'Seimenju Yoshi' from Kuniyoshi's 'One of the 108 Heroes of the Popular Water Margin' (otherwise known as Yang Zhi)
Remember I was watching All Men Are Brothers earlier in the year?
Luckily for my memory, we move neatly from Lin Chong's story (which I can't remember very well now) to another ill-fated army officer, Yang Zhi. Lin Chong will be back later, but we've left him in a very precarious position in a bandit stronghold. I'm sure he'll manage.
Meanwhile: poor old Yang Zhi can't catch a break. His nickname - 'The Blue Faced Beast' - is primarily based on his blue birthmark, but also his legendary fighting prowess. He also doesn't have many social skills (possibly due to past disappointments and being consantly thwarted by high officials) but it certainly doesn't help him get what he wants.
What he does want is to get himself into the good books by protecting a delivery of expensive Birthday Gifts for 'The Minister'. These Birthday Gifts figured heavily in the first few episodes, and great to see them explained a little more. Well, Yang Zhi has promised to protect them even though he knows it's a bad idea. And it really is a bad idea, because of Yang Zhi's terrible people management skills and because our seven guys from the beginning are still very focused on stealing the gifts. And my favourite strategist and my favourite 'terrible Daoist priest' are back! Hurrah!
Poor old Yang Zhi! Whatever will happen to him? I will watch Episode 16 later, and find out.