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August 19th, 2006 (12:29 am)

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......It's been a busy day in journal land today. What with Kokumono ep 16's release followed by the little banner for FB... *splat*

But first, apparently I lied about my upcoming holidays. It'll actually be Oct 4~25 instead. It seems that flights on the 11th were sold out (because of Thanksgiving perhaps?), so the male parental is cutting his trip one week short. Actually, this'll be a beautiful time of year to travel in Japan... at least it would be for the main island. Kyushu...? Might be a bit warm still? However, because of the dates, if FB does continue that far, it may not be possible for me to translate Oct 5th's release.

And before anyone says that FB is ending on Sept 5, I'll explain here what I mentioned on Ysa's blog. Simply put, we still don't know for certain that the next issue will be the last for FB. The little banner on Hakusensha's Hana to Yume site says "いよいよ最終章" or "At last, the final chapter". However, FB isn't released in 章, but in 話, so the question remains, how many 話 will be in the final 章. For those who are getting confused by these characters, basically, we're entering the final storyline for FB, but don't know how many parts it will take for that story to be written. So, it could be that there will only be one part to the final storyline and FB ends Sep 5. It could also mean that there are 6 parts in the final storyline resulting in one more book. That part, we don't know yet. So, take it as you will. FB may end Sept 5, or it may not. All we know is that it's entering the final storyline (chapter), and there's no comment that it's the final installment (話). Of course, my opinion may change should anything more appear on Hana to Yume's site. ^^;

Otherwise, ep 10's edits have almost all been added in. I forgot one correction and will take care of fixing it tomorrow. >_<;

Oh, and utterly random, the next novel for Kokumono (pre-release) is ranked 34th in books on Amazon JPs site. O_O; Who do I want to concentrate on, Shouka or Ryuuki... *ponders* Anyhow, bed. ^^;


Posted by: ~nizu~ (nizlaili)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)

Hello! I found my way here from a comment on saiunkoku and just wanted to say how much I appreciate your doing this, your labor of love is </i>AMAZING!</i> (I'm a big fan of Shuuei/Kouyuu myself so was hoping I'd see more of these two in the future eps)

Just a question though, is ep 11 the only ep you've got up on Megaupload besides Sendspace? Sendspace hates me on most days and here's to hoping I'd be able to download all the eps I'm currently missing before the links die out...^^;

Thank you very much yet again. ^^

Posted by: ~nizu~ (nizlaili)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)

Ah..not a problem anymore. Sendspace and me are best buddies now. Thank you!!

Posted by: Ana (eletriarnation)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)

First off, thank you for clearing up the FB banner stuff. My heart just went "Oh, thank the good lord." XD

You're so right, the kanji ARE different for each chapter... Basically, it's just saying that Furuba is entering it's final... what? Arc? (Right?) Or could it be that they mean "At last, the final chapters"? (How would a plural version of "chapters" be denoted in a banner like that? I know that singular and plural are the same in Japanese, ne? O.o)

LOL. Sorry for babbling; Thanks again for clearing up the general freak out that just went on around the whole world. XD I can't wait for the 5th! ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)

I probably wouldn't go as large as an arc per se, but it's the last story concept. The translation of it being the last chapter isn't wrong by any stretch, but it's how that in turn gets interpreted. Perhaps it would be better to consider each issue's release as a sub-chapter. ^^; The question now is, how many parts will make up this final part? It could be one, it could be many, or anything in between. ^^;

Posted by: Ana (eletriarnation)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)

Well, at least the interpretation gives us hope. ^^ I'm definitely hoping that it'll continue for more than just one chapter--it seems that it'd be impossible for her to just end it like that, ne?

Heh, I guess we all have to get ready for the end, one way or another. LOL.

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)

I've been meaning to thank you for the subs of Saiunkoku and the ongoing FB chapters! Because I don't think they've really tied up the characters in FB, it's more likely to me they'll stick everything in a new volume? It would be great if they did a more complete ending for each of the 12 as a final volume (2 people per chapter? They've wasted chapters on worse. And if they go with the pairings, they can wrap it up even faster). However, they could just have everyone in a feast for the final chapter as well, which wouldn't be as great, but still appropriate. FB has been going on sometimes much longer than it should...

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)

I have to admit, I'm especially interested in the cave shrines and stone buddhas from your trip. ^___^ I'm not holding my breath for fall foliage in Japan. ^^;; I suspect I'll be a bit too early unless I go further north.

Would you mind if I shared the download links with others in my journal?

Sure go ahead. ^_^ I'd like to see this title gain a bit more popularity. It's too unknown right now. >_<;

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much for all the links! O_O I'm going to have to hop on there later with a different computer so I can print things out... I'm not sure which island we were planning on visiting from Kagoshima, but I expect we'll be hitting something out that way. ^___^ I have lots of reading to do... Thanks again! *_*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)

hehehe wow 34th that's awesome ^o^

i'm hoping furuba will last a few more chapters cuz I need my shigure/akki reconciliation chapter T__T

Posted by: Miya-chan (miyabita13)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you, Shadow, for the translation (and clarifying what the kanji meant... when you first started using it, my eyes went wide O_O). I'm really hoping that it's only the final storyline, since I think there are still so many loopholes that really need to be addressed, particularly with Akito, Ren, and Shigure. (At least, in my opinion.)

I'll be crossing my fingers that there are more chapters to come.

And I really need to read Kokumono. There was a feature on it in this month's Newtype USA magazine, and it looks really awesome. (The manga hasn't been picked up in the US yet, right?)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)

To my knowledge, neither the anime nor the manga (let alone the novels!) have been picked up yet. I'd love to see the novels get picked up. *sigh* This is one series I'd be tempted to get the translated novels as well. ^___^

Posted by: Miya-chan (miyabita13)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Completely a different topic, but...

By any chance, do you know if there's any kind of special honorific for a "teaching assisstant"? I know you can tack on sensei for a teacher; would you do the same thing for a TA? (Or is it the regular "-san"?)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 21st, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: Completely a different topic, but...

Hmm... I really don't know for that one. I'd probably stick with -san but I could be wrong. Otherwise, for a professor you'd use "hakase" instead of -sensei. Sorry, can't help you on this one. ^^;

Posted by: Thea (novemberbeetle)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)

A random question because after seing your subbed episode 16 *___*
Do you by any chance know how the story will continue?
Since I assume that you've read the novels? XD~ spoiler lover

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)

Do you by any chance know how the story will continue?

Well, yes... *laughs* I do know how the story continues and yes I have read the novels, but if you're wanting to know something, I'm afraid you'll have to be more specific about what you're wanting to know. We're in the latter part of the third novel and there are 6-7 more books of material that follows, so it's a lot of material. ^^;

......Actually, come to think of it, it may be that I haven't written much in the way of spoilers for the rest of this novel? *ponders* I don't think I have, really. So yeah. If there's something you want to know, feel free to ask. ^_^

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)

you haven't T__T
i wanna know about the dude with long flowing reddish hair *i think you mentioned that shuurei gets temporarily smittened by him*...
oh and the other guy with the long wavy light color hair too...
also does the novel mention anything about ryuuki's mother? she seem to be a biotch atleast from tid bits that have trickled down of his past.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)

you haven't T__T

^^;; Umm... other than the missing scene from book 2 where Kijin shows up maskless, and when he visits a sick Shuurei with Reishin, again without his mask, this is another part where potentially we get to see (or don't see) what he looks like. ^^; The novel had his back to the readers so we didn't get to see his face. >_<;;

i wanna know about the dude with long flowing reddish hair *i think you mentioned that shuurei gets temporarily smittened by him*...

Sa Sakujun...

oh and the other guy with the long wavy light color hair too...

I'm not sure about this person. Where does his image show up? (I'm going to hold off on talking about Saku until I know who this one is. It might be easier to go at them together. Or maybe not...). ~_~;

also does the novel mention anything about ryuuki's mother? she seem to be a biotch atleast from tid bits that have trickled down of his past.

Pretty much nothing. The previous Emperor (Senka)'s reign was very bloody and he ended up being unable to marry the woman he loved. As a result, when the nobles wanted to send their daughters to him, he told them they could provided that in was made clear to their daughters that they would never be loved by him.

We learn a little about Seiran's mother, though. In her case, she was apparently a sickly and weak person who was much more suited to living quietly as some lord's wife in the countryside than living in the Imperial household. Her father was so convinced that her beauty would win over the Emperor that he never told her what the Emperor had said. She was killed by assassins sent to kill Prince Seien's party when he was exiled.

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)

how tragic (seiran's mother story) ;-;
umm so i'm assuming seiran and ryuuki have different mothers?

ok here's the guy with long wavy light hair i was talking about -->
or is he the red hair dude ..*is confused by lack of coloring lol*

and yes please share your knowledge of the red-haired dude too hehe

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 21st, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)

Oh wow! Loooooong answer in two parts. ^^;

umm so i'm assuming seiran and ryuuki have different mothers?

The feeling I got was that the previous Emperor didn't seem to revisit any of the ladies that were sent to him, so they all had different mothers. The previous Emperor may not have paid any attention to the women, but he did watch his heirs.

ok here's the guy with long wavy light hair i was talking about

......Eep. I was afraid of that. The image you linked to is of Lin Senya. He's the bored son of a very well-to-do merchant and Shuurei joins his party as it travels to Kinka, the merchant capital of Sa Province.

We first meet Senya when, after the rest of the party is arrested, Shuurei makes her way to the merchant district in order to find employment in a caravan. While in the district, she sees an erhu in a shop and tries it out as she hadn't played for some time at that point. The shopkeeper offers to sell it to her for 5 silver, but she refuses thinking more on travelling light. With a little persuasion however, she offers one silver for the erhu. As they're bartering, a very good-looking Senya interrupts telling the shopowner that the erhu was only worth ~3 silver and that he'd inflated the price 2 silver because he thought he was dealing with a young girl. Senya then offers to pay her five silver if she can play five songs for him; one silver per song. However, if she makes a mistake or doesn't know the piece, she forfeits that silver piece.

Senya then escorts her to the merchants guild where she seeks employment with a travelling group. She then ends up joining Senya's party as his maidservant. Shuurei's duties as Senya's maid includes helping him get dressed (she nearly flips at his relative state of undress, throws his footwear out the window when he asks her to put them on his feet for him, and other things...), making him 'tea' (sayu - boiled water), and playing the erhu for him. In return for her services, Senya agreed to pay for whatever tea she might buy. As they travel, Shuurei then buys all the 'kanroucha' (a high grade sencha) from a shop in each town much to Senya's surprise and dismay. Kanroucha's quite expensive and when he complains to Shuurei that he'd have been better off paying her a wage, she tells him that it was about the same as if he paid her a wage, but that things seemed much worse because she was using her entire wage to buy tea.

Often while they're travelling, Senya tries to make advances on Shuurei, but she mostly ignores them. Eventually, Senya asks her why she's so guarded against romance, and Shuurei admits that she doesn't have the wherewithal at the moment to deal with that sort of thing. Senya keeps trying to make advances on Shuurei until they eventually reach Kinka. His last order for her as her employer is to have her come see him at his home in Kinka.

While in Kinka, Shuurei sees Ryuuren who tells her that the entire Lin family had been murdered a few days before she started on her trip.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 21st, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)


As for Sa Sakujun... he's the second son of Chuushou IIRC, and very bored with the world. He's also extremely intelligent and crafty, to the point that he had the whole world fooled as to his true personality. Sa Enjun had muttered a cryptic comment that all may not be as it seemed to Ensei, but since he wasn't very clear on the matter, Ensei himself never suspected Sakujun to be other than what he seemed.

When he was much younger, Sa Sakujun was essentially behind the original Satsujinzoku that killed Ensei's family. He's also the one who found an unconscious and wounded Prince Seien and deposited him with that group.

Shuurei was the only person able to keep Sakujun from feeling bored with things, and as a result, he wanted her to be his. Despite having her play the erhu every day for the entire journey to Kinka, Sakujun had never gotten tired of it, nor did he tire of her tea, though he did wish she'd make him kanrou-cha as well.

Seiran realising that as long as Sakujun is alive he was a danger to Shuurei, engages in a drinking game with him; Basically, he poisons some cups of sake that are on a rotating platter, and they take turns spinning the platter and drinking one of the cups.

Sakujun eventually steals away where Shuurei finds him and he asks her to make him some tea. Sakujun asks her to make him some kanrou-cha telling her that he'll die if she doesn't, but Shuurei makes him sayu as she always does, telling him that it would be better for him if he's not feeling well.

Sakujun's condition continues to deteriorate to the point that he eventually coughs up large amounts of blood. Regardless of how she may feel about Sakujun, Shuurei decides to get Eigetsu who's well-learned in medicine. By the time she gets back with him however, Sakujun has disappeared, but from the amounts of blood left behind, he's presumed dead.

Earlier, at the end of book four, when Seiran tells Shuurei that Sakujun is too dangerous for her to be attracted to, Shuurei comments that Sakujun was very similar to Ryuuki in a way. When Seiran denies that they are at all alike, Shuurei, reiterates that they're very similar, but that they were also the exact opposite of one another.

In book five, when Seiran and Shuurei talk again about Sakujun, Seiran asks Shuurei about whether she was attracted to Sakujun, and Shuurei answers that she really didn't know. Eventually, she comes to the realisation that maybe she's weak to people making advances on her. Seiran realises that since he'd warned off most of the boys that might have tried getting close to Shuurei and her own natural defenses against getting romantically involved had kept her from having guys make any romantic overtures towards her.

And on the offchance you haven't put things together about these two...

Lin Senya and Sa Sakujun are the same person. Senya was a persona Sakujun took on and, had he grown bored ith Shuurei on the road to Kinka, he fully intended to kill her en route. When the Jasenkyou later show up in book seven/eight, mention of the name Senya made everyone think automatically of Sakujun whom they'd presumed was dead.

Posted by: sephnoir (sephnoir)
Posted at: August 19th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)

It's good to see your interpretation of the banner I've been wondering about it too. When I first saw it I took it to mean the literal "final chapter". I never even thought the kanji was different until reading this entry.
I did think it odd she would break the pattern of having a five chapter final volume with a big omake. And there just seems too much to sum up in just one chapter.

{Though I guess this means more work for us too! >_<}

Ah, and before I forget, were you able to make out the writing at the bottom of the banner? I can make out the top line but the bottom line is just too blurry for me.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)

There's a banner on the Hana to Yume site under the next issue release info. ^_^ The bottom text goes something like, "The peaceful days that have come to the Sohma Clan after being freed from the curse."

Final volumes can be a bit unusual because they're the end of the series. If the manga-ka needed a little more space to finish the story, the volume could be larger than usual, or heaven forbid what happened with Earthian. >_<;; The end of that series only made up enough material for half a volume so it didn't get published for ~10 years or more. So, if the next issue is in fact the last one, it's possible for the final tankoubon to be fatter than usual. It really depends on how she does things and how much more she writes. ^^;

Posted by: sephnoir (sephnoir)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)

Ah thanks! I was able to read the top line so could only get about the Sohma house curse.
{Maybe it's just my eyes going.}

Yeah I'm hoping for a large volume, and considering her past final vol for a series we might be lucky. She's done less chapters but a big omake.
{Of course that means still working on the series while coursework is going on so maybe it's not good.}
Don't even mention Earthian, I've still not been able to get my hands on the last volume. I hope we never get a repeat of that.

Posted by: Gale (coastal_spirit)
Posted at: August 20th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the clarification on the Furuba banner. That makes perfect sense, now. I hope it is, in essence, a final "chapter" with several parts, (I don't want to let go of this fandom!), but whatever we get, I'll be grateful for your work in translating it so beautifully as you usually do.

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Posted by: ero_hebi (ero_hebi)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)

doesn't furuba end with chapter 131? cuz 2 me it seemed like it did...i'm confused @_@

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 29th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)

Nope. It's still going. Personally I think there will probably be another volume or so (6 chapters), but it's hard to tell when exactly the series will end.

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