Oooku: The Inner Chambers
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Synonyms: Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
Japanese: 大奥
English: Oooku: The Inner Chambers
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 19
Chapters: 79
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 28, 2004 to Dec 28, 2020
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama
Themes: Historical Historical, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Melody
Authors: Yoshinaga, Fumi (Story & Art)


Score: 8.111 (scored by 15011,501 users)
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Ranked: #5532
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Popularity: #1825
Members: 11,036
Favorites: 190

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In Edo period Japan (1603 to 1868), a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country's men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen to a quarter of the total female population. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the Shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected and the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the Shogun's Inner Chambers.

(Source: VIZ Media)


Oooku won an Excellence Prize at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Grand Prize in 2009, and the 56th Shogakukan Manga Award in shoujo manga category in 2011. The series also received special prize at The Japanese Association of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy's 5th annual Sense of Gender awards in 2005, a live-action film based on the series was screened in 2010, and it received a two television drama adaptations in 2012. Another live-action TV series was released in 2023.

The series was published in English as Oooku: The Inner Chambers by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint from August 18, 2009 to March 15, 2022.



Jul 27, 2023
The premise of this manga is an interesting one. I'm all for viewing events from different angles.
At first, I thought it might be a story about female empowerment. Which it certainly is to some extend, but also a tale of tragedies, helpessness and finding a place somwhere you never thought had a space for you.

You get to see the views and perspectives of men from all walks of life who end up in the inner chambers for one reason or another. But also the women who, after being left with every task rise up to the occasion. Peppered with the obligatory intrigues, and ...
Dec 17, 2022
Medieval Japan has been struck by a disease that only affects young males, causing the male population to plummet to 25%. Society shifts to a new normal where women must take up all the duties and the men are hidden and protected. The Shogunate, not bereft from this, is also forced to appoint a female shogun.

"Ooku: The Inner Chambers" is a reimagining of Japanese history in which women held the reigns instead, following the Tokugawa Shoguns and the Inner Chambers over the course of several centuries. Originally intended to be the harem for a male shogun, the Inner Chambers now house about a thousand men ...
Apr 11, 2022
An excellently crafted series that keeps you entertained. Also Incest. Like a lot.

Suicides, Rape, Incest, Cooking, Love triangle, More Rape, More Incest, Sex, Nudity, Violence, Socially acceptable incest, Socially unacceptable incest and Murder but enough about me. Let's talk about the manga.

The series set early in 1605 when the red pox disease that takes the lives of many men reducing the male population to 1/5th. Women outnumbering men from 5 to 1. In a patriarchal society this results in a massive shift of workforce and social behavior somewhat. The political figures become women. The breadwinners become women, the workforce in itself becomes a massive shift. ...

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Anime adaptation announced.
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Volume 19
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Volume 17
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