Season focuses on Cure, Bakumatsu Arcs
The official Twitter account for the new live-action series of Fumi Yoshinaga‘s Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga revealed on Wednesday that the series will have a second season that will premiere on NHK this fall. The new season will center on the manga’s “Cure Arc” and “Bakumatsu Arc” — the first screen adaptation of this part of the story. Yoshiko Morishita (live-action JIN) is returning from the first season to pen the scripts.
The first season premiered on NHK on January 10. The series primarily centers on the Iemitsu, Tsunayoshi, Yoshimune, and Imperial Restoration arcs. Kohta Yamamoto (Attack on Titan The Final Season, Kingdom) composes the music. Lilas Ikuta performs the theme song “Tanpopo” (Dandelion).
Viz Media publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:
In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Red 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…
Yoshinaga launched the manga in Hakusensha‘s Melody magazine in 2004, and ended it in December 2020. Hakusensha published the manga’s 19th and final volume in February 2021, and Viz Media published the final volume in English in March 2022. The manga won the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009. Its other honors include the 1st anan Manga Prize, the 56th Shogakukan Manga Prize in the shōjo division, the 5th Sense of Gender Prize’s Special Award, and most recently, the Grand Prize in the 42nd Nihon SF Taishō Awards.
The manga has already inspired a previous live-action film adaptation in 2010, a live-action television series titled Ōoku: Arikoto・Iemitsu Hen in October 2012, and a second live-action film titled Ōoku: Eien – Emonnosuke・Tsunayoshi Hen in December of the same year.