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UTB 18.2 Saturday Taiga Drama: SANADAMARU

<STARTING ON 9/11, THIS DRAMA AIRS ON LA-18 CHANNEL 18.1 ON SUNDAYS FROM 7:00P TO 8:00P>

Starts airing Saturday, February 20, 2016

Airs on UTB Channel 18.2 on Saturdays from 9:00p ~ 10:00p
(Following the end of Burning Flower and Amekei)

With English Subtitles

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The life of the last great commander in the Warring States period, Sanada Yukimura.
His real name was Sanada Genjiro Nobushige. Curious and adventure-loving, Sanada Nobushige tore through the Warring States period and eventually became a legendary commander who even awed the ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu. Total 50 Episodes—UTB

Sanada Nobushige was born to a lord who owned a small piece of land in Shinsu (present day Nagano Prefecture). He survived using wisdom, courage and much effort during the Sengoku period. Eventually, he grew into a much respected samurai warrior. During The Siege of Osaka, Nobushige constructed the small fortress "Sanada-maru" on the periphery of Osaka Castle. His fortress successfully repelled the much larger invading forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu.—DramaWiki

Drama Information
Number of Episodes: 50
Genre: Taiga drama
Originally aired: January 2016 ~ December 2016 on Channel NHK

Cast

Sakai Masato as Sanada Nobushige
Oizumi Yo as Sanada Nobuyuki
Nagasawa Masami as Kiri
Kusakari Masao as Sanada Masayuki
Takahata Atsuko as Kaoru
Kimura Yoshino as Matsu
Kusabue Mitsuko as Tori
Kuroki Haru as Ume
Fujimoto Takahiro as Hotta Sakubee
Nakahara Takeo as Takanashi Naiki
Fujii Takashi as Sasuke
Uchino Seiyo as Tokugawa Ieyasu
Kondo Masaomi as Honda Masanobu
Saito Yuki as Acha no Tsubone
Fujioka Hiroshi as Honda Tadakatsu
Yoshida Yo as Komatsu-hime
Takashima Masanobu as Hojo Ujimasa
Endo Kenichi as Uesugi Kagekatsu
Nishimura Masahiko as Muroga Masatake
Terajima Susumu as Ideura Masasuke
Danta Yasunori as Takigawa Kazumasu
Hira Takehiro as Takeda Katsuyori

Complete cast information (as well as listing of guest stars and production credits) is available at the DramaWiki website.

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URL (UTB has the English version on their website!)

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AsianWiki
NHK Taiga Website (in English for the first time!)
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Wow! I'm so happy to see the NHK homesite for this Taiga is now in English! emoticon

I can see that I've been missing a ton of information and background on the Taigas because of the language barrier. Looking forward to this!


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In beginning to go through the NHK website, I came across this little tip in the bottom "banner" of each page:

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Note: All names of historical figures keep the original Japanese order of last name, first name. Names of modern day figures have been changed to the Western order of first name, last name.



This has been a confusing issue to me for a very long time. I'm so glad that NHK has given an official statement on how they handle the last name-first name convention in this Taiga.


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I'm so excited for this drama! Not only is Sakai Masato the star, but everything (from the story, to the new Taiga homesite) feels revamped and fresh. I think NHK is hoping to usher in a new era of successful Taiga dramas after the low ratings of Burning Flower, and it looks like they have gotten off to a great start! emoticon

It was a great decision of them to translate the NHK official site for the Taigas in English. You can tell they've really gone out of their way and spent a lot of time making this Taiga accessible to all audiences.

Great first impression! I can't wait for it to start in February.
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I saw it this morning! Can't wait either!!!!!
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I read the NHK on Sanada Maru(English) pretty cool! Got to learn the Family Crests
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The final episode of Burning Flower ends tonight. I am not looking forward to it, but am definitely excited for Sanadamaru to premiere!
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<EPISODE 1> (Part 1)

What a good start to this new Taiga! Nchristi, I remember you said once that you use the opening as a good way to judge how a series will turn out to be. I loved the opening to this one, so hopefully it is a positive sign that the drama will be a hit! They tried some new things with the opening, such as putting the episode title at the very end of the intro, and seasoning it with some clips from the episode.

I got the impression that NHK is trying to revamp the Taiga genre. The background music was very good, and the cinematography felt somewhat new and refreshing. I think NHK realized that the bad ratings for Burning Flower do not bode well for the genre, and that something needs to be done to revamp the way Taiga dramas are done. So far, so good!

NHK says this is going to be a 'comedy', which I remember thinking was an unusual way to introduce a Taiga drama. After watching Part 1, it sort of makes sense. I can see that they are going to put a comedic spin on some of the characters, such as how Sanada Masayuki (Nobushige's father) suddenly changed his tone about the survival of the Takeda family so quickly after his wife and mother had left the room. It will be interesting!

The story revolves around the Sanada family, who were still vassals of the once-mighty Takeda family in 1582.

We have Sanada Nobushige - The main character, played by the great Sakai Masato! Boy, had I missed him in a Taiga drama. In 1582, Nobushige was 15 years old, having been born in 1567. Sakai Masato pulls off his portrayal of a 15-year old very well! It is actually believable, unlike previous Taigas where they had adult actors portraying 8 or 9-year old children.

Nobushige had an older brother and an older sister. He was the son of Sanada Masayuki, who served the current head of the Takeda family, Takeda Katsuyori. Masayuki often served Lord Katsuyori and was not often home, so Nobushige lived with his mother, grandmother, older brother, older sister, and her husband.

The plight of the Takeda family was a sad one. The clan was extremely powerful under the late Lord Shingen, but after his death in 1573, the family faced various defeat at the hands of the Oda and Tokugawa clans. By 1582, they were being betrayed left and right by various vassals, which we are seeing now. I suppose it is because Lord Katsuyori was so meek compared to his late father. The Sanada actually seem to be loyal towards the Takeda, but we shall see!

I have a feeling Lord Katsuyori is being duped by the two men who tried to get him to suspect Sanada Masayuki of treason. Will this be his downfall? Although, I think Katsuyori trusts the Sanada, since he secretly came to see the two Sanada boys at the very end of the episode.

We're still in early 1582. Part 2 of Episode 1 airs next Saturday! This has gotten off to an excellent start!


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<EPISODE 1> (Part 2)

This is going to be an amazing Taiga! The background music is superb, and I usually use that as a judge of how good and memorable the Taiga will promise to be. When one of the tunes (the opening theme) is already stuck in my head, and the other music from the episode also sounded new and fresh - quite different from the recycled music we've heard in other Taigas.

The main character, Nobushige (played by Sakai Masato) does not disappoint in keeping us interested in his story as the leading figure. He is still 15-years old at the beginning of the drama, but from the way Masato portrays the character, he actually acts his age! Nobushige is still known by his childhood name Genjiro, so I suppose we can call him that for the time being.

I enjoy the relationship between Genjiro and his older brother. Their father, Masayuki, seemed to be away for much of the time, so I think Genjiro relied on his older brother as a father figure throughout his childhood. That being said, both boys seem to be very loyal towards their father, and they hold him in extremely high regard. I will enjoy seeing the Sanada family dynamic as the episodes go on, especially since the boys are no longer hostages to the Takeda family and the entire unit will be able to live together once again at the Sanada family's traditional case - Iwabitsu Castle.

Takeda Katsuyori, the son of the great Takeda Shingen, is being portrayed in a very positive light in this drama. Other dramas have shown him to be incompetent and temperamental, throwing tantrums in the face of military defeat and betrayal. Here, he is shown to be a sad soul, realizing little by little that his family is doomed and that he destroyed the great reputation of the Takeda family in just 9 years after the death of his father. I feel sorry for him. The actor has done a great job.

Interesting also how Katsuyori saved the Sanada family. He could have ordered them to accompany him as he escaped - thus sealing their fate. After all, if he went down, so would the Sanada. I think Katsuyori realized the potential of the Sanada family for greatness, and thus freed the two brothers as Sanada hostages. He also allowed Genjiro's sister, Matsu, to temporarily leave her husband and escape with her family. This proved to be important, since the husband was dragged by one of the other Takeda vassals to betray Katsuyori and go over the Oda side.

The husband didn't want to do this, so I wonder how he will fare? Genjiro's sister Matsu will not be happy when she hears that her husband was forced by his colleague to betray the Takeda and cross over to the Oda side. Now, they are on different sides of the fence. In those days, divorce was an option if the circumstances were akin to what we saw here, so I wonder if Matsu will be pressured into a divorce? It all depends on the Oda invasion and how the Sanada will react/respond to it.

What a powerful scene when Takeda Katsuyori turned back, upon realizing he and his small force would not be allowed to their former ally's castle, since the latter had switched over to the Oda. He was probably thinking, if only I had listened to Sanada Masayuki and gone to his castle!

Genjiro summed up Takeda Katsuyori very well in one sentence - he is nice... and sad. Sad, indeed. The great Takeda family was close to being crushed.

Oda Nobunaga's portrayal also seems very different than usual. He is portrayed by an older actor and appears to be more stoic than the usual Nobunaga portrayals. I'm glad. Somehow, I feel that Nobunaga was less manic and angry than how he is usually portrayed. I suspect he might have been a man of few words, doing what he had to do without a big performance to accompany it. Conversely, Tokugawa Ieyasu seems to be portrayed as being a rather nervous fellow, isn't he? How will Hideyoshi be portrayed!?

We're in March of 1582. Episode 2 airs next week!

BTW, forgot to add that this drama was written by the same person who wrote Shinsengumi!
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<EPISODE 2>

Maybe it's just me, but this Taiga seems completely different from other Taigas we have seen in the recent past. There is plenty of serious political drama, but they've inserted lots of comedy and almost slapstick humor, as well. It's tastefully done, and the balance is just right. I'm liking it so far!

Genjiro's mother seems to be the main comic relief here. The writers keep using the gag of how a wounded enemy proceeds to throw himself on her before dying at her feet, followed by the mother leading out a piercing scream. The scene with the Sanada family pretending to be farmers and smearing mud all over each other's faces was also entertaining to watch. My favorite character in the drama is Genjiro's grandmother. She is the bravest one of them all, and didn't even blink an eye when their family was attacked on several occasions. I got a kick out of her character!

In addition to all the slapstick, the Taiga is adding a bit of a supernatural theme, as well. The last time we had this in a Taiga was back in 2012, with Kiyomori. That one was pretty dark and focused a little too much on the supernatural stuff (I think one of the characters got possessed in that drama!) so Takeda Shingen's ghost appearing to his son Katsuyori moments before his death, and also to Sanada Masayuki, was just right of a dose. I wonder if we'll be seeing these types of scenes again in the drama?

What shocked me the most about this episode was the portrayal of Tokugawa Ieyasu. We are getting a completely different look at Ieyasu! He is portrayed to be an indecisive wimp who cannot make his own decision and flip-flops from one person to another. We've never seen Ieyasu characterized like this before! I'm curious to see how (or if) this changes going forward. Instead, we're seeing Ieyasu's vassal Honda Masanobu portrayed as the "power behind the throne" and the one pulling Ieyasu's strings. Wow. This makes stuff very interesting! I'm looking forward to seeing this story play out with a very different portrayal of Ieyasu.

Takeda Katsuyori commits suicide in 1582, and the Takeda clan meets its end. The Takeda territories are annexed by the Oda family. I felt like clapping when Nobunaga's son ordered that the man who betrayed Katsuyori be executed. Why would he want such a person with no principles or loyalty to serve the Oda family with his piddly army of 2000? I only feel bad for Genjiro's sister Matsu, since she was the DIL of this man who was executed. Will her husband (the son of the Benedict Arnold) be executed by the Oda, as well?

Very wise idea of Sanada Masayuki to side neither with the Uesugi nor the Hojo. He is going to attempt to join the Oda directly. Smart man, and good choice!

Though the story is something we've seen many times before, the way they are portraying the characters makes it well worth watching. Great drama so far!

We're still in 1582. Episode 3 airs next week.
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<EPISODE 3>

Great episode! Lots of things to comment on. Where do I start?

I was a little irritated with Genjiro's brother Nobuyuki's conduct. I understand that he wanted to assert himself as his father Masayuki's heir, and I did feel sorry for him that his father kept him in the dark over the fact that the whole mission about the Sanada allying with the Uesugi family was a hoax. However, I wish he had understood his father's motives and wouldn't be so pouty about it. I suppose Nobuyuki is still young and immature, and it hurt his pride to be the only one who was kept in the dark. Masayuki trusted Nobuyuki's retainer more than his own son with the secret.

Genjiro is still young, but in many respects, he acts more wise than his brother. Perhaps that's why Masayuki took Genjiro with him to meet with Oda Nobunaga at the end of the episode. Yes, Nobuyuki was the Sanada heir, and he needed to look after the fort just in case Masayuki was harmed, but I think he had another reason to take Genjiro with him. After all, Masayuki could have just as easily asked Genjiro to stay back home and help his brother. However, Genjiro is wise beyond his years, and I think Masayuki wanted to hear his younger son's opinion about Nobunaga.

Genjiro told his uncle that he wanted to act as a support to his older brother once the latter takes over the Sanada family, but I have a feeling that Genjiro will become more influential in the family than he thinks.

Very smart of the Sanada family to approach neither the Hojo nor the Uesugi. Nobunaga could have easily had the Sanada exterminated if they seemed too eager to ally with the Oda, so the plan of making the Sanada appear to be sought out by various families (and thus peak Nobunaga's interest) was a smart one.

I loved the story between Genjiro, his friend Kiri, and the farmer's sister, Kiku. Kiri seems to have a crush on Genjiro, but Genjiro only has eyes for the Kiku, the sister of one of the farmers living in the Sanada territory. Kiku is played by the actress who played Tokuko, the chef's wife, in The Emperor's Cook. I'm glad they put in such a fun storyline into this Taiga - instead of the usual, predictable stuff we saw in Burning Flower. I'm interested to see how this little conflict is resolved!

So far, I'm rooting for Genjiro and the farmer's sister, Kiku, but that might change as more episodes go on.

The way Tokugawa Ieyasu is portrayed is a big laugh. He seems so unsure of himself and nervous. Quite a different portrayal of Ieyasu than we are used to seeing!

What will happen to Matsu (Genjiro's sister)'s husband, who was able to flee with his wife by Genjiro's brother Nobuyuki. He couldn't be allowed to live with his in-laws (who were loyal Takeda supporters) after being associated with the betrayal of the late Takeda lord Katsuyori, but where is he going to flee to? With an alliance with the Oda on the horizon, I can't imagine Matsu's husband getting off scot-free - especially by his father-in-law, Sanada Masayuki. He's lucky Nobuyuki allowed him to flee - I doubt Masayuki would have been so generous.

Great drama so far. I love the acting, music, and cinematography. Nice reboot for the Taiga genre!

We're still in 1582. Episode 4 airs next week!
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