Parents' Guide to

The Apothecary Diaries

By Danae Stahlnecker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Amusing medical drama has drugs, sexy stuff, some violence.

TV Crunchyroll Anime 2023
The Apothecary Diaries TV show poster: Maomao, looking pensive, walks past Jinshi who looks back at her over his shoulder. and

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This refreshing dramedy anime doesn't have much thematic depth but does have fun characters and creative conflicts. The Apothecary Diaries is historical drama meets Grey's Anatomy but in the style of slice-of-life anime. Each episode offers an interesting whodunit puzzle that embraces the complexity of human emotion, since each culprit usually has compelling reasons for their actions.

Maomao is a strong-willed protagonist whose intelligence and passion are charming, and the people around her are distinctive in their defiance of stereotypes. Jinshi is sweeter than the mysterious heartthrob he pretends to be. Gyokuyou and her attendants are more welcoming than would be expected of high-ranking nobility.

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