Ultimate NHK Taiga Drama Favorite List

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  1. It looks like there's voting limit now in voting list. I have set it to maximum 100 votes for each user, which I think equivalent to 100 titles. 
  2. Please don't include Asadora in this list. I'm sorry to whoever put Asa ga Kita but I had to remove it.
TimiZero Dec 14, 2019
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    Japanese Drama - 2010, 48 episodes
    1,558 points by 16 voters
    The 49th NHK Taiga drama is Ryoma den, set back in the Bakumatsu period. The story focuses on the life of Sakamoto Ryoma, who lived from 1835 to 1867. He was an ...more
  • Atsu Hime

    2. Atsu Hime

    Japanese Drama - 2008, 50 episodes
    1,469 points by 15 voters
    The 47th NHK Taiga Drama is a life story of Atsuhime who was born in Kagoshima Prefecture, then called Satsuma, and became the wife of Tokugawa Iesada, the 13th shogun of the ...more
  • Yae no Sakura

    3. Yae no Sakura

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 50 episodes
    1,380 points by 14 voters
    “Yae no Sakura” will tell the story of Niijima Yae, also known as Yamamoto Yaeko, who was born into the Aizu Domain during the late Edo period. Skilled in gunnery, she helped ...more
  • Taira no Kiyomori

    4. Taira no Kiyomori

    Japanese Drama - 2012, 50 episodes
    1,182 points by 12 voters
    The story follows the 12th-century general and politician, Taira no Kiyomori. Taira no Kiyomori (1118–1181) was born as the first son of Taira no Tadamori (Head of the Taira clan). During his ...more
  • Idaten

    5. Idaten

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 47 episodes
    990 points by 10 voters
    Follow up the story of 52 years and covers three editions of 1912 Stockholm Olympics, 1936 Berlin Olympics and 1964 Tokyo Olympics where it features the two lead characters Kanakuri Shisou as ...more
  • Gunshi Kanbei

    6. Gunshi Kanbei

    Japanese Drama - 2014, 50 episodes
    981 points by 10 voters
    July 1590, Odawara. Toyotomi Hideyoshi's army had surrounded the Odawara Castle for over 3 months, hoping to conquer this last obstacle to his dream of the country's unification. Standing at the gate ...more
  • Kirin ga Kuru

    7. Kirin ga Kuru

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 44 episodes
    977 points by 10 voters
    After the Onin War, the world is plunged into chaos. Amid this situation, heroes of the warring states begin to emerge in an attempt to unify the country and rule in these ...more
  • Kamakura dono no 13 nin

    8. Kamakura dono no 13 nin

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 48 episodes
    790 points by 8 voters
    Following the ascension to power of Taira no Kiyomori, the Minamoto clan is exiled. Minamoto no Yoritomo meets Masako, the sister of Hojo Yoshitoki and later marries her. Following this marriage, the ...more
  • Sanadamaru

    9. Sanadamaru

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 50 episodes
    777 points by 8 voters
    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 ...more
  • Sego-don

    10. Sego-don

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 47 episodes
    687 points by 7 voters
    Segodon follows the life of the historical figure Takamori Saigo. He was born the first son of a lower-class samurai. He was exiled two times and went through three marriages. Takamori Saigo ...more
  • Gou - Himetachi no Sengoku

    11. Gou - Himetachi no Sengoku

    Japanese Drama - 2011, 46 episodes
    573 points by 6 voters
    The 50th NHK Taiga drama is Gou. The story focuses on the life of Gou, the wife of the second Tokugawa shogun Hidetada. Gou was the third daughter of the daimyo Azai ...more
  • Furin Kazan

    12. Furin Kazan

    Japanese Drama - 2007, 50 episodes
    481 points by 5 voters
    The 46th Historical Drama is a life story of Yamamoto Kansuke, a lonely genius of strategy in the Age of the Civil War in the 16th century. Kansuke works under Takeda Shingen ...more
  • Onna Joushu Naotora

    13. Onna Joushu Naotora

    Japanese Drama - 2017, 50 episodes
    468 points by 5 voters
    NHK's 56th taiga drama series. During the Sengoku period, the Ii family governs the Totomi region. Due to many past wars, there are no more male successors left to become a lord. ...more
  • Aoi Tokugawa Sandai

    14. Aoi Tokugawa Sandai

    Japanese Drama - 2000, 49 episodes
    397 points by 4 voters
    The 39th NHK Taiga Drama is Aoi Tokugawa Sandai. It is James Miki's dynamic and colorful tale of three generations of the Tokugawa dynasty from its founder Ieyasu to Iemitsu, the third ...more
  • Shinsengumi!

    15. Shinsengumi!

    Japanese Drama - 2004, 49 episodes
    286 points by 3 voters
    The 43rd NHK Taiga Drama is Shinsengumi!. The arrival of Commodore Perry's "Black Ships" rudely awakened Japan from 300 years of peaceful isolation from the world. Men set their eyes beyond Japan ...more
  • Dokuganryu Masamune

    16. Dokuganryu Masamune

    Japanese Drama - 1987, 50 episodes
    285 points by 3 voters
    Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified Japan in 1590, but Date Masamune did not abandon his desire to control the nation. ~~ Adapted from the novel "Date Masamune" by Yamaoka Sohachi.
  • Komyo ga Tsuji

    17. Komyo ga Tsuji

    Japanese Drama - 2006, 49 episodes
    280 points by 3 voters
    The 45th NHK Taiga Drama is Komyo ga Tsuji. Kazutoyo lived during the end of the Sengoku period (1546-1605). He was the first feudal lord of the fief of Tosa on the ...more
  • Yoshitsune

    18. Yoshitsune

    Japanese Drama - 2005, 49 episodes
    278 points by 3 voters
    The 44th NHK Taiga Drama is about the life of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159 - 1189) was a late Heian and early Kamakura general of the Minamoto clan of Japan. Yoshitsune was ...more
  • Dou Suru Ieyasu

    19. Dou Suru Ieyasu

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 48 episodes
    277 points by 3 voters
    The drama series depicts the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu (January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616). Takechiyo (who later becomes Tokugawa Ieyasu) was born as the son of a poor and powerless ...more
  • Tenchijin

    20. Tenchijin

    Japanese Drama - 2009, 47 episodes
    277 points by 3 voters
    The 48th NHK Taiga drama is Tenchijin. The story centers on Naoe Kanetsugu, a loyal and devoted samurai in Echigo Province in the 16th century. Kanetsugu was trained in his early childhood ...more
  • Toshiie and Matsu

    21. Toshiie and Matsu

    Japanese Drama - 2002, 49 episodes
    276 points by 3 voters
    The 41st NHK Taiga Drama is Toshiie to Matsu. During the turbulent Warring States Era, one man's life and career intertwined with the three great generals of Japanese history-Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu. ...more
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu

    22. Tokugawa Ieyasu

    Japanese Drama - 1983, 50 episodes
    272 points by 3 voters
    The 21st NHK Taiga Drama is Tokugawa Ieyasu.
  • Mori Motonari

    23. Mori Motonari

    Japanese Drama - 1997, 50 episodes
    269 points by 3 voters
    The 36th NHK Taiga Drama is Mori Motonari. This series chronicles the life of Mori Motonari, a warlord of the early 1500s who stood at the vanguard of the Warring States era. ...more
  • Seiten wo Tsuke

    24. Seiten wo Tsuke

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 41 episodes
    195 points by 2 voters
    Shibusawa Eiichi was born in 1840 to a farmer’s family. He grew up helping his family with work, which was to manufacture and sell indigo production and also silk farming. He left ...more
  • Genroku Ryoran

    25. Genroku Ryoran

    Japanese Drama - 1999, 49 episodes
    191 points by 2 voters
    The 38th NHK Taiga Drama is Genroku Ryoran. The "Forty-seven Loyal Samurai" is one of the most enduring and best-loved stories of Japan's history. Generations have grown up hearing the stirring tale ...more
  • Hideyoshi

    26. Hideyoshi

    Japanese Drama - 1996, 49 episodes
    176 points by 2 voters
    The 35th NHK Taiga Drama is Hideyoshi, the story of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a daimyo warrior, general and politician of the Sengoku period He unified the political factions of Japan. He succeeded his ...more
  • Takeda Shingen

    27. Takeda Shingen

    Japanese Drama - 1988, 50 episodes
    174 points by 2 voters
    "Steady as a mountain, attack like fire, still as a wood, swift as the wind". NHK Taiga Drama for 1988 is the life story of the famous warlord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573), aka ...more
  • Homura Tatsu

    28. Homura Tatsu

    Japanese Drama - 1993, 35 episodes
    92 points by 1 voters
    This Taiga Drama based on the novel (written for TV) by Katsuhiko Takahashi. Homura Tatsu (roughly means On Fire) tells the story of the Oushu Fujiwara clan spanning generations, 140 years in ...more
  • Taiheiki

    29. Taiheiki

    Japanese Drama - 1991, 49 episodes
    91 points by 1 voters
    The life story of Ashikaga Takauji, the founder and the first Sei-I-Tai-Shogun of Ashikaga Shogunate. He was born in the late Kamakura Period, during the time of discontentment with the Hojo clan's ...more
  • Nobunaga

    30. Nobunaga

    Japanese Drama - 1992, 49 episodes
    82 points by 1 voters
    The 30th NHK Taiga Drama is Nobunaga: King of Zipangu. On March 23, 1585, Japanese Christian envoys visited Pope Gregory XIII at the Papal Court in Rome, Italy. The drama begins 45 ...more

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