Dumping a few chapters of Sangokushi whenever I have time now that it's completely translated.
Recap of story so far: While Liu Bei leaves Xuzhou to fight Yuan Shu, Lu Bu betrays his host and decides to take it for himself, leaving Liu Bei and his army landless.
For those who don't know what this is, it's a faithful adaptation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Yokoyama Mitsuteru, the mangaka of Tetsujin 28, Giant Robo, Mars, etc. The art isn't amazing but if you've ever wanted to get into Three Kingdoms but didn't feel like slogging through book, reading this is the easiest way. The 2010 Chinese TV series was alright too, but that skips out on some fun arcs.
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Diplomacy, or foreign policy in general, can be erratic when it's just one or two dudes making the decisions up at the top and they don't have to answer to anyone like in a democracy. It is funny though seeing the various characters pretending to be buddy-buddy with another until the moment they see an opening.
Zhang Fei doesn't take any shit, I don't think Liu Bei would have made it as far if he allowed Zhang Fei to do whatever he wanted. To the same effect he wouldn't have made it nearly as far without him.
No fucks on the Zhang train. Although he has a reputation of being a crass buffoon in pop culture, the novel portrays him as no simple buffoon and he knows when to give due respect. He treats both Kongming and Pang Tong like shit when all he's seen them do is act like arrogant know-it-alls, but he gives deference to their wisdom once they actually prove that they can walk the walk.
It's interesting to note that Zhang Fei supposedly played a greater role in the various Three Kingdoms plays during the Yuan-dynasty, in contrast to Guan Yu's greater role from the editions from Ming-dynasty and later. I'm curious as to what his characterization in those early versions were like.
Interesting, do you know if any records of those plays exist or have they been lost in time?
Yeah, Nanyang is Yuan Shu's base of power so that's where Sun Ce borrowed his army from. His campaign from hereon will be expansion south and eastwards from Nanyang.
I'm not sure if any survived in its entirety, but there definitely are a few, I believe, but not translated in English of course.
The whole evolution of Three Kingdoms lore is a pretty fascinating topic. I think Kongming got a major upgrade in favourable treatment during the Song dynasty (through the famous history text Zizhi Tongjian) compared to his original treatment in the Jin dynasty text, Sanguozhi.
Yeah, that's a pretty major typo on my part. My bad.
Just a funny little quote from a famous drunkard that that poster has taken a liking to. RotK has a lot of funny quips though, kind of like LoGH. One of my favourite is the "job interview" between Sun Quan and Pang Tong.
Hox are of Asian ethnicity or grew up Japan if you don't mind me asking? I only ask since you translate manga by yourself, and have a damn good amount of knowledge about older manga and Asian history and History in general.
Yeah, I've noticed that Yokoyama does do a bit of that old-fashioned goofyness that you often found in Tezuka's manga in the earlier volumes, but he weans away from it as the series goes on.
I translated Matsumoto Taiyou's boxing manga, Zero, from Korean, as I didn't have access to Japanese raws.
These two former bandits actually get a pretty drastic face lift when they reappear in the story many volumes later. Guess Yokoyama just didn't like how he first drew them.
Woops, posted the wrong image.
The other major face lift in Sangokushi that I'm aware of is for Yan Liang. Yokoyama actually changed Yan Liang's face when the tankoban version came out.
You can take a look at this page for how Yan Liang originally looked like in the original chapter that came out for the magazine: http://sazabimsn04.blog96.fc2.com/blog-date-20090210.html
Woops, I forgot to say Wen Chou as well. Both of Yuan Shao's famed generals, Yan Liang and Wen Chou, have different faces in their magazine and tankoban releases.
And that's the end of the volume as well as today's dump.