commentary: 犬公方 (dog shogun)

Hiroi Michiaki: Ah, this is the “dog shogun.” The shogun… in the Tokugawa period, there was a law to have compassion for all living things, and it was forbidden to kill dogs.

Paula: [The shogun] Ietsugu. [Note: The “Dog Shogun” was actually Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the 5th Shogun.]

Hiroi: Yeah. He was called the “dog shogun.” I modeled this on him. Because I’m an “Edokko” [a native of Tokyo], you know. Heh heh heh. I disagree with him.


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