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Thursday, 24 November 2016 23:24

Sanada Maru

For your information, taiga drama is Japan’s NHK’s longest running series.
Ever since 1963, NHK released a 49 ~ 50 episodes of taiga drama every year.

Sanada Maru is NHK’s 55th taiga drama.
“Taiga drama” is a historical TV series. Although historical, a lot of them have been based on one specific era of Japan: Sengoku.
I consider myself a big fan of taiga drama and have reviewed some over the years.


Sanada Maru is about Sanada clan in mid-late Sengoku era and centers around Sanada Masayuki and his two sons.
The most distinguishable feature found in Sanada Maru is that this taiga drama is comical. Comedy and taiga drama have been water and oil. It never mixed too well. Although there have been funny kind of “what the” moments in previous taiga drama, those semi-comical moments never broke characters.

However, in Sanada Maru, there are comedy, real comedy. This is the first as far as I recall and the comical moments are done very well.
In other words, I really do like Sanada Maru. It is a refreshing break from what many outsiders consider “boring taiga drama”.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 22:26

Nobunaga no Yabo 14

I was surprised to find this game officially fully translated with powerup-kit enabled. As far as I remember, only the original version was officially translated and was released to PS2 and PS3. “Powerup kit” is more like an expansion pack in America. Or you can see it as a big DLC if that makes it easier for you to understand.

Meanwhile, I must mention that Nobunaga no yabo series and powerup kit have existed as long as I can remember. This is not a new marketing gimmick they’ve come up with. The reason for powerup kits was to patch and improve games. This started in an era where downing big patches over the Internet wasn’t possible. And this trend stuck and continued.

The full title is Nobunaga no yabo (14): Sphere of Influence

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 03:10

Taikou Risshiden 5 - Another view

Before I begin this role playing review of Taikou Risshiden 5, here are few things you need to be aware of.

I've already made a long review of this game years ago back in 2008. The URL is http://www.surasplace.com/index.php/games/114-taikou-resshiden-5.html It's a really long review, so be prepared if you want to read it. And the review I did could not cover even half of the game.


First of all, I am going to explain a little about Sengoku era of Japan. Sengoku era of Japan has been heavily commercialized for many Japanese productions: games, drama, movie, anime, manga - everything cultural.

Length warning!: An extremely LONG review. This was also abandoned midway.

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Thursday, 26 July 2012 03:02

Taikou Risshiden 5

Taikou Risshiden 5

This review was imported from http://www.janimes.com/forum/index.php?/topic/21294-taikou-risshiden5-1-5/ which I wrote originally back in August 2009. Since I closed JanimeS, I moved the review here.


Taikou Risshiden series has been one of Koei's stray product. However, still the series has gone to V.

This article will tell you about Taikou Risshiden V.
Like Koei's Nobunaga no Yabo series, this game also requires you to have extensive knowledge about Japan's Sengoku period in order to find potential entertainment / fun while playing the game.

Taikou Risshiden series is unlike other Koei games. This game allows as much freedom as possible within game boundaries. You, as a person in Japan, are not forced to serve a clan. There are few career paths in the game : doctor, blacksmith, pirate, ninja,, swordsman, and of course being shogun of Japan. Obviously, trying to become a shogun will consume the most of time compared to other professions.

Additionally, you aren't also forced to have just one profession. It is possible to serve a daimyo while being a doctor / blacksmith. Being a ninja or a pirate will prevent you from joining a daimyo however.

You are given little choices in scenario at the beginning, but as you finish the game with characters, more scenario will be opened. What you see at the screenshots are when you unlock all available scenario.

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Thursday, 30 August 2012 03:01

Nobunaga no Yabo 13

Nobunaga no yabo 13, its official name is Nobunaga no yabo : Tendo.

This game was released in Japan on September 18th 2010, but the game itself was leaked on 12nd. This 13rd installation of Koei's longest running game has brought in realism over simplicity. This 13rd installation is a very much enhanced version of Nobunaga no yabo 12. It uses the same concept : Real time game progression and everything happens on a unified map.

In order for you to enjoy this game, it is absolutely necessary that you need to know Japanese history, especially Sengoku era. Otherwise, this game will become very boring and repetitive for you.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sengoku
Nobunaga no yabo 12nd review is also avaiable at this site.

In 12nd installation, concept of fief was too simplified. You conquer a castle associated with a fief and you acquire a fief. In 13rd installation, it is not so simple and historical realism takes its place.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 03:00

Nobunaga no Yabo 12

Have you ever heard of Koei's flagship game, Nobunaga no Yabo ? The game title translates to Nobunaga's ambition.
If you do not know who Nobunaga is, refer to Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobunaga

This game is a turn-based strategy game that has been alive since mid 198x. Now, the year is 2006 and Koei released its 12nd installation of Nobunaga no Yabo in 2005.

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Monday, 24 September 2012 02:55

Komyo Ga Tsuji

This is a taiga drama from NHK, and I consider this one to be much better in all aspects as a taiga drama.

This is a 49-episode, each episode bears 50 minutes. This series was aired in 2006 to 2007.

The title can have many meanings but I'd personally translate it as "Crossroads of one's life".

Before reading this review, be forewarned that this is a really LONG review. Expect to spend up to an hour just reading it.

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