Ooku impressed me with the mature, beautiful and neat art style.
The story is most likely to appeal to mature female readers, though my hope is that some male readers read and like it too.
It's easy to tell that the series actively tries to be historically accurate, and tell an original story at the same time.
Very interesting read. Fumi Yoshinaga is a brilliant story teller, her words kept me glued to this book from the time I picked it up,up until I finished the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leah
It was a sealed book, which worried me. I hope the art isn't bad. No, the art is quite nice. Set around an Edo period and taking place completely in Japan, the story opens from a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nom de Plume
This is a very, very good manga series.
I'm an avid comic reader and sometime manga reader. Read more
I love fantasy/SF works that deal with sex and gender, and Amazon has been recommending Ooku to me for some time, but I was skeptical. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Jasper
I've been a fan of manga for most of my life, and have read various different series of all genres. But of all of them, Ôoku: The Inner Chambers is the best in quality and in... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Ton Yanzik
This book won the James Tiptree Award for exploration of gender issues. The first graphic novel to win the prize. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Grace O
The characters speak with a kind of Shakespearean inflection. It is ridiculous that people in Medieval Japan would be using Early Modern English.Published on June 24, 2011 by Evzenie Reitmayerova
I like the story, but the English translation reads like a Shakespearean play, and not in a good way, in a "trying too hard" sort of way. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by YamaMayaNyaa
FUMI YOSHINAGA IS THE REASON I STARTED READING MANGA."GERARD AND JAQUES" WAS THE FIRST, AND WHILE SOME OF THE STORY CONTENT WAS OFF PUTTING TO ME I REALLY WAS DRAWN TO THE ART... Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by Kindle Customer