Ryōmaden

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Ryōmaden
Ryomaden screenshot01.jpg
Format History Action drama
Written by Yasushi Fukuda
Directed by Keishi Ōtomo
Starring Masaharu Fukuyama
Teruyuki Kagawa
Nao Ōmori
Yūsuke Iseya
Yōko Maki
Ryōko Hirosue
Shinobu Terajima
Yū Aoi
Shihori Kanjiya
Takeru Satoh
Munetaka Aoki
Yo Oizumi
Shōsuke Tanihara
Jun Kaname
Tamiyo Kusakari
Tetta Sugimoto
Ikkei Watanabe
Hirotarō Honda
Ryo Ishibashi
Chieko Matsubara
Keizō Kanie
Katsumi Takahashi
Kimiko Yo
Takaya Kamikawa
Tetsuya Takeda
Masaomi Kondō
Mitsuko Baisho
Isao Natsuyagi
Kiyoshi Kodama
Kōtarō Satomi
Theme music composer Junichi Hirokami
Opening theme Lisa Gerrard and NHK Symphony Orchestra
Composer(s) Naoki Satō
Country of origin  Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 48[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Kei Suzuki
Kanako Iwatani
Running time 46 x 45 minutes
2 x 75 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NHK
Picture format NTSC 14:9 (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Two-channel stereo (sub channel: Note channel)
Original run January 3, 2010 – November 28, 2010
Chronology
Preceded by Tenchijin
Followed by

Ryōmaden (龍馬伝?) is the 49th NHK Taiga drama. It was shown on NHK from January 3 to November 28, 2010 spanning 48 episodes.[1][2] The story centers on the life of 19th-century Japanese historical figures Iwasaki Yatarō and Sakamoto Ryōma. It has been announced that the series will be aired in several other countries, for example Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Collateral effects[edit]

Ryōmaden made a huge impact in Japan. Kōchi, Sakamoto Ryoma's birthplace reported an increase in tourism when the drama started airing. The Bank of Japan (Koichi Branch) initially estimated the economic benefit to be around 23.4 billion yen. However, they have revised the estimation to 40.9 billion yen in April 2010, due to an increase in tourism because of 'Ryoma Fever.' The final estimation is around 52.5 billion yen, 2.3 times the value from the initial estimation. The Nagasaki Branch also estimated around 21 billion yen of economic benefit to Nagasaki, the place where Ryoma is in the Kaientai business.[3] Copies of the necklace Ryoma wore is selling well, and it is the number one selling item in the NHK gift shop.[4]

Staff[edit]

  • Original : Yasushi Fukuda
  • Music : Naoki Satō
  • Titling : Shishū
  • Narrator : Teruyuki Kagawa
  • Historical research : Manabu Ōishi, Tatsuya Yamamura
  • Architectural research : Sei Hirai
  • Clothing research : Kiyoko Koizumi
  • Beauty and costume direction : Isao Tsuge
  • Production coordinator : Kei Suzuki, Kanako Iwatani
  • Casting : Keishi Ōtomo

Cast[edit]

Sakamoto Family
  • Shinobu Terajima as Sakamoto Otome (坂本乙女?) - older sister of Ryōma - later Okaue Otome (岡上乙女?)
  • Kiyoshi Kodama as Sakamoto Hachihei (坂本八平?) - father of Ryōma
  • Tetta Sugimoto as Sakamoto Gonpei (坂本権平?) - oldest brother of Ryōma
  • Wakako Shimazaki as Sakamoto Chino (坂本千野?) - Gonpei's wife
  • Atsuko Maeda as Sakamoto Harui (坂本春猪?) - Gonpei's daughter
  • Rei Ōtori as Sakamoto Chizu (坂本千鶴?) - oldest sister of Ryōma - later Takamatsu Chizu (高松千鶴?)
  • Chieko Matsubara as Sakamoto Iyo (坂本伊與?) - stepmother of Ryōma
  • Tamiyo Kusakari as Sakamoto Kō (坂本幸?) - mother of Ryōma
Iwasaki Family
Tosa Clan
Choshu Clan
Satsuma Clan
Chiba Dojo
  • Shihori Kanjiya as Chiba Sana (千葉佐那?) - daughter of Chiba Sadakichi
  • Kōtarō Satomi as Chiba Sadakichi (千葉定吉?) - management of sword school,Chiba Dōjō
  • Ikkei Watanabe as Chiba Jūtarō (千葉重太郎?) - older brother of Chiba Sanako
Tokugawa Bakufu
Shinsengumi
Kyoto Mimawarigumi
Kaientai
People in Nagasaki
Foreigners

Season overview[edit]

The box sets is available in two versions; a general DVD version, and Blu-ray Disc.

Season Episode DVD release dates Discs
Season 1 1-13 September 22, 2010 4
Season 2 13-28 November 26, 2010 4
Season 3 29-38 January 28, 2011 3
Season 4 39-48 March 25, 2011 3
Highlight 1-48 April 22, 2011 3

The 1st episode and the last episode are 75 minutes long. Others are 45 minutes long without commercials.

SEASON 1 RYOMA THE DREAMER
Episode Title Directed by Travelogue Original airdate Rating
1 "Jōshi to kashi" (上士と下士 Samurai Social Hierarchy?) Keishi Ōtomo Kōchi, Kōchi about Sakamoto Ryōma January 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) 23.2%
2 "Taikibansei?" (大器晩成? Late Bloomer??) January 10, 2010 (2010-01-10) 21.0%
3 "Nisetegata no tabi" (偽手形の旅 The Travel of Fake Bill?) Hitoshi Manabe Aki, Kōchi about Iwasaki Yataro January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17) 22.6%
4 "Edo no onikomachi" (江戸の鬼小町 A Demon Girl in Edo?) Keishi Ōtomo Chiyoda, Tokyo about Sakamoto Ryōma January 24, 2010 (2010-01-24) 23.4%
5 "Kurofune to ken" (黒船と剣 Black Ship and Sword?) Hitoshi Manabe Shinagawa, Tokyo about Sakamoto Ryōma January 31, 2010 (2010-01-31) 24.4%
6 "Shōin wa dokoda?" (松陰はどこだ? Where is Shōin??) Shimoda, Shizuoka about Yoshida Shōin February 7, 2010 (2010-02-07) 21.2%
7 "Haruka naru nūyōka" (遥かなるヌーヨーカ Distant Newyork?) Kazuki Watanabe Kōchi, Kōchi about Kawada Shōryō February 14, 2010 (2010-02-14) 20.2%
8 "Yatarō no namida" (弥太郎の涙 Tears of Yatarō?) Aki, Kōchi about Iwasaki Yataro February 21, 2010 (2010-02-21) 22.3%
9 "Inochi no nedan" (命の値段 A Price of Human Life?) Keishi Ōtomo Chiyoda, Tokyo about Yamamoto Takuma February 28, 2010 (2010-02-28) 21.0%
10 "Hikisakareta ai" (引きさかれた愛 The Broken Love?) Hitoshi Manabe Kōchi, Kōchi about Hirai Kaho March 7, 2010 (2010-03-07) 20.4%
11 "Tosa futtō" (土佐沸騰 The Passion in Tosa?) Kazuki Watanabe Kōchi, Kōchi about Yoshida Tōyō March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14) 21.4%
12 "Ansatsu shirei" (暗殺指令 Mission To Kill?) Hagi, Yamaguchi about Kusaka Gensui March 21, 2010 (2010-03-21) 17.7%
13 "Saraba Tosa yo" (さらば土佐よ Farewell, Tosa?) Keishi Ōtomo Kōchi, Kōchi about Sakamoto Ryōma March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28) 18.8%
SEASON 2 RYOMA THE ADVENTURER
Episode Title Directed by Travelogue Original airdate Rating
14 "Otazunemono Ryōma" (お尋ね者龍馬 The Outlaw?) Kazuki Watanabe Kōchi, Kōchi about Takechi Hanpeita April 4, 2010 (2010-04-04) 18.5%
15 "Futari no kyō" (ふたりの京 Kyōto for Only Two People?) Keishi Ōtomo Kyoto about Takechi Hanpeita April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11) 18.4%
16 "Katsu Rintarō" (勝麟太郎 Katsu Rintarō?) Sumida, Tokyo about Katsu Rintarō April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18) 21.9%
17 "Kaibutsu, Yōdō" (怪物、容堂 The Monster, Yōdō?) Tōjō Kajiwara Tosashimizu, Kōchi about John Manjirō April 25, 2010 (2010-04-25) 21.8%
18 "Kaigun o tsukurō" (海軍を作ろう! Let's establish Our Navy?) Kazuki Watanabe Osaka about Sakamoto Ryōma May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02) 18.4%
19 "Jōi kekkō" (攘夷決行 Going on, Jōi?) Tōjō Kajiwara Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi about Battles for Shimonoseki May 9, 2010 (2010-05-09) 19.0%
20 "Shūjirō, Munen" (収二郎、無念 The Last Moment of Shūjirō?) Keishi Ōtomo Fukui, Fukui about Matsudaira Shungaku May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16) 20.4%
21 "Kokyō no tomoyo" (故郷の友よ The Brethren of Old Home?) Kazuki Watanabe Kōchi, Kōchi about Yamanouchi Yōdō May 23, 2010 (2010-05-23) 20.0%
22 "Ryō toiu onna" (龍という女 A Woman called Ryō?) Keishi Ōtomo Kyoto about Oryō May 30, 2010 (2010-05-30) 19.5%
23 "Ikedaya ni hashire" (池田屋に走れ Hurry up to the Ikedaya?) Hitoshi Manabe Kobe about Katsu Kaishū June 6, 2010 (2010-06-06) 19.2%
24 "Ai no hotaru" (愛の蛍 The Sentimental Fireflies?) Tōjō Kajiwara Kyoto about Shinsengumi June 13, 2010 (2010-06-13) 20.1%
25 "Teradaya no haha" (寺田屋の母 The Mother at Teradaya?) Kazuki Watanabe Kyoto around the Kinmon Incident June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20) 20.3%
26 "Saigō Kichinosuke" (西郷吉之助 Saigō Kichinosuke?) Kōchi, Kōchi about Okada Izō June 27, 2010 (2010-06-27) 17.9%
27 "Ryōma no ōshibai" (龍馬の大芝居 The Acting of Ryōma?) Keishi Ōtomo Tama, Tokyo about Tanaka Mitsuaki July 4, 2010 (2010-07-04) 17.3%
28 "Takechi no yume" (武市の夢 The Dream of Takechi?) Kōchi, Kōchi about Takechi Hanpeita July 11, 2010 (2010-07-11) 17.0%
SEASON 3 RYOMA THE NAVIGATOR
Episode Title Directed by Travelogue Original airdate Rating
29 "Shintenchi, Nagasaki" (新天地、長崎 Our New World, Nagasaki?) Keishi Ōtomo Nagasaki about Omoto July 18, 2010 (2010-07-18) 15.8%
30 "Ryōma no hisaku" (龍馬の秘策 The Secret Plan of Ryōma?) Kazuki Watanabe Nagasaki about Glover July 25, 2010 (2010-07-25) 17.9%
31 "Saigō wa madaka" (西郷はまだか Waiting for Saigō?) Toshitake Fukuoka Nagasaki about Kameyama Shachū August 1, 2010 (2010-08-01) 16.0%
32 "Nerawareta Ryōma" (狙われた龍馬 Chased Ryōma?) Tōjō Kajiwara Muroto, Kōchi about Nagaoka Shintarō August 8, 2010 (2010-08-08) 16.7%
33 "Kameyama Shachū no ōshigoto" (亀山社中の大仕事 The Big Job of Kameyama Shachū?) Keishi Ōtomo Ureshino, Saga about Ōura Kei August 15, 2010 (2010-08-15) 13.7%
34 "Samurai, Chōjirō" (侍、長次郎 Samurai, Chōjirō?) Hitoshi Manabe Nagasaki about Kondō Chōjirō August 22, 2010 (2010-08-22) 16.3%
35 "Satchō dōmei zeyo" (薩長同盟ぜよ Satchō Alliance?) Kazuki Watanabe Kyoto about Satchō Alliance August 29, 2010 (2010-08-29) 15.4%
36 "Teradaya sōdō" (寺田屋騒動 The Incident at Teradaya?) Keishi Ōtomo Kyoto about Teradaya sōdō September 5, 2010 (2010-09-05) 16.8%
37 "Ryōma no tsuma" (龍馬の妻 The Wife of Ryōma?) Tōjō Kajiwara Hagi, Yamaguchi about Takasugi Shinsaku September 12, 2010 (2010-09-12) 17.6%
38 "Kirishima no chikai" (霧島の誓い The Promise in Kirishima?) Kazuki Watanabe Kagoshima about Sakamoto Ryōma and Oryō September 19, 2010 (2010-09-19) 15.8%
FINAL SEASON RYOMA THE HOPE
Episode Title Directed by Travelogue Original airdate Rating
39 "Bakan no kiseki" (馬関の奇跡 The Miracle in Bakan?) Keishi Ōtomo Kitakyūshū about Kiheitai September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26) 13.7%
40 "Seifūtei no taiketsu" (清風亭の対決 The Confrontation in Seifūtei?) Kazuki Watanabe Nagasaki about Sakamoto Ryōma October 2, 2010 (2010-10-02) 14.3%
41 "Saraba, Takasugi Shinsaku" (さらば高杉晋作 Farewell, Takasugi Shinsaku?) Keishi Ōtomo Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi about Takasugi Shinsaku October 10, 2010 (2010-10-10) 16.3%
42 "Iroha maru jiken" (いろは丸事件 The Incident of Iroha Maru?) Tōjō Kajiwara Fukuyama, Hiroshima about Kaientai October 17, 2010 (2010-10-17) 16.1%
43 "Senchū hassaku" (船中八策 The Eight Plans in Ship?) Kazuki Watanabe Kyoto about Sakamoto Ryōma October 24, 2010 (2010-10-24) 18.0%
44 "Ame no tōbōsha" (雨の逃亡者 The Fugitive in Rain?) Toshitake Fukuoka Nagasaki about Kakure Kirishitan October 31, 2010 (2010-10-31) 16.2%
45 "Ryōma no kyūjitsu" (龍馬の休日 The Holiday of Ryōma?) Takegorō Nishimura Yokosuka, Kanagawa about Oryō November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07) 15.3%
46 "Tosa no ōshōbu" (土佐の大勝負 The Big Game of Tosa?) Tōjō Kajiwara Kōchi, Kōchi about Sakamoto Ryōma November 14, 2010 (2010-11-14) 15.7%
47 "Taisei hōkan" (大政奉還 Taisei Hōkan?) Kazuki Watanabe Kyoto about Taisei hōkan November 21, 2010 (2010-11-21) 17.6%
48 "Ryū no tamashii" (龍の魂 The Spirit of the Dragon?) Keishi Ōtomo Kyoto about Sakamoto Ryōma November 28, 2010 (2010-11-28) 21.3%
Average rating 18.72% - Rating is based on Japanese Video Research(Kantō region).

Highlight[edit]

Season Original airdate Original airtime Rating
SEASON 1 December 29, 2010 21:00 - 21:59 5.2%
SEASON 2 22:00 - 22:59 4.3%
SEASON 3 December 30, 2010 21:00 - 21:59 6.1%
SEASON 4 22:00 - 22:59 5.8%

International[edit]

Country Translation Network(s) Notes
 Taiwan Subtitled Videoland Television Network November 15, 2010 –
 South Korea Subtitled Channel J January 17, 2011 –
 Thailand Subtitled Thai PBS March 17, 2011 – September 1, 2011
 Hong Kong Dubbed/Subtitled i-CABLE Entertainment Channel May 9, 2011 –
 United States None TV Japan 2010
 Canada
 Puerto Rico
 Brazil None NHK 2010

Soundtrack and books[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • NHK Taiga drama Ryōmaden Original Soundtrack Vol.1 (January 27, 2010)
  • NHK Taiga drama Ryōmaden Original Soundtrack Vol.2 (May 26, 2010)
  • NHK Taiga drama Ryōmaden Original Soundtrack Vol.3 (September 8, 2010)

Books[edit]

Official guide
Novel
Photo album
Comic and other

Recognitions[edit]

  • 2010 Teamwork of the Year Award[5]
  • Hashida Sugaku Awards ja:橋田賞[6] - Fukuyama Masaharu in Ryomaden
  • Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Award[7][8] for Domestic Tourism- Fukuyama Masaharu
  • TV Navi Awards for Best Principal Male Actor 2010[9] - Fukuyama Masaharu
  • 4th Int'l Drama Festival, Tokyo Drama Award: Best Drama (Series Drama)[10]
  • 4th Int'l Drama Festival, Tokyo Drama Award: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role -Kagawa Teruyuki
  • 4th Int'l Drama Festival, Tokyo Drama Award: Special Award - Filming staff of "Ryomaden"
  • 2011 Elan d'Or Awards: Best Series (TV Guide Award)[11]
  • 2011 Elan d'Or Awards: Best Producer (TV) – Suzuki Kei
  • 2011 Elan d'Or Awards: Newcomers of the Year - Kiritani Kenta & Sato Takeru
  • 2011 Elan d'Or Awards: Special Prize - Terajima Shinobu
  • 2011 Galaxy Awards: Special Award for Contribution to Art (Television category) Individual Award - Fukuyama Masaharu

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Japanese) "福山雅治が紅白出場!16年ぶり2度目". Sports Hochi. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  2. ^ The name Ryōmaden translates to "The Legend of Ryōma". It is an unusual Taiga Drama as the final episode will be broadcast as early as November, due to second phase of Saka no Ue no Kumo, a series of NHK Special Drama, being broadcast from December
  3. ^ Sponichi http://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2011/02/01/kiji/K20110201000164110.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Yomiuri http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/entertainment/news/20100914-OHT1T00072.htm |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Team-work.jp". http://info.cybozu.co.jp/events/teamwork/toy2010/. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Oricon http://career.oricon.co.jp/news/87501/full/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 12 May 2011.  Hashida Sugaku Award recognised TV Shows that have touched people of Japan or the Japanese Culture
  7. ^ Sponichi http://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/flash/KFullFlash20100929105.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism". http://www.mlit.go.jp/common/000125061.pdf. Retrieved 12 May 2011.  The award was given to those who made the biggest impact to tourism in Japan. Koichi and Nagasaki has reported an increase in tourism due to Ryomaden effect.
  9. ^ "TV Navi Awards". http://www.tvnaviweb.jp/TVnavi_contents/doYear/2010index.html. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "4th International Drama Festival, Tokyo Drama Award". http://www.nab.or.jp/drafes/english/award/index.html. 
  11. ^ "Elan d'Or Awards". http://www.producer.or.jp/elandor/elandor.html. 

External links[edit]

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