History Literature / AsianSaga

10th Aug '16 10:20:32 PM PaulA
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* MagnificentBastard: Toranaga in ''Shogun'' combines TheChessmaster and ManipulativeBastard gloriously, and plays an awesome game of XanatosSpeedChess when his plans get derailed. The latter detail is one of the best aspects of the way he has been written; he is not omniscient, and does make mistakes, and has occasionally been faced with a situation that puts him at a potentially fatal disadvantage, but he is very good at improvising his way out.
10th Aug '16 10:14:36 PM PaulA
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* BenevolentBoss: Dirk Struan of ''Noble House'' knows all too well what conditions on ships are normally like, so he makes sure to pay wages on the day, in silver, and equips his ships with the best of everything. Sailors fight for the chance to work aboard one of his ships.

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* BedTrick: ''Shogun'' features a double-reverse version: after a drunken party, protagonist Blackthorne is visited in the dark by a woman he assumes to be his interpreter Mariko. Next morning, he learns from Mariko that it was in fact one of the maids. However, we later learn that it ''was'' in fact Mariko, who took the place of the maid, but didn't want him to know about it.
* BenevolentBoss: Dirk Struan of ''Noble House'' ''Tai-Pan'' knows all too well what conditions on ships are normally like, so he makes sure to pay wages on the day, in silver, and equips his ships with the best of everything. Sailors fight for the chance to work aboard one of his ships.



* BilingualBackfire: Played with in ''Shogun''. Blackthorne and Mariko speak to each other in Latin when they don't want to be understood by Japanese or Portuguese speakers. Unfortunately, some enemy samurai are Catholic, and they also speak Latin. Blackthorne figures out who was eavesdropping by reciting a prayer and waiting for an "Amen".



* CleanCut: In the adaptation of ''Shogun'', Englishman John Blackthorne is shocked to see a samurai slice the head off an oldster who did not bow when he was supposed to. The audience gets a great look at Blackthorne's face (and that of the Jesuit priest accompanying him) and just a glimpse of a headless neck--and vertebra--before the body falls out of camera shot.



* CultureClash: Occurs frequently in ''Shogun''.
* CunningLinguist: In ''Shogun'', there are a few cunning linguists. Most of them are seen as villainous by the (Protestant) hero, being Jesuit monks. However, one, the Lady Mariko, is gifted with languages, being able to speak Japanese, Portuguese, and Latin fluently. She translates for Blackthorne and teaches him enough Japanese to get along by the book's end. Blackthorne himself is a subversion: His native language is English, but he's fluent enough in Dutch to serve on a Dutch ship and fluent enough in Portuguese to ''learn another language through it''. The subversion is that he initially doesn't know a word of Japanese (not to speak of cultural misunderstandings), rendering him unable to fill the CunningLinguist's role as an interpreter for his crew. Whereas most Cunning Linguists go from mild-mannered to badass, he does it the other way around.



* DiagonalCut: In ''Shogun'', the westerner Blackthorne is accepted as a samurai and issued an old heirloom sword as a mark of Toranaga's esteem. While riding in the country with other samurai, they encounter a peasant oil seller who does not step aside to let them pass. The warlord Oni respectfully asks to borrow Blackthorne's sword, and performs the diagonal cut on the hapless peasant. He hands the sword back, explaining that a new sword must be bloodied for good luck...



* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: In ''Noble House'', [[spoiler:Roger Crosse]] is the chief of [[spoiler:British]] Intelligence for Hong Kong, who pretends to work for [[spoiler:the KGB]] but really reports to [[spoiler:London]] and earns money and commendations (by selling information to and selling out agents from) from both sides.
* DrawingStraws: Near the beginning of ''Shogun'', the local daimyo orders the Dutch sailors to choose one of their number to be executed, and they use this method.



* EarthquakesCauseFissures: The protagonist in ''Shogun'' gets a very powerful friend by saving him from falling down one such fissure during an earthquake.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: ''Shogun'' goes both ways with this trope, with some Japanese speaking English poorly, and Blackthorne struggling and even getting in trouble trying to speak Japanese.



* ExcrementStatement: What better way to punish disrespect?

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In ''Shogun'', only the ruling class have actual names: everyone else is called things like "Old Gardener" (except prostitutes who take the names of flowers). The protagonist ends up being called Anjin-san, which is a polite way to refer to his job as Pilot of a ship.
* ExcrementStatement: What better way ''Shogun'' had one of the samurai forcing Blackthorne to punish disrespect?lie on the ground, and subsequently urinating on him, as a punishment for disrespect. Specifically for saying the words: "I piss on you and your stupid country."
* ExtendedDisarming: In the TV adaptation of ''Shogun'', Rodrigues (John Rhys-Davies) has come to murder the protagonist in his home, but the household staff insist on searching him despite his protests, removing one concealed weapon after the other even though Rodrigues keeps insisting he's just there for a friendly chat.
* FauxFluency: Yoko Shimada knew very little English when cast as Mariko in the ''Shogun'' miniseries and relied heavily on acting coaches to learn her lines. Filming took so long that by the end of filming she was much more fluent and able to do her lines with little trouble. Ironic since she was playing a ''translator''.
* ForcedToWatch: In the beginning of ''Shogun'', the Japanese are surprised to learn that Blackthorne isn't vulnerable to personal humiliation, and even more surprised to learn that he ''is'' vulnerable to this trope. Abuse and mistreat him all you want, and he won't break; but touch one of his companions instead...



* GambitPileup: Especially in ''Shogun''.

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* GambitPileup: Especially in ''Shogun''. Toranga is scheming to defeat Ishido and vice versa, Blackthorne is scheming to defeat Jesuit influence in Japan (and survive), the Jesuits are scheming to convert all of Japan (and kill Blackthorne), and then countless more plots from the supporting cast.



* GladYouThoughtOfIt: In ''Shogun'', Toranaga is notorious among both his allies and enemies for his skill at this. During the massive GambitPileup that makes up the book, his enemies are constantly trying to figure out whether such-and-such a player is working with Toranaga, acting independently, or [[UnwittingPawn simply believes himself to be the latter when he's actually the former]]. [[TheStarscream Yabu]] and [[BastardUnderstudy Omi]] also rid themselves of an enemy by manipulating an unaffiliated character into deciding to kill him, but the person who fell for it is well-known to be stupid and impulsive, and any intelligent characters see through it immediately.



* HatesBaths: In ''Shogun'', Blackthorne was afraid of baths at the begining of the story. Notably, Blackthorne is an adult, but comes from 17th-century England where a bath a month was considered overdoing things.
* HellholePrison: In ''Shogun'', John Blackthorne ends up in such a prison. The prison is described as a room, where dozens of men are all stripped to their undergarments. The floor is covered in filth, the air is hot with a terrible stench and the men themselves only have enough room to stand in very close proximity, with those who lie down being too sick and near death to stand. Sick men die during the night and the rest are willing to kill each other for a bowl of rice. It's enough to drive Blackthorne into a HeroicBSOD.
* HiddenWeapons: One scene in ''Shogun'' has Blackthorne, prior to [[WeNeedADistraction acting as a distraction]] in the plan to liberate Toranaga's ship, borrow a few knives and start stashing them under his belt, strapped to his arm and so on. The surrounding samurai seem vaguely appalled. Later he's visited by FriendlyEnemy Rodriguez, who he orders searched, turning up knives and pistols hidden in his boots, sleeves, pockets and even in the band on [[NiceHat his hat]].



* ImprobableAimingSkills: In ''Shogun'', the samurai Buntaro nails a gatepost that is ''behind him'' with an arrow fired from ''inside a house''. (Admittedly the walls were only paper, but still...) Not only does he hit the gatepost several times, the arrows are stated to all go through THE SAME HOLE in the ricepaper walls. He's also been drinking heavily.
* IndirectKiss: Invoked and averted in ''Noble House'', where Quillan Gornt stubs out a cigarette given to him by his ex-mistress, because he does not want "the taint of her lips". When he said the relationship was over, he ''really'' meant it.



* JapaneseChristian: A recurring plot issue in ''Shogun''.
* JapanesePoliteness: A scene plays out in the ''Shogun'' miniseries where Rodrigues points out to Anjin-san how the Japanese are all about ceremony, and how breaking it has serious consequences, as a samurai beheads a peasant right there on the beach as they stroll by.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharactersKnowledgeBroker: Gyoko from ''Shogun'' seems to know everything, and has a network of courtesans who supply her with information. In a society that values titles and military power, she manages to do much with the use of information only.
* LikeAGodToMe: A non-humorous example occurs in ''Tai-Pan'', when one character tells Dirk Struan that [[BlasphemousPraise he is God to her]]. He doesn't actually like hearing this, as he is a devout Christian, has been trying to have a mentor-relationship with the woman in question, and probably recognises such a declaration as the result of her slavish admiration and unhealthy obsession with him.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Shogun'', which frequently switches character viewpoints without warning as we get to know everyone involved in the GambitPileup going on in Japan in 1600.
* LongDeadBadass: In ''Noble House'', tales of Tess "Hag" Struan's long, cunning, and ruthless [[ManBehindTheMan rule-behind-the-throne through successive tai-pans (chief executives)]] of Struan's Trading Company, and her dealings with hers and the company's enemies, were commonly discussed by the main characters.
* MagnificentBastard: Toranaga in ''Shogun'' combines TheChessmaster and ManipulativeBastard gloriously, and plays an awesome game of XanatosSpeedChess when his plans get derailed. The latter detail is one of the best aspects of the way he has been written; he is not omniscient, and does make mistakes, and has occasionally been faced with a situation that puts him at a potentially fatal disadvantage, but he is very good at improvising his way out.



* MightyWhitey: Subverted in ''Shogun''. While John Blackthorne does eventually integrate into Japanese society, he has a lot of difficulty learning the new ways, becomes only moderately competent, does not impress people, and is usually irrelevant, except as a SpannerInTheWorks who unwittingly [[GambitPileup derails everybody's schemes]], save for [[MagnificentBastard Toranaga]], [[UnwittingPawn who plays him]] like a fiddle.



* NoManOfWomanBorn: The method by which [[spoiler: Ishido]] is executed.
* OutWithABang: One of the protagonists of ''Gai-Jin''.

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* NoManOfWomanBorn: The method by which [[spoiler: Ishido]] [[spoiler:Ishido]] is executed.
executed. [[spoiler:It has been prophesied that Ishido will "die an old man with his feet firmly planted in the earth, the most famous man in the land". So Toranaga has him executed by being buried up to the neck in an upright position, and passers-by are invited to saw at the most famous neck in the land. "Ishido lingered three days and died very old."]]
* NotBigEnoughForTheTwoOfUs: ''Tai-Pan'':
-->'''Dirk Struan:''' Hong Kong is big enough for Struan's and the other british traders. It's big enough for Britons and Americans. Whether it's big enough for the Brocks and the Struans is a different matter.\\
'''Tyler Brock:''' I'll tell you this, boy; China isn't big enough for the two of us.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: In the miniseries of ''Shogun'', Richard Chamberlain plays the lead, an early 17th-century English sea captain, in his native American accent.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: All of ''Shogun'' builds up to the decisive, climactic battle between hundreds of thousands of samurai that historically decided the fate of Japan--and the novel ends just before the battle begins.
* OffWithHisHead: The 1980 ''Shogun'' miniseries was noted as being the first American network production to actually show a head being cut off on screen. The VHS version of the mini-series is gorier than the broadcast version and shows the blood spurting from the neck.
* OutWithABang: One of the protagonists of ''Gai-Jin''.''Gai-Jin'' dies like this after the strain re-opens injuries sustained at the beginning of the book.



* PrettyInMink: Venus Poon in ''Noble House'' complains about her lover promising her one, until he finally gives it to her.

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* PrettyInMink: Venus Poon in ''Noble House'' complains about her lover promising her one, until he finally gives it to her. It's also mentioned that many of the women attending the horse race are wearing mink for the glamor, even though it's the middle of summer.



* RealityHasNoSubtitles: In the miniseries version of ''Shogun'', when Blackthorne is around and the Japanese characters are speaking in Japanese, there's no subtitles.



* SandNecktie: The death of [[spoiler:Ishido]] in ''Shogun''.



* SlaveGalley: Played with in ''Shogun''. When Blackthorne sees the galley that will transport him to the capital, he panics thinking its a slave ship and is willing to die in order not to be a galley slave. It is revealed that the rowers were all full samurai doing their duty rather than slaves.



* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''Shogun'', Blackthorne unwittingly disrupts years of carefully laid scheming.



* TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier: In ''Tai-Pan'', the mandarins--the Chinese officials--"renamed" the highest British official His Exellency Longstaff: they translated his last name into Cantonese as "Odious Penis". This nickname was used in all official letters addressed to Longstaff for more than a year.
* ThanatosGambit: In ''Shogun'', Ishido unsuccessfully attempts one; he tries, by insulting the noble families of Japan, to goad one of his archenemy Torunaga's retainers into murdering him, which would completely destroy Torunaga's reputation and political career. One of the samurai does come at him with a sword, but thinks better of it at the last second.
* TheyCallMeMrTibbs: In ''Shogun'', the name "Blackthorne" is all but unpronounceable to the Japanese. The local lord assigns him the status-neutral name ''Anjin'' (Pilot) to simplify communication. As soon as he's learned enough Japanese to understand [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorifics]] he runs with this and gets a lot of leverage out of insisting on being referred to as ''Anjin-san'' ("Mr. Pilot") instead of just ''Anjin'': the samurai he encounters can't really argue against it without being seriously impolite, and once they comply, they've implicitly conceded that he has a legitimate place in their society.
* TooImportantToWalk: In ''Shogun'', all of the important female characters (and not a small number of the important male characters) travel this way when going long distances.
* ToThePain: The death of [[spoiler:Ishido]] in ''Shogun''. [[spoiler:Toranaga has him buried up to his neck and invites passersby to saw away at his neck with a bamboo saw. He lasts three days, and dies "very old."]]



* TranslationConvention
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Feature prominently throughout.

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* TranslationConvention
TranslationConvention: In ''Shogun'', the narrative makes clear that the characters are speaking in various languages -- mostly Portuguese, but also Japanese, Spanish, and Latin -- but all the dialogue is rendered in English. In the TV miniseries adaptation, all the dialogue which is really taking place in Portuguese is rendered in modern English. In moments of intimacy, the two main characters speak in Latin; this is rendered in ''[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe archaic]]'' English, recognisable by the use of singular second-person pronouns (thou) and the "eth" ending.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Feature prominently throughout.throughout ''Tai-Pan'', where the Triads in Hong Kong are a persistent thorn in Dirk Struan's side.


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* VetinariJobSecurity: The Taiko in the backstory of ''Shogun'', to a degree where after his rather unexpected death the whole of Japan has descended to chaos. While he was alive, the major daimyos wouldn't have dreamed of turning on him. Of course, since he died two years before the protagonist came to the scene, the book depicts the daimyos taking political scheming UpToEleven.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: In the backstory of Blackthorne and his men in ''Shogun''.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Toranaga and Ishido are playing it against each other all the way through ''Shogun''. Ishido seems to be better at it, as during much of the second half Toranaga mainly just goes through desperate attempts to buy more time and needs the help of several others to figure out how to counter Ishido's latest move. [[spoiler:But in the end it's enough...]]
10th Aug '16 8:27:01 PM PaulA
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* {{Determinator}}: Most of the main characters in each book go through hell and only come out in one piece thanks to this. It is noted in ''Tai-Pan'' that successful ship captains tend to be this by default.



* {{Determinator}}: Most of the main characters in each book go through hell and only come out in one piece thanks to this. It is noted in ''Tai-Pan'' that successful ship captains tend to be this by default.



* [[HonorBeforeReason Face Before Reason]]:
** ''Tai-Pan'': One of Dirk Struan's most notable characteristics is that he'd rather die or have his family hate him than lose face in front of his colleagues and enemies. His methods for getting around this problem is one of the things that qualify him as a MagnificentBastard.
** Being set in cultures where face is very important, quite a few characters from various books fall into this.



* HonorBeforeReason: Being set in cultures where face is very important, quite a few characters from various books fall into this. In ''Tai-Pan'', one of Dirk Struan's most notable characteristics is that he'd rather die or have his family hate him than lose face in front of his colleagues and enemies. His methods for getting around this problem is one of the things that qualify him as a MagnificentBastard.



* InfoDump: One of the primary storytelling strategies in ''Shogun'' involves characters behaving in bizarre, illogical ways, then explaining why at great length a few pages later. The most flagrant example comes at the very end of the book, in which Toranaga takes several pages to finally lay out all of his plans and motivations.



* InfoDump: One of the primary storytelling strategies in ''Shogun'' involves characters behaving in bizarre, illogical ways, then explaining why at great length a few pages later. The most flagrant example comes at the very end of the book, in which Toranaga takes several pages to finally lay out all of his plans and motivations.



* 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]].



* 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]].



* {{Sexophone}}: In the adaptation of ''Noble House'', this is Venus Poon's leitmotif.
* SoapOpera: The adaptation of ''Noble House'' plays a lot like the nighttime soaps that were popular at the time.



** Subverted by [[spoiler: Blackthorne]] who attempts it but lives to tell, still getting benefits as it raises other people's opinion of him.
** Played straight by [[spoiler: Mariko, who commits suicide before being killed by {{ninja}}s, and before killing herself she states that her death shall be seen as seppuku. It does, and since her master Toranaga's BatmanGambit depended on her commiting suicide, he wins his bets and becomes shogun.]]
** Also played straight by [[spoiler: Yabu, who has his treachery revealed at a time when he has also ceased to be useful, and is ordered to do this by Toranaga. For all his many faults, everyone who attended the suicide said his was the most dignified and graceful they had ever seen.]]
* 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 "Odious Penis". Much hilarity is had by everyone who reads Chinese.

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** Subverted by [[spoiler: Blackthorne]] [[spoiler:Blackthorne]] who attempts it but lives to tell, still getting benefits as it raises other people's opinion of him.
** Played straight by [[spoiler: Mariko, [[spoiler:Mariko, who commits suicide before being killed by {{ninja}}s, and before killing herself she states that her death shall be seen as seppuku. It does, and since her master Toranaga's BatmanGambit depended on her commiting suicide, he wins his bets and becomes shogun.]]
shogun]].
** Also played straight by [[spoiler: Yabu, [[spoiler:Yabu, who has his treachery revealed at a time when he has also ceased to be useful, and is ordered to do this by Toranaga. For all his many faults, everyone who attended the suicide said his was the most dignified and graceful they had ever seen.]]
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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 {{Sexophone}}: In the round-eyed foreign devil by transcribing his surname with the characters for "Odious Penis". Much hilarity adaptation of ''Noble House'', this is had by everyone who reads Chinese.Venus Poon's leitmotif.



* SoapOpera: The adaptation of ''Noble House'' plays a lot like the nighttime soaps that were popular at the time.
* 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 "Odious Penis". Much hilarity is had by everyone who reads Chinese.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Lots of characters try this, with varying degrees of success. One instance which works, and is carried off so well it appears on the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page, is [[spoiler: Toranaga offhandedly ordering Yabu commit seppuku.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Lots of characters try this, with varying degrees of success. One instance which works, and is carried off so well it appears on the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page, is [[spoiler: Toranaga [[spoiler:Toranaga offhandedly ordering Yabu commit seppuku.]]seppuku]].
10th Aug '16 7:47:29 PM PaulA
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* ArtisticLicense-History: Evidently, when Blackthorne was horrified and enraged by a Dutch shipmate being boiled alive, no one bothered to tell him that it had been a legal death sentence back home in Tudor England for over 50 years.

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* ArtisticLicense-History: ArtisticLicenseHistory: Evidently, when Blackthorne was horrified and enraged by a Dutch shipmate being boiled alive, no one bothered to tell him that it had been a legal death sentence back home in Tudor England for over 50 years.



* 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.
Also, Rodriques, the Portuguese navigator in Shogun, is said to have them- justifiably, as he is not only married to a Japanese woman (who would have emphasised hygiene) but being Southern European, likely had a far better diet in vitamins growing up (more fresh fruit)- not to mention that forms of dental hygiene had been practiced in the Mediterranean countries since the Romans.

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* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: the EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth:
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hero of ''Literature/Tai-Pan'' ''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.
Also, ** Rodriques, the Portuguese navigator in Shogun, ''Shogun'', is said to have them- justifiably, them--justifiably, as he is not only married to a Japanese woman (who would have emphasised hygiene) but being Southern European, likely had a far better diet in vitamins growing up (more fresh fruit)- fruit), not to mention that forms of dental hygiene had been practiced in the Mediterranean countries since the Romans. Romans.
28th Jun '16 1:01:23 PM BoredMe
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* ArtisticLicense-History: Evidently, when Blackthorne was horrified and enraged by a Dutch shipmate being boiled alive, no one bothered to tell him that it had been a legal death sentence back home in Tudor England for over 50 years.
24th Jun '16 8:57:54 AM Andrew
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* InfoDump: One of the primary storytelling strategies in ''Shogun'' involves characters behaving in bizarre, illogical ways, then explaining why at great length a few pages later. The most flagrant example comes at the very end of the book, in which Toranaga takes several pages to finally lay out all of his plans and motivations.
7th May '16 3:17:36 PM althesmith
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Also, Rodriques, the Portuguese navigator in Shogun, is said to have them- justifiably, as he is not only married to a Japanese woman (who would have emphasised hygiene) but being Southern European, likely had a far better diet in vitamins growing up (more fresh fruit)- not to mention that forms of dental hygiene had been practiced in the Mediterranean countries since the Romans.
11th Mar '16 7:39:58 PM GrammarNavi
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''Shogun'', ''Tai-Pan'', ''King Rat'' and ''Noble House'' have been adapted for film and television (with the ''Shogun'' miniseries/film starring ToshiroMifune being the best known adaptation), and ''Shogun'' was also adapted as an Creator/{{Infocom}} computer game and a Broadway musical. Also there was a strategy game based on ''Tai-Pan'' for many platforms, including ZX Spectrum.

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''Shogun'', ''Tai-Pan'', ''King Rat'' and ''Noble House'' have been adapted for film and television (with the ''Shogun'' miniseries/film starring ToshiroMifune Creator/ToshiroMifune being the best known adaptation), and ''Shogun'' was also adapted as an Creator/{{Infocom}} computer game and a Broadway musical. Also there was a strategy game based on ''Tai-Pan'' for many platforms, including ZX Spectrum.
23rd Oct '15 10:47:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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.]]
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