Some notable historical names that have been originating from this era includes:
- Heian Periodnote
- Genpei War:note
- Nasu no Yoichi
- Minamoto no Yoritomo
- Minamoto no Yoshitsune
- Musashibo Benkei
- Taira no Kiyomori
- Taira no Kagekiyo
- Tomoe Gozen
- Kamakura and Muromachi Periods:
- Sengoku Period:
- Edo Period:
- Bakumatsu Period:
Examples of shows taking place in this era:
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Anime and Manga
- Mononoke skips around madly between the Sengoku and post-Meiji eras thanks to its immortal protagonist. None of said eras are particularly well-defined or historically accurate, though.
- Shura No Toki (mostly) self-contained story arcs is set in multiple periods, except Azuchi-Momoyama (yes, none of the Mutsu encountered Oda Nobunaga or his contemporaries). Well, except for one arc set in American frontier.
- Made explicit in Millennium Actress, which recounts the story of Chiyoko's life largely in the form of scenes inspired by her films. So the setting follows Japanese history from the Heian era all the way through to the modern world and even beyond into science fiction with callbacks to earlier eras embedded in some of the later ones. Lampshaded when a supporting character asks another "Aren't you dressed for the wrong era?" after a particularly abrupt transition.
- In universe example for Kamen Rider Double has Shotaro and Akiko become fans of a Jidai Geki series, including a themed dream sequence.
- Although set in the modern day, Kamen Rider Gaim seems to be taking influence from the genre: the Transformation Trinkets are called "Sengoku Drivers" in reference to the time period, and the Rider vs. Rider rivalries are directly compared to the time's civil wars, with one of the characters even pointing out how it's developing into a modern day Sengoku War. As the episodes go on, the tone begins to shift and the Sengoku War feel fades away. It doesn't go into obscurity, as the main character retains this feel with his Super Modes giving him a general motif.
- The backstories for Juzo and Daiyu in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. The series as a whole uses tropes and conventions of the genre despite being set in the modern day.
- Ikki, an early Sunsoft game set during some farmer's rebellion.
- Kenseiden in which Benkei shows up as a boss and the final boss is an indeterminate individual named "Yonensai".
- Ōkami: Sure it's an alternate world, but the setting clearly takes inspiration from Heian and Sengoku stories, events and characters.
- Deae Tonosama Appare Ichiban includes a rather insane mishmash of Japanese historical figures.
- Toukiden has "Ages" loosely corresponding to periods of Japanese history.
- Touken Ranbu technically takes places Twenty Minutes into the Future, but it involves going back in time to various times in Japanese history (from the Heian to Bakumatsu periods) in order to prevent historical revisionists from changing history. The characters, apart from the Featureless Protagonist, are Anthropomorphic Personifications of famous Japanese swords, ranging from the 10th to 19th centuries.
Heian Period (late 8th century to 12th century)
Anime and Manga Film Literature Video Games
- Six Rules
- 99 Spirits
- Heiankyo Alien
- Hikaru no Go: Heian Gensou Ibunroku
- Otogi: Myth of Demons
- ''Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
- In one of the missions from Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time, you have to help Murasaki Shikibu overcome her writer's block after the first chapter of The Tale of Genji is stolen by one of Carmen's thieves.
Genpei War ( 1180 to 1185)
- Heike Monogatari
- Tomoe Gozen Saga (a fantasy alternate Earth version thereof)
- Cosmos: A Personal Voyage recreates the battle of Dan-no-ura to explore artificial selection based on the resemblance of the Heike crabs to the Samurai.
Sengoku Period (15th to 17th centuries)
Edo Period ( 1603 to 1868)
Anime and Manga
- Amakusa 1637
- Amatsuki... well, the virtual setting at least.
- Blade of the Immortal
- Gintama... all things considered.
- House of Five Leaves
- Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran
- Lone Wolf and Cub
- Ninja Scroll: The Series
- Oh! Edo Rocket
- Ooku: the Inner Chambers is an Alternate History (specifically, Gender Flip) take on this era, specifically from the reign of Shogun Iemitsu to, at this point, the first male shogun in decades Ienari.
- Rakugo Tennyo Oyui, at the very tail end.
- Samurai 7
- Samurai Champloo...technically.
- Samurai Deeper Kyo
- Tokugawa Buraichou
- The Kamen Rider OOO movie temporarily transports the main characters and a crowd of random people back to this period.
- The Life of Oharu
- Samurai Reincarnation
- 13 Assassins
- Zatoichi. The 2003 version, in particular, is set at the tail end of the period (if the presence of a civil-war era revolver is any indication)>
- Zenigata Heiji
- The Sano Ichiro series.
- Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven
- The Young Samurai series, which is set during at the end of the Sengoku and beginning of the Edo Periods.
- Abarenbou Shougun
- Chou Ninja Tai Inazuma!
- Kage no Gundan (Shadow Warriors)
- Kaiketsu Lion Maru
- Juken Sentai Gekiranger. At least for two episodes.
- Mito Komon
- Touyama no Kin-san
- Ganbare Goemon, though the later games became heavily anachronistic.
- Kanshakudama nage Kantarō no Tokaidō Gojūsan Tsugi, a Sunsoft game for the Famicom based on a famous series of woodblock prints from the period.
- Kaze Kiri
- Kid Niki Radical Ninja. The type of oval coins dropped by one enemy are specific to the Edo period.
- The Legend of Kage 2
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade
- Mystical Fighter
- Nazo No Murasamejō
- Oh! Edo Towns
- Samurai Shodown
- Uncharted Waters: New Horizons has Japan visitable by the main characters, complete with Atakebune and Tekkousen ship classes available
- Way of the Samurai 2
- Look to the West is an alternate history story that, at one point, features Japan balkanized by the European powers after an apocalyptic civil war.
Bakumatsu/Early Meiji (1853-late 19th century)
Anime and Manga
- Ayakashi Ayashi
- Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
- Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
- Donten ni Warau
- Kaze Hikaru
- Kidou Shinsengumi Moeyo Ken
- Peacemaker Kurogane
- Rurouni Kenshin, a deconstruction of the genre itself.
- The third arc of Shura No Toki
- Winter Cicada
- More from Akira Kurosawa:
- The Last Samurai is very loosely based on the Satsuma revolt
- Red Sun, where the idea of jidai-geki being the Japanese equivalent to the western is taken to its logical conclusion.
- The Sword of Doom
- The Twilight Samurai
- Keio Flying Squadron
- The Last Blade, as told in its Japanese title of Bakumatsu Roman: Gekka no Kenshi ("A Bakumatsu Romance: Swordsmen in the Moonlight"), and evidenced in many visual elements in the game.
- The ninja chapter of Live A Live
- Ninja Spirit
- Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai DLC
- Way of the Samurai