Medieval, Royalty, Social Gap, Based on a Manga

4. The Story of Saiunkoku

In an ancient and mythological land called Saiunkoku, the people have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and beautiful Shuurei more money than she could ever dream of in return for a favor, she jumps at the chance. What she doesn’t count on, however, is being asked to become a concubine to the recluse Emperor and help him transform into a better leader. Moreover, the Emperor shows little intelligence, seems to have no interest in ruling, and is rumored to prefer men. One thing’s for certain: Shuurei has her work cut out for her!

Release Year: 2006 – 2007

Episodes: TV (39 eps)

Tags: Drama, Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Romance, Shoujo, Political, Royalty, Social Gap, Violence, Based on a Light Novel

5. Gosick

In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe he’s a “Black Reaper” to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique, who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective, Grevil, can’t solve.

Release Year: 2010 – 2011

Episodes: TV (24 eps)

Tags: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Boarding School, Detectives, Europe, Historical, Library, Violence, Based on a Light Novel

6. Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp

Jihyun is a master surgeon at the peak of her medical prowess. She’s made it her life’s mission to save lives to atone for the sins of her past life, but her dreams are cut short when her plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific. When Jihyun wakes up, she returns to her first life as Elise de Clarence – the haughty nightmare of a girl who brought on her own tragic end. The new Elise, however, still has time to set things straight – with her newfound medical knowledge, the reformed Elise sets out to right the wrongs of her tragic first life!

Release Year: 2024 – ?

Episodes: TV (11+ eps)

Tags: Fantasy, Romance, Doctors, Medical, Modern Knowledge, Political, Reincarnation, Royalty, Second Chance, Time Travel, Violence, Based on a Webtoon

7. Skip Beat!

Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams, Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a ‘plain and boring woman!’ Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?

Release Year: 2008 – 2009

Episodes: TV (25 eps)

Tags: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo, Acting, Idols, Showbiz, Work Life, Based on a Manga

8. Young Black Jack

The year is 1968, the war in Vietnam is approaching its zenith, and the counterculture movement that’s been sweeping the world is engulfing Japan. While others protest in the streets, one young medical student becomes embroiled in a different battle. As new medical technologies to save and extend lives come into play, the temptation for a surgeon to play God has never been so powerful. Even as he strives to prove his own skills to his colleagues, Hazama Kuroo begins to suspect that the potentials for abuse inherent in the medical system are already being exploited. Attempting to change the system means risking his own promising career as a surgeon, and moving against the perpetrators will put his life in danger. However, as a doctor, how can he not act when lives are on the line?

Release Year: 2015

Episodes: TV (12 eps)

Tags: Drama, Seinen, Doctors, Historical, Medical, Political, War, Violence, Based on a Manga

9. Fairies Albums

Tao Yao is a spirit doctor who can relieve supernatural beings of illnesses and ailments. But the price she requires for her services is high, and her reputation – coupled with her unpredictable nature – causes beings of the spirit realm to both fear and venerate her. Together with Mo Ya, a young monk, and Liugonzi, a snake demon, she travels through ancient China, witnessing the joy and suffering experienced by those they encounter.

Release Year: 2020

Episodes: Web (12 eps)

Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Ancient China, Chinese Animation, Episodic, Historical, Supernatural, Mature Themes, Suicide, Violence, Based on a Novel

10. Jang Geum Ieui Kkum

The story is about a girl, Jang Geum, who wants to be a cook. She gets accepted as a palace servant. Clever and cheerful, Jang Geum quickly finds friends. But all too soon, she encounters intrigue and corruption.

Release Year: 2005 – 2006

Episodes: TV (26 eps)

Tags: 15th Century, Food and Beverage, Historical, Korean Animation

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