NHK's 55th taiga drama series.
Sanada Yukimura was born to a lord who owned a small piece of land in Shinsu (present day Nagano Prefecture). He survived using wisdom, courage and much effort during the Sengoku period and eventually, he grew into a much respected samurai warrior. During The Siege of Osaka, Sanada Yukimura constructed the small fortress "Sanada Maru" on the periphery of Osaka Castle. His fortress successfully repelled the much larger invading forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Cast & Credits
There were some good performances by the supporting cast like Takeuchi Yuko as Yodo and Kohinata as Hideyoshi or Kusakari as Masayuki however the storyline was so uneven.
Kuroki Haru as Ume (based on Hotta Sakubei's sister Nobushige's first wife) and Matsuoka Mayu as Haru (based on Otani Yoshitsugu's daughter, Nobushige's fourth wife) did the best with what was given to them.
Sadly Mayu's role was treated like dirt by the script writers despite playing the most significant and youngest of Nobushige's wives, the daughter of Otani Yoshitsugu, mother of Daisuke and developer of the Sanadahimo. I was so looking forward to Yoshitsugu's daughter since historically her life was full of drama and historically she was Nobushige's support during Kudoyama and Osaka.
There was way too much focus on Yukimura's youth and Nagasawa Masami's largely fictional character based on the second of Nobushige's wives (Takanashi Naiki's daughter) who historically did nothing and wasn't present during Kudoyama and Osaka which ruined a lot to me.
Nagasawa should have been written out before Yoshitsugu's daughter arrived.
Another disappointment was what the writers did to Yoshida Yo's character Ina/Komatsu. Her character similar to Mayu's character was downplayed.
If you want a fair and accurate portayal of Ina and Otani's daughter rather watch Sanada Taiheiki. The writers of Sanadamaru out of some reason did not like them.