[Fall 2012] Ooku ~Tanjou~ (Arikoto – Iemitsu Hen)
Definitely will watch this!
– Start: October 12th –
– Air Time: 22:00 –
– Directors: Kaneko Fuminori, Watase Akihiko, and Fujie Yoshimasa –
– Script: Kamiyama Yumiko –
– Original: ‘Ooku’ by Yoshinaga Fumi –
– Cast: Sakai Masato, Tabe Mikako, Tanaka Koki, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Naito Takashi, and Aso Yumi –
– Theme Song: “DEEPNESS” by MISIA –
# The Ooku series continues and this time focuses on the pure love between the former monk Arikoto and Shogun Iemitsu, and the secret how the roles of men and women switched.
‘Ooku’ is set during the Edo period of Japan, in an alternate history where a mysterious disease that affects only males has resulted in a sharply decreasing population of men and women overwhelmingly outnumber the male population. Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu already passed away as well, but a head of Ooku (inner chambers of a shogun’s castle), Kasuga no Tsubone (Aso) keeps the bloodline alive by raising Iemitsu’s daughter (Tabe) as the next Shogun Iemitsu. At the age of 13, she was attacked by her own bodyguard who tried to rape her. This incident ended with her killing him with his own sword and her shutting away her heart.
Now Iemitsu is 16 years old. Kasuga no Tsubone threatens the the monk Arikoto (Sakai) and makes him return to secular life. Together with his disciple (Tanaka), they are forced to serve as the pages for Iemitsu. After seeing Iemitsu for the first time, Arikoto can’t believe that Shogun Iemitsu is actually a young girl. Arikoto himself is an open-minded and always composed man, but the continued cruel treatment by Kasuga no Tsubone begins to hurt his feelings. However, he knows the huge burden Iemitsu is carrying on her shoulders and wants to devote himself to serving her as best as he can.
The drama covers the volumes 2 through 4 of the original manga, while the upcoming movie ‘Ooku ~Eien~ (Emonnosuke – Tsunayoshi Hen)’ will cover the volumes 4 through 6.