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2:39am September 20, 2014
Chapter 33 is up. 
Sixteen! We have Tsuzuki, Meguro, Nanaura, and Hiroki. A certain someone is confirmed to have died by sword, so there’s possibly eleven more footsoldiers (If Rida doesn’t count)?!  And the man I thought was Moto’s past incarnation is someone else and unaccounted for? Could he be either Abe or Watanabe (Nanaura’s track clubmates)?
Argh, I never thought I’ll have any problems keeping track of the characters (if only because I’ve reread the chapters so many times) but you’re starting to make me a little nervous, Kumeta-sensei. 

Chapter 33 is up. 

Sixteen! We have Tsuzuki, Meguro, Nanaura, and Hiroki. A certain someone is confirmed to have died by sword, so there’s possibly eleven more footsoldiers (If Rida doesn’t count)?!  And the man I thought was Moto’s past incarnation is someone else and unaccounted for? Could he be either Abe or Watanabe (Nanaura’s track clubmates)?

Argh, I never thought I’ll have any problems keeping track of the characters (if only because I’ve reread the chapters so many times) but you’re starting to make me a little nervous, Kumeta-sensei. 

6:13pm September 19, 2014
yutaan:

I’M GONNA CUT THIS OUTTA PAPER

YES.

yutaan:

I’M GONNA CUT THIS OUTTA PAPER

YES.

10:28pm September 18, 2014
Another beautiful commission by faqy (chechula)! Despite dreading Chang Ge’s reaction, I do want to see Ah-Jin’s story fleshed out.

Another beautiful commission by faqy (chechula)! Despite dreading Chang Ge’s reaction, I do want to see Ah-Jin’s story fleshed out.

8:52am September 18, 2014

My ‘who needs men’ ships: favorite sistps, f/f otps, and I-don’t-even-know-what-I-want-you-to-be-to-each-other-I-just-want-you-to-be-together-forever womance. 

2:59pm September 15, 2014

Dubious Translation Part II! Part I is here

Chang Ge: *coughing*

Si Su: Sixth Miss, should we call a doctor…

Chang Ge: *cough* No need.

Si Su: But…

Chang Ge: Go take a rest. I’m also already sleepy.

Si Su: Then, if Sixth Miss needs anything, please call Si Su.

Chang Ge: Un.

-flashback-

Palace Maid: Who here in the palace doesn’t know? Consort* Jin was first rescued and brought here by the Prince of Qin**, to say there is no affair…

Younger Palace Maid: Hey, hey!

Ah-Yun: The impudence!  You’re still saying that kind of disrespectful talk? Hold her down. Twenty slaps on the face.

Palace Maid: Based on what authority! Aren’t you also just a servant!!

Chang Ge: Then, fifty lashes***.

Palace Maid: Princess?!

Chang Ge: My authority will do, right.

Ah-Yun: Princess, that kind of foul speech, please do not…

Chang Ge: Ah-Yun, does Mother and Second Uncle really have a relationship?

Ah-Yun: Princess, this servant would not dare to comment on the matters of the royal family, she is only to serve the Consort with her all. However, even if the Prince of Qin did rescue the Consort, it cannot matter. They have not met for over a decade, the Consort also never steps outside the palace. How can the Consort possibly be with the Prince of Qin in that circumstances, surely the Princess would know better than this servant.

Chang Ge: Of course! Didn’t I already said so?

*coughing*

Little maid: Sister Si Su?

Si Su: Sixth Miss’ coughing hasn’t stop…this doesn’t look good.

Manservant: Today are we also going to look for that old man?

Sun: Let’s go! What’s that smell?

Manservant: I heard that the Sixth Miss is sick. They’re probably making the medicine.

Sun: Sick?

Chang Ge: *coughing* But it’s just an old illness, not much of a concern.

Sun: Old illness? From that time in Shou province?

Chang Ge: That’s right. *cough*

Sun: I never regret the things I’ve done. But remembering that surrender, letting you walk barefoot on the snow and exposed to the cold, afterwards, there was regret.

*Ah-Jin’s title was “Liangdi”, which apparently was the highest rank among a crown prince’s concubines – so she was probably just a step below an official wife.

** Li Shimin, Chang Ge’s uncle and the current emperor.

***Probably with a stick or whip.

11:08am September 15, 2014

dreamingcellardoor:

busy-old-fool:

38.1 Raw

Dubious Translation Part I: 

Chang Ge: On the same day, just as father went to the palace, my mother sent me away. I always thought that I survived because she was able to receive the news quickly. However…however if she knew beforehand, why didn’t she warn father?

Xu Feng: Master, please calm down first. Just from one expelled maidservant, how can… 

Chang Ge: That person (referring to her mother) won’t even reprimand rude and disrespectful servants. Why would she expel Ah-Yun for a plate? Was it to save her?  Or was it for her to deliver something…

Xu Feng: Master, your subordinate is incompetent, but he will search the mountains and the sea to help you find this Ah-Yun.

Chang Ge: *coughing*

Xu Feng: Master!

Chang Ge: *cough* It’s fine. Just an old illness. *cough, cough* In the boxes of items Mistress sent, at the very bottom there’s a prescription for the medicine. Why don’t you find a person to fill the prescription.

Xu Feng: Yes.

Chang Ge: Wait. For Ah-Yun’s matter, don’t investigate downward first (really not sure about this translation). *coughing*.

[Chang An, Li Jing’s Residence]

Zhang Chuchen: That will do. Today there’s no need to go out, just this is very good.  You’re skilled with your craft, Ah-Yun.

Ah-Yun:…

Zhang Chuchen: Why are you so tense? Haven’t I told you several times, I’m not interested with what you know or what you don’t know.  I won’t press you.

Ah-Yun: In that case, would it not be better for my lady to let Ah-Yun return?

Zhang Chuchen: Don’t be stupid. Here you will at least be able to stay alive. 

Guardswoman: My lady, there is indeed a person investigating Ah-Yun.

Zhang Chuchen: See…it’s really not that peaceful. Inform my husband, so that he can invite the chancellor for drinks tomorrow and request government housing (really really not sure about this part).

Guardswoman: Yes. 

Zhang Chuchen: To dump such a troublesome matter on us, we can’t let him off lightly.

Part II sometime tomorrow. Tired. 

Instead of ‘request government housing’ I think what’s she’s saying is for her husband to invite the chancellor over to their estate (house???) for a meeting. The wording implies a casual meeting but we all know that’s only what she says and not what she means, haha.

Wow. I was really off with that one. That makes much more sense. And here I thought they were demanding real estate for compensation, haha. As always, thank you for the correction!

9:21am September 15, 2014
bridges-you-cross:

EGS had released ch 37.2 English version and I learned something that I did not notice while looking at the raw before: Changge got her eye color from her mother!
So Changge’s eyes are green “like Kunlun jade,” as claimed by Li Shimin? I guess it’s possible that sime of her Xianbei abcestors have green eyes as well. But Xia Da, why did you not make this clear before?! Did you just decide on this? Changge has been appearing on the covers of every Chinese volume, and her eyes gave always been brown!!
Also, how come nobody ever said anything about this? I know that Tang is a very open time period, but is it really that normal for a Han person to walk around with green eyes?

It’s hard to tell from the online scans - but some of the chinese covers does depict Chang Ge’s eyes as dark green (you can sort of see it here.) Maybe her eyes are not as obviously green as Ah-Jin’s but a darker shade? 
You have a point though - perhaps it’s commonplace in Chang’an but I would’ve expected a comment or two in Shou province and/or the grasslands - well, Sun just commented on it I guess. 
*notes detail for future fanart commissions*

bridges-you-cross:

EGS had released ch 37.2 English version and I learned something that I did not notice while looking at the raw before: Changge got her eye color from her mother!

So Changge’s eyes are green “like Kunlun jade,” as claimed by Li Shimin?
I guess it’s possible that sime of her Xianbei abcestors have green eyes as well. But Xia Da, why did you not make this clear before?! Did you just decide on this? Changge has been appearing on the covers of every Chinese volume, and her eyes gave always been brown!!

Also, how come nobody ever said anything about this? I know that Tang is a very open time period, but is it really that normal for a Han person to walk around with green eyes?

It’s hard to tell from the online scans - but some of the chinese covers does depict Chang Ge’s eyes as dark green (you can sort of see it here.) Maybe her eyes are not as obviously green as Ah-Jin’s but a darker shade? 

You have a point though - perhaps it’s commonplace in Chang’an but I would’ve expected a comment or two in Shou province and/or the grasslands - well, Sun just commented on it I guess. 

*notes detail for future fanart commissions*

2:29am September 15, 2014
Commission by the magnificent s-u-w-i! Here’s hoping that Situ Langlang will reappear in the manhua someday. 

Commission by the magnificent s-u-w-i! Here’s hoping that Situ Langlang will reappear in the manhua someday. 

2:22am September 15, 2014

38.1 Raw

Dubious Translation Part I: 

Chang Ge: On the same day, just as father went to the palace, my mother sent me away. I always thought that I survived because she was able to receive the news quickly. However…however if she knew beforehand, why didn’t she warn father?

Xu Feng: Master, please calm down first. Just from one expelled maidservant, how can… 

Chang Ge: That person (referring to her mother) won’t even reprimand rude and disrespectful servants. Why would she expel Ah-Yun for a plate? Was it to save her?  Or was it for her to deliver something…

Xu Feng: Master, your subordinate is incompetent, but he will search the mountains and the sea to help you find this Ah-Yun.

Chang Ge: *coughing*

Xu Feng: Master!

Chang Ge: *cough* It’s fine. Just an old illness. *coughing* In the boxes of items Mistress sent, at the very bottom there’s a prescription for the medicine. Why don’t you find a person to fill the prescription.

Xu Feng: Yes.

Chang Ge: Wait. For Ah-Yun’s matter, don’t investigate downward first (really not sure about this part). *coughing*.

[Chang’an, Li Jing’s Residence]

Zhang Chuchen: That will do. Today there’s no need to go out, just this is very good.  You’re skilled with your craft, Ah-Yun.

Ah-Yun:…

Zhang Chuchen: Why are you so tense? Haven’t I told you several times, I’m not interested with what you know or what you don’t know.  I won’t press you.

Ah-Yun: In that case, would it not be better for my lady to let Ah-Yun return?

Zhang Chuchen: Don’t be stupid. Here you will at least be able to stay alive. 

Guardswoman: My lady, there is indeed a person investigating Ah-Yun.

Zhang Chuchen: See…it’s really not that peaceful. Inform my husband, so that he can invite the chancellor over to the estate tomorrow.*

Guardswoman: Yes. 

Zhang Chuchen: To dump such a troublesome matter on us, we can’t let him off lightly.

Part II

*Thank you dreamingcellardoor for the correction!

3:45am September 14, 2014

bridges-you-cross:

The new 38.1 raw is out!

It’s 15 pages long, which is good for now, but this means that the next release will only be 12-13 pages.

QUICK SPOILERS: Lots of things show up in this first half of ch 38, the most notably of which (imo) is that Changge’s dreaded cough is back. With blood. Xu feng and the maidservants worry about her (foreshadowing? No, please, just, no).

Ah-Yun makes her appearance with Zhang Chuchen, who’s the wife of Li Jing, the general who led/will be leading the attack on the Eastern Turks.

We also have an older Little Changge, and Sun being… caring, I think? While still acting proud? I wouldn’t have guessed what he was saying looking at his face alone. That expression does not look like someone who’s feeling sorry or guilty. Oh Sun, I don’t know what to say to you…

I’ll leave the detailed summary up to the pro *cough*busy-old-fool*cough*

Thank you for the summary and the history lesson!

Chang Ge… Please let this foreshadowing be a red herring.  I really want you to survive. :_:

Unfortunately I’m due to go on a 16-hours flight, so my usual dubious translation would have to wait a day or two. 

Looking at the raws without consulting a dictionary, this is what I got (please bear in mind that the summary will be even more unreliable than the usual): 

1. The flashback involves A-yun punishing a gossiping maid (for badmouthing A-Jin?). Chang Ge came along and increased the punishment from 20 lashes to 50 lashes (first time I’ve seen her being harsh on a woman…then again this does involve A-Jin). Chang Ge asked A-yun if there is a relationship between her mother and her second uncle. A-yun said something and Chang Ge is reassured. 

2. Sun heard about Chang Ge being sick and went to ask her about it. Chang Ge said it’s not a big deal, just an old illness. Sun asked her if it’s the same illness at that time in Shou province? Chang Ge said yes. Sun said that he never regrets his actions but remembering that time of the surrender, letting Chang Ge walk barefoot on the snow and exposed to the cold, “afterwards there was regret.” 

Really not sure about the quoted part, but in context it does seem he feels guilty/worried (but not outright saying it). 

10:27am September 13, 2014

 Marriage

xnightdx:

"Why were you called the Yong Ning Princess?"

She stiffened, “Why do you ask?”

Ashina Sun gave a look that clearly said, “You Hans… Always suspicious.”

"It pays to be cautious." She reminded before questioning, "Why bring it up now?"

He shrugged before uncorking his wine bottle taking a swig…

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9:37am September 11, 2014
4th commission by the fantastic faqy   (chechula)! I LOVE their first meeting.

4th commission by the fantastic faqy (chechula)! I LOVE their first meeting.

5:28am September 11, 2014
Preview of chapter 38! Hmmm…a court lady? Empress Zhangsun? 

Preview of chapter 38! Hmmm…a court lady? Empress Zhangsun?