Tear Jerker / Ooku

  • If Ooku: the Inner Chambers does not brings one to tears at least once per volume....
    • The end of chapter three, where the merchant's daughter O-nobu is reunited with Yushonin, who entered the Shogun's Harem rather than be married off to someone else first lays eyes on the tradesman Shinkichi who seeks her hand.
    • The flashback in chapter nine, giving more detail on the life of the girl now known as Shogun Iemitsu is something that should wring one dry, but then we see Arikoto offering the her the womanly overrobe she made him and the other men in her incipent harem wear for her amusement.
      Arikoto: <draping it over her shoulders> "Here. It doth look so much more beautiful on you, my lord."
      <Iemitsu breaks down in tears>
    • Chapter twelve gives us Arikoto's and Iemitsu's response to Kasuga ordering the former to vacate the Shogun's bedchamber after a year without a sign of conception. They pledge to be Together in Death once it becomes clear that Iemitsu is in fact barren... then it turns out that she is not.
  • Hiraga Gennai's breakdown when she learns that the men that raped her also infected her with syphilis, meaning she only has a few years left to live, and before she dies she'll be in a ton of pain, lose her sight, and lose her grasp of sanity.
  • Iesada didn't have a happy life either. She's regularly raped by her own father, her one hope of escaping him (via marriage into another family) is dashed when she's named next in line for the shogunate (ensuring that she stays with her father), her father poisons her first husband, then poisons her along with her second husband, which has left her with steadily debilitating health and a literal fear of having sex, which means she's currently heirless (and a quick Wikipedia search shows she'll never have a child, as the real life Iesada adopted a cousin to be his heir instead).
  • There's a certain sadness to be had to see Sutezo, a ladykiller and carefree boy, jump for joy at the birth of his own daughter, only for him to slip, paralyze himself, and then die of the Redpox. Trauma Conga Line doesn't even begin to describe it.