|Yoshitsune (Kamiki Ryūnosuke) and Benkei (Aoki sūkō) offering their service to Yoritomo, ep 47|
|Yoritomo (Okada Masaki) at the Battle of Ishibashiyama|
News of Yoritomo’s upraising also travelled to Hiraizumi Ōshu, where Yoshitsune lived with Benkei under the auspices of Lord Fujiwara no Hidehira. Learning of the news, Yoshitsune told Hidehira that he wished to join his brother’s forces. Hidehira was concerned that Yoshitsune was not good enough yet to defeat the Heike. Benkei took charge and stood just under the bull’s eye. The warrior monk then asked his student to shoot the bull’s eye (not his head). Yoshitsune managed beautifully, which made Hidehira reluctantly let him go (Benkei fainted hilariously afterwards).
|Benkei waiting for Yoshitsune's arrow, ep 47|
By the way, Yoritomo said a very long sentence before he told Hirotsune to just piss off. I wonder if Masaki-kun stumbled when he said these words and hence had to do retake(s). He did it several times in his other projects (e.g., 'Golden Piggy' and 'Himitsu no Akko-chan'; check this YouTube and this YouTube respectively), such that it caused others (including me) to laugh at him (and he got pink-faced because he was so embarassed). I hope they would insert funny bloopers in the TNK DVD, which include Masaki's NGs!
|Yoritomo welcoming Masako in Kamakura (sorry, bad screen cap)|
|Masako (Watanabe Anne) visiting her husband at Kamakura|
|Yoritomo smiling, seeking Masako's approval on his Fujikawa plan|
|Fuji River in Suruga Province by Utagawa Hiroshige|
|The clever duck who aided the Genji during the (non)Battle of Fujikawa|
|Yoshitsune happy to be well-received by his half-brother Yoritomo|
|Ito Tadakiyo (Fujimoto Takahiro), the great Heike General|