A new visual treat comes to Netflix with the anime adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga's manga Ōoku: The Inner Chambers. A trailer with English subtitles has surfaced for the highly anticipated anime, confirming the worldwide release on the platform for June 29th.
Noriyuki Abe is directing the anime project at Studio DEEN, while Rika Takasugi is writing the script. Yōko Satō is in charge of character design, and the music is composed by Kenji Kawai. The anime features a talented voice cast including Mamoru Miyano, Eriko Matsui, Yuuki Kaji, Kikuko Inoue, Jun Fukuyama, Tomokazu Seki, Miyuki Satō, and Sanae Kobayashi. Narration for the anime is provided by Hitoshi Kubota.
The story of "Ōoku: The Inner Chambers" is set in Edo period Japan and introduces a disturbing disease known as Red Pox to affect the male population. This leads to a drastic shift in societal roles, as women are pushed into traditionally male jobs and even rise to the rank of shogun. Since the males are in the minority, they are considered valuable and are carefully protected. The fairest among them are chosen to serve in the Shogun's inner chamber.
The manga started its journey in Hakusensha magazine Melody in 2004 and ended in December 2020. With a total of 19 volumes, the last volume was published in English by Viz Media in March 2022. The manga has received multiple awards, including the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.