For the first post of 2024, I'm starting with a positive review of The Apothecary Diaries.
Originally a Japanese light novel and then a manga before being released as an anime starting in October, 2023. The Apothecary Diaries takes place in a fictional imperial China and follows a young Chinese girl who loves studying and making medicine. With a pragmatic acceptance of realities of social norms of feudal China, the protagonist nevertheless ends up rising in prominence within the imperial court.
I enjoyed the characters and mysteries surrounding our heroine and the relationships she establishes with members across the social spectrum.
Unlike many modern anime, The Apothecary Diaries immediately secured not just a one season but two seasons of episodes (24) and as of this writing is half way through the initial 24 episode run. I've been fully enjoying the anime and would recommend.