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2:47am August 28, 2014

Dubious Translation Part II! Part I is here

Xu Feng: I say…can you be a little bit more reasonable?

Shi Ba: Intruders will die.

Xu Feng: I have matters to report to the master.

Shi Ba: Step back.

Xu Feng: …alright, you strike then.

Chang Ge: Stop!

Xu Feng: Master.

Chang Ge: Why are you drawing swords in the inner chamber? I went to have a little rest. I was worried that people would move my writing desk, so I told Shi Ba to stand guard.

Presumably Xu Feng: This dispute is not my doing.

Chang Ge: You must be tired, Shi Ba. Why don’t you take a break.

Chang Ge: Report.

Xu Feng: Yes. With the excuse of finding education for the lady, I went investigating.

For the moment I haven’t heard anything of the Eastern palace handmaiden Master is looking for. Only a day before the incident she was expelled from the palace and her whereabouts are currently unknown. The findings of my enquiries are collected here. Please take a look. Furthermore, according to the original plan, Mr. Qin should’ve sent a messenger a few days ago. However so far there has been no reply. I’m afraid something has happened. Consequently our time in Chang’an may be extended.

Chang Ge: Xu Feng, the expelled handmaiden that you mentioned earlier, it’s this Ah-yun?

Xu Feng: Yes.

Chang Ge: Leave other matters for now. Continue to search for this person.

Xu Feng: Yes. Master, what’s wrong?

Chang Ge: Ah-yun…is my mother’s trusted handmaiden. At that time I didn’t pay attention to where she went. However, just one day before the bloodbath in the eastern palace, for breaking a small dish my mother expelled her…isn’t that too unusual?

11:56pm August 27, 2014

37.2 Raw is up!

Dubious Translation Part I: 

Chang Ge: Same to you, same to you. If you can no longer stay in the grasslands, you can come to me.

Sun: I can’t get accustomed to living like you Hans.

Chang Ge: Then why do you think I’ll be accustomed to living like you northern people?

Sun: Huh? You’re not accustomed?

Chang Ge: If at that time I told you I’m can’t get accustomed would you have let me go back to Shuo province?

Sun: Li…aren’t you a pure Han?

Chang Ge: I’m not. From my mother side. She’s an Uighur. My father also is of ‘xianbei’ descent.

Sun: Han people are really scary. Regardless of origin, once you have adopted the Han lifestyle, once you know to speak the Han language and wear Han clothing…your children and grandchildren become pure Hans. At most we can only reap lives and property, but you Hans can make (people) change.

The female servers came in and brought food. They then addressed Chang Ge and said “that seeing the young lord is still very young, we took the liberty to make him this string bracelet”.

Chang Ge: I’ve forgotten…today is the dragon boat festival. It’s been a year already.

Cue flashback. A woman, likely a handmaiden, said that in a year there’s no more need to make this string bracelet. Chang Ge asked why and the handmaiden replied that “because soon the princess will no longer be a child.” She then said that Chang Ge would soon wear her hair like an adult woman’s and will truly become their Tang Dynasty Princess. Sun interrupted Chang Ge’s flashback, asking how to eat the wrapped rice dish. Chang Ge told Sun that there’s going to be a dragon boat race. If he wants to see, she can send people to take him. Sun asked her she’s not coming? Chang Ge said that she’s not going, that the moment of arrogance has to stop or they can’t expect things to turn out well.

Sun: I find that I’m not capable of distinguishing your “not wanting to” and “not being able to”.

Chang Ge: There’s a difference?

For an explanation for the dragon boat festival and the string bracelet, look here.

Part II of Dubious Translation coming up in a few hours.

2:41am August 27, 2014

 SPOILERS ON CHAPTER 37.2

busy-old-fool:

As you probably already know, Chang Ge Xing is published in a monthly magazine in Japan in addition to the u17 site. Only, unlike in u17, in Japan they publish the chapter in one go rather than dividing it in half. Being the impatient addicted fan that I am, I gave in and…

It was surprising to me because the emotion has been a little bit heavy the past few chapters, I didn’t expect for the tension to just sort of…fade away. Then again, Chang Ge has always been quick to master her reactions. 

Xia Da is tricky, isn’t she? The whole scene is actually a little bit hilarious. Definitely blogging it tomorrow. 

Ugh, yes! I also want to find out if whatever made Ah-Jin marry Li Jiancheng will actually become a plot point. Makes me wonder if whatever mystery there is will lead Chang Ge to also go to Uighur to find out more about her mother. I love how the comic focuses on different ethnicities, and more locations is definitely a plus. 

10:39pm August 26, 2014

SPOILERS ON CHAPTER 37.2

As you probably already know, Chang Ge Xing is published in a monthly magazine in Japan in addition to the u17 site. Only, unlike in u17,  in Japan they publish the chapter in one go rather than dividing it in half. Being the impatient addicted fan that I am, I gave in and subscribed to Ultra Jump (said magazine). Only, because of shipping times and customs, it end up not making any difference - usually I get the magazine on the 28th. By then, the second part of the raws would be up. But since I get to keep a physical copy of the prettiness, I kept my subscription.

For some reason this month the magazine arrived a WHOLE DAY EARLY. I realized I still have a problem. My japanese skills are even more non-existent than my mandarin. However, this is what I got from the pictures and a few characters (SPOILERS ABOUND): 

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1:29pm August 23, 2014
Chang Ge Xing commission by the stupendously talented faqy! She also has a tumblr.
As much I ship falcon song, the Mimi/Chang Ge feels is at least equally strong. It’s what, Day 139 of Still Not Getting Over Her Death? If I ever get around to writing fanfiction, there’s definitely going to be a lot of AUs of Mimi surviving, dammit. 
I also requested faqy two more commissions. One of Chang Ge with Sun and Mujin, and one of Chang Ge and Shi Ba. I’m thinking of gradually compiling a series of fanarts depicting Chang Ge and those closest to her. So that leaves: Chang Ge with Gong Sun and Ah-Dou, Chang Ge with Jin Dan or Ah Bi and Wuniang, Chang Ge with Situ Lang Lang, and definitely one with Chang Ge and her mother!

Chang Ge Xing commission by the stupendously talented faqy! She also has a tumblr.

As much I ship falcon song, the Mimi/Chang Ge feels is at least equally strong. It’s what, Day 139 of Still Not Getting Over Her Death? If I ever get around to writing fanfiction, there’s definitely going to be a lot of AUs of Mimi surviving, dammit. 

I also requested faqy two more commissions. One of Chang Ge with Sun and Mujin, and one of Chang Ge and Shi Ba. I’m thinking of gradually compiling a series of fanarts depicting Chang Ge and those closest to her. So that leaves: Chang Ge with Gong Sun and Ah-Dou, Chang Ge with Jin Dan or Ah Bi and Wuniang, Chang Ge with Situ Lang Lang, and definitely one with Chang Ge and her mother!

9:53am August 23, 2014
cerylune:

I just want an ending where everyone can be happy. *sobs*


I approve of this 100%.

cerylune:

I just want an ending where everyone can be happy. *sobs*

I approve of this 100%.

8:58am August 22, 2014

bridges-you-cross:

xnightdx:

busy-old-fool:

So it looks like Princess Yicheng and Lady Jin Se did launch an attack against the “Yan Hang” men. I’m not too worried for Ah-Dou and Qin, the latter because he’s a badass, and Ah-Dou because he has too much potential to be killed just like that. I really do hope that some of the 18 riders were there to fight! Even one of them would be able to handle an attack designed for a merchant group right? Right? *crosses fingers*

Whatever the outcome is, Yicheng and Jin Se will confirm their suspicions that the Yan Hang men is an ally of Sun’s. And if the 18 riders are there, they’d think Sun had managed to possess them too (little do they know…). So far Sun has been only reactionary against the Lesser Khan, but him being perceived as a canny opponent might make the Lesser Khan give even greater efforts to kill him and in turn force Sun to be more proactive. Plus if Sun is not the person at the end of Shi Ba’s sword, it’s likely that Yicheng also sent an attack to Chang Ge’s place (if so, she really is as thorough as Chang Ge) they’re bound to discover Sun’s location. 

I have a theory that Mimi kept Chang Ge out of her spy reports, because she wanted to protect Chang Ge. However, I don’t think it’d take more than a little poking around once they figured out that Sun is in the Central Plains that Sun’s been looking for his little Han strategist. I don’t think they’d make the connection between Chang Ge and the ‘deceased’ Tang dynasty princess right away, but. And I do want to see a Yicheng/Jin Se vs. Chang Ge show down . 

On a slightly lighter note I was pleasantly surprised when Ya Luo and Jiao Dan’s grandson (whose name was revealed in this chapter, but I can’t spell it) show up. I don’t think they’ll die either, but I think Sun would be glad to see them (as funny as it’s been, Sun’s been teased too much by the Hans lately - I think he’ll appreciate the back up, small as it is).

I want to see Sun teach Jiao Dan’s grandson as Chang Ge teaches Ah-Dou. I want Ah-Dou to join Chang Ge, period. And I want to see more badass ladies kicking ass and taking names. 

this makes so much sense me likie. ;)

Agree about the outcome of the attack, but I don’t know about Shiba’s sword-pointing. I think it’s a bit too fast for one chapter. Remember that only part 1 has been released.

I’m also not sure about the Lesser Khan confirming Sun and Changge’s alliance. I mean, they would only know if they caught Ya Luo and Ao Dan’s grandson there, which I don’t think they will. There’s a pretty good chance of them heading with Qin to Chang’an, yes, but I think that rather than Princess Yicheng finding out about Changge, it’ll be Changge finding out about Princess Yicheng - that she’s pretty much the brain behind most, if not all, of the schemes against Sun so far, including Mimi. Honestly, I don’t think that the Lesser Khan alone is much of a big threat. He might use his head more than Sun, but he’s nothing compared to Changge. I think that once Changge finds out about Princess Yicheng helping her son, she would be able to form a good plan to strike back.

Beside, as I mentioned in a previous post, the Turks will become very busy with some serious internal affairs in the near future, which will pave the way for their downfall two years from now.

I’ve been playing with an idea in my head that Changge will get caught an hurt by Princess Yicheng, and that is why when Tang attacked and captured the Great Khan, she wasn’t brought back and was killed on grass plains instead. It might sound a bit cruel to Changge, but that would have explained Princess Yicheng’s death on the grass plains. Usually “friendship” princesses aren’t killed in battle. I mean, even Empress Xiao of the Sui dynasty and one of Emperor Yang’s son was allowed to live after they were vrought back to the Central Plains, as well as the Great Khan himself. I guess I’m just being dramatic, and it’s possible that her death was an accident, but it feels plot-relevant.

What do you guys think?

Sorry for the late reply! Got busy with deadlines and RL. Orz.

Hmm. I can’t imagine who else Shi Ba would threaten though. Remember when we all thought it would be Sun? Looking at how part 1 ended that option seems less likely (though I can think of other ways for Sun to get into trouble. XD)

I guess my hypothesis is a bit of a “worst-case scenario”, but I didn’t mean for all the above to happen in the next chapter! More like, I think that it would be a catalyst for the Lesser Khan (and by him I mean Yicheng and Jin Se - I agree he’s nothing compared to Chang Ge) to grow very suspicious of Sun. And since Yicheng in the previous chapter seems to profile Sun pretty accurately (saying that he’s not the type who can persuade Qin’s group just like that) it might lead her to investigate who exactly is the brain behind Sun’s movements. I remember Jin Se being suspicious over the disappearance of the 18 Riders. If I were them, I’d poke around to see if Sun was hanging around a new person in that timeframe. I don’t think it’ll be that hard to find out that Sun traded an entire city for a young Han strategist (it seems a thing that soldiers would gossip about). Now if they find out that the Han strategist suddenly disappeared - and even with Mujin trying to hush things that Sun is absent as well - and then if this Han merchant who foiled their plans actually defeat their attack – well. It seems to me if given that much info it would be simple for them to connect the dots, though granted, that might be my reader’s bias showing. An even more worse case scenario is if they did attack Chang Ge’s place and someone recognized Sun (and lived to tell the tale). But that’s way too straightforward and not half as much fun.

You’re right that I didn’t really consider the other way around though. I absolutely agree that Chang Ge would soon discover Yicheng’s schemes. Boy, is she going to be so angry about Mimi. And yes, I remember you posting about that. I wonder how much Xia Da would cover the Turk’s internal affairs, if Sun and Chang Ge remained outside. Fun, fun.

Actually I do find your scenario to be depressingly plausible. If Li Shimin finds out that Chang Ge survived (or let himself confirm the fact - I think he already suspects) and Yicheng hurts or kill Chang Ge, he’d be pissed. I don’t know much about Tang history, but the part I’ve read about Li Shimin (especially his interactions with Wei Zheng) actually shows him to be surprisingly hot headed and sentimental. I mean I guess he was like that in the prelude chapter too, but yeah, I can see him taking revenge for Chang Ge even if it can’t be official. Now you’re making me worried. After all, one of the manhua’s genre is tragedy. ;_:

1:09pm August 17, 2014

The realization that his advisor isn’t a man.

10:09am August 16, 2014

fieldofclover:

My 2014 KuroFai Gift Swap ‘Secret Mokona’ fic is up on AO3!

Before I Sleep

My giftee was busyoldfool, whose tumblr URL I am not too sure of, as there are two tumblrerers with almost exactly the same name, eep! (Kyra, if you’re reading this, can you please let my giftee know via email that their gift has been posted?)

Edit: Xia has kindly given me the correct URL! busy-old-fool, your gift fic has been posted up!

O_O Thank you, thank you so much! I love your writing, and I can’t believe I got you as my ‘Secret Mokona’! Right now I’m cramming to finish up my own gift, but once I’m done I swear I will properly gush my appreciation. 

To every other Kurofai fans: a glorious fic has been born. Go forth and read!

1:30am August 15, 2014

fleurbot:

WHEN U LOVE SOMETHING SO HARD BUT THE FANDOM CONSISTS OF APPROXIMATELY SIX OTHER PEOPLE AND A SHOELACE 

# but those six people are great 

SOMETIMES NOT EVEN SIX PEOPLE

12:53am August 15, 2014

So it looks like Princess Yicheng and Lady Jin Se did launch an attack against the “Yan Hang” men. I’m not too worried for Ah-Dou and Qin, the latter because he’s a badass, and Ah-Dou because he has too much potential to be killed just like that. I really do hope that some of the 18 riders were there to fight! Even one of them would be able to handle an attack designed for a merchant group right? Right? *crosses fingers*

Whatever the outcome is, Yicheng and Jin Se will confirm their suspicions that the Yan Hang men is an ally of Sun’s. And if the 18 riders are there, they’d think Sun had managed to possess them too (little do they know…). So far Sun has been only reactionary against the Lesser Khan, but him being perceived as a canny opponent might make the Lesser Khan give even greater efforts to kill him and in turn force Sun to be more proactive. Plus if Sun is not the person at the end of Shi Ba’s sword, it’s likely that Yicheng also sent an attack to Chang Ge’s place (if so, she really is as thorough as Chang Ge) they’re bound to discover Sun’s location. 

I have a theory that Mimi kept Chang Ge out of her spy reports, because she wanted to protect Chang Ge. However, I don’t think it’d take more than a little poking around once they figured out that Sun is in the Central Plains that Sun’s been looking for his little Han strategist. I don’t think they’d make the connection between Chang Ge and the ‘deceased’ Tang dynasty princess right away, but. And I do want to see a Yicheng/Jin Se vs. Chang Ge show down . 

On a slightly lighter note I was pleasantly surprised when Ya Luo and Jiao Dan’s grandson (whose name was revealed in this chapter, but I can’t spell it) show up. I don’t think they’ll die either, but I think Sun would be glad to see them (as funny as it’s been, Sun’s been teased too much by the Hans lately - I think he’ll appreciate the back up, small as it is).

I want to see Sun teach Jiao Dan’s grandson as Chang Ge teaches Ah-Dou. I want Ah-Dou to join Chang Ge, period. And I want to see more badass ladies kicking ass and taking names. 

11:57pm August 14, 2014

dreamingcellardoor:

busy-old-fool:

(Annd somehow I miss three whole freaking pages!) 

Sun and Chang Ge went into a tavern, and Chang Ge tells the server to not disturb “us cousins” conversation. Chang Ge then began describing the drinks, and ask Sun if he would like to try? 

Sun then drop his bomb. He said to Chang Ge: “If one day you can no longer stay in the Central Plains, you can come to me.”

The last part, and ironically the most important part is what I’m least sure of. One translation of “come to me” is “defect” - so is he asking Chang Ge to stay with him? Is he telling Chang Ge that he will beat up anyone who tries to take Chang Ge out of her home? Look at Sun’s face OMG. Arggh. I was rather resigned that there wouldn’t be much romance in this manhua, as much as I ship these two, but the latest developments is giving me hope. 

And, even if not romantic, the fact that Sun sympathizes with Chang Ge so much is giving me a lot of the FEELS. 

It can mean defect! But depending on the context, there is an implication of ‘you can come to me for protection/come under my protection’ which is sort of like defecting, I guess, but you can use 投奔 to describe running to your family in times of trouble, so it’s definitely more complicated than just defecting.

Literally, what 投奔 means is to ‘run away to a person you can rely on/a place where you feel safe’. So he’s pretty much saying, ‘even if you can’t find a place for yourself here, even if you feel like there’s nowhere else you can go you still have a place with me.” I’m not even doing this translation with shipper glasses on, haha.

Thank you for the clarification! Knowing only a little of the language makes me miss all these NUANCES, and well, they’re very important. I thought up several interpretations to Sun’s words but I think I like what you confirmed best. ;) The subtext sure is strong, eh? 

5:18am August 14, 2014

(Annd somehow I miss three whole freaking pages!) 

Sun and Chang Ge went into a tavern, and Chang Ge tells the server to not disturb “us cousins” conversation. Chang Ge then began describing the drinks, and ask Sun if he would like to try? 

Sun then drop his bomb. He said to Chang Ge: “If one day you can no longer stay in the Central Plains, you can come to me.”

The last part, and ironically the most important part is what I’m least sure of. One translation of “come to me” is “defect” - so is he asking Chang Ge to stay with him? Is he telling Chang Ge that he will beat up anyone who tries to take Chang Ge out of her home? Look at Sun’s face OMG. Arggh. I was rather resigned that there wouldn’t be much romance in this manhua, as much as I ship these two, but the latest developments is giving me hope. 

And, even if not romantic, the fact that Sun sympathizes with Chang Ge so much is giving me a lot of the FEELS.