Afternoon, folks. I did an LP of Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom earlier this year, despite not being young (I'm 30) or a girl (and a dude). While I think much of the aimed appeal of that game is the various Beautiful Men, as I constantly termed them, one of the main things that grabbed me about the setting was the time period. I've had an interest in samurai culture/history ever since I saw pictures of the armor, but it's only been recently when I started to learn more about the actual era. I blame the Koei Samurai Warriors games for this, since they introduced me to the larger-than-life characters of the era, but it was fascinating to find out what wasn't embellished from that time period. The way Japan treats its own heroes, too, is curious to me -- I'm used to living in a country where the Founding Fathers are Noble Figures To Whom We Should Look Up And Admire, and certainly not recast as the Demon King (or Demoncrats, I suppose). Specifically, it's the idea of one culture falling out of favor, out of relevance, and being replaced with a new one -- a completely alien one, with the Western influences dominating Japan during the US Civil War era. Most of my exposure to this is sadly from Hakuoki (which does a remarkable job with it, honestly) and the Total War: Shogun 2 expandalone Fall of the Samurai, which helped make it feel kinda real with the shift in battles from spears/swords to gatling guns and powerful cannons. But really, I'd like to learn more. Are there any other games/shows/movies/books that deal with this time period, and do you recommend any of them to me?