On Tuesday, Netflix released an English-subtitled trailer for the highly anticipated anime adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga series, Ōoku: The Inner Chambers. Excitingly, the trailer unveils that the worldwide debut of the anime will take place on June 29, exclusively on Netflix.
Noriyuki Abe leads the anime’s direction at Studio DEEN, while Rika Takasugi handles the scriptwriting. Yōko Satō contributes as the character designer, while Kenji Kawai composes the captivating music.
The stellar cast features:
- Madenokōji Arikoto portrayed by the talented Mamoru Miyano.
- Tokugawa Iemitsu brought to life by the captivating Eriko Matsui.
- Gyokuei voiced by the dynamic Yuuki Kaji.
- Kasuga no Tsubone brilliantly portrayed by Kikuko Inoue.
- Sutezō given depth and nuance by the talented Jun Fukuyama.
- Mizuno Yūnoshin masterfully portrayed by the versatile Tomokazu Seki.
- Onobu skillfully brought to life by the enchanting Miyuki Satō.
- Tokugawa Yoshimune given a captivating portrayal by Sanae Kobayashi.
Under Noriyuki Abe’s skilled direction and with the creative contributions of Rika Takasugi, Yōko Satō, and Kenji Kawai, this anime promises to be a remarkable experience for viewers.
During Japan’s Edo period, a mysterious and unsettling illness known as the Red Pox emerges, targeting the male population. Within a span of eighty years from the initial outbreak, the number of men dwindles by a staggering seventy-five percent. As a result, women assume all the traditional roles held by men, including that of the Shogun. The men, valued as vital life providers, are zealously safeguarded. Among them, the most strikingly handsome are chosen to serve within the Shogun’s Inner Chamber.
Yoshinaga introduced this captivating manga in 2004 through Hakusensha’s Melody magazine, concluding it in December 2020. In February 2021, Hakusensha released the manga’s final and nineteenth volume, which was subsequently published in English by Viz Media in March 2022. This remarkable manga garnered several accolades, including the prestigious James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009 and the esteemed Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in the same year. Noteworthy distinctions encompass the inaugural anan Manga Prize, the shōjo division’s 56th Shogakukan Manga Prize, the Special Award from the 5th Sense of Gender Prize, and most recently, the Grand Prize in the 42nd Nihon SF Taishō Awards.