A new investigation opens in The Apothecary Diaries episode 16, as Maomao attempts to find the clues involving the death of a metalworker. Master Lakan brought up this particular incident in episode 15 while speaking with Jinshi, with some ominous undertones to add into the mix.
The first cour of The Apothecary Diaries ran for 12 episodes and quickly became one of the most popular anime of 2023. In the second cour, Maomao returns to the palace after Jinshi buys her from the Verdigris House. As Jinshi’s assistant in the outer court, Maomao will continue to take new assignments that sees her meet all sorts of people at the emperor’s palace.
The Apothecary Diaries Episode 16 Release Date and Time
Episode 16 of The Apothecary Diaries premieres on January 27 at 10:45 a.m. PDT / 1:45 p.m. EDT on Crunchyroll. The new episode is titled “Lead.” A total of 12 episodes will be released in the second cour, with 8 more to go after the release of episode 16. By the second cour’s finale, 24 episodes would have been released for the first season of The Apothecary Diaries.
The Apothecary Diaries episode 16 will premiere at the following times:
- Pacific Daylight Time: 10:45 a.m. PDT
- Mountain Daylight Time: 11:45 a.m. MDT
- Central Daylight Time: 12:45 p.m. CDT
- Eastern Daylight Time: 1:45 p.m. EDT
- Greenwich Mean Time: 6:45 p.m. GMT
- Pacific Daylight Time: 1:30 p.m. PDT
- Mountain Daylight Time: 2:30 p.m. MDT
- Central Daylight Time: 3:30 p.m. CDT
- Eastern Daylight Time: 4:30 p.m. EDT
- Greenwich Mean Time: 9:30 p.m. GMT
What Happened in Episode 15? (Recap)
In The Apothecary Diaries episode 15, Gaoshun asks Maomao to hear him out on a poisoning case involving a noble that ate the infamous pufferfish. Maomao is eager to taste the poisonous fish, but she first listens to Gaoshun explain that this incident is seemingly connected to another poisoning incident from 10 years prior. He explains that both of the victims were gourmets that enjoyed exotic foods, and both expressed the exact same symptoms. With a curious Jinshi ever present, Maomao decides to accept the assignment as Gaoshun looks for more information.
Maomao meets Basen, the second son of Gaoshun and a fellow attendant for Jinshi. Basen escorts Maomao to the scene of the poisoning incident and discovers a jar filled with an out-of-season seaweed. This is a curious discovery indeed, as it suggests that someone purposefully imported a poisonous material into the palace. Maomao explains how the seaweed is poisonous when not prepared correctly, and she subtly hints that the culprit could be the victim’s younger brother.
During the episode, Master Lakan collected hearsay and other stories about Maomao from other attendants at the outer court. Lakan finally confronts Jinshi and Gaoshun in their office, revealing a story about a woman that he loved at the Verdigris House. Jinshi is highly suspicious of the middle-aged strategist and knows that he might use Maomao for his own gain. Jinshi decides to hear out a case involving the death of a metalworker, which Lakan recommends that she should investigate.
Episode 16 Preview
Maomao decides to investigate the metalworker’s death in The Apothecary Diaries episode 16. She’s accompanied by Basen, who will help her question potential culprits. Since Master Lakan proposed this investigation, he could be looking to gauge Maomao’s capabilities as an attendant.
Watch the new preview trailer below.