Where to watch The Apothecary Diaries for Free?

Where to watch The Apothecary Diaries for Free?

The Apothecary Diaries is a Fall 2023 anime that resolves around a physician, with expertise over poison, who works at the Emperor’s Palace. The show has performed brilliantly in the community and has easily become one of the must-watch shows of the season. But where can you watch it? More importantly, where can you watch The Apothecary Diaries for free?

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What is the show about?

Maomao from The Apothecary Diaries
Maomao | Courtesy of TOHO Animation Studios

Set in the imperial courts of Ancient China, the story revolves around Maomao, a physician who was kidnapped on her time out finding herbs. She was sold to the Emperor and was made to work as a low-level servant. However, no situation in life would ever take away a human’s curiosity for knowledge, and that is exactly what happens.

When she learns that the babies of the top 2 concubines of the Emperor have fallen ill, she can’t help herself in getting involved. Sending an anonymous note to both the ladies, she managed to save one life. But in the process, blew her cover. Now that her real talents were out in the open, she was reinstated as the official poison checker of the Jade Pavillion.Β The story progresses as she continues to solve and cure many of the mysterious illnesses in the Rear Palace.

A well-paced and thrilling tale, the show has a brilliant mix of comedy and drama, which will leave you wanting for the next episode. It’s definitely a contender for the throne of the anime of the season, where the main spot has been occupied with Frieren Beyond Journey’s End vs. Ragna Crimson match-up.

Where can you watch The Apothecary Diaries for free?

The show is being streamed on Crunchyroll, however, only certain regions are able to watch it. The show is being streamed on Netflix for Asian countries. The anime is ongoing, which unfortunately means that you’d have to subscribe to the streaming service to watch it. However, there’s a neat little trick that might help you enjoy the show for free.

Jinshi from The Apothecary Diaries
Jinshi | Courtesy of TOHO Animation Studios

Everything comes at a price, and this trick asks for patience as its payment. Both Crunchyroll and Netflix allow their users to experience their premium for 14 days for free. If you can wait till the show is done releasing all its episodes, you can use the free trial to binge it all at once.

  • But this means you’ll have to wait till all 24 episodes are out, and so far only 5 episodes have been released. The wait will be tantalizing.
  • This would entail that you’ll only be able to experience Crunchyroll and Netflix for those 14 days.
  • This trick can only be used once, hence, truly an iron-willed resolve is its criteria.

There is another way. Roku services allow you to watch shows from multiple streaming services in one place. You’ll need to have those subscriptions in order to watch the shows, however, there is a section where a select few shows can be watched for free. It’ll be a gamble to see if The Apothecary Diaries is a part of that catalogue.


It is better to subscribe to the streaming service, as they bring in a lot more than just this fantastic show. Crunchyroll has been expanding its collections, while Netflix has greatly released numerous shows this year that will get your heart racing and on your toes. But if you have patience and really don’t want to spend money, that little trick is the one for you.

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