That’s one of the quicker ways to establish a classical/historical feel to your plot, isn’t it? Have the bad guys take some brute force, comprehensive approach to finding your good guys by rounding up everybody of their type. I feel like half the stories in 1,001 ARABIAN NIGHTS have exactly that sort of development. Surely, it seems so antiquated a notion thanks to due process, warrants, profiling technologies and all other standards of modern life that we take for granted.
Switching gears briefly… I’m finding much amusement in the similarities I’m seeing between Gorobei and TV’s very own Anthony Bourdain. The face, voice and attitude... I’m pretty convinced that the dub actor probably saw the character design and decided to lean in Tony's direction. I'm just tickled over the notion of Mr. Bourdain playing a steam punk samurai during his off-time in between seasons of NO RESERVATIONS.
Getting back to the historical aspect - - and the aforementioned blunt samurai hunt - - throughout this series, I’ve been kind of wondering what exactly defines a “samurai.”
Look, it’s not a stupid question, all right?
I kind of assumed that a samurai was somebody trained, sanctioned and command by some official outfit like a shogunate to serve as its muscle - - either for warfare or peace-time policing. If any one individual fell out of his unit and went rogue, then he’d immediately be labeled a “ronin” and branded with a reputation as dishonored as mercenary. Granted, this show bears no allegiances to reality whatsoever, but when “Mifune” breaks all the samurai out of jail and Kambei soundly trumps them like the amateur poseurs they are, I couldn’t help but wonder if “samurai” basically just means anybody carrying a sword in this world. It’s a term as general as “warrior”; but cooler sounding perhaps.
Anyway, I’m wondering if that was the case in real history. Don’t make me go to Wikipedia, you lunatics. Educate me here!