Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
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Japanese: 大奥
English: Ōoku: 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, Military Military, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Melody
Authors: Yoshinaga, Fumi (Story & Art)


Score: 8.051 (scored by 10161,016 users)
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Ranked: #6102
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2194
Members: 7,299
Favorites: 128

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In an alternative timeline of feudal Japan, a strange disease that only affects men caused a massive reduction of male population, thus females have to pick up men's jobs, changing the social structure. Now, after 80 years of the initial outbreak and current man:woman ratio of 1:4, Japan has become completely matriarchal, with women holding important political positions and men being their consort. Only the most powerful woman—head of Tokugawa shogunate—can keep a harem of handsome yet unproductive men, known as "Oooku."

(Source: ANN)


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.

Oooku has been published in English as Ōoku: The Inner Chambers by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since August 18, 2009.


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Apr 11, 2022
Shellshock123 (All reviews)
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. read more
Aug 17, 2010
rebmastu (All reviews)

Any words I can use to describe this series pale in comparison to the writing, the art, the direction, the flavor of the series on a whole, and indeed I can already feel myself completely at a loss as to how I should go about reviewing it when it is clearly a series that speaks for itself. Nevertheless, I'll see what I can do.

Simply put, this is shoujo, nay, manga itself done right. When people ask, "What is the greatest manga of all time," they are more often than not met with, say, Berserk. For me, now, that series is Ooku. (While Berserk is a read more
Feb 17, 2017
MysteriousBean (All reviews)
Many people who look at Ooku do not wish to read it because of it's historical context and feel like they are expected to have a large assortment of knowledge in Japanese history. This, however, was very enjoyable and understandable regardless of the nonexistent knowledge I had beforehand. Please do not believe you have to be a history fanatic to understand it when (in all honesty) it does not require much pre known text at all. If it does, the volume has a list of explanations for each new term and gives good examples.

Instead on focusing on one person's story, it connects generation to read more

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