Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers (大奥, Ōoku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fumi Yoshinaga. The plot follows an alternate history of early modern Japan in which an unknown disease kills most of the male population, leading to a matriarchal society in which the Ōoku becomes a harem of men serving the now female shōgun.
The manga has been serialized in Hakusensha's josei magazine Melody since 2005. Hakusensha has released seventeen tankōbon volumes to date, starting in September 29, 2005. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media and in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press. In addition to winning an Excellence Prize at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival and a special prize at The Japanese Association of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy's fifth annual Sense of Gender Awards in 2005, the manga was nominated for the first annual Manga Taishō in 2008 and three times for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize before winning the Grand Prize in April 2009. It was adapted into a live action film in 2010 and it was adapted into a drama series and another live action film in 2012.On April 2020, it was announced that Ōoku has entered its final arc. On June 2020, it was announced that the manga will end in Winter 2021.
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