Sunday, July 18, 2004

Kogi Kaishakunin's blog

This blog has been started by my friend and a few of his buddies.
ramarama.blogspot.com
The first post is about the Mary Chapin Carpenter concert in Philadelphia.

Kogi Kaishakunin, in case you are wondering, is the official name of the Shogun's executioner in the Lone Wolf and Cub movie series. The movies are based on a manga series of the same name. The story evolves around the adventures of a high-ranking samurai who turns assasin. These are set in the early Edo period of Japanese history, just after the Tokugawa shogunate has taken control of Japan. Ogami Itto, the main character, used to be the official executioner for the Shogun till he was framed on charges of treason and kicked out. Now, he roams around the countryside, a hitman for hire, with his little kid Daigoro (the original Japanese title says 'Child and Expertise for Hire'). The movies feature some cool swordsmanship and interesting plotlines. They are dubbed in English and sold as Shogun's Assasin which Mudra Rakshasa assures me are absolutely horrible. We all prefer to listen to the dialogues in the native tongue and read the subtitles, I guess. Dubbing always leaves something to be desired. Of course, he is also the guy who once watched an entire Chinese movie without subtitles or dubbing (and he doesnt understand a word). But I digress.

I have not read the manga, but Kogi Kaishakunin (one of the authors of the aforementioned blog), assures me that they are cool. Kind of funny that the guy who calls himself Kogi Kaishakunin should accuse me of wanting to play with swords rather than go to a concert:-)