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Ōoku: The Inner Chambers Manga Gets Anime on Netflix

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series will star Mamoru Miyano, Eriko Matsui, more

Netflix announced at its stage event at AnimeJapan 2023 on Saturday that Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga is getting an anime adaptation.

Noriyuki Abe is directing the anime at Studio DEEN. Rika Takasugi is writing the script, Yōko Satō is the character designer, and Kenji Kawai is composing the music.

The anime will star:

Hitoshi Kubota is narrating the anime.

Netflix listed the anime as debuting in summer 2023 in Japanese, and in a general 2023 window in English.

Viz Media publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:

In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Red Pox has begun to prey on the country's men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen by seventy-five percent. 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 Chamber...

Yoshinaga launched the manga in Hakusensha's Melody magazine in 2004, and ended it in December 2020. Hakusensha published the manga's 19th and final volume in February 2021, and Viz Media published the final volume in English in March 2022. The manga won the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009. Its other honors include the 1st anan Manga Prize, the 56th Shogakukan Manga Prize in the shōjo division, the 5th Sense of Gender Prize's Special Award, and most recently, the Grand Prize in the 42nd Nihon SF Taishō Awards.

The manga inspired a live-action film adaptation in 2010, a live-action television series titled Ōoku: Arikoto・Iemitsu Hen in October 2012, and a second live-action film titled Ōoku: Eien - Emonnosuke・Tsunayoshi Hen in December of the same year.

A new live-action series premiered on NHK on January 10 and will have a second season this fall.

Source: Netflix stage at AnimeJapan 2023

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