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How Would You Rate This Episode?
10 (Perfect!) 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
9.5 (One of the Best) 14%  14%  [ 11 ]
9.0 (Excellent) 16%  16%  [ 13 ]
8.5 (Very Good) 34%  34%  [ 27 ]
8.0 (Pretty Good) 23%  23%  [ 18 ]
7.5 (Decent) 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
7.0 (Average at Best) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
6.5 (Not So Good) 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
6.0 (Pretty Bad) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
5.0 (Just Awful) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 80
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:53 pm 
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This is the official MM thread for The Arrow That is Not Aimed (3.14). All discussions and reviews for this episode should go here. If you wish to rate the episode, please do so with the poll. The avg. score will be the official 'community rating', which will be used on the episode page (updated monthly).

This thread is also linked in the episode page of the Episode Guide.


Original Air Date: 1/27/1983
Magnum gets a lesson in ancient Japanese culture when a valuable Kenzan artifact is stolen from a Samurai warrior by a Ninja.


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The Mag hangs out with a Samurai Warrior! A Samurai played by the great Mako! Do you need to know any more? Of course this episode is good. ;)

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I had just watched this episode the night before Mako passed away. It was a little strange to wake up and find that Tozan had indeed died with the rising sun.


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I liked a lot this episode which was a real hommage to the japanese culture and especially an hommage to the ancient Samurai who had to perform the horrible sepukku, chosing an honorable death rather than a life in shame.

Magnum was chosed by Tozan to perform the role of the attendant, the "kaishakunin". If he would have accepted, he should have stood behind him then decapitating him after the samurai opened his stomach with a dagger, making a left to right cut ...
Higgins seemed to respect Tozan's choice but not Magnum !

And of course, Samurai who had no kaishakunin to provide a quick end, had to agonize a long time after opening their stomach ...

Seppuku was abolished in 1873, shortly after the Meiji Restoration, but voluntary seppuku did not completely die out.
The last suicide by ritual seppuku may be the one of famous japanese writer Yukio Mishima in 1970.

This Magnum episode about japanese ritual suicide is to bring closer to the episode n.28 (2.10) "The Taking of Dick McWilliams" where japanese Mitsu wants to commit a ritual suicide too because of dishonour for her family.


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Higgins says Tozan is a "Ichinaga" Samurai. Tozan says the "Ichinaga" practice the old discipline of "The Arrow That is Not Aimed" - "The bow is pulled. The archer has no thought of his aim, the arrow, his game, or even of himself. All is one. All is emptiness. Yet, the arrow always finds its target".

I can't find anything on the "Ichinaga" Samurai, or anything similiar to it. Did they just make all this up?

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I found this page which is about stuttering therapy, but uses an introduction written by Daisetz T. Suzuki for the book Zen in the Art of Archery. Down the page there's a sentence (search for "enlightenment") written I think by the creator of this particular web page, but paraphrasing what Suzuki wrote.

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The Master refused to teach Herrigel to aim, insisting that the target was not the goal, and the goal cannot be aimed at, and that the goal doesn't have a name, except maybe "enlightenment".

But even though the Master did not aim, all of his shots lodged in the black center of the target, from sixty feet away.


So it seems to be part of Zen philosophy. I couldn't find anything more though after a short search.

Also, since you couldn't find anything on "Ichinaga" maybe it was spelled incorrectly in the subtitles? Or maybe they created a name...


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Well, it appears that the "world renowned" "Ichinaga" samurai are fictional. I just find it odd (and confusing) that they found the need to make up a type of samurai. Especially since so many other historical Japanese references in the episode were not made up - Ogata Kenzan, the Edo Tokugawa period, Seppuku, Kaishakunin, etc.

It's still one heck of a good episode, however. ;)

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This episode was great! It sort of reminded me of the mini series Shogun from 1980 which if anyone is interested in Samurai is definatley worth a look.


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Working rule #35 stipulates that you always enter strange hotels with extreme caution, especially strange hotels rooms with samurai warriors in them.

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I like this episode as well, but found it hard to ignore the fact that Samurai had been abolished for about a hundred years!

On a trip to Japan several years ago I stumbled upon a group of Kyudo practitioners http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%C5%ABd%C5%8D in a Zen temple in Kamakura. I had never known of this meditative-archery practice before and found it fascinating. I think it was likely the inspiration for archery metaphor.

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