[Taiga-drama] Sanada Maru [2016]

Taiga drama is NHK’s longest running show. Ever since 1963, bar some years due to World War, NHK has aired a 49 (or 50)-episode series about someone from their history every year.

Sanada Maru aired in 2016 as NHK’s 55th Taiga drama. And this is the last taiga-drama I’ve enjoyed. 6 more taiga drama have passed by as of 2021, and they’ve all sucked. It appears I am not alone on that opinion since its viewership has fallen to mere 10%-ish. Taiga drama had usually retained 20 ~ 30% viewership. 58th taiga drama had only 8% of viewership which is the lowest.

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[Manga] Ii Hito [1993]

Ii Hito ( いい ひと ) means “a good person”. いい being “good”. ひと means a human being.
If you’ve watched anime, you have probably heard of both words frequently.

The protagonist is Kitano Yuji. He is a young man who has just arrived in Tokyo for work. He has a girlfriend in Daeko. Their relationship starts out as a long distance one in the beginning but they’ve been a couple for some years ever since their college days.

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[Manga] Ozanari Dungeon [1989]

Ozanari Dungeon is what I’d call a typical fantasy adventure series. This was released in 1989 which is more than 30 years ago although I must point out that it ran from 1989 to 1996.

Typically, in a fantasy adventure, there is always one thing: The MC has hidden powers of some sort.

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[Manga] Kaji Ryuusuke no Gi [1992]

Kaji Ryuusuke no Gi is one of a kind. You are unlikely to see anything even remotely similar in the future because such an era has now passed.

Released in 1992, this was released when the manga industry was truly wild west.

This manga takes on politics from inside rather than outside. This itself is very rare as most manga view politics from outsider’s view which is almost always seen as corrupt and, thus, bad.

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[Manga] Break-Age [1994]

Break-Age was mentioned in my Yureka review. Therefore, I’ve decided to cover it.

Now, this is a manga. Yureka is a manwha. Manga is Japanse. Manwha is Korean. For Westerners and outsiders, this small distinction may not matter much. I mean both are a word for comic after all. However, calling manga manwha and vice versa can certainly trigger some people. I believe it is something like calling Welsh people British because you couldn’t care less. Or, in my case, I don’t think I will be able to tell.

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