The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 13 - Manukare zaru otoko - full transcript

I, Yamamoto Kansuke, will head to Kai now!

Yamamoto Kansuke decides to gain
employment with the Takeda in Kai.

Meanwhile, Harunobu, who banished
his father, became lord of Kai.

He suddenly appointed Kansuke
as the Chief Foot Soldier

with a stipend of 200 kan.

I am Yamamoto Kansuke.

Hereafter, call yourself
Yamamoto Kansuke Haruyuki.

The key vassals, who were against
Kansuke's exceptional appointment,

challenged Kansuke to test his abilities.

More trials awaited Kansuke.

I will fight you.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 13:

Original Story by:
INOUE Yasushi

Screenplay by:

Music by:

Theme Music Performed by: NHK Symphony Orchestra
Theme Music Conductor: TAKASEKI Ken
Performed by: The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

Title Letters by: KAKINUMA Koji
Narrator: KAGAMI Sachiko

Period Consultant: SHIBATSUJI Shunroku
Customs Consultant: FUTAKI Kenichi
Architecture Consultant: HIRAI Kiyoshi
Wardrobe Consultant: KOIZUMI Kiyoko

Sword Fighting/Martial Arts Coach: HAYASHI Kunishiro
Conduct Coach: NISHIKAWA Minosuke
Horse-Riding Coaches: TANAKA Mitsunori, TSUJII Keiji
Medical Coach: NAKAMURA Takeshio

Buddhist Memorial Service Coach: KANATAKE Motonobu
Imperial Palace Dialect Coach: HORII Reiichi
Kyoto Dialect Coach: INOUE Yukiko
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:


OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi


HARA Toratane:


TAKEDA Nobushige: KASHIMA Noritoshi

Okuma: ASADA Aoi
KASUGA Gengoro: TANAKA Kotaro

SANADA Yukitaka:
SASAKI Kuranosuke


ASADA Miyoko

NAGANO Narimasa: KOICHI Mantaro
Doctor: KUBO Akira

SUWA Mitsutaka: MAKIMURA Senzaburo
Lady Attendant: KURIYAMA Kahori
TAKEDA Taro: KATO Seishiro

KOJIMA Takahiro
HARA Maika


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Nagano City in Nagano Prefecture
Chikuma City in Nagano Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

SUWA Yorishige:

SUWA Mitsuchika:

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

Lady OI:

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

Executive Producer: WAKAIZUMI Hisaaki

Art Direction by: AOKI Masakazu
Technology: TANAKA Mitsuru
Sound Effects: WADA Naoya
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi

Photography by: SASAKI Tatsunosuke
Lighting by: HORIKAGO Isamu
Audio: SANGA Masaru
Image Art: YAMADA Yasuichi
Art Direction Manager: TAKAHASHI Hideki

Directed by:
ISO Tomoaki

Draw your sword!

Draw it!

Please wait.

I asked for a challenge that you
would see in a real battle.

Do you think this is a suitable place of battle?

If we fight with real swords, this
place will be tainted with blood.

That would be extremely disrespectful!

We have the lord's permission.

I am not saying that I will not fight you.

I would like to do it at
a different time and place.


There's a lake southeast of here.

That would be an appropriate place to bury oneself.

What do you say to it?

Lake Fujimi?

There is no one in Kai that will assist me.

And you are more knowledgeable
in the geography than me.

What do you say to it?

I don't need any assistance.

Lord, what would you like to do?

Think of tomorrow as a real battle.


What have you to say to it?

If Hara Mino-no-kami beats him,
please do not punish him.

I shall praise the victor.

How did it go?

What do you mean?

Did the lord employ you?

He increased the 100 kan stipend to 200 kan.

Two hundred kan!

He appointed me as the Chief Foot Soldier, too!

Not bad, huh?

It's far from being bad...

It seems too good to be true.

He's a scary general, indeed!

To add to it, he instigated a battle.

A battle?

He read the vassals' thoughts...

and is testing me to see
if I'm true to my claims.

Maybe he wants me to prove
myself to the other clansmen.

By the way, why do all the houses
in this area have boats?

So they can commute by boat,
when the river overflows.

Boats to prepare for flood disaster...

Can you maneuver it?

It'll be a live or die... real battle.


How is he?

His fever won't go down.

He throws up the medicine.

What does he have?



This baby is Harunobu's second son,

born this past spring, and the future Ryuho.

He will be cured, won't he?

Yes, I will do my best, but you
should be prepared for the worst.

Is it that serious?

The rest depends on the Young Lord's luck.

Young Lord Jiro?

He's wandering between life and death now.

Of all times...

To have such a silly challenge...

I don't want to see any bloodshed.


Yamamoto Kansuke must have a plan in mind.

That is why he accepted it.


Why do you trust Yamamoto Kansuke so deeply?

I don't know...

But both you and I have saved
his life at the last moment.

There must be something about him
that captured our hearts.

And that's what I'm going to verify.

However, Itagaki...

If Kansuke should ever kill anyone...
I'll leave his punishment to you.

Very well.

Lady Sanjo was praying for Jiro's recovery.

Lady Oi, who renounced the world
after Nobutora's banishment...

had retired in Tsutsujigasaki and
was now referred to as Lady Kita.

Kansuke, for your own good...
don't go through with it.

Didn't you say that, driven from distress?

Just watch from the sidelines.

You're dealing with Sir Hara,
also known as "Demon" Mino.

He's more knowledgeable in battles than you.

I probably am no match against him in skills.

That is why he'll be conceited...
and a means of escape will open up.


"All warfare is based on deception."
That's how it is.

What do you mean?
I don't understand.

You'll soon understand it.

Sir Yamamoto! They will transport the boat.


Boat? Are you contriving to run away?

So you finally understand...


Are you both ready?


Please wait.

What is it now?

You are a brave general known as "Demon" Mino.

Your bravery is known throughout the lands.

I don't know what you are trying to say, but...

I won't be talked into anything.

I've heard enough of your nonsense.

Draw your sword quickly.

As you can see, I am not able to run.

Killing someone like me won't bring you glory.

You're being unsightly, Yamamoto Kansuke.

Fight him fair and square now!

I can do that, but if it becomes
disadvantageous to Hara,

he can keep running around to a dead angle.

If he runs around, it'll become
extremely disadvantageous to me.

Are you saying that I would
run around against you?

But if I can block that from happening...

I will certainly win.

Without an escape route, our
fencing skills will be equal.

Then we can have a truly fair fight.

Do you want to change the battle site again?

I want the battle site there.

So that is what Kansuke prepared...

If we fight on that boat, then even I
with my normally unsteady steps,

can fight you equally.

What do you say to it?

Yamamoto Kansuke, I dislike
your roundabout arguments.

As you wish, I'll fight you on that
boat and cut that tongue of yours!


It's your battle! Do as you wish!

How do we get to that boat?

He will transport us to it.

Kansuke, what are you contriving?

You go first.


Sir Hara, it is my victory.


This is all too ridiculous!

And you call yourself a samurai?
Shame on you!

This isn't a duel, but a battle.

Arguments can be used as tools in battle.

If I may humbly speak up!

To make the enemy yield without
a fight, is the best thing!

Because the soldiers are humans!

Battles involve contriving!

It means to draw him in as an ally,
without hurting or tormenting him.

By not losing your soldiers,
you can attain complete victory.

To win without a fight, is the
best thing you can do.

So to trick the enemy and beat him
in resourcefulness is the best strategy

you can have in battle.

That's enough, Yamamoto
Kansuke! I understand!

That was a brilliant strategy!

Hara Mino-no-kami is my precious vassal!

Consider it my order to save him!

Sir Hara, please pardon my insolence.

It is not the lord's wish to see blood shed.

When you think I am of no benefit to the lord,

you may cut my tongue.

Did you know I cannot swim?

I had absolutely no knowledge of it.


That's right.

Harunobu mentioned it last night,
when he came here.

It involves a one-eyed warrior
that he hired from outside.


He's blind in his left eye.

He said he was going to test
that man's contriving skills.

So he staged a battle with one of his vassals?

I hope they don't kill each other.

Of all times...

Harunobu will be forced
to engage in battles.

That is his fate, as a daimyo lord
in these turbulent times.

If he takes a person's life
at a time like this...

What will Lord Buddha think?

As it is, I think of this as a
punishment for banishing his father.

Don't think of it in that light.

What goes on in the family and
in administration are separate...

That is why he must witness
a battle scene like today's.

Please understand his feelings.

I've once told this to Harunobu.

When the lord has many fears...

He needs someone to shoulder all
the doubts and fears in his heart...

One who emits light...

Needs someone to carry the shadows
besides him, to shine in ease...

Harunobu may be looking for someone like that.

That person will act as his shadow?

I hope it comes to that...

I just pray that he doesn't lose
something in the process.

Reporting! Young Lord Jiro has awakened!

How is he?

He's resting peacefully.

Young Lord Jiro...

What are you doing?

He needs milk.
Call the wet-nurse.

How is he?

My lord, his fever has subsided.

The wet-nurse fed him milk earlier.

I see.

Well done.

You must not have slept all night.

Everyone, thank you.

If I may humbly speak up...

What is it?

What I feared has happened...

What do you mean?

Young Lord Jiro has lost his sight.

What did you just say?

His life was saved, though.

But he's most likely lost sight
in both of his eyes.

You're lying...

Jiro, you must be able to see...

Can't you see me, your mother?

Jiro! Your mother is here.
You can see me, can't you?

My Lady...

So he can't see in both his eyes...



This can't be true...


This Tsutsujigasaki mansion is
enclosed with earth and moats.

Doesn't it look more like
a house than a castle?

The previous lord is the one
who built this mansion.

He concentrated the vassals that
were spread out in the lands, to here.

Many were discontent with it.

You should soon receive
a mansion in this area, too.

Since you seem to be relying on the lord's mercy.


On the contrary, he doesn't seem
to be a lord that hires in mercy.

He told me to learn the secret of
capturing castles from you.

Does he trust you that deeply?

He doesn't... that is why
he assigned you to me.

Please be good to me.


But I'd appreciate it if you
would smile sometimes.

Never mind.

Kansuke, that's the Lady and the Young Lord.

Please pardon my rudeness.

Who is he?

Chief Foot Soldier Yamamoto Kansuke.

Are you from another province?


What happened to your eye?


Did you lose it in battle?

No. When I was a child, I had smallpox.

That's how I lost sight in it.

Smallpox? You, too?

Show me your face.

My Lady...

Stay away!

My Lady...

Stay back...

Excuse yourself!

What is the matter?

Shortly thereafter, Kansuke received
a mansion near the lord's mansion.



Will you be quiet?

I've been waiting for you!


We've cleaned up the mansion already.



My wife, Okuma.

Do you remember her?

What are you all doing?
The Master is home!


Master, welcome home.

Welcome home!

Starting from the top...
That's Mokichi, then Kumakichi...

then Yae... then Tome... and Yokichi.

You've only met my children up to Yae, right?

I had four more children after that,
but two died from the famine...

You don't have to go into details.

What are you doing here?

We'll be living here and serving you.


Everyone, get to work!


Sir Itagaki gave us his permission.

Sir Itagaki did?

I've quit being a farmer.
It's terrible in Kuzukasa.

With one flood after another...
the fields are destroyed annually.

Many farmers have abandoned
their fields to become drifters.

Kuzukasa Village may disappear from Kai one day.

So I'll have to live by the spear.

Kansuke, I'll be your first vassal!

Are you discontent?

No, that's not it.

In times of battle, I'll gather
the common soldiers.

I won't let anyone who won't serve
you, into the main house.

What are you doing?!

All of you.


I'm glad to have you.

You always had a knack for relaxing my soul.

You're good at winning hearts.



I'm sure you will come in handy someday.

It's going to get busy in Kai.


We'll have one battle after another.

Are we still going to have battles,
with the new lord?

Of course. Without battles, you can't eat.

Aren't you going to make
a living off your spear?

Yes, that's right.

The lord will dominate the country someday.

The country?

I have no doubts about it.

How will he do that?

Hey, just be quiet!

The Takeda will first conquer Shinano.

The country is far away.


Speaking of Shinano...
I wonder how he's doing?

Meanwhile, in Minowa Castle Town
in Joshu, was Sanada Yukitaka...

After being invaded by the Takeda,
Yukitaka fled to Joshu.

and was living an uncomfortable
life under the shelter

of Uesugi Norimasa's councilor, Nagano Narimasa.

Sir Sanada, Lord Uesugi has heeded your request.

Is that true?

We'll be going to battle to Saku.

The lord is upset with Takeda
Harunobu who banished his father

and usurped Kai. That is why
he decided to go to battle.

So he'll be sending a punitive army
against the Takeda?

I'm sure he'll have the support
of Suwa and Murakami, but...

He feels the Takeda lack
the power to resist now.

We'll first retrieve Shinano from the Takeda!





What is it?

The mountain has moved.

Lord Uesugi has finally decided to rise!

It sure took him a long time to move!

Is there going to be a battle?

That's right, a battle.

We're going to fight a battle in Shinano.

I'm going to retrieve Saku from the Takeda.

When the Takeda are punished,

I can get my village back from the Murakami.

The time has finally come!

So we can return to our home in Sanada...

Farewell to this lifestyle!

Gentaro! I'll take you to
your home village soon!

Grandfather, who hated the Takeda
until his death, will be happy now.

I can avenge your father, too.

But, I wonder what kind of
warrior Takeda Harunobu is?

Rumors have it that he's hideous.

What is the matter?

Are you worried about Jiro?

It's bad for your health
to remain so depressed...

I met Yamamoto Kansuke the other day.

So you've met Kansuke.

He also had smallpox when he was a child,

and lost the sight in his eye.

He's a fine warrior now.

Jiro can't see in both his eyes.

You are his mother.

If you can't accept his fate,
how is he supposed to accept it?

Why did you hire him?

You mean, Kansuke?

I can't help but think that
he's bringing you misfortune!

Don't be ridiculous!

I can understand your feelings of wanting

to blame Jiro's fate on something.

But it's not like you to think that.

I am worried...

...about what will become of Kai from now...

The thought that the neighboring
lords may come after your head...

Don't think about those things.

Engaging in battles isn't the
only way to build a province.

When we got married, I told you...

The province that I build with you,
must be a good one.

For that to happen, you must
be strong-hearted...

Now, smile.


Come on, smile.

That's good.

Reporting! I have urgent news.

What is the matter?

Lord, something unexpected has happened.

Tell me.

The Uesugi army has crossed Usui Pass
and has invaded Saku in Shinano.

They number about 3,000, and the
Shigeno remnants who fled Shinano

last year have joined them, too.

They must be taking you lightly as a greenhorn.

Now is a time when we must avoid any battles...

This is no time to be saying this!

Saku belongs to the Takeda and Suwa now.

If we don't go to battle, it'll be
taken as our submission.

I know that.

Lord, let us join forces
with Suwa immediately.

Please issue the order to go to battle.

Send an express messenger to Suwa.

By then, Suwa Yorishige was
already prepared for battle.

You're not going to notify the Takeda?

Lord, are you planning to engage
in battle with just our Suwa force?

That's right. Takeda Harunobu,
who just succeeded as lord,

must be too preoccupied.

How will the Takeda react to it?

That all depends an Harunobu.

Saku-Chiisagata in Shinano will be
completely controlled by us someday.

And this is a good opportunity.

The Uesugi are after the Takeda, I'm sure.

The Takeda needn't be feared now.

The shadow of battle mercilessly
crept up on Harunobu,

who was worried about the domestic
affairs in the province of Kai.

And that shadow would take Harunobu and Kansuke

to an unexpected direction in their destinies.

Episode 13:
The End


There is disaster coming from
the east. This is God's word.

How is Nene?

Battles are the fate of this world.

It's a victory battle.
We won against the Takeda.

Don't take my brother lightly.

This is the new flag of Kai!

We'll have to kill that princess.

Episode 14: SUN TZU'S FLAG

Kofu-city in Yamanashi prefecture.

Takeda Harunobu followed suite
with Kyoto and Kamakura

chose five temples as the five most
important temples of a region.

By rating the temples

he put them under his protection and control.


Top of the five most important temples of a region, Chouzen-Ji.

It's said to be the temple where Harunobu became a priest.

And also a family temple for his mother Lady Ooi.

{\an8}(Grave of Lady Ooi)

In this temple, you'll find a portrait
by Harunobu's brother Nobukado.

{\an8}(Portrait of wife of Takeda Nobutora (Lady Ooi) Replica)

Lady Sanjou's family temple Enkou-in is also
one of the five important temple of a region.

Lady Sanjou came from family of court noble
and became first wife of Harunobu.

{\an8}(Grave of Lady Sanjou)

Brought with her the way of capital to the land of Kai.

{\an8}(Harunobu and Lady Sanjou's favorite tea cups)

Temples for the Takeda-clan watches
over the town quietly.

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