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Set in the 18th century, the show follows the Shogun Yoshimune, who likes to disguise himself as a low-ranking samurai and go into his capital of Edo to see the life of the common man, as well as to seek out and punish evildoers who would hurt his citizens. He is aided by Magistrate Oo'oka and a vivacious fireman, Tatsugoro, as well as a rotating cast of other recurring characters.

Along with Zenigata Heiji and Mito Kōmon, it ranks among the longest-running series in the jidaigeki genre. Like so many other jidaigeki, it falls in the category of kanzen-chōaku, loosely, "rewarding good and punishing evil."

Series Cast

  1. Ken Matsudaira as Tokugawa Yoshimune

    Ken Matsudaira

    Tokugawa Yoshimune

    834 Episodes

  2. Saburô Kitajima as Tatsugoro

    Saburô Kitajima


    738 Episodes

  3. Tadashi Yokouchi as Oo'oka Echizen-no-Kami Tadasuke

    Tadashi Yokouchi

    Oo'oka Echizen-no-Kami Tadasuke

    738 Episodes

  4. Reiko Takashima as Kozoe

    Reiko Takashima


    207 Episodes

  5. Ryuko


    207 Episodes

  6. Asahi Kurizuka

    Yamada Asaemon

    207 Episodes

  7. Hidetoshi Ueno


    13 Episodes

  8. Akihiko Osada


    13 Episodes

  9. Misaki Uchibori


    13 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 12 - The Unfettered Shogun

Season 12

2002 | 13 Episodes

Season 12 of The Unfettered Shogun premiered on July 8, 2002.

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The Unfettered Shogun
The Unfettered Shogun


Original Name 暴れん坊将軍

Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese


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