Mànhuá #1

Hello! Welcome. This is Ancient Sword Legends, a wǔxiá blog. I do hope that I can give you lots of interesting articles.

I just want to say that, though this is most definitely a wǔxiá blog, what I post isn’t limited to wǔxiá. I like historical, imperial and fantasy too. However, there’s no need to worry! The blog will be about Chinese television, films, books (if ever I learn to read Chinese), and mànhuá. That being said, if there’s a good cross-over kind of thing then I might go for it. Also, I like my articles to relate to swords in some way.

I was originally going to write about one of my favourite movies of all time; The Four Great Constables, otherwise known as The Four. However, the movie is quite well known both in China and abroad. So, I decided to write about mànhuá instead.

I adore mànhuá, but I’ve found that it isn’t that popular. In fact, most of the mànhuá I’ve come across has been absolutely amazing, but dropped… There just isn’t a big enough audience for it, which is absolutely tragic. Of course, I hope to help change that.

I’m going to start off with a mànhuá that is from the most notable period of Chinese history. It’s called Chuàng Dì Jì. Other titles used are Chong Tai Ji and 創帝紀. The story follows a certain prince on his journey to unite the land under one ruler. Do you know who he is? Yes, he’s the child version of the first Qín Emperor.

I must admit, I haven’t read much of this mànhuá. I don’t particularly like when historical figures or people are used in stories. It just makes me a tad uncomfortable, but this, this is worth the slight discomfort. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of their portrayal as I know little of Chinese history. However, their personalities make it hard to like them. As a writer myself, I know that characters are what make a story. Even if the plot is lacking or ostentatious the characters can keep you hooked. Therefore, this is a kind of ‘like it or lump it’ thing.

There is an undeniable amount of fantasy. I think there’s some supernatural too, but I have buried my face in quite a lot of mànhuá since I last looked at it. There are martial arts and, of course, it’s set in ancient times. What more could you ask for? Well, a slightly better bunch of people, I suppose. That being said, I feel it would be almost cruel not to mention that fellow. I would tell you more, but where’s the intrigue in that? All I can say is that he’s mysterious and is the most like a xiá even though he comes from outside of China…

Moving on!

The first mànhuá that I found was Melody Drifting in the Rain. Some alias for it are Playing the Flute, Sailing in the Night Rain and 夜船吹笛雨潇潇. The author is Cang Yue (apologies for there being no intonations). Melody Drifting in the Rain is the only listed work by this person. The premise of the mànhuá is that a prince must marry a ‘feisty pirate princess’ to stop his brother’s forces from facing defeat.

One thing that really stands out in the mànhuá is that it’s in full colour. The artwork is spectacular. I adore the story. It surrounds the battle for the position of Emperor. The four part mànhuá is more fictional-historical than wǔxiá, but there is a scene with qīnggōng (an ability of ‘lightness’ where one can fly) and martial arts are referred to.

The end? Is it good? Is it bad? Is it annoying? It’s fitting, I believe. Though, I’m sure many would disagree.

There is a mànhuá that stole my breath away. In fact, out of mànhuá, manga, comics and manhwa, this is my third favourite. It isn’t your typical wǔxiá with big fights and saving the world. This one focuses on love, but I will always consider it to be wǔxiá in my heart. I was really reluctant to read it because I know that this type’s fangirls – especially those writing fanfiction – are absolutely shameless, but this was sweet and reserved.

What can make fangirls go gaga like that? A lot of things, really, but this mànhuá is ‘boys’ love’.

Be warned, there is a false warning on the mànhuá on the site that I read it on. They said that you need to be over eighteen, but, like I said, it’s really sweet and reserved. The mànhuá is Luò Xuě Chéng Bái. It’s about a little demon fox and a man who barges onto his mountain home, takes his house, takes his furniture and wants to record data on demons.

The slow, but scheming scholar and the grouchy little fox are utterly adorable. I feel that most people can relate to the two in some way. I certainly knew someone who was loud and giggly, and really got on my nerves, but I ended up missing her loudness.

Oops! Back to the mànhuá! Like I said before, I’ll defend this as wǔxiá for as long as I live. I’ll do that because you have the Celestial Realm, demons, demons hoping to get into the Celestial Realm by rising through the ranks and the descendant of a human and Celestial Maiden. Said descendant even engaged in a battle with Sūn Wù Kōng. Yes, it does cross into the modern day world, but it’s primarily in the Jiānghú of ages past.

What would I say about this one’s ending? Hmm, I don’t know! I love what’s there and it looks so utterly complete but the website says that it’s incomplete! I could swear right, left, up and down that it’s over. The ending that’s there is perfect. It rounds everything off neatly and nicely. Just in case you decide to look into it, the ending I’m talking about is number 10 of volume 1.

Don’t fret yet, though. I’ve got at least three more mànhuá before this post is done.

This one is one that I just couldn’t miss out. It’s called Storm Riders (I know, English title, how rare!). This is undeniably wǔxiá. You’ve got this guy in the Jiānghú. He wants to be the most powerful martial artist known to humanity (or maybe just in the Jiānghú). His goal to becoming the Ultimate Master is intercepted by the two disciples he’s taken on. One is named Wind (Fēng) and the other is named Cloud (Yún).

I don’t believe that I need to say anymore on this. The premise speaks for itself and it speaks incredibly well. This is just about as wǔxiá as wǔxiá can be! Though it does sound like hardcore wǔxiá for fans of battles.

How can I make a make an article on mànhuá without mentioning Fēng Shén Jì? It’s the most popular / well-known mànhuá. It’s got rave reviews and is gaining more and more popularity along with regular updates! The artwork is nice and there’s a distinct plot with a clear route.

However, I am not going to spend a whole lot of time on this one. I don’t like the mànhuá much. I understand why it’s popular. I’m quite surprised that I don’t like it. However, I want this to be a positive blog. Let’s think positive!

Fēng Shén Jì is about corrupt Gods (seemingly, I haven’t gotten far) and an emperor who has had enough of their ways. Of course, there is a huge fallout from his defiance. The emperor has to deal with the Gods wrath as well as a rival from Zhōu (correct intonation?).

Am I skipping ahead too soon? This is simply something that I have to do. This is the most beautiful and wonderful mànhuá that I have ever read. The artwork is so typically Chinese and has a timeless feel to it. The time span is so wonderfully short and yet so astoundingly long-lasting.

No, the mànhuá is not wǔxiá. It’s historical and ancient with fantasy and romance. The mànhuá is a series of one-shots so whether there will be updates or not shouldn’t matter, but it does! The images linger behind my eyes and the tones of the pieces have settled my very soul into a state of tranquillity that is almost impossible to reach in this modern age.

I adore Peony Pavilion mostly because it makes me feel like I’m in a different world. I loved it so much that I didn’t want to breathe. I didn’t want to hear anything. I wanted all of my senses to just be focused entirely on what was in front of me. Of course, I did have to breathe, but it was just too beautiful for words; the art and the content.

That’s just full of wonderful little insights to ancient China. However, what I love about Peony Pavilion the most is that there are author’s note’s that tell you all about the inspiration behind the pieces. It tells you about poetry and other ancient texts and, I believe, gives you an insight into the thoughts of someone from ages past.

Wow, I feel just terrible. I wanted to tell you so much, I wanted to go into more depth about the art and the storylines, but I’m just out of words. I don’t know how to explain it. There’s just nothing that can do it justice.

However, I will say that this is a very special mànhuá. This is one where you sit down in a nice, quiet place with a cup of tea. After you’ve read a chapter you just want to sit back, sip your tea and think about what you read. It might not be an everyday read, but it’s special and thought provoking with such deep relations to ancient China that if you have even the slightest interest then I think you’d love this.

Oh, wow, this is so soon! I’ve so many mànhuá that I want to share with you! Oh, I would, I honestly would, but… Well, I may as well be honest since some of you may be multilingual. I’m going to be translating this whole article into French now, but, my linguistic skills aren’t particularly good. I’ll be off scrolling through dictionaries until kingdom come at this rate, but for you multilingual people I’m sure it’ll be readable.

I hope that you enjoyed my article!

Mànhuá #1

 Bonjour! Bienvenue! C’est Ancient Sword Legends, un blog de wǔxiá. Profitez cet article, s’il vous plait.

C’est mon blog wǔxiá, mais j’écris aussi historique, impériale et fantaisie. Le blog est pour la television chinoise, les films chinoise, les livres chinoise et mànhuá. J’aime écrire sur des épées. Vous pouvez généralement trouver des épées dans mes articles.

J’avais initialement vais écrire sur Les Quatre Grands Constables (The Four Great Constables).Il est aussi appelé Le Quatre (The Four). Cependant, le film est bien connue. Il est connue en chine et à l’étranger. Je vais écrire sur mànhuá à la place.

J’aime des mànhuá. Mànhuá n’est pas populaire. Je pense que le mànhuá est extraordinaire. Beacoup de groupes de traduction ont cessé de travailler sur eux. Ils sont tellement sous-estimé! Je pense que est tragique. J’espère que aider je peux changer cela.

Nous commencement! Ce mànhuá est appelé Chuàng Dì Jì (Pseudonym – Chong Tai Ji ou 創帝紀). C’est une histoire de la royauté. C’est un prince qui est en voyage d’unir la Chine. Savez-vous qui il est? Oui, le futur empereur de Qín.

Je n’ai pas lu beaucoup de ce mànhuá. Chuàng Dì Jì est trés bon. Je ne sais pas si c’est la vérité historique. Il est difficile d’aimer les personnages. Je suis un écrivain. Je sais que les personnages font l’histoire. Vous aimez ce soit ou qu’on déteste.

C’est wǔxiá typique. Il y a beaucoup de fantasie. Je pense qu’il ya trop de surnaturel. Il y a des arts martiaux. Ce est dans la chine ancienne. Que pouvez-vous demander de plus? Peut-être que certains caractères de meilleure qualité. Tout d’abord, je dois mentionner que l’homme. Il est trés mystérieux. Il est plus comme un xiá.

Maintenant, pour le numéro deux! Le premier mànhuá que j’ai lu était Melody Drifting in the Rain (pseudonym – Mélodie Derive en la Pluie / Playing the Flute, Sailing in the Night Rain /夜船吹笛雨潇潇). L’auteur est Cang Yue. L’histoire est celle d’un royaume déchiré par la guerre. Un prince doit épouser  une ‘fougueuse princesse pirate’ pour son royaume.

Le mànhuá est en couleur. C’est rare! L’art est merveilleux. J’aime l’histoire. Le mànhuá est plus historique que wǔxiá. Cependant, il est qīnggōng (une aptitude de léger) et arts martiaux est mentionné.

Le fin? Est-ce bon? Est-ce mauvais? Est-ce agaçant? J’aime le fin.

Un mànhuá a vole mon soufflé. C’est mon deuxième préféré mànhuá! Il s’agit wǔxiá, mais il n’est pas typique. Le monde n’est pas sauvé. C’est une histoire d’amour. C’est dans mon cœur. Les fangirls sont fous de cette genre. Cependant, ce qui est très doux. C’est pour tóus les âges.

Ce qui rend les fangirls fou? Beaucoup des choses. C’est l’amour des garcons!

Il y a un fausse alerte sur le mànhuá. On a un avertissement dix-huit plus. Le mànhuá est appelé Luò Xuě Chéng Bái (pseudonym –  Chutes De Neige Blanc ou落雪成白). Il y a un démon renard mignon. Un humain s’installe sur la même montagne. L’humain désire enregistrer des données sue les démons. L’homme prend la la maison du démon et du mobilier. Le démon voeux vengeance.

L’érudit et le démon sont mignon! Je pense que les gens vont se rapportent à leurs personnalités.

Oh, non! Le mànhuá! Allons-nous revenir à le mànhuá….Ce n’est pas un mànhuá typique. Cependant, c’est ce que j’appelle wǔxiá.  Il y a des demons et des jeunes filles célestes. Il y a même Sūn Wù Kōng! Le monde moderne est inclus. L’histoire est surtout dans le Jiānghú (littéralement – les rivières et les lacs).

L’histoire est incomplète! Ne vous inquiétez pas, l’histoire est semble être terminée. Il pourrait s’agir d’une erreur typographique!

Ne vous inquiétez pas! J’ai trois plus y aller.

Celui-ci doit être inclus. Ce mànhuá est appelé Storm Riders (Pseudonym – Tempête Cavaliers / Fēng Yún /風雲). C’est wǔxiá inconditionnel. Il y a est un maître dans le Jiānghú. Il veut être plus puissant que n’importe qui d’autre dans le monde. Le destin de ses disciples peut-être sa plus grande menace. Ses disciples sont Fēng et Yún.

Je ne pense pas avoir besoin d’en dire plus!

Celui-ci doit être inclus. Ce mànhuá est appelé La Légende et Le Héros (Pseudonym – The Legend and the Hero / Chronicles and the Gods’ Order / Fēng Shén Jì). Ce est le mànhuá plus populaire. Les mises à jour sont régulières! L’art est bien. L’histoire est intéressant.

C’est populaire! Je ne l’aime pas beaucoup. Je ne vais pas écrire beaucoup pour Fēng Shén Jì. Soyons positifs!

Fēng Shén Jì est d’environ dieux corrompus. Il s’agit également de un empereur rebelle. Sa décision apporte le chaos. Il faut lutter contre les dieux et un rival. Le rival est à partir Zhōu.

Suis-je trop vite? Je dois le faire. Ce sont de beaux one-shot histoires. Il y a est merveilleuse et magnifique. C’est trop beau! J’adore le mànhuá! L’art est typiquement chinois. Les histoires sont intemporelles. Ils sont courts mais se sentent éternelle.

Non, le mànhuá n’est pas wǔxiá. C’est historique et ancienne avec fantaisie et de romantisme. Avec one-shots mises à jour ne devrait pas d’importance, mais ils le font! Ce mànhuá est apaisant et serein.  J’adore Peony Pavilion parce que je me perds en elle.

Il y a de nombreux apercus China ancienne. J’aime les notes de l’auteur. Les histoires proviennent des poèmes. Elle vous informe sur les textes anciens. Il vous fait vous sentir comme si vous étiez dans le passé.

Je me sens horrible. Je veux écrire plus. Que puis-je écrire? Je n’ai pas de mots pour des histoires de cette belle. Cependant, je peux vous dire que c’est spécial. Lisez ce quand vous êtes seul. C’est le meilleur. Buvez du thé après. Ces histoires vous faire réfléchir.

Si vous êtes intéressé dans la Chine ancienne, vous allez adorer!

Fin de l’article? Oui. Je veux partager avec vous plus de mànhuá! Je suis désolé pour mon français. Je veux juste partager wǔxiá. Je vais mieux la prochaine fois!

Merci beaucoup!

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