One property I always thought was ideal for a high-end classy kind of anime adaptation has been the Ōoku: The Inner Chambers work from Fumi Yoshinaga. The series, which began in 2004 in Melody magazine, wrapped up in December 2020 with its final chapter and nineteen volumes overall.
Now, Netflix has announced that they’re going to be streaming an anime adaptation of it with plans for a 3rd quarter 2023 debut with Studio Deen handling the project.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Tomokazu Seki as Yunoshin Mizuno
- Sanae Kobayashi as Yoshimune Tokugawa
- Mamoru Miyano as Arikoto Madenokoji
- Jun Fukuyama as Sutezou
- Hitoshi Kubota as the Narrator
- Kikuko Inoue as Kasuga no Tsubone
- Miyuki Satou as Onobu
- Eriko Matsui as Iemitsu Tokugawa
- Yuuki Kaji as Gyokuei
Inspired by the Ōoku, the historic women’s quarters of Edo Castle, this tale unravels the history of the inner chambers, where gender roles have been reversed.
— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) March 25, 2023
Viz Media has released the series under their Viz Signature line and the property saw two live-action film adaptations and a live-action TV series.
Plot Concept: 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…