History Manga / Ooku

21st Jan '16 12:07:21 AM kazokuhouou
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* KneelBeforeFrodo: [[spoiler: Ienari humbles himself before Kuroki and bows to him, begging him to restart his research on the Redface Pox.]]
20th Jan '16 4:51:13 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.]]
20th Jan '16 4:45:40 PM kazokuhouou
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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: The death of Tsunayoshi's only daughter, Matsu, is the catalyst for the chaos of Tsunayoshi's later reign. Likewise, Ietsugu inherited her mother's sickly constitution, meaning Sakyo outlived his daughter and it's stated that the son he had with his mother died of the Redface Pox. [[spoiler: Ieharu outlives her own daughter, Iemoto, (and already outlived two sons). Tanuma Okitomo, Tanuma Okitsugu's daughter, was assassinated in front of her as revenge for the series of natural disasters that were blamed on Okitsugu.]]
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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: The death of Tsunayoshi's only daughter, Matsu, is the catalyst for the chaos of Tsunayoshi's later reign. Likewise, Ietsugu inherited her mother's sickly constitution, meaning Sakyo outlived his daughter and it's stated that the son he had with his mother died of the Redface Pox. [[spoiler: Ieharu outlives her own daughter, Iemoto, (and already outlived two sons). Tanuma Okitomo, Tanuma Okitsugu's daughter, was assassinated in front of her as revenge for the series of natural disasters that were blamed on Okitsugu. And probably the most horrifying example, Harusada poisoned her own grandchildren, and it's implied she did so because she was ''bored''.]]
17th Jan '16 10:20:04 AM Grudgeal
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* DecemberDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Emmonosuke and Tsunayoshi]] are only able to admit their love for each other once they're both well in their fifties and past the point where they can have children or score any sort of advantage by marrying. [[spoiler:Emmonosuke also dies the next morning.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Emmonosuke's headaches, which he believes are due to the stresses of age and his position. [[spoiler:More likely they're caused by blood clotting in his brain, foreshadowing his death from what was probably a stroke.]]
17th Jan '16 10:03:37 AM Grudgeal
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** Shogun Ienobu appeared to be this as well, starting or planning many of the reforms that Yoshimune was able to institute, but her frail constitution killed her before she was able to go through with them. [[spoiler:It is eventually revealed that Ienobu's widower ensured Yoshimune's succession in return for Yoshimune's support to his late wife's planned reforms.]]
4th Jan '16 9:18:55 AM Grudgeal
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This plot hole was filled in chapter 44.
** Harusada doesn't even get to the throne before she abdicates it in favor of her son. She remains in power behind the scenes, explaining that she does not want the pressure of creating a female heir to get in the way of ruling. * AdaptationInducedPlotHole: [[spoiler: The shogunate bypassing Harusada in favor of her son. In real life, the reason Ienari became shogun was because Ieharu had adopted him as his heir, but in ''Ooku'' no such scene ever happened, making Harusada relinquishing her claim one of these, especially since at this point there's no explanation ''why'' she did so.]]
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** Harusada doesn't even get to the throne before she abdicates it in favor of her son. Ienari. She remains in power behind the scenes, explaining that she does not want the pressure of creating a female heir more heirs to get in the way of ruling. * AdaptationInducedPlotHole: [[spoiler: The shogunate bypassing Harusada in favor of her son. In real life, the reason Ienari became shogun was because Ieharu had adopted him as his heir, but in ''Ooku'' no such scene ever happened, making Harusada relinquishing her claim one of these, especially since at this point there's no explanation ''why'' she did so.]]ruling.
4th Jan '16 9:17:48 AM Grudgeal
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* ReallyGetsAround: [[spoiler:Ienari is the first male shogun and has an all-female Inner Chamber. He fathers a large number of children as a result, although by his own admission he's the happiest when he's allowed to spend evenings on his own reading or talking with his retainers or wife.]]
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* ReallyGetsAround: [[spoiler:Ienari is the first male shogun and has an all-female Inner Chamber. He fathers a large number of children as a result, result (55 in total), although by his own admission he's the happiest when he's allowed to spend evenings on his own reading or talking with his retainers or wife.]]
4th Jan '16 9:17:07 AM Grudgeal
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* CainAndAbel: Munetake toward Ieshige, a rare case of the younger sibling in the Cain role. Carrying a lifelong resentment at being passed over in favor of the older sister she deems incompetent, she passes it on to her daughter Sadanobu, whom she has groomed as a future shogun and a rival for Ieharu's daughter Chiyo. Ieharu anticipates a powergrab and appoints Sadanobu as the head of another family to remove her from the succession altogether. [[spoiler: Munetake has the last laugh after all. At the end of volume 10, Sadanobu is asked to be the senior counselor for the new shogun Ienari.]] ** CainAndAbelAndSeth: Yoshimune's third daughter Munetada also founds a branch house, and her daughter Harusada is the one who convinces Ieharu to remove Sadanobu from the succession, making the Hitotsubashi branch next in line. [[spoiler: The next shogun is her son Toyochiyo (formerly Takechiyo), who takes the shogun name Ienari.]]
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* CainAndAbel: Munetake toward Ieshige, a rare case of the younger sibling in the Cain role. Carrying a lifelong resentment at being passed over in favor of the older sister she deems incompetent, she passes it on to her daughter Sadanobu, whom she has groomed as a future shogun and a rival for Ieharu's daughter Chiyo. Ieharu anticipates a powergrab and appoints Sadanobu as the head of another family to remove her from the succession altogether. [[spoiler: Munetake [[spoiler:Munetake has the last laugh after all. At the end of volume 10, Sadanobu is asked to be the senior counselor for the new shogun Ienari.]] ** CainAndAbelAndSeth: Yoshimune's third daughter Munetada also founds a branch house, and her daughter Harusada is the one who convinces Ieharu to remove Sadanobu from the succession, making the Hitotsubashi branch next in line. [[spoiler: The next shogun is her son Toyochiyo (formerly Takechiyo), who takes the shogun name Ienari.Ienari, and once his accession is secure Harusada has Sadanobu dismissed.]]

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* CainAndAbel: Munetake toward Ieshige, a rare case of the younger sibling in the Cain role. Carrying a lifelong resentment at being passed over in favor of the older sister she deems incompetent, she passes it on ** Inverted by Harusada, who 'confesses' to her daughter Sadanobu, whom she has groomed as a future shogun and a rival for Ieharu's daughter Chiyo. Ieharu anticipates a powergrab and appoints Sadanobu as the head of another family to remove her from the succession altogether. [[spoiler: Munetake has the last laugh after all. At the end of volume 10, Sadanobu is asked to be the senior counselor for the new shogun Ienari.]] ** CainAndAbelAndSeth: Yoshimune's third daughter Munetada [[spoiler:[[JustBetweenYouAndMe that she tried to smear her own sister, and when that failed killed her by throwing her down a well, and has also founds a branch house, and her daughter Harusada is the one who convinces Ieharu to remove Sadanobu from the succession, making the Hitotsubashi branch next in line. [[spoiler: The next shogun is her son Toyochiyo (formerly Takechiyo), who takes the shogun name Ienari.poisoned Munetada's tea]]. Munetada dies momentarily afterwards.]]

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* CainAndAbel: Munetake toward Ieshige, a rare case of the younger sibling in the Cain role. Carrying a lifelong resentment at being passed over in favor of the SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Harusada poisoned her mother Munetada, after having thrown her older sister she deems incompetent, she passes it on to her daughter Sadanobu, whom she has groomed as down a future shogun and a rival for Ieharu's daughter Chiyo. Ieharu anticipates a powergrab and appoints Sadanobu as the head of another family to remove her from the succession altogether. [[spoiler: Munetake has the last laugh after all. At the end of volume 10, Sadanobu is asked to be the senior counselor for the new shogun Ienari.]] ** CainAndAbelAndSeth: Yoshimune's third daughter Munetada also founds a branch house, and her daughter Harusada is the one who convinces Ieharu to remove Sadanobu from the succession, making the Hitotsubashi branch next in line. [[spoiler: The next shogun is her son Toyochiyo (formerly Takechiyo), who takes the shogun name Ienari.well.]]
3rd Jan '16 11:22:14 AM Grudgeal
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* The tenth arc (chapters-44- ): Ienari rules as a puppet Shogun, with Harusada being the true power behind the throne. As the traditional power structure of the inner chambers begin breaking down by Harusada's abuses of power, [[spoiler:Ienari slowly begins rebelling while Aonuma's former disciples attempt to carry on his legacy.]]
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* The tenth arc (chapters-44- ): Ienari rules as a [[PuppetKing puppet Shogun, Shogun]], with Harusada being the true power behind the throne. As the traditional power structure of the inner chambers begin breaking down by Harusada's abuses of power, [[spoiler:Ienari slowly begins rebelling while Aonuma's former disciples attempt to carry on his legacy.]]
3rd Jan '16 11:20:58 AM Grudgeal
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* The ninth arc (chapters-40-43): As Gosaku (now Aonuma) and his students implement the first attempt at erradicating the Redface pox, Tokugawa Harusada plots behind the scenes to overthrow Okitsugu [[spoiler: to ensure the throne goes to her son.]]
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* The ninth arc (chapters-40-43): As Gosaku (now Aonuma) and his students implement the first attempt at erradicating eradicating the Redface pox, Tokugawa Harusada plots behind the scenes to overthrow Okitsugu [[spoiler: to ensure the throne goes to her son.]] * The tenth arc (chapters-44- ): Ienari rules as a puppet Shogun, with Harusada being the true power behind the throne. As the traditional power structure of the inner chambers begin breaking down by Harusada's abuses of power, [[spoiler:Ienari slowly begins rebelling while Aonuma's former disciples attempt to carry on his legacy.]]

** [[spoiler: Harusada doesn't even get to the throne before she abdicates it in favor of her son. As of yet, her reasons are unknown.]]
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** [[spoiler: Harusada doesn't even get to the throne before she abdicates it in favor of her son. As She remains in power behind the scenes, explaining that she does not want the pressure of yet, her reasons are unknown.]]creating a female heir to get in the way of ruling.

** [[spoiler: After basically serial dog-kicking her way into power, Harusada doesn't even get makes Ienari shogun-in-name only so she won't have to bother with trying to have more children while remaining in power. She drives the throne before government into debt with her excesses, [[spoiler:kills her loyal retainer (who was also his son's wet nurse) with poison, and indiscriminately kills her own grandchildren, for no other reason than she abdicates it in favor of her son. As of yet, her reasons are unknown.wants to.]]

** [[spoiler: Harusada, despite scorning the actual title of Shogun, is this behind the scenes. Not only does she ruin all of Okitsugu's works in order to get into power, once there she has no interest in actually ruling. Unlike Tsunayoshi who is a tragic figure, Harusada doesn't even get to the throne before she abdicates it in favor of her son. As of yet, her reasons are unknown.]]is more or less purely evil.

** [[spoiler: Harusada doesn't even * HappilyMarried: Several of the shoguns actually get on very well with their official consorts. Inevitably it all goes to the throne before she abdicates it in favor of her son. As of yet, her reasons are unknown.]]heck -- see StarCrossedLovers for more details.

** [[spoiler: Harusada doesn't even get to the throne before she abdicates it in favor of * OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Harusada kills her son. As of yet, her reasons are unknown.own grandchildren.]]

* PuppetKing: [[spoiler: It's hinted that this is intended for Ienari, as his mother notes his weak will and timidness. Whether this will be so remains to be seen.]]
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* PuppetKing: [[spoiler: It's hinted that this is intended for Ienari, as Ienari. [[spoiler:Eventually his mother notes his weak will and timidness. Whether this will be so remains mother's cruelties causes him to be seen.rebel.]]

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* PuppetKing: [[spoiler: It's hinted that this ReallyGetsAround: [[spoiler:Ienari is intended for Ienari, the first male shogun and has an all-female Inner Chamber. He fathers a large number of children as a result, although by his mother notes own admission he's the happiest when he's allowed to spend evenings on his weak will and timidness. Whether this will be so remains to be seen.own reading or talking with his retainers or wife.]]

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* PuppetKing: [[spoiler: It's hinted that this TheSociopath: Harusada is intended implied to be this. Flashbacks of her childhood shows she regularly lies to everyone for Ienari, no other reason than amusement, she views her own child as his nothing more than a political tool and has no emotional connection to anyone, she discredits her predecessor and assassinates her way to power, (literally) poisons her own supporters, [[spoiler:her grandson, and her own mother, and as her mother notes his weak will and timidness. Whether this will be so remains to be seen.lies dying she claims she does it all because it entertains her.]]
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