The Apothecary Diaries: Are the Manga and Light Novel Finished or Ongoing?

The Apothecary Diaries: Are Manga and Light Novel Finished or Ongoing?

The Apothecary Diaries is a Japanese light novel series written by Natsu Hyūga. Originally published in 2011, the series was acquired by Shufunotomo, who published it in a hardcover volume released in 2012 and then republished it in 2014 as a light novel series. The work was adapted into a manga series published in May 2017. An anime produced by Toho Animation Studio and OLM has been broadcast since October 2023. The series has become fairly popular among shojo fans, and that is why – now that the anime is on a hiatus – we have decided to tell you whether the original novel, light novel, and manga are finished or ongoing.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • The Apothecary Diaries is a franchise consisting of three main written works: the original novel, a light novel adaptation, and a manga adaptation. All three are still ongoing.
  • As for the original novel, which is published online, it has been published since October 27, 2011, and is still being published without a specified end date in sight.
  • The light novel adaptation has been published since August 29, 2014, and is still ongoing with 14 published volumes as of the time of writing; the manga has been published since May 25, 2017, and has 12 volumes as of the same time period.

The Apothecary Diaries novel is still ongoing

As we have said above, The Apothecary Diaries is actually a novel series that debuted on October 27, 2011, and has been published since. The original work is being published online in Japanese and you can find it online without much trouble (the original source is the Shōsetsuka ni Narō site); reading it might be a problem if you don’t know Japanese. Since web novels don’t have the same structure as printed works, there is nothing much we can add in relation to the structure of this work.

The Apothecary Diaries light novel adaptation is still ongoing

Based on the written work of Natsu Hyūga and with illustrations provided by Touko Shino, the light novel adaptation of The Apothecary Diaries has been published online and in printed format by Shufunotomo since August 29, 2014. As of the time of writing, the series has a total of 14 volumes and is still ongoing, becoming a popular source for fans. Since it is an adaptation of the original novel, we can expect more volumes in the future. This is the current structure:

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1August 29, 2014978-4-07-298198-6February 14, 2021 (ebook)
May 14, 2024 (print)
978-1-71-836118-8 (ebook)
978-1-64-609272-7 (print)
2January 31, 2015978-4-07-410821-3June 3, 2021978-1-71-836120-1
3June 29, 2015978-4-07-401176-6September 14, 2021978-1-71-836122-5
4September 30, 2015978-4-07-403100-9January 5, 2022978-1-71-836124-9
5April 30, 2016978-4-07-416947-4May 9, 2022978-1-71-836126-3
6November 30, 2016978-4-07-420788-6October 10, 2022978-1-71-836128-7
7February 28, 2018978-4-07-429772-6March 1, 2023978-1-71-836130-0
8February 28, 2019978-4-07-436884-6May 29, 2023978-1-71-836132-4
9February 28, 2020978-4-07-442420-7
978-4-07-441030-9 (LE)
October 9, 2023978-1-71-836134-8
10January 29, 2021978-4-07-447215-4January 18, 2024978-1-71-836136-2
11April 30, 2021978-4-07-448226-9
978-4-07-448440-9 (LE)
May 20, 2024TBD
12July 29, 2022978-4-07-452400-6
978-4-07-452386-3 (LE)
13February 25, 2023978-4-07-454379-3
14September 29, 2023978-4-07-455775-2


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The Apothecary Diaries manga is still being published

As far as the manga adaptation is concerned, it is written by Hyūga, alongside Itsuki Nanao, who is also the illustrator. The Japanese manga has been published by Nekokurage since May 25, 2017, while the English edition is being published by Square Enix. As of the time of writing, twelve volumes have been published, but since the manga is based on the original work as well, we can expect more manga volumes in the future. As of the time of writing, the structure of the series looks like this:

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1September 25, 2017978-4-06-388690-0December 8, 2020978-1-64609-070-9
2February 24, 2018978-4-7575-5640-9February 9, 2021978-1-64609-071-6
3July 25, 2018978-4-7575-5794-9September 21, 2021978-1-64609-072-3
4February 25, 2019978-4-7575-5963-9December 28, 2021978-1-64609-073-0
5July 25, 2019978-4-7575-6216-5July 12, 2022978-1-64609-074-7
6March 25, 2020978-4-7575-6581-4September 13, 2022978-1-64609-086-0
7November 25, 2020978-4-7575-6856-3December 13, 2022978-1-6460-9120-1
8May 25, 2021978-4-7575-7271-3July 11, 2023978-1-6460-9134-8
9November 25, 2021978-4-7575-7586-8August 15, 2023978-1-6460-9135-5
10June 23, 2022978-4-7575-7985-9November 28, 2023978-1-6460-9136-2
11February 25, 2023978-4-7575-8324-5March 5, 2024978-1-6460-9252-9
12September 29, 2023978-4-7575-8813-4September 3, 2024978-1-6460-9296-3

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