The Top 12 Anime Like The Apothecary Diaries To Watch Now

The Apothecary Diaries is a recent anime released in 2023 that has garnered a lot of fans from the very beginning, partly because of an excellent manga that was already making waves earlier.

This is definitely due to its fantastic mix of an ancient fantasy setting, medicine, romance, and fantastic animations.

If after watching it you are looking for similar anime to watch before the 2nd season comes out, we understand you, because we are doing that too.

But the search ends here because we have created a list of the best anime like The Apothecary Diaries to wait for the sequel together.

12. Cinderella Chef

Cinderella Chef is an anime that we recommend if you are looking for similar premises and vibes to The Apothecary Diaries, but also with differences for a bit of freshness.

Like The Apothecary Diaries, Cinderella Chef is set in ancient China and a royal setting, but it is based on cooking instead of medicine and herbalism.

And who knows, you might love it for that very reason.

Ye Jiayao is a young and talented cook who dreams of one day becoming an important chef.

One day suddenly, she is mysteriously transported back in time to Imperial China and ends up being enslaved.

She now will have to earn her freedom with her culinary skills and wits.

11. Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp

Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp is a good anime to watch after The Apothecary Diaries despite some differences between the two.

Both are set in a fantasy world and feature a female protagonist who is a doctor, but they have different premises, as evident from the plot of Doctor Elise.

Elise, originally a ruthless and evil queen, faces a grim fate as she is burned at the stake for her crimes, and she is reincarnated as a surgeon on Earth.

Unexpectedly, she dies again in this second life, only to be reincarnated once more into her previous life!

Now, armed with the knowledge acquired on Earth, Elise decides to use this new opportunity to do good by becoming a doctor.

10. Gosick

Gosick

Gosick is an excellent recommendation for fans of Apothecary Diaries despite it having some differences with the latter too.

Both are set in the past and focus on mystery and plot twists, although Gosick lacks the medical component and fantasy aspects.

We recommend it, especially to fellow mystery enthusiasts.

It’s 1924, in a fictitious country called Sauville inspired by Europe, where protagonist Kazuya Kujo moves.

Having just moved in, he is about to study at St. Marguerite Academy where he meets Victorique de Blois, a mysterious girl who spends her entire days among the books in the library.

Kazuya becomes fascinated by her, partly because of her detective skills, which she uses to help her brother solve cases.

9. Parallel World Pharmacy

Parallel World Pharmacy shares with The Apothecary Diaries the dynamic of the medical expert main character and the fantasy setting.

We recommend it to those looking for a series that is similar but not too similar, to get the same vibes but a totally new experience.

The main character is a young doctor so committed to his research that he unexpectedly dies from overwork.

He will be reincarnated as a young court apprentice court healer in a fantasy world and will use his knowledge of modern medicine to save many lives.

8. The Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm

The Ascendance of a Bookworm is another perfect series to watch after The Apothecary Diaries.

Both series are about an extremely intelligent female MC who use her extensive knowledge to heal, create invention, and solve problems.

What changes are the settings of the two anime and the focus. The Ascendance of a Bookworm is set in a fantasy world and focuses on knowledge and books, while The Apothecary Diaries is set in ancient China and revolves around mystery and medicine.

The protagonist, Urano Motosu, is a young college student with a passion for books.

She reads anything she can get her hands on and has a dream of becoming a librarian. But tragically, she dies in an accident just as she’s close to achieving her dream.

Her last wish is to be able to read more books in her next life, and that’s how she reincarnates as Myne, a five-year-old girl living in a medieval era where books are made by being copied by hand.

7. Snow White with the Red Hair

Snow white with Red hair

The Apothecary Diaries and Snow White with the Red Hair, let us tell you, are pretty much identical as anime series.

Both have an ancient fantasy/royal court setting, feature charismatic female main characters who are herbalists and specialists in ancient medicine and have excellent romance subplots.

Without a doubt this time, you will love it just as much as you loved The Apothecary Diaries.

The story follows Shirayuki, a young herbalist living a peaceful life in the kingdom of Tambarun. Her life takes an unexpected turn when Prince Raji forces her into an unwanted arranged marriage. Determined to escape this fate, Shirayuki flees.

During her escape, she encounters Prince Zen, who welcomes her into his court as an herbalist and offers his assistance in resolving her predicament.

And as they spend more time together, a heartwarming love story unfolds between them.

6. Fushigi Yuugi

Fushigi Yuugi

Fushigi Yuugi unlike The Apothecary Diaries is an isekai anime, but despite this, the two share huge similarities.

Both are set in ancient China, feature a significant love story crucial to the plot, and are set in a royal court.

They also both depict the ups and downs of life during that historical period, so we’re sure you’ll enjoy them.

Miaka Yuuki and her friend Yui Hongo stumble upon a mysterious book at the national library that transports them to a fantasy world immersed in ancient China.

Upon their arrival, they encounter the emperor, Hotohori, who believes Miaka to be the prophesied priestess of the kingdom’s protector god, Suzaku.

Her mission becomes finding the 7 Celestial Warriors to summon Suzaku and have her deepest desires fulfilled.

5. The Raven of Inner Palace

The Raven of Inner Palace, like The Apothecary Diaries, is a fantastic palace adventure anime with an excellent female protagonist and a touch of mystery in the story.

We do not doubt that fans of The Apothecary Diaries will simply love it.

In one of the most secluded corners of the royal palace hides the Raven’s Bride, a mysterious woman surrounded by legends. Some say she is wise, others say she is a monster, but all agree that she possesses enormous powers.

That is precisely why Emperor Koushun will one day go looking for her, initiating a long series of events…

4. Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn is very similar to The Apothecary Diaries but with an unexpected twist.

Both are set in a historical setting with fantasy elements, both have romance elements and feature a strong female main character, but the difference lies in Yona of the Dawn, where the protagonist is a regal figure, unlike MaoMao.

And in our opinion, this added element might further intrigue you.

The story revolves around Princess Yona, who is betrayed and forced to flee her kingdom. Determined to reclaim her rightful place as ruler, she embarks on a journey filled with adventure and self-discovery.

Throughout the series, you’ll witness Yona’s transformation from a pampered princess to a skilled fighter, guided by her loyal bodyguard and love interest, Hak.

3. The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent

The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent and The Apothecary Diaries share the dynamic of a strong female main character who is a medical expert in a fantasy setting.

But there are also differences, as The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is an isekai, unlike The Apothecary Diaries.

We recommend it if you are looking for an anime with a different premise from the others to mix things up a bit.

Sei is a hardworking girl who, after a long day of work, finds herself unexpectedly summoned to the mysterious Kingdom of Slantania as a Saint, with the role of protecting the kingdom from the threat of rampaging monsters.

But upon her arrival in this new world, it is revealed that the great Magus has accidentally summoned 2 Saints: Sei and another girl with brown hair.

Since only one Saint is needed, the other girl is chosen, and Sei is left to forge a new life from scratch in this unfamiliar world.

2. Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm is perfect for fans of The Apothecary Diaries for a lot of reasons.

Both have a female main character with tremendous intelligence, which they use to their advantage for various reasons, from medical to social.

They also both have a wonderful and colorful fantasy/ancient setting.

The protagonist, Urano Motosu, is a young college student with a passion for books.

She reads anything she can get her hands on and has a dream of becoming a librarian. But tragically, she dies in an accident just as she’s close to achieving her dream.

Her last wish is to be able to read more books in her next life, and that’s how she reincarnates as Myne, a five-year-old girl living in a medieval era where books are made by being copied by hand.

1. The Story of Saiunkoku

The Story of Saiunkoku

The Story of Saiunkoku and The Apothecary Diaries also share significant similarities, making it a great addition to your watchlist.

Both are set in a Chinese Imperial palace and have the same premise of a strong female main character who is sent to the palace as a concubine and becomes entangled in social complexities.

The story is about the story of Shurei, a descendant of a respectable noble family, who is going through bad economic times.

To turn things around, Shurei agrees to become the concubine of the new emperor Ryuki to educate him about court life.

But a love triangle is set to arise with the recent hiring of the new head of the guards, Seiran.

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Yorozuya

Passionate about Japanese culture for years, serial devourer of manga, anime, and videogames that have now become part of my routine. My favorite series? Goodnight Punpun and One Piece.

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