FX's historical epic miniseries, Shōgun, based on the 1975 novel by James Clavell, has received rave reviews from critics ahead of its release. The series depicts the clash between cultures in 17th century Japan when an English sailor is shipwrecked, bringing with him technology that could impact local political struggles. Reviewers have praised the show for its handling of a large cast of characters and its slow burn narrative. Hiroyuki Sanada's performance as the quietly intense Toranaga has been singled out as a highlight. While comparisons have been drawn to Game of Thrones, some critics argue that character development suffers due to the show's large ensemble cast. However, overall, Shōgun has been hailed as a masterpiece and evidence of the medium's potential for greatness. The series premieres on FX and Hulu on February 27 for U.S. viewers and on Disney Plus internationally.