In this 17th Century Japan the Shogun is a woman...and the harem is full of men. R to L (Japanese Style). Curious about why female lords must take on male names, the Shogun Yoshimune seeks out the ancient scribe Murase and his archives of the last eighty years of the Inner Chamberscalled the Chronicle of the Dying Day. In it's pages Yoshimune discovers the coming of the Redface Pox, the death of the last male Shogun, and the birth of the new Japan... 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 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 Chamber...
About the Author
Fumi Yoshinaga debuted in 1994 with Tsuki to sandaru (The Moon and the Sandals) and has won numerous awards, including the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for her series Antique Bakery, and the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Award for Ôoku.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well, I didn't get some of the apparent inconsistencies of policy from the first volume explained in this one. But, this manga takes us further back in time, to how the first woman ended up as shogun, and the origin of the Ooku, the inner chambers, being filled with men instead of women. So you actually learn some of the origin of the traditions and policies that led up to what the inner chambers were in volume 1.So that was all cool and everything. Unfortunately, I felt this volume relied too heavily on rape as a character device. It's been a little while since I've read it now, but I think it had at least 3 instances of rape or attempted rape. I can't really say any of it was gratuitous, as it served a purpose in the story, but it definitely started to annoy me.I will read the later volumes, but probably not immediately. Some of them aren't published in English yet, for one thing. For another, I'm going to have to buy them myself, I think. And I kind of want to buy Antique Bakery first, by the same mangaka. I hear good things about it.