Japan, July 1853. Scores of people lined the beaches at Uraga Harbor near the Shogunate Capitol of Edo. They came to get a glimpse of the American Fleet of Commodore Perry's infamous Black ... See full summary »
Japan, July 1853. Scores of people lined the beaches at Uraga Harbor near the Shogunate Capitol of Edo. They came to get a glimpse of the American Fleet of Commodore Perry's infamous Black Ships that arrived on Japan's shores to deliver an ultimatum to open the country from 250 years of Isolation. Among them a is an impressionable low ranking Samurai & fencing instructor named Kondo Isami (Katori Shingo) and another low ranking Samurai turned Medicine peddler & playboy Hijikata Toshizou (Yamamoto Koji) who were both frightened and awed by the sight of such military might that has sent the country into crisis. Together, they will join with the young sword progeny Okita Soji (Fujiwara Tatsuya) who will join a group of ronin that will head to the Imperial Capitol in Kyoto to help preserve order for the Shogun. Betrayed by their initial leader in Kyoto, factions of ronin form and alliances are forged into what became the Shinsengumi; The Special Elite Corps. Under the auspicious of the ... Written by
Louis E. Rosas
I must say as an avid Samurai historian this series thrilled me from beginning to end. It shows exactly how the Shinsengumi were formed, betrayed, new ideals in a changing society, and also which is most important, shows how the Meiji restoration came about politically, and how much impact it had on Japanese society. Though the makers did change some of the history (Sutesuke in all likelihood did not die until 1915)
the series is the best i have seen so far. Without judgment passed on either the Shinsengumi, bakufu, meiji emperor, and other political figures, the drama is intense, and you really get an in depth view of the characters which grow as the series develops.
a must see!
and a small remark for the guy taking a Japanese course and not liking it: you will never understans Japan, its culture, and bushido if you do not get this. Drop out of the course, and do it now. Aho!
ASHIKAGA PRODUCTION DESIGN
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