Saturday, 30 July 2016

Preview of a new Nobunaga figure @ Hong Kong Toy Festival 2016

Browsing the internet I got to find about this upcoming 1/6 scale figure of our favourite Maoh by ACI Toys.
It's part of a new line of figures dedicated to Sengoku generals, Sengoku, based on the illustrations of Hiroyuki Suwahara, an artist of the KOEI roster of Kessen and Sengoku Musou fame.
The figure is scheduled to be on sale for the first quarter of 2017, and I guess that the price would be around your usual 200 dollars... Definitely getting this, guys. It's going to be gorgeous next to the DID piece!!

Since I'm lazy to grab pictures from the internet, I'm just sharing this external gallery by GingAnime :)

Saturday, 23 July 2016

A curious find--

This is pretty much a post of "historical yak", along the lines of the one about the traces of Nobunaga's presence in Rome, but also connected to my investigation about Nobunaga's "Western Armour" of time ago... In the sense that it's something that should be taken lightly, but still intriguing as it throws an unexpected ingredient in the soup.

Well, on May I toured some bits of Northern Italy, among which were the Isole Borromee.
During the visit to the palace of Isola Bella my attention was caught by these armours:

Friday, 22 July 2016

Toshiie to Matsu (2002)

Time to review another popular taiga drama, this time dedicated to Maeda Toshiie, one of the Nobunaga's vassals servicing him since the young age, and Matsu, his legendary wife (mostly because she produced him a good amount of kids, even if this drama tries to imply otherwise), Toshiie to Matsu.
The scriptwriter of this sort of Sengoku-flavoured family sit-com is Yō Takeyama, who tried his hand with jidaigeki first on 1994 with the movie 47 Ronin directed by Ken Ichikawa.
Apparently he also authored a novel on the same subject by the same title, but I don't know if it comes before or after the taiga drama itself.

I was really looking forward to watch this series because it looked quite historically accurate, and I have a soft spot for Toshiie, that I imagine as one of the most loyal vassals of Nobu, expecially since they knew each other since they were kids.
Unfortunately this is one of the most unnerving taiga drama that I happened to watch and the fact that it's quite popular, even among Western so-called scholars, leaves me a bit worried about the good taste of my contemporaries...