Wow, I had forgotten about Shogun! I read that book back in junior high. Sometime in high school I learned about the series and watched that one week when I was sick in bed and home from school.
It was a good adaptation, though I really recommend the book if you haven't read it. In retrospect, that might have been one of the unconscious influences that drove me to choose Japanese for my compulsory foreign language courses in college, which had a great influence on the rest of my life to this day.