The final episode of Strategist Kanbe ran this past Tuesday, and the next Taiga drama does not begin until February 10th, so please tune in for a 1-1/2 hour Oyaji Samurai special on Tuesday, February 3rd.
The special is a prelude to the Oyaji Samurai series, which will begin on Tuesday, February 17th, at 9pm.
You might be interested to learn that the actual title of the special is Oyari Haishaku and the actual title of the series is Yoidore Kotoji. We felt Oyaji Samurai was a more descriptive title for both the special and the series. (FYI, Oyari Haishaku means borrowed spear. Yoidore means drunk, and Kotoji is the name of the main character.) Oyaji is a term that refers to a somewhat older man, sort of like a man who is “over the hill”. You may remember that in the Making It Through series, the band formed by the older men was called The Oyaji Band”.
Oyaji Samurai is about a somewhat shabby, middle-aged, low-ranking, but well-intentioned samurai of small stature named Kotoji Akame. One day, after drinking too much alcohol in a contest, Kotoji fails to wake in time to escort his lord on a journey from Edo back to his home domain. As a result, Kotoji is released from service and becomes a wandering samurai.
To avenge his lord, Kotoji comes up with a scheme to steal the lances — or spears — which are a family’s symbols. Kotoji ends up stealing the lances of several families, which creates an unlikely alliance amongst them as they plot to take revenge on Kotoji.
Kotoji’s drinking does get him into trouble now and then, but he isn’t always drunk. This is why we felt Oyaji Samurai was a more appropriate title.
This is a lighthearted jidaigeki series. Kotoji, although small and a little old, is clever, and this creates unexpected, funny situations.