The primary cast for the Yoshimune arc of the upcoming live-action series of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga “oku: The Inner Chambers” was made public on Thursday.
In the above paragraph, from left to right, the new cast members are: Kataoka Ainosuke VI as Fujinami; Ai Tominaga (live-action Devilman) as Tokugawa Yoshimune; Yto Nakajima as Mizuno Ynoshin; Shunsuke Kazama (Yu-Gi-OhYugi) !’s as Sugishita; and Shihori Kanjiya (live-action
The show’s Iemitsu arc cast members were already made public by NHK.
Playing Arikoto Madenokji is Sta Fukushi (middle in the photograph above).
Playing Tokugawa Iemitsu/Chie is Mayu Hotta (left).
Playing Lady Kasuga is Yuki Sait (on the right).
The manga is published in English by Viz Media, which provides the following plot summary:
A bizarre new disease known as the Red Pox has started to target the males of Japan during the Edo era. Male population has decreased by 75% in the eighty years since the initial epidemic. All jobs once reserved for males, including the Shogun, are now filled by women. The males, the priceless keepers of life, are jealously guarded. Furthermore, the most attractive men are chosen to work in the inner chamber of the shogun.
In January 2023, NHK will broadcast the series’ debut. The scripts for the program are written by Yoshiko Morishita (JIN in live action). The Iemitsu, Tsunayoshi, Yoshimune, and Imperial Restoration arcs will take up much of the series’ focus.
The manga was first published by Yoshinaga in the December 2020 issue of Hakusensha’s Melody magazine. The manga’s 19th and last volume was released by Hakusensha in February 2021, and earlier this year on March 15 by Viz Media, the final volume was released in English. Both the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award were given to the manga in 2009. In addition to these awards, it has also received the 1st anan Manga Prize, the 56th Shogakukan Manga Prize in the shjo category, the 5th Sense of Gender Prize’s Special Award, and most recently, the Grand Prize at the 42nd Nihon SF Taisha Awards.
The manga previously served as the basis for a 2010 live-action film adaptation, a 2012 live-action television series titled “oku: Arikoto-Iemitsu Hen,” a December 2012 live-action film titled “oku: Eien – Emonnosuke-Tsunayoshi Hen,” and a 2010 live-action television series.