In the Edo era during the reign of the third shogun, a mysterious smallpox epidemic affects males only, causing the number of males to plummet to one-fourth of the population. The roles of males and females are reversed. Women run businesses and politics. A young girl takes the seat as the heir of the shogunate and becomes first female shogun. She is Tokugawa Iemitsu (Tabe Mikako). When Iemitsu turns 16, the pure-hearted Madenokoji Arikoto (Sakai Masato), who heads a temple, is threatened and forced to return to secular life. Together with his disciple Gyokuei (Tanaka Koki), he becomes one of the 3,000 handsome concubines that wait on the shogun in the inner palace.
Cast & Credits
There is a movie with the same title from 2010, but the story of this drama is taking place some hundread years earlier, so don't be confused.I haven't see the movie, so I won't compare them.
This drama is an amazing mixture of love, historical events and friendship. I was amazed by the actors how they could portray their characters so well especially Tabe Mikako, who did a great job. She is playing the strong and wild-tempered Iemitsuko with such great feelings. She is portraying the opposite of Arikoto really great. But I can't forget to mention Sakai Masato who is playing Arikoto with such a stone face that it sometimes made me shiver. But what was even more amazing was his other side which was seen only by Iemitsuko.
Tanaka Koki as Gyokuei was quite a strange choice, because he is playing an 18 years old, so I was at the beginning quite wavering, but later on he showed me, he can pull this role off.
My favourite character Masakatsu played by Hirayama Hiroyuki is also very otstanding. I think I will watch more of his works, he needs more spotlight!
I recommend this drama to everyone. You will cry, you will smile, you will want to watch it again like me!
I can't resist to give this drama 10 points for everything including Misia's Deepness as ending song!
So far, this is definitely my favorite drama. There is seriously nothing about this drama that i didn't like.
The story was amazing, perfectly written and executed. It never drags, never rushes, the entire flow of the drama is so gripping, i had such a hard time waiting for the episodes to get subbed.
The entire cast was awesome. Like seriously, i had chills the entire time, they are just that good. No fake acting, no awkwardness, everyone portrayed their character so well, i am definitely going to have to watch more dramas and movies with them. Sakai Masato, Tabe Mikako and Aso Yumi, you guise just gained a new fan.
Oh, and i've been having such a hard time finding the ost online. I loved it so much, i was actually singing along the entire time (and i dont even speak japanese!!). Also the timing of the music is just perfect (i've noticed that sometimes in some dramas/movies the music is out of sink with the actual scene...totally ruins the mood...luckily that wasn't the case here).
As for the rewatch value, I can see myself watching this again and again and again and again (que in 2pm song:P)
One last thing...The romance in this drama is so adorable, the chemistry is amazing. But just remember that this isn't a rom-com, even tho the romantic part is so strong, this is a very life-like drama, so that means no crazy romcom cheesines...Now, go watch it! :)