It has been ages since I have posted anything, so long that I have almost lost track of what was happening! However, we are now back in the thick of things as Yi Sun-sin bravely leads the Korean navy into battle against the Japanese in his second campaign of 1592. This 30 odd minute episode is actually only the first half of the sixth installment and covers the Battle of Sacheon where Yi Sun-sin once again risks his life for his king and country. The second half is forthcoming and will include the rest of the second campaign. Enjoy!
It’s been awhile, but it is high time we got back into the story of the immortal Yi Sun-sin. The main narrative, including his first naval encounter is set to begin. He has been preparing for this moment since the moment his was promoted. He has now been presented with what many historians and politicians refer to as “a crisis of opportunity.” He is in complete control of the last organized military resistance in Korea. No one is expecting any sort of offensive maneuver, not even the Joseon ministers themselves. However, armed with the confidence born of extreme dedication and purpose, and burning with the desire to avenge and punish, Yi Sun-sin somehow maintains his composure as he advances through the island chains and jagged coastlines of southern Korea toward the Japanese menace.
Presenting episode 5, where Yi Sun-sin’s true genius is put on display. Prepare yourself for the real debut of the Korean god of war, the greatest hero in Korean history: 충무공 (The Duke of Loyalty and Warfare) Admiral Yi Sun-sin.
Yi Sun-sin: Episode 5 – Catch a Tiger by the Tail
First of all, Happy National Liberation Day! In Korea, August 15th commemorates the Allied victory over Japan, which led to Korea’s independence from the Japanese Empire and the end of colonial rule. The name of the day in Korean (한글) is: 광복절. That literally means “Light Return Day.” In other words, the day the light returned. A cool name for a holiday! Enjoy yourselves, whatever you do, and celebrate freedom!
The holiday is actually tomorrow, but the 4th episode is ready today, so here it is:
Korean Heroes – Yi Sun-sin Episode 4 – Turtle Ships to the Rescue
In this episode I discuss the Korean and Japanese navies and I generally describe the first days of the Imjin War. Yi Sun-sin takes up his new position as Commander of the Jeolla Left Navy. This episode is about 50 minutes in length and took a lot of effort on my part. I hope to set up the RSS feed for the Korean Heroes Podcast tomorrow (August 15th), but no promises! I’m pretty happy with the way the recording went, keeping it rough and raw for the most part suits my style, my ability and my equipment. I’m going to set up an SNS link for this site too, if everything goes well. Feedback is welcome, you can comment on this blog or contact me by email (just click on the contact information at the top of the page). Here are some screenshots of turtle ships (not my own I lost them…). I’ll have to start a new game when I have the time, but in the meantime have a look at the ones I pilfered!
Episode Four – Turtle Ships
It’s been forever since I’ve managed to get anything uploaded so, I’m taking a new approach: Record and publish and to hell with perfectionism! Just kidding, I am still going to polish each episode before I subject it to the scrutiny of the internet, not only for my own sake, but for Yi Sun-sin’s! You will notice that this upload needs some serious work still; for example, around the 10 minute mark I start rambling about diving in turtle ships, and this will have to be edited out or replaced, but I’ve decided to go ahead put it up anyway as I promised an episode about A MONTH AGO! This episode will no doubt be the longest one to date and it will the first to be tested on my podcast feed. However, I’m still going to upload it in chunks, as I have done so far, so that older listeners can preview it as I get it ready. This blog needs some love!
I’m not sure if it’ll be three or four chunks when it is finally done, but here is the first one. The idea is to get them all done and then add them all to the RSS feed as a whole. I’ve decided to keep all of the old stuff as is, and use this blog as sort of a record of the somewhat frustrating, but ultimately satisfying learning process. I will replace this upload with a better version as soon as I can. Feedback is always welcome.
*Editing and additional effects to follow. Thanks for listening!
P.S. If I can’t find that screenshot from AOE2, I’ll have to start a new game and take another. I formatted my computer and it has gone missing. In the mean-time, here is another illustration of Korean turtle ship, schematics included.
This is the website for a new podcast called Korean Heroes. It is a work in progress and a project I’ve been looking forward to launching for several years now. The first podcast descriptions and website content will be uploaded by March 1st, 2016 and the feeds should start rolling out shortly after that. The site will be up and running just in time for the National Holiday (Bank Holiday for those of you who call it that), in South Korea that celebrates the Korean Independence movement during the Japanes occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910-1945. More on that in a future podcast series! Happy 삼일절 (sam-il-jeol: literally 3-1 Day translated directly fromÂ Korean).