An exploration of the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan when several powerful warlords fought to become absolute ruler.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Auslin Michael Auslin ...  Self 6 episodes, 2021
Hiro Kanagawa ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2021
Masami Kosaka ...  Toyotomi Hideyoshi 6 episodes, 2021
Hayate Masao ...  Ieyasu Tokugawa 6 episodes, 2021
Oleg Benesch Oleg Benesch ...  Self 4 episodes, 2021
Wilfred Lee ...  Shibata Katsuie 4 episodes, 2021
Masayoshi Haneda ...  Nobunaga Oda 3 episodes, 2021
Hideaki Itô ...  Masamune Date 3 episodes, 2021
Michael Wert Michael Wert ...  Self 3 episodes, 2021
Umi Bielmann Umi Bielmann ...  Young Iga Rebel 2 episodes, 2021
Seiji Hino ...  Ishida Mitsunari 2 episodes, 2021
Elina Miyake Jackson ...  Lady Nene 2 episodes, 2021
Ryota Kaneko Ryota Kaneko ...  Katsuyori Takeda 2 episodes, 2021
Chika Kitney ...  Lady Chacha 2 episodes, 2021
Simon Fletcher Li ...  Torii Mototada 2 episodes, 2021
Timothy Mak ...  Sakuma Morimasa 2 episodes, 2021
Kelly Seo Kelly Seo ...  Lady Tsukiyama 2 episodes, 2021
Frank Yim ...  Oda General / ... 2 episodes, 2021


An exploration of the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan when several powerful warlords fought to become absolute ruler.

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Not a lot about samurais. Flashy language.
1 March 2021 | by martinmelladogSee all my reviews

All Japanese history is new to me so everything exposed sounds truthful, as a starting point it was an interesting show and a more dramatic approach, mainly focused on iconic people and their motivations. Context and culture are underdeveloped in my opinion and just linked to war and conquests. It doesn't go deep on samurais persona. It could be any other soldier executing the same wars and it would be irrelevant to the show. When they faced japanese an chinese armies it felt the same, they were just more experienced warriors.

Considering there are big differences in the strategic approach of some japanese clan leaders it also doesn't go deep on why they took their approaches. It is reduced to something like "there is an opportunity to take control, i want to take control to be the lord of Japan". I think one of the things that make the show feel flat is that, the motivation is kind of always the same, and even when there is a more stable approach, it doesn't explain how that specific warlord came up with his view and his strategies. There's a few times where education is mentioned but not a lot on what are their principles or logic. In the China's invation campaign, some other great warlords/emperors of other continents were mentioned, but not if the japanese warlords had some prior knowledge about their history or if they were some motivated by them. It was an open reference, and the only concrete one was that China was always a big goal. So i would say the show is a review of wars and control shifts monstly in the XVI century. The biggest principle to feel connected to the characters is the general sence of constant war, as a defensive nature, so they eat to not be eaten. It might be that way, so that is not something i consider so much to base this rewiew.

I enjoyed the show mostly (as a war documentary I think), however I didn't like how many times battles, decisions or anything important is stated as the "ultimate", "greatest", "biggest" and a lot of other flashy words. At some point we started joking about this with my wife because we actually got confused, to the point we couldn't compare turning points or battles. Is not a history class but as an informative piece it kind of takes away the importance of some historical moments trying to expose everything as epic.

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