|Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo with his Higekiri sword|
I'm a bit sad that Taira no Kiyomori comes to an end. But I cannot always spare my Sunday evening or Monday early morning doing recaps, so perhaps it's a good thing as well. Plus, I need someone to resume the English translation for me to really understand the fine lines in TNK. Anyway, below is the summary of ep 50 on NHK World Premium:
Kiyomori is struck down by a febrile illness. Kiyomori appears before Saigyō, formerly named Norikiyo, as a wraith, and learns the meaning of his life through dialogue with Saigyō. In Kyoto, people rush to Kiyomori's bedside and bring up their concerns over their future. Kiyomori finally passes away. After the passing of Kiyomori, the fate of the Taira family takes a turn for the worse. Tokiko throws herself into the sea with Emperor Antoku in her arms, and the entire Taira family ends up being destroyed at Dannoura. At the bottom of the sea, Tokiko sees the members of the Taira family standing, including Kiyomori with a sword in his hand.
|Taira no Kiyomori at his deathbed|
|Taira no Tokiko jumped into the sea with Antoku|
|Yoritomo finally 'met' Kiyomori|
Anyway, Kiyomori said something about the spirit of Samurai (something like, ‘show me the true spirit of Samurai’), to which Yoritomo raised to the challenge. Kiyomori then changed again to Saigyō who then made his leave. Yoritomo then solemnly took the Higekiri sword he inherited from his father.
|Benkei's heroic ending|
|The sword Kusanagi lost at sea|