[Webtoon] Myojin tales [2015]

This is a title I’ve actually translated although I didn’t complete it because, at that time, Spot toon put a stop on the project in the name of copyright.

Now, this was a title I initially did not expect to translate. It was one of my editors who said he wanted to work on. I figured why not.

My main reason for not wanting to translate on my own was due to how dark it was.

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[Taiga-drama] Sanada Maru [2016]

Taiga drama is NHK’s longest running show. Ever since 1963, bar some years due to World War, NHK has aired a 49 (or 50)-episode series about someone from their history every year.

Sanada Maru aired in 2016 as NHK’s 55th Taiga drama. And this is the last taiga-drama I’ve enjoyed. 6 more taiga drama have passed by as of 2021, and they’ve all sucked. It appears I am not alone on that opinion since its viewership has fallen to mere 10%-ish. Taiga drama had usually retained 20 ~ 30% viewership. 58th taiga drama had only 8% of viewership which is the lowest.

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[Manwha] Princess [1996]

Ah, Princess.

The manwha, Princess, is about women’s ordeals. That is the easiest way to describe how the series is. And it is something I will talk about personally at the end of this entry.

The first volume of this series was released in 1996. The last published volume was 31 released in 2008. It continued on as a webtoon later on. More on that later.

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[Manga] Ii Hito [1993]

Ii Hito ( いい ひと ) means “a good person”. いい being “good”. ひと means a human being.
If you’ve watched anime, you have probably heard of both words frequently.

The protagonist is Kitano Yuji. He is a young man who has just arrived in Tokyo for work. He has a girlfriend in Daeko. Their relationship starts out as a long distance one in the beginning but they’ve been a couple for some years ever since their college days.

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[C Drama] Xiao Ao Jiang Hu [1967]

Before you go on, I warn thee: This is going to be long, very looooong. And this article is FULL of spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Known as Xiao Ao Jiang Hu (Chinese). In Korean, it is called, 소오강호 (So-o-kang-ho), is an ancient Hong Kong novel that was serialized between 1967 to 1969 in newspaper.
In English, it’s known as The Smiling, Proud Wanderer.

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[Manga] Ozanari Dungeon [1989]

Ozanari Dungeon is what I’d call a typical fantasy adventure series. This was released in 1989 which is more than 30 years ago although I must point out that it ran from 1989 to 1996.

Typically, in a fantasy adventure, there is always one thing: The MC has hidden powers of some sort.

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[Manga] Kaji Ryuusuke no Gi [1992]

Kaji Ryuusuke no Gi is one of a kind. You are unlikely to see anything even remotely similar in the future because such an era has now passed.

Released in 1992, this was released when the manga industry was truly wild west.

This manga takes on politics from inside rather than outside. This itself is very rare as most manga view politics from outsider’s view which is almost always seen as corrupt and, thus, bad.

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