The October 2020 issue of Hakusensha’s Melody magazine has announced that the next issue of the magazine will publish the chapter “just before” the final chapter of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga. If there are no delays, the manga will end on December 28, 2020. The magazine releases a new issue every two months.
The story of the manga is described as:
In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Red Pox has begun to prey on the country’s men. Within 80 years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen by 75 percent. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the Shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected. And the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the Shogun’s Inner Chamber.
Yoshinaga launched the manga in Melody in 2004. VIZ Media publishes Ōoku: The Inner Chambers in English.