Naruto Hichou 2018

Date: From 8.00 p.m., Fridays, 20 April 2018
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriter: Onishi Kenichi (Bonkura Series, Tenshi no Knife, Iryu Sousa Seasons 1 – 2)
Original Work: Naruto Hichou by Yoshikawa Eiji
Genre: Period
Cast: Yamamoto Koji, Nono Sumika, Hayami Akari, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Watanabe Dai, Takeda Shinji, Sasai Eisuke, Tamura Ryo, Manda Hisako, Nakamura Katsuo
Synopsis: Norizuki Gennojo (Yamamoto Koji), a commander of the Shogunate’s troops, sets out on a journey to train in swordplay. In that time, Koka Yoami (Nakamura Katsuo), the father of his betrothed Chie (Hayami Akari), receives a special mission and goes to Awa Tokushima to search for the secret records of Naruto in which a pledge to overthrow the shogunate is sealed with blood. He is never heard of again. 10 years later, Gennojo returns to Edo as a wandering monk and in despair about his swordsmanship. He is slashed by Sekiya Magobei (Hakamada Yoshihiko) but survives because of the quick wits of a female pickpocket Mikaeri Otsuna (Nono Sumika). Gennojo gets entangled in conflict surrounding the secret records of Naruto. He and Otsuna try to infiltrate Awa Tokushima in order to obtain the secret records and face continuous attacks by assassins on the way there.

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