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Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 13 (END)

「定家と式子 式子内親王 権中納言定家」 (Teika to Noriko Shokushi Nishinou Gon Chunagon Teika)
“Teika and Noriko Princess Shokushi Gon Chunagon Teika”

Just as quietly as it began, Uta Koi ends its run without much fanfare.

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September 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm Comments (8)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 12

「道雅と当子 左京大夫道雅/うき世の月 三条院」 (Michinasa to Masako Sakyou Taifu Michinasa/Ukise no Tsuki Sanjou In)
“Michinasa and Msako Minister of Left Kyoto Michimasa/Midnight Moon Former Emperor Sanjou”

No show is complete without a healthy dose of HanaKana!

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September 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm Comments (6)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 10, 11

「名古曽の滝 大納言公任」 (Nakoso no Taki Dainagon Kinto)
“Nakoso Falls Dainagon Kinto”

Will there ever be a happy end to any of these love stories?

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September 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm Comments (6)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 09

「少納言と行成 清少納言」 (Shounagon to Yukinari Sei Shounagon)
“Shounagon and Yukinari Sei Shounagon”

Even though the living conditions of the past are simplified and primitive by today’s standards, love has never seemed so complicated.

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August 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm Comments (4)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 08

「末の松山 清原元輔/実方と諾子 藤原実方朝臣」 (Suenomatsu Yama Kiyohara no Motosuke/Sanekata to Nagiko Fujiwara Sanekata Choushin)
“Mount Suenomatsu Kiyohara no Motosuke/Sanekata and Nagiko The Honorable Fujiwara Sanekata”

Love is a force that ebbs and flows like the tide, following the course of nature rather than the desires of those involved.

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August 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm Comments (12)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 07

「義孝と源保光の娘/高内侍と道隆」 (Yoshitaka to Minamoto Yasumitsu no Musume/Kou Naishi to Michitaka)
“Yoshitaka and the Daughter of Minamoto Yasumitsu/Kou Naishi and Michitaka”

Uta Koi’s second arc brings two new stories to center stage, both linked by the same sense of loose continuity that punctuated the vignettes in the previous arc.

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August 14, 2012 at 1:46 am Comments (8)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 06

「うた変。+」 (Uta Hen +)
“Eccentric Poems +”

Welcome to the host club.

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August 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm Comments (13)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 05

「東下り 小野小町」 (Azumakudari Ono no Komachi)
“Eastward – Ono no Komachi”

Regrets – there is not one person in the world who does not have them.

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July 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm Comments (18)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 04

「康秀と業平 文屋康秀」 (Yasuhide to Narihira Fun’ya no Yasuhide)
“Yasuhide and Narihira – Fun’ya no Yasuhide”

I guess bromance is still romance… kind of.

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July 24, 2012 at 12:22 am Comments (13)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 03

「宗貞と吉子 僧正遍昭」 (Munesada to Yoshiko Houshi Henjou)
“Munesada and Yoshiko – the Monk Henjou”

To be or not to be – that is the question. This was my favorite episode, but I’d be a liar if I said this episode didn’t make me rage… massive tl;dr ahead.

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July 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm Comments (24)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 02

「貞明と綏子 陽成院」 (Sadaakira to Yasuko Youzei In)
“Sadaakira and Yasuko – Former Emperor Youzei”

The loose continuity Uta Koi features in its second episode is rather nice, giving it an unexpectedly cohesive feel and an added depth . More than that though, the use of poetry is thoroughly explored as a means to express one’s true desires and feelings.

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July 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm Comments (11)

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 01

「高子と業平 在原業平朝臣/行平と弘子 中納言行平」 (Takaiko to Narihira Arihara no Narihira Choushin/Yukihira to Hiroko Chuunagon Yukihira)
“Takaiko and Narihira – Court Retainer Arihara no Narihira/Yukihira and Hiroko – Middle-Rank Councillor Yukihira”

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi not only takes the audience back to the days of old, but also takes them back to the days of high-school English class when using SparkNotes and Wikipedia was the solution to everything.

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July 3, 2012 at 2:53 am Comments (40)