Book Review: Ôoku The Inner Chambers Vol. 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga

Title: Ôoku The Inner Chambers Vol. 1

Author: Fumi Yoshinaga

Series: Ôoku The Inner Chambers #1

Page Count: 216

Publish Date: August 18, 2009

Publisher: Viz


In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Redface 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…

Cover art of Ôoku The Inner Chambers Vol. 1

Ôoku The Inner Chambers Vol. 1

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My Review:

The premise of Ôoku The Inner Chambers is what drew me to the story. I love stories set in historical Japan.

The art style is beautiful throughout this book. However, there were many times it was hard to distinguish which male character was in a particular panel since they all looked relatively the same. Unless you noticed the subtle differences between the wears clothes, they all seemed the same.

Things do move slowly, however, I feel like there is a lot to establish for the setting and characters, that this slow pace works well enough.

Yunoshin, the male main character, was certainly interesting. I wish I could have seen more of him and Nobu together before he left for the inner chambers. It is obvious right away that he is quite a bit different than the other men in the palace.

While I was hopeful we would see these two together again, it didn’t happen in this volume – though perhaps it could occur later in the series.

The downfall of this book was the dialogue. Not only was there a TON of dialogue but the way they spoke like they were stuck in a Shakespeare play was a turnoff for me. I feel like the choice to translate it in this way is a detriment to the series.

I will admit, that the ending had me especially intrigued and I want to know what happens more, but once again the dialogue is the only thing stopping me currently from keeping this series on my TBR. I may continue it in the future, but at the moment, I am in no rush to read more of this.

I may give the anime a try and see if it is easier to digest than the manga because the story was really good and I want to see where it goes.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Ôoku The Inner Chambers Vol. 1. Have you read this manga?


  1. It’s not a book or genre I am familiar with. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Author

      Manga is quite an interesting genre to read.

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