History Manga / Ooku

13th Jan '18 5:49:50 AM Chabal2
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: When Gosaku realizes that he will likely be executed for teaching Hollander medicine and the (completely accidental) death of Sadanobu's nephew, he only pleads that his students be spared, ensuring that the inoculation procedure doesn't die out.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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[[spoiler: When Gosaku realizes that he will likely be executed for teaching Hollander medicine and the (completely accidental) death of Sadanobu's nephew, he only pleads that his students be spared, ensuring that the inoculation procedure doesn't die out.]]



* LadyLand: Not only have women supplanted men in all remotely dangerous or strenuous occupations, but by the time of Yoshimune they have also almost entirely sidelined men in rulership and administrative positions.

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* LadyLand: Not only have women supplanted men in all remotely dangerous or strenuous occupations, but by the time of Yoshimune they have also almost entirely sidelined men in rulership and administrative positions. Deconstructed, however, in that men have nothing to do but sire children but ''still'' get preferential treatment over women.


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* ObliviousToLove: Arikoto had no idea the shogun he's accompanied since birth had feelings for him, despite every other advisor telling him so (he thinks she views him as an old fart).


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* SeenItAll: After a huge fire ravages Edo (including part of the castle), it's noted that the senior officials' jaded reactions are due to having experienced very tumultuous times.
3rd Dec '17 5:37:44 AM RedScharlach
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* BrutalHonesty: Zenjiro got his scar when one of the women demanded to know if he'd been sleeping around. He immediatly said that he had, since they were paying him, much like she had. She didn't take it well.

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* BrutalHonesty: Zenjiro got his scar when one of the women demanded to know if he'd been sleeping around. He immediatly immediately said that he had, since they were paying him, much like she had. She didn't take it well.



* {{Gendercide}}: Comparatively mild with the gender ratio stablizing at 1:4, but it still has dramatic ramifications.

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* {{Gendercide}}: Comparatively mild with the gender ratio stablizing stabilizing at 1:4, but it still has dramatic ramifications.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: Aonuma is only in his 20s, but people constantly mistake him as a 30 year old.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Aonuma is only in his 20s, but people constantly mistake him as for a 30 year old.30-year-old.
25th Nov '17 6:22:30 AM kazokuhouou
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* The eleventh arc (chapters 52-?): [[spoiler:As the male-female ratio returns to normal]], a power struggle ensues between Shogun Ieyoshi and his daughter and heir Iesada, while Commodore Perry finally arrives to force open Japan's ports to foreigners.
25th Nov '17 6:18:52 AM kazokuhouou
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** Iesada becomes one, as by this point [[spoiler:the male-female ratio is nearly back to normal, and men are resuming positions of power, but Ienari refused to consider anyone else to succeed Ieyoshi because she was the only capable child of his.]]

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** Iesada becomes one, as by this point [[spoiler:the male-female ratio is nearly back to normal, and men are resuming positions of power, but Ienari refused to consider anyone else to succeed Ieyoshi because she was the only capable child of his.]] By that token, her senior councilor, Abe Masahiro, [[spoiler: as she's also female, but her brother insisted that she become head of the family, and then Abe proved herself capable of high office.]]
25th Nov '17 6:08:45 AM kazokuhouou
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** Abe often visited Taniyama just to talk and discuss policy back when he was a kagema. He's stunned when she doesn't sleep with him, but soon accepts it. [[spoiler: This leads to Abe paying off his debt to hire him as Iesada's bodyguard.]]


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** Moreso for Iesada's Ooku. While on the face it's to provide concubines for her, the true purpose is to protect her from [[spoiler:her incestuous father Ieyoshi.]]


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** [[spoiler:Iesada is regularly molested by her father Ieyoshi. When she and her followers take steps to prevent it, Ieyoshi counters by sabotaging her marriages so no one else can have her. This has also left her so fearful of sex she's unable to go through with sleeping with anyone.]]


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** By Volume 13, [[spoiler:as the male-female ratio goes back to normal, more and more women are going back to Yoshiwara to work as courtesans. Still, there is at least one house for male prostitutes, as that's where Taniyama was working.]]
* RousingSpeech: Taniyama gives one at the end of Volume 13 to Iesada's Ooku, revealing his past [[spoiler:as a prostitute]] and encouraging the men not to be ashamed of serving a female lord. This, coupled with the fact that he was wearing a replica of a kimono made famous by O-man (Arikoto), had some of the men suggesting he was the second coming of O-man.
24th Nov '17 3:02:25 PM kazokuhouou
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** [[spoiler: It's hinted that Ieyoshi molests his own daughter Iesada. What's worse, her mother is fully aware of it and sees Iesada as a ''rival'', going so far as to poison her.]]

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** [[spoiler: It's hinted that Ieyoshi molests his own daughter Iesada. What's worse, her mother is fully aware Iesada, to the point of it and sees Iesada as being a ''rival'', going so far as to poison {{Yandere}} toward her.]]


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** Iesada becomes one, as by this point [[spoiler:the male-female ratio is nearly back to normal, and men are resuming positions of power, but Ienari refused to consider anyone else to succeed Ieyoshi because she was the only capable child of his.]]


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** [[spoiler: Ieyoshi, toward his ''own daughter'' Iesada. He poisoned her first husband, tried to prevent her getting a harem, sabotaged her second marriage by having her marry a literal child, then poisoned him ''and'' Iesada, all because if ''he'' can't have Iesada, ''no one'' can.]]
24th Nov '17 2:41:55 PM kazokuhouou
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** Interestingly, after two male shoguns in a row, many of the councilors would prefer to keep it a club for women, solely for the fact that women can't have too many children, while men can have dozens that drain the coffers and cause succession crises.


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** [[spoiler: It's hinted that Ieyoshi molests his own daughter Iesada. What's worse, her mother is fully aware of it and sees Iesada as a ''rival'', going so far as to poison her.]]
29th Sep '17 8:17:09 AM Sukeban
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** While using thous and thees in the early volumes (set in the 1600s) is appropriate to the English spoken at the time in Jacobine England, doing it in more recent volumes (set in the 1800s and reaching the Victorian era) is somewhat less so.
6th Jul '17 10:54:00 PM nombretomado
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** Reading articles on the shoguns on TheOtherWiki can give away some plot developments, such as that Tsunayoshi will fail to conceive another child, or that [[spoiler: Yoshimune will choose Ieshige as her successor]], although it can't answer the most important question of all: when and how will the Redface Pox be eliminated?

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** Reading articles on the shoguns on TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki can give away some plot developments, such as that Tsunayoshi will fail to conceive another child, or that [[spoiler: Yoshimune will choose Ieshige as her successor]], although it can't answer the most important question of all: when and how will the Redface Pox be eliminated?
15th Jun '17 2:08:30 PM kazokuhouou
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** The reverse situation is already being set up by volume 11: [[spoiler: Ienari has so many children that one of these is inevitable. It doesn't help that Harusada's poisoned the ones she doesn't like.]]

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** The reverse situation is already being set up by volume 11: [[spoiler: Ienari has so many children that one of these is inevitable. It doesn't help that Harusada's inevitably happens. Harusada poisoned the ones grandchildren she doesn't like.didn't like, which gave the other concubines the idea to poison ''their'' rivals. As a result, only about half of Ienari's children made it to adulthood. Ienari nips the crisis in the bud by abdicating in favor of his son Ieyoshi.]]
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