Ooku ~Tanjou~ (大奥 ~誕生~ – Inner Palace ~Birth~) is the prequel to a famous alternative reality story where the Tokugawa shogun is a woman and gender roles are swapped. This series tackles the explanation of how that alternate reality comes into being. This is a court intrigue story – a genre I happen to love, even though events tend to move very slowly. How will this series shape up?

The divergence from history begins in the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun. An epidemic, the scarlet smallpox, afflicts only the young men of the country . . .

. . . and ultimately infects even the young shogun.

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