I wouldn’t call it it the best documentary (there are some rather amazing tactics in the fight scenes that go far more into what to expect from a samurai novel rather than an actual fight), but overall this was an enjoyable watch!
There was no way I could write a series of books based on Japanese mythology without Oni, Kitsune and Tengu stalking the pages. More importantly, I really was drawn to Sutoku’s story, how his rage and feeling of impotence among all of his betrayals would cause him to become one of the three most notorious Onryō in Japan, even being credit for the rise of the samurai. I had to write a book with all three stalking the pages! This little video does a little summary of all three!
When I first began to think about and research The Blood Samurai Series I came across a fantastic resource of all things samurai on The Samurai Podcast from the guys of the Samurai Archives. They very quickly helped liberate me of so many myths about the samurai, and I highly recommend it to anyone serious about digging into samurai history. But if you only have 5 minutes to spare, check out this video on the top 5 myths about the samurai instead.