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Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 5 (Ōoku: The Inner Chambers / 大奥 #5)

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Gyokuei, who first arrived at the Inner Chambers as a young novitiate monk, has risen to become one of the Shogun Tsunayoshi’s advisors. He hopes to protect the shogunate the same way his mentor Arikoto once did. But the numerous intrigue of the Inner Chambers—and the shogun herself—are pushing Gyokuei’s patience and cunning to the breaking point.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published September 29th 2009)
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Nov 06, 2014 Miss rated it really liked it
one of the most interesting things about ooku is that despite first appearances it's not about a matriarchy or a straightforward flip of current gender roles

in fact, in terms of how it deal with gender it makes me think of the world wars

i'm no expert but if i recall correctly both wars saw women moving more visibly into the public sphere out of war time necessity

this didn't mean gender constraints disappeared but that they became more malleable for a time

and that the post-war period saw pushback
Becky Frost
Apr 24, 2014 Becky Frost rated it really liked it
I bought this from the sale bin when Borders went out of business and it has been sitting in my to-read pile ever since. I read it knowing nothing about it except for the fact that it was number 5 in a series and that it had won several awards. So, let us start with beautiful art. I mean, these were some of the best/detailed pictures of kimono I have ever seen. And the 47 Ronin part was brilliantly done to show what happened with the shortest amount of pages possible - you get the real gist of w ...more
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Mar 06, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
This is a review of the overall series (I'm currently on book 6); books were borrowed from the library based on the recommendation of a panelist at Otakon.

Ooku is a palace drama set in 1700's Japan, full of political intrigue and forbidden loves, but with an odd twist: a plague has ravaged Japan taking out 80% of the male population and leaving women in charge. Most of the action takes place in the Ooku, the Inner Chambers, the place where the female shogun has a coterie of 200 healthy men, a ma
Jul 31, 2011 Vernieda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, josei
This was a great volume! I loved it a lot.

+ the relationship between Tsunayoshi and Emmonosuke, wherein I get both that push/pull of two people who are legitimately equals (in terms of physical beauty AND intelligence) but can't afford to get together AND the tragic flair. Because you know this will only end in tragedy. I just liked the way they reflect each other, especially since it happens in some unexpected ways.

+ the arc of Tsunayoshi's life, who really really is a brilliant woman who could
Aug 23, 2011 Matimate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2011
I read Fumi Yoshinagas yaoi manga and I liked them. When I learn, that there is non yaoi work as well I had to read it. I was caught by the unique setting and tender story of love in the environment,where the traditional male and female roles are swapped. Tokugawa Japan was plagued with strange disease caller red pox, which was killing males and soon male was rare in all female society. Females slipped in to the male roles and males were kept for breeding purposes. Little jewels in a way. Ooku i ...more
Dec 13, 2010 meeners rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
oh my goodness this volume has everything. 生類憐れみの令! awesome reunion of two old friends! (will not say who in order not to spoil, but...!) 赤穂浪士! young yoshimune! ahhhhhhhhhh. the only thing missing was a saikaku cameo. i think i would have DIED from happiness if she had managed that.
Mar 13, 2013 Francine rated it it was amazing
Good follow up for all previous volumes, but seems to me as somewhat more a cliffhanger than usual. Character story for Tsunayoshi is wonderful, and a different take on the story of the Chushingura is shortly presented.
Aug 20, 2012 Sonic rated it really liked it
The intrigues of the inner court continue,
and though most of the likable characters were in the first 3 books,
this was still an excellent and enjoyable read.
Expertly written and drawn!

Jon Holt
Apr 09, 2013 Jon Holt rated it really liked it
Bigger, more exciting than the last few volumes. Finally a big payoff. Plus, the Ako incident in this strange world. Chushingura fans unite!
Apr 05, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: art and manga lovers!
Recommended to Holly by: the awards on the covers
This is a sad and, yet empowering to the women, step in the aging of the illness and its effect upon the Japanese society.
Anne Petty
Jul 01, 2011 Anne Petty rated it it was amazing
Really love this series by Yoshinaga-sensei. Amazingly inventive warping of samurai-period history.
Jan 08, 2011 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic
Book 4 got a little soap opera-y for me. Book five was all soap opera. Done with this series.
Oct 17, 2012 WW added it
Language is a trifle old fashioned but loved the alternate version of Shogun Japan.
Leah Webber
Jul 01, 2011 Leah Webber rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the next volume!
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Japanese: よしなが ふみ

Fumi Yoshinaga (よしなが ふみ Yoshinaga Fumi, born 1971) is a Japanese manga artist known for her shōjo and shōnen-ai works.

Fumi Yoshinaga was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. She attended the prestigious Keio University in Tokyo.

In an interview, she said that "I want to show the people who didn't win, whose dreams didn't come true. It is not possible for everybody to get first prize. I wa
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