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2004 NHK Taiga Drama: Shinsengumi! [Katori Shingo, Yamamoto Koji, et al.]
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    Default 2004 NHK Taiga Drama: Shinsengumi! [Katori Shingo, Yamamoto Koji, et al.]

    Links of Interest
    About the drama:

    About the historical Shinsengumi:

    Main cast members talk about the production: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2fIOgASWGM (the beginning is funny , but beware of spoiler scenes)

    Theme song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9nEkdJWzPk (actual performance begins about 1:10 in)
    Opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN1AsZ8WvtQ

    This is my second Taiga drama. I started watching it knowing close to nothing about the time period or its key figures, but hopefully this will be a good history lesson. So far I'm enjoying the show, although Katori Shingo underwhelms me for some reason. It's as if he's holding back and I'm not sure why. He gave me the same feeling in Bara no nai Hanaya, but I thought maybe that was just his character. Standouts for me are Yamamoto Koji as Hijikata and Sakai Masato as Yamanami.

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    Just watched episode 33. It really saddened me. I know there's no way to change history, but
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    I just don't understand why Yamanami essentially resigned himself to death. Before I got to this episode I predicted that Hijikata would be to blame given his M.O. and since I totally disagreed with his decision to not compensate anyone not physically participating in the Ikedaya Jiken, but it later became fairly obvious that he didn't really want Yamanami to die. All the main Shinsengumi gave Yamanami every opportunity to "escape", and yet he still chose to die. Why did he even go back to Kyoto? He seemed conflicted when he told Akesato that they should hurry along when she wanted to take more time to smell the flowers, but then boldly stepped out in front of Soji. I didn't feel that the drama built up enough conflict/tension to convince me of why he ultimately chose this horrid path. It's such a shame since he finally found a woman who complements him so well.

    Katori Shingo looks a lot better in the second half. I think it's the hair. He and Tabata Tomoko look more like siblings than husband and wife, though. I'm still not sure what I think about Shingo's portrayal of Kondo Isami. His angry face can also be mistaken for severe constipation. Coolest looking dudes in here are hands down Yamamoto Koji's Hijikata Toshizo and Odagiri Jo's Saito Hajime. Tanihara Shosuke looks really good too, but I dislike his character. This era's hairstyle doesn't flatter Fujiwara Tatsuya's facial shape. Soji and Yagi Hide (Fukiishi Kazue) are a huge mismatch. The couple with the most chemistry is Serizawa Kamo (Sato Koichi) and Oume (Suzuki Kyouka). Sato-san did a great job as Serizawa.

    In addition to the strong comradery and character development, one of the best things about this drama is the comedy. It's well done and just the fact that it's there is a bonus for this type of show. I'm aiming to finish this monster before the end of the month.

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