–Welcome to Shogun World
|“||For those for whom Westworld is not enough, the true connoisseur of gore can indulge their fantasies with the slash of a katana. Modeled after Japan's Edo period, Shogun World offers a chance for guests to embrace their inner warrior, in a landscape of highest beauty and darkest horror. Let your true self take shape in the land where self-discovery is an art form.||”|
–Discover Westworld website
Shōgunworld is a Delos destination modeled and influenced by the Edo period in Japan. The world features a strong military presence, reflecting the military rule and political uncertainty of the Japanese period.
"Shōgunworld" is park two at Delos Destinations, intended for those who find Westworld too tame. Based on the Edo period in Japanese history, Shōgunworld is an artfully-curated vacation destination, where guests can experience the full complexity of nature - beauty and danger, good and evil - in a place nestled from the passage of time. The rich seasonal bounties of Japan are all available to guests, from the snow-topped coniferous mountainscapes to the bright autumnal Koyo, from the regenerative fields of cherry blossom to the summer greenery along the coast.
Many of the narratives within Shogunworld were written by Head of Narrative Lee Sizemore who - claiming to be under stress from writing so many storylines for differing characters across all parks - reworked several storylines of Hosts from Westworld. This is demonstrated with the introduction of the ronin Musashi who is Shogunworld's counterpart to Hector Escaton and their respective counter parts Akane and Maeve Millay.
It is unknown when Shogunworld was exactly built as it is not featured in flashbacks in the pasts of Robert Ford or Arnold Webber when they first designed the Hosts. It is possible that Shogunworld - like the rest of Delos Destinations' themeparks were designed years down the line.
Locations in Shōgunworld
- The Western genre in the mid 20th century in film took much inspiration from then rising Japanese Samurai and historical films down to character archetypes, tropes, and even stories. The most famous being Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, a Samurai film set in medieval Japan, being remade into The Magnificent Seven, a Western set at the height of the Old West. Thus Shogunworld being the second park which takes inspiration and reworks storylines from Westworld can be seen as a nod to the overall reference to the influences of genre.
- Quite literally however, Shogunworld's design and layout was an inverse of Sweetwater. When the sets for each respective location were designed, Shogunworld was built exactly across from the Sweetwater sets and inversed many of the buildings.
- Shogunworld was first teased in the finale of Season 1 of Westworld. Although at the time only its logo and several Japanese Edo Period hosts were shown. Going off of the "SW" Symbol, fans theorized several names for the park ranging from "Samurai World" to what was eventually revealed "Shogunworld".
- According to Showrunner and writer Lisa Joy, Shogunworld and its storylines were created to be as accurate as possible to the timeperiod the park was emulating. This resulted in the casting of actual Japanese actors speaking in all Japanese dialogue while the Western based actors spoke their natural languages. Further on, the form of Japanese spoken was the Edo Period dialect which is an older more formal spoken Japanese which the Shogunworld actors did not naturally speak.
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