|Comments From Users (4)|
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|1. ||Comments by occultangle [Rating: 7/10]|
My primary reason for watching this was that it was set in the Heian period, which I have an interest in and which is surprisingly not often used in Taiga Dramas. The problem is that they waste this great setting by trying to make everything covered in dirt, apparently in an attempt to fix the common complaint that Gou was too "pretty", which I don't personally find to be a problem. They eventually get over this dirt phase, and start showing things in a better light, but the damage was already done, and I feel they never showed off the potentially beautiful costumes and settings that could have been.
Another big problem which is common to most Taiga drama is in casting a popular trendy type of actor in the lead. It ends up meaning that most of the supporting cast is better than the lead. Though he actually does a relatively decent enough job, and quite surprisingly is better at portraying older versions of Kiyomori than younger, which is kind of insane. Of course this does not include the last 5 or 10 episodes or so when they start dressing him up in old people makeup, which is just stupid. And they're inconsistent about it, his age seems to go back and forth minute by minute, and he appears much older than people who are actually supposed to be older than him.
Also the show has pretty much a fundamental flaw in having a character almost universally depicted as a villain as the "hero." It might be okay if they started off with him as a sort of anti-hero, but they try to make him out as some sort of emo rebel humanitarian who ends up a vicious psychopath in the end, for no good reason at all, and it's very jarring to watch.
It's hard to say anything good about this show in particular, but it is what it is, a year long Taiga drama, it's long and epic. it has its ups and downs, but overall I don't think it's nearly as bad as its ratings would suggest.
|2. ||Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 4/10]|
The first time I'll be watching a Taiga drama as it airs. I'm worried about how well I'll be understanding the story, but oh well. I'll deal with it.
And now that I've finished it....all I can say is man. I wish I wouldn't have. It's one of the lowest rated Taiga dramas...and there's a very good reason for that. It's horrible. It started off alright but slowly got worse and worse. Of course it has a crazy huge cast of many good actors, but I feel like they could have chosen someone better than MatsuKen to be the lead.
I guess you can say it's "good" from a visual prospective, like many Taiga dramas. The cast members are all good looking. The costumes are wonderful. The makeup is awesome (especially later when they have to age some of the characters). The cinematography is very nice. And not visual, but the score is really good. But then again, this all goes for most recent Taiga......so yeah.
I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone and I kind of wish my first full Taiga would have been something else. I think I'll take a break from Taiga for a while.
|3. ||Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 6/10]|
Not a total disaster , I fear that this period may be a bit distant for some, I had to keep referring to Stephen Turnbull's book on the Samurai throughout the series. My problems with this series are, that a fair bit of artistic license on the storyline, for instance Kiyomori was quite happy to execute his uncle .The same actors have been used to cover the same characters over a wide period of time and although this works for the mature and later years of the characters, it seems a bit odd for the younger years of the characters.Some of the battles involved tens of thousands of people however they tended to look like large skirmishes in the series. Any how I'm glad they brought the story right to the end of the Genpei wars and the death of Yoshitsune,rather than end it on the death of Kiyomori.
|4. ||Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 3/10]|
The "perfect storm" bad taiga. Bad script, weak lead actor, and an era that holds very little interest. Really, I don't see how they can possibly make a worse taiga than this one.
|5. ||Comments by junker66 [Rating: ?/10]|
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|7. ||Comments by gelyn [Rating: ?/10]|