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May 27th, 2006 (03:59 am)
exhausted

current mood: dead

Eps 1-3 are in draft form and ready for editing, while eps 4-7 are still in the works but mostly completed now. And it's 4 AM. >_<; Yeah, I think I'm going to bed now. But at least I'm almost done stuff before ep 8 became publically available. :P

hezziwig If you're willing to help temporarily with anime translation editing as well (I have you on the novel editing side), could you tell me your e-mail addy? (or e-mail me at tsujirimaccha @ yahoo . ca ) Once these eps are under control I'll probably shift my concentration fully to the novels... unless I decide to go with the CD Dramas as well. Haven't decided about those yet.

Anyhow, I've almost fallen asleep at the keyboard a few times in the past couple of hours so I'm hauling myself to horizontal land. More later. :P

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Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)

wai!!! neee are you caught up with the episodes? last time i check ep 6 wasn't up yet.
btw ummm....one question....is seiran interested in Shuurei romantically ; does he show any signs of it in the novel? ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)

6 is... sort of there. It's the roughest of the lot since that's what I was working on when I nearly fell asleep. ^^;; Still, the bulk of it is there.

is seiran interested in Shuurei romantically ; does he show any signs of it in the novel? ^^

...sort of? Yes? It's hard to say for sure. There are a couple of places where we get an idea of how he feels in the novels esp in vol... 4? 5? I can't recall exactly. But, in vol 4 we meet another new character who helps Shuurei travel to a particular town that she needs to reach. Shuurei finds him very frustrating but at the same time very attractive and before they part, he ends up giving her quite the kiss. Before he came into the picture, Seiran seems to have been under the impression that he could take his time and let Shuurei grow up etc., and eventually she'd be his. He didn't seem to consider Ryuuki a major threat either, but then, Shuurei's duties in Sa Province should have essentially kept her away from the capital for 3-5 years. Unfortunately, the person Shuurei had become attracted to was also very dangerous so Seiran asked her, whoever she eventually came to love, to not choose that person, because he was so dangerous. He also tells her that at that point, she should choose him over that person because about the only place where he had Seiran beaten was in the rotten personality department. ^^;

There are a couple of other scenes between Shuurei and Seiran that I'm not too sure about (their relationship was a bit at odds over things) including one where Shuurei admits to Seiran so readily that he's the second most special person to her. ^^;; I think this was in vol 6, and we also see it in action later in vol 8. Apparently Seiran looked a bit crushed when it happens, but yeah. He also readily admits he can't win against Shouka. ^^;

In vol 8, Shouka remembers a time when young Shuurei woke up in the middle of the night and Shuurei walked right past Seiran and went straight to her mother. The look on Seiran's face at that moment was apparently the same as it was currently. When Seiran commented on how well Shouka remembered something from so long ago, he says it's because Shuurei had also walked right past him and he had the same look on his face. ^^;;

The story itself is about to go into a new story arc so it's hard to say about certain things. Also, there's a lot of character development that happens in the mid-latter books that I haven't really read too carefully and those uncertain scenes I'd mentioned earlier happen in there. I'm not really going to know for sure (to whatever extent the reader might know) how Seiran feels until I go through the books themselves (hopefully arriving early next week). Also, if I'm not mistaken, there's at least one short story in the book scans *after* the afterward? I didn't notice it until a few days ago so I haven't read it yet. *confused*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)

woah! thanks so much shadow! your knowledge and insight are greatly appreciated by this super obsessed fangirl hehe ^_^
i guess my friend had a point when she suspected Seiran had a thing for Shuurei ^_^

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)

*joins toriru4ever with her questions* ^_^ Which I hope you don't mind... Canon pretty much point to RyuukixShuurei, so I've set my sights on another pairing; do Shuuei and Kouyuu have something going on there? I'm just curious about that, as I also don't mind if it's not included in canon. *ponders* Ah, Saiunkoku, how you captivate so much...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)

Greetings and welcome! And I don't mind q's. ^_^ Canon does seem to point to Ryuuki x Shuurei but it's also not making it an easy trip. ^^;; The more I read, the more there is to the story. >_<;

Shuuei and Kouyuu... if you're thinking about the scene in the anime, a similar one does happen in the novels, but nothing of an intimate nature is suggested between the two. For one thing, there's *no* question that Shuuei is a definite womanizer and a frequent visitor to the red lights district. ^^;; Unfortunately we don't know too much about their past especially events revolving around the National Exams.

The two of them do seem to be close enough friends that Shuuei does know about Kouyuu's past and who Reishin is (most of the court doesn't seem to realise exactly who he is) and Shuuei definitely enjoys teasing him. The main story where we see the two together a lot is in vol 6 in the ghost story (side story). This happens ~1/2 month after Kouyuu is assigned to the Emperor and he's dying of boredom. Shouka tells him that a ghost supposedly appears on occasion in the archives. ^^;; Kouyuu then decides to investigate the ghost and drags Shuuei into things.

Otherwise, Shuuei's sensitive enough to Kouyuu's moods. For example the teasing in the archives in the first story was not only just to tease him but also served to help Kouyuu relieve some of his stress and frustration. Later on, we see Shuuei picking up on when Kouyuu's seriously depressed over something Reishin tells him in response to a question of his. In that instance, Shuuei talks to Shouka and gets the ball rolling for Kouyuu to talk things over with him. I can't think of any instance off hand where Kouyuu does the same for Shuuei, but Shuuei's a couple years older than Kouyuu IIRC and I can't think of any instance where Shuuei has any such worries as yet. The worst headache Shuuei's had to deal with is when Ryuuren was around. That's about all I can think of offhand for those two. ^^;

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
more questions hehe

Shadow-san!!!
umm...who's the boy that kourin has a crush on? the one that later hangs out with Shuurei and Ryuuren a lot ? ^^

also i'm curious about the guy who got seiran all jealous over shuurei?
the rotten one x_x is he the dude with long flowing reddish hair (on one of the novel covers?) cuz ewww No! he's got nothing on Seiran !

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

umm...who's the boy that kourin has a crush on? the one that later hangs out with Shuurei and Ryuuren a lot ? ^^

That's To Eigetsu. IIRC, I think he's originally from a tiny village in Koku (black) province and handily breaks Kouyuu's record of being the youngest person (he's 13) to pass the National Exams at the top of his class. Eigetsu actually has a lot of medical learning as well, but decides he wants to be a court official because he feels it'll pay better and he doesn't want to be poor. Eigetsu's also the one with the alcohol "problem". Ryuuren calls Eigetsu "Kokoro no tomo sono 2" or his spirit's/soul friend #2.

also i'm curious about the guy who got seiran all jealous over shuurei?
the rotten one x_x is he the dude with long flowing reddish hair (on one of the novel covers?) cuz ewww No! he's got nothing on Seiran !


That's him. He's a second son and does whatever he can to try to stave off boredom. He takes to Shuurei a lot as he finds that he's never bored with her. We meet him as Senya (first name - can't remember the last name).








His real name is Sa Sakujun

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

*glomps* arigatou! ^_^
bah i'm so bad for opening the flood gates of Saiunkoku fangirls on you! ^^;
neee my friend Lu-chan would like to friend you too !


question for shadow! do you have any preference for pairings *cough seiran/shuurei vs ryuuki/shuurei* or any others? I don't think you did for furuba nee? or did i miss that one???!!

Anyways, I'm looking forward to reading the seiran/ryuuki side stories from CD ! they're so cute ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 29th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: May 30th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: more questions hehe

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)

(Stumbled in from your site.) You are doing such a wonderful job with all your novel and anime translations - thank you so much! I wish my Japanese was good enought to read those novels (T_T), so I'm so happy that you're putting up various bits and pieces! Likewise with the anime - I've been watching the raws and so don't really know what's going on! Thanks again!

So how many volumes of the novel are there? 9? 10? Does that also include the side stories? And I keep getting the idea that there's an impending love triangle between Seiran/Shuurei/Ryuuki ... I'm very curious to see how things progress (although, judging by what I've seen so far, canon does seem to point towards Ryuuki/Shuurei) ... do we get to learn a lot more about Seiran's character as the story progresses? For me, he's still quite shrouded in mystery... (Btw, does Shuurei know about he's Ryuuki's brother?)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)

Thank you and you're welcome. ^_^

From what I've determined so far, there are 10 novels - 2 of which are short story collections (vol 6 and 10). There are also 2.5 CD Dramas, the first has a special side story that takes place in the midst of book one. I'm hoping to translate that later as well as it's really sweet and funny. It's primarily and Seiran and Ryuuki side story although everyone else is in it. ^_^

We'll learn a bit more about Seiran in this next story, he's virtually non-existent in vol 3 but much more about him in vols 4 & 5 IIRC. Otherwise, as far as I'm aware, Shuurei doesn't know Seiran's true identity.

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: June 18th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)

Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Yay!
shin

I just emailed you. I got home a little after 12:30am from Anime Boston (I'll post pictures tomorrow since I need to get on my husband's computer to do it and right now I'm typing in bed -_- zzzzzz) But, I'll definitely help with whatever you want to pass my way. Would you like me to do it in a word document and turn on "track changes"? That's how I edit Hodsthorn's work when he emailed it to me and I had to email it back to him when he was in London, because I was able to insert commentary and it showed very clearly what I had changed to what.

Bonne nuit!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 28th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!

Bonjour!

I've never really looked at the track changes function in word but am willing to see how it works. ^^; I'll boot the trimmed HTML file out to you shortly. ^___^ Thanks so much! *hugs*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)

neeee Shadow *hehe* more questions.
You said before that Ryuuki kissed Shuurei 3 times by end of volume 3 neee?
ok so the other 2 times he smooched her what did she do in reaction? she can't be that dense nee? and under what circumstances where the chuuus? hehe
^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)

Sheesh! I have to clip this in two. ^^;;

Well, the anime doesn't show Shuurei's full reaction from vol 1. Basically Ryuuki kissed her, and she tries slapping him but he doesn't think he did anything wrong so he grabs her wrist and stops her. He then whispers in her ear that he's bi. He tells her that he's sorry for having fooled her for so long about that and that he'll gladly accept being slapped for that, which she promptly does. ^^;

Vol 2...... Very late on the night of Ryuuki's failed "tryst". ^^;; Ryuuki kisses Shuurei again in front of a bunch of people (Seiran, Ensei, Shuuei, Okashira, Kouyuu?) and Shuurei demands if Ryuuki realises that he's done something wrong. Ryuuki doesn't see anything wrong with his having kissed her so she tells him that there's no point in explaining why and that he should simply accept getting hit. He grabs her wrist and tells Shuurei that that's not fair and that she has to explain why he's to be hit. ^^;; At this stage, Ensei asks Seiran if he's not angry that Ryuuki's making advances on Shuurei, but Seiran brushes it off and says that Ryuuki's still not in the picture as it were. (BTW, I did forget there's one very short but definite Seiran loves Shuurei scene in vol 3).

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)

And part 2...

Vol 3... this time is quite different. Shuurei's to leave soon for Sa Province as co-Governor along with Eigetsu. In private Ryuuki and Shuurei talk and Ryuuki tells Shuurei that he has no intention to take anyone other than her as his wife. She tells him that it's impossible for her to become his wife and that her goal lies elsewhere. Ryuuki asks her if she loves him and she admits she does but that it's different from how he feels for her. Ryuuki however, tells her that that was enough. He then tells her again that he will take no one other than her as his wife and that he'd been alone for the entire past year and it was simply a matter of repeating that. But he also admits that he's lonely.

Ryuuki then asks her that, while in court and other official places there's no choice, but when they're alone or in private, he doesn't want her ever to distance herself as an official from him or to go to her knees before him. He wants her to see him for who he is and not as the Emperor. Otherwise, he'll be very sad and lonely and won't be able to sleep.

Ryuuki tells her he's not asking for her to return his feeling for her, but that he also doesn't want her to use his being Emperor as an excuse to try to run away from him. She's the one who got him to become Emperor so it would be cowardly for her to run away.

Shuurei realises that she'd be lying if she didn't think by becoming an official she could put some more distance between the two of them and that at that time, she hadn't understood what sort of love he felt for her. But that now she did. She feels that she wants to run otherwise she might end up getting caught. But she can't. Ryuuki had always left her a way out before so that if she wanted to, she could escape, and because of that, she'd been able to continue spending so much time with him, but today was different. There was no escape.

Ryuuki then tells her not to forget that as long as she's there, that's all he cared about. Shuurei tells him that she didn't take the National Exams to become his wife but to support him from below (ie as an official). Ryuuki comments how she's very stubborn, but he can also be stubborn. And Shuurei thinks that it would've be better if he'd got upset with her. Instead, Ryuuki asks her to promise him one thing. That if she comes to love someone while she's in Sa Province, that she'll let him know before she gets married. When Shuurei asks him why, he tells her that he come down right away, challenge the other to a duel, make her realise once again who's the better man, and break things off for her. ^^;;

The image of a certain man then comes to Ryuuki's mind. If she chose him......

But Shuurei agrees to that promise. She then tells him that she will not go to her knees before him nor look at him through his office as Emperor and she realises that she's the only one who will view him as an equal in the true sense of the word.

Ryuuki hugs Shuurei and she tells him that he'll make a good Emperor and suspects he will be a good man as well. Ryuuki then gently tilts her chin up and Shuurei tries to turn away but Ryuuki doesn't let her go. And this time, unlike before was not a light brushing of the lips. After a long moment, when she was finally let go, it was all Shuurei could do to stay on her feet.

Ryuuki tells her that with this, she'll never forget him. And he asks her not to forget. -- That he loves her.

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