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Shin Shinchokoki episode 02

Episode 2: If you think you can win, you will win

A new transfer student joins the advanced class, he turns out to be Tokugawa Ieyasu. He calls people scums and has a threatening aura.

The flag battle continues with various methods, as it turns out that fighting is not the only means to win. Students of the advanced class doubt Hideyoshi’s strength and tries to challenge Hideyoshi to find out his real strength. One day, Kuroda makes an approach to Kato Kiyomasa.

Translation notes

  • Chakabuki is a kind of gambling games becoming popular among the intellectual in Kyoto between the late Kamakura period and the middle of the Muromachi period. (source)
  • Tsuen Tea is the oldest tea house in the world, founded in 1160 in Uji city, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Various historical figures have been recorded as having tea at Tsuen, including the shoguns Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. (source)
  • Five principles of water (Mizugokun; 水五訓) is a famous teaching by Kuroda Kanbee. (source)

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Episode 02 download

[Hardsub | 1920×1080 | 46 mins | 1.56 GB]

My two cents

It’s the second episode already and I haven’t even written my impression of this drama.

One thing, this drama blows my mind off! It’s clever, funny, enlightening, touching, entertaining, I enjoy it so much! I agree when they say that this drama can’t fall into any genres, it’s a genre of its own. A genre called Shin Shinchokoki lol. That’s exactly why I think this drama has a niche market and is not for everyone.

I’ve read the manga until the final chapter and it was so damn interesting. There are many changes to the drama, but I think the changes they made are for the better. Maybe they want to give surprise elements so that even the manga readers can still be entertained enough. I just think the beginning lacked explanations, so it feels confusing at first.

What I like about this drama is their eccentricity. I’m glad I sub it, because if not, I won’t get how clever the script is. It’s quite challenging to translate, especially to make the nuance as close as possible to the original dialog. Their attention to details is something that needs to be praised too. Each character, each warlord has their own characteristics and story, that are embedded either in the way they talk, the clothes that they wear, even the people they hang out with. Every single thing that the characters do has a reference to history. For example Nobunaga dancing to Atsumori in ep 1. I saw some people make a fool of that scene, but Nobunaga is actually portrayed in history as someone who likes to dance, and Atsumori was his favorite song. I’ve only watched one other drama about Nobunaga, and the Nobunaga in that drama also loved to dance. There are other instances like Uesugi Kenshin and biwa, or Hideyoshi and tea in this episode. It’s so fun to learn all these trivia.

The next episode trailer shows Ieyasu putting up a flag against Akechi, and Akechi starting the anti-Ieyasu alliance. I’m quite surprised at how fast the story is going, but that means they’re going to change the second half drastically? Whatever it is, I can’t wait!

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