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The new raw is here! Ch 36 part 2!!!

And the feels! The feels!!

Sun: Why don’t you go yourself?

Changge: What?

Sun: Enduring so hard, why don’t you go see Chang’an for yourself?

Could someone gives a summary of this chapter? I only understand part of it, but these last two pages are more than enough. And I think the last time Sun said something this impressive was back in ch 16 (20 chapters ago?!) when he decided to help the Khitans.

I thought it was funny that their clothes look the same the entire they were on the grassland, but they change clothes now.

Also, the part where Changge asks Sun to buy her hu ma bing (胡麻饼), or sesame biscuits, was cute.

Can I expect the next chapter to be about Sun and Changge strolling through the market of Chang’an together, eating hu ma bing and buying hair pins? And more explanations on why Changge is tearing up, I guess, ‘cause I don’t really get it right now.

I have an exam tomorrow, so I can’t scour the dictionary as usual but I get the impression that Chang Ge is really really homesick. I was surprised when she teared up though. 

Day 4: Favorite Male Character(s) - Sumeragi Subaru, Watanuki Kimihiro & Fay D. Flourite. 

If I choose three ladies then it’s only fair I choose three men too, right? That’s my argument and I’m sticking to it. And yes, I like angst-muffins. 

In all seriousness, I think they’re pretty similar. All three are extremely kind people who needed to be taught to value themselves as much as they value others. Some lessons stick, others…not so much. 

Favorite Womance: [1/?] Souma/Kendappa from RG Veda

So…this is an otp and not a sistp,  but I cannot not mention Souma/Kendappa.

Kendappa is one of my favorite female CLAMP characters if not the favorite (she and Hokuto are mostly tied for the position). There’s just something very refreshing about a female character who is so unapologetically ruthless. Her insistence on adhering to her controversial ideology makes her dislikable to some, but I actually appreciate that part of her. Is it flawed reasoning? Yes. Would she and Souma have a much higher chance of averting tragedy had she not been so stubborn? Yes. However there’s actually something rather compelling about her Javert-like bullheadedness. And I’m biased, but I’d still rather put the blame on certain other characters (looking at you, Taishakuten). 

Souma on the other hand, though on the surface less traditionally ‘feminine’ than Kendappa is actually a much gentler and kinder woman. I like her a lot too, though not as much as I do Kendappa.

What I love about their relationship is how devoted they are to each other. Several times in the manga Kendappa made clear that Souma is her priority (in one omake Kendappa even said she doesn’t care about anything else as long as Souma is happy) and Souma is so gentle towards Kendappa (see scene 1). Nothing, not even the way they ended takes away from that. Kendappa started the CLAMP trend of “I love you so I will kill you.”  Souma after being stabbed by her beloved still tries to save her.

That’s true love, people. 

So anyone who’s read CLAMP usually would notice that they have their own unique brand of romance. Your soulmate is referred to as your “most important person” or “person only just for you”. Swapping/sharing/sacrificing your eyes for another person is a good indication that you’re married to that person. Making sure that you die by your beloved’s hand is a thing. Making sure that no one else kills your beloved (even if that meant killing them yourself) is also a thing.

The last trend was first established by Kendappa-ou of RG Veda. Kendappa has an interesting ideology where she would only follow the strongest. That ultimately put her at odds with her beloved, Souma. She ultimately killed Souma (in her defense: she really believes that the six stars have no chance against Taishakuten so in her own words, if Souma had to die she’d rather do it herself) before committing suicide. 

Henceforward, a declaration by a CLAMP character that they will kill someone that they obviously care for is at the very least heavy subtext for you know what. 

When I first read the KuroFai scene I immediately thought of the parallels with Souma/Kendappa. It wasn’t however, until much much later another thought occurred to me. Kendappa’s counterpart in TRC is Kurogane’s Empress. Kurogane grew up around Kendappa. How close their relationship is debatable, but Kendappa knew Kurogane well enough to join in teasing him.

Nihon Kendappa is a lot less tragic and so far it doesn’t look like she has the same hang ups as RG Veda Kendappa. It’s doubtful that the RG Veda scene would ever be reenacted in Nihon. The context of the scenes between Souma/Kendappa and KuroFai are different. Despite what he said, I doubt that Kurogane would ever seriously try to kill Fai. Here he just wanted to shut him up.

But. 

The headcanon that Kurogane is influenced by Kendappa’s idea of romantic declarations is still really really funny to me.

Despite being only a 1 on the Kinsey scale, recently I’ve been having an oceanful of feels for womance and femslash relationships (I blame Sailor Moon Crystal). 
I mean, I love my bromance like any other fangirl, but there’s just something about intense girl friendships that tugs on my heartstrings like whoa. Maybe it’s because women can get away with more PDA, and it’s effing cute. Maybe it’s because sometimes I just want men to be out of the picture entirely. It’s not like I want to see girls make out (except when I do)…but yeah.
Consider yourself warned. For the indeterminate future, expect a barrage of posts dedicated to my sistp - or in some cases *cough* SoumaKendappaHarukaMichiru *cough* just plain otp.

Despite being only a 1 on the Kinsey scale, recently I’ve been having an oceanful of feels for womance and femslash relationships (I blame Sailor Moon Crystal). 

I mean, I love my bromance like any other fangirl, but there’s just something about intense girl friendships that tugs on my heartstrings like whoa. Maybe it’s because women can get away with more PDA, and it’s effing cute. Maybe it’s because sometimes I just want men to be out of the picture entirely. It’s not like I want to see girls make out (except when I do)…but yeah.

Consider yourself warned. For the indeterminate future, expect a barrage of posts dedicated to my sistp - or in some cases *cough* SoumaKendappaHarukaMichiru *cough* just plain otp.

The angel of the Eastern Gate put his wings over his head to shield himself from the first drops. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said politely. ‘What was it you were saying?’

‘I said, that one went down like a lead balloon,’ said the serpent.

- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Got my ‘Good Omens’ Pandora bracelet! Behold, Aziraphale and Crowley (still Crawly here) as I imagined them in the first scene. Aziraphale isn’t a Pandora charm, but I think he fits pretty well. 

Sherlock and Harry Potter next!

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The new raw for ch 36 is out!

Changge looks so beautiful in this chapter!!! And look at Sun’s face!

I have a feeling that this entire chapter (or at least the first half) is dedicated to falcon song.

Could someone please give a brief translation?

Really not sure (there’s too many characters I can’t read) - but I think Chang Ge is persuading Sun to wait for them before going to Khitan? They’re currently going by the names of “Qin Sun” and “Qin Lili” (Chang Ge is also “the sixth young lady”). Chang Ge then  said something along the lines of how important it is to build one’s skill. Sun asked her whether being so many different people is also her skill.  

Sun: Shou province’s captain Li Chang Ge, my underling the little Han advisor, the blood covered person I saw, and now Qin Lili….is that all your skill?

Chang Ge: No. That’s all really me.

Sun: Fooling me again? 

Chang Ge: I’m not fooling you. It was Mujin who fooled me. 

Sun:? When did he fool you? 

Chang Ge: He said that you never suspect your friends. Wasn’t that fooling me? 

Sun: …..

Chang Ge: So, do you want to learn Han people’s skill? 

Sun: Yes. 

Mujin: *sneezes* Who’s talking about me behind my back?
 

So Sun’s not leaving for Khitan just yet?

That’s my impression. Sun agreed to learn, and they didn’t say goodbye. Not 100% sure though.

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The new raw for ch 36 is out!

Changge looks so beautiful in this chapter!!! And look at Sun’s face!

I have a feeling that this entire chapter (or at least the first half) is dedicated to falcon song.

Could someone please give a brief translation?

Really not sure (there’s too many characters I can’t read) - but I think Chang Ge is persuading Sun to wait for them before going to Khitan? They’re currently going by the names of “Qin Sun” and “Qin Lili” (Chang Ge is also “the sixth young lady”). Chang Ge then  said something along the lines of how important it is to build one’s skill. Sun asked her whether being so many different people is also her skill.  

Sun: Shou province’s captain Li Chang Ge, my underling the little Han advisor, the blood covered person I saw, and now Qin Lili….is that all your skill?

Chang Ge: No. That’s all really me.

Sun: Fooling me again? 

Chang Ge: I’m not fooling you. It was Mujin who fooled me. 

Sun:? When did he fool you? 

Chang Ge: He said that you never suspect your friends. Wasn’t that fooling me? 

Sun: …..

Chang Ge: So, do you want to learn Han people’s skill? 

Sun: Yes. 

Mujin: *sneezes* Who’s talking about me behind my back?