Atsu-hime篤姫 Screen Caps
Atsu-hime is a 50 episode Taiga drama that covers the life of Okatsu later renamed Atsu-hime and played by Miyazaki Aoi (su-ki-da, Heavenly Forest )it covers the period of Japanese history when the closed society was under increasing pressure to open its borders to foreign trade which was outlawed under the Tokugawa shogunate, also it was a time of financial crisis for the samurai and the farmers beneath them.
I downloaded and watched the first episode of this epic this past weekend and enjoyed it very much, the only other Taiga drama I’ve watched was Musashi which I also enjoyed, but I had the advantage of having all 50 episodes of Musashi available to be viewed over the course of a few weeks which helped me keep the characters straight in my mind as these dramas have huge casts of characters. I think I’ll keep downloading this and I’ll hold off watching until I have the first 15 or 20 episodes that I can watch quickly to better get into the show. This is recommend to all Taiga fans or fans of historical fiction in general or anyone who wants to learn more about that crucial part of Japanese history.
Download the first two English hardsub releases with professional subtitles here.