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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you enjoy the final tragic episode of Ôoku: Tanjô, a.k.a. a preponderance of nope. This recap contains (major) spoilers for the drama and the manga. Episode 9 recap here; manga analysis hereÔoku category (film, manga, and drama) here.

Aired Dec. 14, 2012 on TBS.

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Finally reunited with my manga and it feels so good!

Aired Dec. 7, 2012, on TBS.

This recap contains spoilers for the drama and the manga. Episode 8 recap here; manga analysis hereÔoku category (film, manga, and drama) here.

In this episode of Things I Started Recapping a Year Ago Ôoku:

After Iemitsu gives her speech about being the Shogun and a woman, her audience bows. When they raise their heads again, the camera pans around the room to show not just Terutsuna smiling at her, but many of the other young heirs who appear to be girls dressed as boys.

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Aired Nov. 30, 2012, on TBS.

This recap contains spoilers for the drama and the manga. Episode 7 recap here; manga analysis hereÔoku category (film, manga, and drama) here.  I am probably never going to recap a show episode-by-episode again…. お待たせしました!

Image via TBS.

Image via TBS.

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First of all, a bit of (old?) news from the entertainment world: Kanno Miho, who played Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in the film Ôoku: Eien, and Sakai Masato, who played Arikoto in the drama and Emonosuke in the film, registered their marriage on 2 April. おめでとうございます!May your work in excellent gender-based dramas lead to you happiness. (Sources: Oricon, Tokyo Hive)

Source: Oricon

Source: Oricon

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Have no fear–I didn’t forget about this project!

Aired Nov. 14, 2012, on TBS.

This recap contains spoilers for the drama and the manga. Episode 5 recap here; manga analysis hereÔoku category (film, manga, and drama) here.

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Part 3: The New Culture

Image from Amazon.co.jp

In the final installment of my look at the cultural revolution during Iemitsu’s reign in Yoshinaga Fumi’s manga 『大奥』 (Ôoku), I’d like to explore the political and cultural changes to the (female) Iemitsu’s Edo through the connection between fashion and political power.

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Part 1: The Sexual Revolution Within the Ôoku


There’s a line in Volume 1 that really defines the larger work of Ôoku, where a character notes that the men there kept like goldfish: a luxury item to have simply for the sake of having. For the third and (part of) the fourth volumes of Ôoku, I’d like to shift the focus from the narrative itself to the larger cultural issues presented in the volume. No work of art or literature exists in a vacuum, and the third and fourth volumes of Ôoku address the present issue of “herbivore men” and their counterpart, “carnivore women.” Unlike Otomen, though, the story of Ôoku is not directly about this issue, but there’s no denying the connection between contemporary culture and the work. The content of this volume is largely meant to explain the changes in Japanese (alternate history) culture caused by the Red Pox, or how the culture in the world that Yoshinaga created evolved from the Shogunate of Iemitsu to that of Yoshimune.

I’d like to address this in multiple parts—first the sexual revolution within the ôoku; next, the changing political and social world; and finally the lasting cultural impact that the revolutions within and without the castle have on the world. The issues addressed here are fairly lengthy, so I’ve divided up Part 1 into subsections. Spoilers are a given; also, one image contains some potentially NSFW cleavage.

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