History Literature / AsianSaga

23rd Oct '15 10:47:15 AM Morgenthaler
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Misuse. It's Genre Savvy, not just "savvy".
* GenreSavvy: Toranaga and Dirk Struan both have a lot of this, which is why they are the resident {{Magnificent Bastard}}s of their books. ** Actually, quite a lot of characters have some level of this, which is to be expected since they are mostly reasonably intelligent people who have been doing their jobs for a long time. One of the few exceptions to this is William Longstaff from ''Tai-Pan'', who is an UpperClassTwit who has been trained for European politics and is totally out of his depth in the fledgling Hong Kong.

* TheStarscream: Yabu is determined right from the start to betray Toranaga and take his position. [[GenreSavvy Toranaga is fully aware of this,]] and plays him expertly to keep him loyal, [[spoiler: at least until he doesn't need him any more and is provided with a convenient reason to get rid of him...]]
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* TheStarscream: Yabu is determined right from the start to betray Toranaga and take his position. [[GenreSavvy Toranaga is fully aware of this,]] this, and plays him expertly to keep him loyal, [[spoiler: at least until he doesn't need him any more and is provided with a convenient reason to get rid of him...]]
18th Aug '15 12:59:34 PM shawnmstewart
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* MortonsFork: The Catholic hierarchy faces one of these in ''Shogun'' - they're being pressured by both Ishido's faction and Toranaga's faction for support, with it being made clear that failure to commit or backing the losing side will result in the loss of their power and influence. Since Ishido openly dislikes them and will restrict them anyway if he wins, they decide to back Toranaga - [[spoiler: who secretly dislikes them and will restrict them anyway if he wins.]]
29th Jul '15 10:20:57 AM JonShannow
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* CorruptCop: Large portions of the Hong Kong police, especially Donald C.C Smyth: head of the East Aberdeen precinct and the Dragons: a group of Chinese Police officers who run a large portion of the illegal gambling in Hong Kong.

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* FullNameBasis: In the text The Snake, Donald C.C Smyth is often referred to in full rather than just his fore or surname like all the other characters

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* TheMole: Several in Noble House. John Chen is one in Struan's for Linc. Sevrin is a soviet network of moles in the Hong Kong police and business and [[spoiler: Brian Kwok]] is one for the PRC.
14th May '15 3:39:11 PM Miriam
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* TranslationByVolume: In the ''Shogun'' miniseries, Blackthorne's first interactions with the Japanese all involve him speaking very loudly and very slowly.
4th May '15 9:02:45 AM AgProv
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* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: the hero of ''Literature/Tai-Pan'' is the only European to have them. Proof of his moral degeneracy, as he learnt tooth care from the Chinese, who consider European teeth to be disgusting and evidence of un-necessary neglect. Most Europeans live for the day they can have the whole lot pulled out and replaced with false dentures; one rival dies when stoically ignoring an abscess, which develops into blood poisoning.
19th Sep '14 2:24:05 PM mzytryck01
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: The series was allegedly supposed to continue, but Clavell died in 1993, not long after ''Gai-Jin'' was published.

* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In ''Shogun'', Ishido (Ishida Mitsunari's {{Expy}}) is buried up to the neck in mud, and random passers-by are invited to take turns sawing away at his neck with a bamboo saw. It took days for him to stop screaming and finally die.
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In ''Shogun'', [[spoiler: Ishido (Ishida Mitsunari's {{Expy}}) {{Expy}})]] is buried up to the neck in mud, and random passers-by are invited to take turns sawing away at his neck with a bamboo saw. It took days for him to stop screaming and finally die.
15th Sep '14 3:46:29 AM Sensemaker
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Blatant Lies
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* BlatantLies: Toranaga resents any implication that he wants to be Shogun. Going as far as saying "Who cares about titles, power is what matters" to an envoy. They both know perfectly well that in Japan titles, even when completely removed from any real decision-making, are still potentially very important. Eventually [[spoiler: when the Emperor is made to ask Toranaga to be his shogun, he "reluctantly accepts".]]
19th Jul '14 9:31:24 PM Wooboo
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* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: In ''Tai-Pan'', mention is made of how the muskets the Chinese use are ancient and poorly kept, more likely to kill the shooter than the person they are trying to shoot. Sure enough, not long after this mention, Dirk Struan is in a fight with some Chinese sailors when one attempts to shoot Dirk. The gun blows up in his hands,[[{{Fingore}} taking his hands with it]].

* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Variation. William Longstaff has his name written out in Chinese characters, not knowing that his translators are getting back at the round-eyed foreign devil by transcribing his surname with the characters for "gargantuan penis". Much hilarity is had by everyone who reads Chinese.
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Variation. William Longstaff has his name written out in Chinese characters, not knowing that his translators are getting back at the round-eyed foreign devil by transcribing his surname with the characters for "gargantuan penis"."Odious Penis". Much hilarity is had by everyone who reads Chinese.
24th May '14 2:50:04 AM Wooboo
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* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: A staple of the series and featured from all cultural sides, since one of the series' primary themes is the interaction between Western and Eastern cultures.
4th Mar '14 3:20:28 AM Nautilus1
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* TheDungAges: The filth of [[TheLateMiddleAges the 16th century]] Europeans (confirmed by the RealLife accounts of the Elizabethan Age) is shocking to their Japanese contemporaries, while things hardly improved until the 1840s (the timeframe of ''Tai-Pan'') among people of low birth like sailors and traders.
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