|The book cover by Wenart Gunadi|
Alas, from his friends Yoritomo learned that his father was captured in the vicinity of Nagoya and had his head beheaded by Osada Tadamune. Not stopping at that, the Heike warriors displayed his head at the eastern gate of the capital city Kyoto to scare off potential rebels. Yoritomo’s elder brothers also met sad endings. Tomonaga was badly injured and thus requested that his father took his life (instead of experiencing the embarrassment of being defeated by the Heike). Yoshitomo granted the request and beheaded his second son. As for the eldest, Yoshihira, upon learning the death of his father, he attacked the capital single-handedly. He was easily defeated and also beheaded.
|Manga Yoritomo (from Uchuu Ishiki ni Mezameta Yoshitsune). No idea how this version of Yoritomo is|
Book vs NHK? I prefer the NHK version of Yoritomo so far, but not by a long run.
Book vs NHK? I prefer the NHK version of Masako so far, but not by a long run.
Book vs NHK? I prefer the book version so far. It would be nice to have the NHK Yoritomo to have more friends and allies than just Tō Kuro. However, it can't be helped, I guess, for the NHK version was very seclusive and rather depressed compared to the book version.
By the way, it's interesting to learn that both the book and the NHK versions depicted Masako's wedding as being rainy (see the summary of TNK ep 42 here). Did the NHK guys read Yoshikawa's book first before making the Taira no Kiyomori script?
Book vs NHK? I prefer the NHK version, rather by a long shot. The book didn't show the process Yoritomo and Masako undergo to fall in love. They just rather abruptly did. The NHK version showed slowly how Masako fell for Yoritomo, and how slowly Yoritomo came to trust and love her.
Book vs NHK? I prefer the NHK version, by a long shot!
|Yoshitsune, manga/game version|
Book vs NHK? I like both versions; seems to be quite consistent with the popular portrayal of Yoshitsune.
|Cover to Book Two, by Wenart Gunadi|