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Koutetsu Sangokushi: Episode 1 Screencaps and Commentary 
9th-Apr-2007 11:09 pm
I've been waiting quite a while to catch Koutetsu Sangokushi, and I must say I haven't been disappointed! *grin* One caveat, though: I am notoriously easy to please, so those of you with more discerning standards than mine may well be disappointed. An additional qualification: My familiarity with the existing Three Kingdoms classic is effectively nil, so my mind is relatively immune to the violence that was done to the original work.

Clearly, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms refers to the Love Story of Zhuge Liang and Lu Xun. This mentioned that the Koutetsu writer also wrote Gakuen Heaven, so perhaps it's no surprise the way this turned out.

If you can take a Three Kingdoms in which Cao Cao is a woman (tashigi has conclusively proved that he is, despite all appearances, a man), Zhuge Liang is disturbingly pretty and having serious teacher-student vibes with a Lu Xun who's escaped from a mecha series, then this just may be the anime for you!

Warning: Very image-heavy post

You know what kind of anime you're getting when the OP opens with this:

And there is a scene where Zhuge Liang combs Lu Xun's hair. Screencaps especially for sodiumion. *wink*

Zhuge Liang doesn't just give Lu Xun a hairstyling session, he also gives him a necklace!

And Lu Xun emos. And finds solace, well:

Lu Xun is main character of this anime, and, like any main character worth his salt, has a suitably emo past. And it's Sun Ce's (incidentally, voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto, who voiced Guy in Tales of the Abyss)

Lu Xun's father was killed by 孫策伯符 (Hakufu Sonsaku, voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto). I think this is meant to be Sun Ce. Okay, so Sun Ce killed Lu Xun's father. ... moving on.

This is Sun Ce, incidentally.

Zhuge Liang has the brilliant idea of sending Lu Xun to offer his services (cough), I mean work for, Sun Ce. Lu Xun emos a lot and he and Zhuge Liang spend the day watching Sun Ce's army have it out

amidst a great deal of questionable imagery:

Though bearing in mind that it's Zhuge Liang and Lu Xun in the foreground, I thought the background symbolism should have been reversed, but never mind me.

The art is best when it focuses on these two.

Lu Xun gets a pretty good

character design:

I thought this image was the quintessential representation of a Miyano Mamoru Character in a Purportedly Shonen Series.

There are many moments in which Lu Xun and Zhuge Liang spend

Even More Time Together:

But of all the cast, I thought Cao Cao

had it worst:

If Cao Cao isn't meant to be a girl in this series, he sure is drawn like one. I'm not sure if this is the voice actor.

And gets lots of fatalistic imagery of moths and flames:

+PS, Miki Shinichiro voices Zhou Yu.

Also, tashigi has my eternal love for transcribing the cast list to reflect the original Chinese names. ☆ Also, other people interested in this series. I'm enjoying being the second person to put down this interest! ;) Can't wait til there is a COMMUNITY. ;)
9th-Apr-2007 03:19 pm (UTC)

Zhuge Liang is a Gwendel/Gunther lovechild with a Sephiroth on Cloud complex.

9th-Apr-2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
ABSOLUTELY! *beams* This should be SHARED WITH MUCH LOVE! ;) Just a note: I capped selectively, so there are a fair number of scenes in which Relatively Unattractive Men get undeserved screentime. I should have something for you in just a while! ;)

Oh, HE IS HE IS. ;) And he has the mind of Rufus Shinra and Tseng and Reeve put together. I love the Sephiroth on Cloud complex. ♥

They did! And the worst part is, when they rape Chinese history like that, ANY fanfiction that I want to write will be IN TURN violating Chinese history TOO! I now really want to write Sun Ce/Lu Xun. *buries head in hands*

9th-Apr-2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
OH GOD, WHERE ARE YOU PUTTING YOUR FACE, LU XUN? XD XD XD *completely dies laughing*

9th-Apr-2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
E X A C T L Y. ♥ When I first saw that scene I was, "This gives a whole new meaning of not knowing where to put your face." Or if you listen to the devil on my shoulder: this is knowing EXACTLY where to put your face.

*grin* It isn't yet out in English, but the Chinese subtitles for the first episode have already been released. ♥
9th-Apr-2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
*bemused* Actually, I think Zhuge Liang looks even more like a girl than Cao Cao, so uh. I THINK CAO CAO'S PROBABLY MALE?And wtf is up with Zhuge Liang's feather duster? I mean, I'm not even going to complain about his ridiculously girly good looks. XD
9th-Apr-2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
XD You know, by the standards of Bishonen Beauty in Classical-Era Anime, Zhuge Liang still falls on the masculine side of the fence. ;) At least he isn't wearing lipstick and he doesn't have long nails!

... Cao Cao's doing a bang-up job on faking it. :( I think his voice actor's male, though - but the voice in the anime sounds so very feminine. Bitchy feminine.

Pei Yi, my gender sensor for anime is BROKEN, I tell you.

HAHA the feather duster! Probably because he leans more on the PRETTY side of pretty boy. ;) I BET HE CAN KILL PEOPLE WITH IT. SEE why I don't need strong female characters, Pei Yi? In the shows I watch, the strong male characters also double up for strong female characters! :D :D :D
9th-Apr-2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
I am .. going to ignore these screencaps, in order to preserve my sanity. xD I never understood why men need to have silver hair, or look like women. O.o

Lu Xun is pretty cute, though. xD He looks like a distant relative of Hisoka from Yami No Matsuei! ^^;

Oh! Just in case I fucked up my last entry (filters?), have some happy Sam made by natalchica! Or some really good icons made by sinister_morgue? <3
9th-Apr-2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
HA HA HA. ♥ I would deliberately look at screencaps precisely because I know they are likely to challenge the shaky bedrock my sanity is founded on. ♥

I never understood why men need to have silver hair, or look like women. O.o
*heart breaks into a million pieces* Replace "silver" with "blond" and you have the character description for the kind of character I am always a sucker for. Silver is a close substitute for blond! ;)

Lu Xun is very cute! And the kind of uke I favour. ;) Not the kind I go for, but I like his type. He looks like Peter Petrelli from Heroes cast in ancient China. ;)

Ah, Hisoka! It's the huge emo eyes. That's where the resemblace lies. ;)

!!!!! MY REWARD ALREADY?! ♥ *SNUGS YOU TIGHT* SPEAKING OF WHICH: I'm done with scanning your Abyss reward! :D It should be up soon! ;)
9th-Apr-2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
I HEARTS YOU SO MUCH!!!! I'll take the .rm one first, and WAIT FOR ENGLISH SUBS, because my Chinese is teh suck. XD
9th-Apr-2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
HEARTS YOU TOO! ♥ Your joy at my awful screencaps inspired me to take better ones and write this! ;) HOPE YOU LIKED IT - or at least enjoyed laughing at it! ♥

My Chinese is teh suck too, but this one is simplified Chinese (not so difficult for me), and I CANNOT WAIT. ♥ If you want to check out a relatively easy scene, the nighttime dialogue between Zhuge Liang and Lu Xun is pretty easy to understand in Chinese and ALSO HILARIOUS AS ANYTHING.
9th-Apr-2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
9th-Apr-2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
! ;) Or I can always catch you when we're both free and we can LAUGH AT IT TOGETHER. ♥

I really want to write bad fanfiction. ♥ Sun Ce/Lu Xun. >D
9th-Apr-2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Wow. I feel my culture being raped. Mercilessly.
"Tell me, Clarice — have the lambs stopped screaming?"

And the terrifying thing that compelled me to read this incredible entry was Cao Cao's inevitable goth-chick transformation.
9th-Apr-2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
YOUR ICON. So perfect for this entire anime. ♥

But... but I still wake up... in the dark... and hear the screaming...

*giggles helplessly*

The goth-chick transformation COMPLETELY cracked me up. XDDD ♥ Glad this amused! ;) MY WORK HERE IS DONE! ♥

9th-Apr-2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh my god I am t3h dead and it's just from reading your text, not from looking at the pictures. Unfortunately I don't have a more dynamic WTF!!!!! icon at the moment, so this will have to do XD

First they have Saiyuki, which was like on t3h crack, and now this?

THEY ARE SO RAPING THE CHINESE CULTURE and yet I am loving them for it... << >> Hehheh
9th-Apr-2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thank you so much! *giggles* GLAD IT AMUSED. Or horrified. ;)

I am hoping this will be on even more crack than Saiyuki. ♥ May my hopes be fulfilled! ;)

THEY ARE SO RAPING THE CHINESE CULTURE and yet I am loving them for it... << >> Hehheh
You have given voice to the great conflict that rages within me! My culture is being shamelessly violated! YET why is it so ENJOYABLE?!

Clearly, I must repent for my sins. I suggest that I should read the entire original classic in Chinese. xD
9th-Apr-2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I kind of feel like I should learn Chinese history BEFORE watching this so I can appreciate the hilarity.

That said.

9th-Apr-2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
No worries! ;) Just crib it from Wikipedia and you'll be fine - it's what I'm doing! ;) I think a finer appreciation of Chinese culture might actually stand in the way of my enjoying the anime.

You could always watch it for the incongruity of mecha arms and weapons on a classical Chinese era anime. ;)

I HAVE NO CLUE! ♥ BUT is it not terribly amusing? XD
9th-Apr-2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Wow...this DOES look lovely! I will be giving this a watch when the english subs are available...which I am sure will be soon.
By the way. I'm easy to please, too. XD
*admits she has trouble pronouncing chinese*
9th-Apr-2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
♥ I could translate the key yaoi-happy scenes for you, if you like. I might actually translate them more gay than they really are. xD

I'm easy to please, too. XD
...my first knee-jerk reaction should probably not have been THEN I WANT TO PLEASE YOU ♥

But that's great! *beams* I've always thought people who were easy to please were happier people. (... that is, if they didn't also get angry/sad/upset easily, which I must admit I sometimes do) ♥

IT'S ALL GOOD! I have trouble pronouncing Chinese too, and I studied it for eleven years! *griiiin* It's not an easy language - and is purportedly one of the hardest to learn. ;)
9th-Apr-2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Aside from your spectacular journal, you have some great icons and I feel I need to know the full name of the 'Sammy' in the one below. I don't want the icon, just the guy. *blush*

title or description

9th-Apr-2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
*colours!* Thank you so much! *grin* And hello there! *beams* Sammy is Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam Winchester in Supernatural. *grin* I think he's amazingly good-looking, so if you agree, it makes me very gleeful! *grin*
9th-Apr-2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I... have no idea what this is and the cultural issues would be way over my head, but the pretty, the pretty.

Oh, to have English subs. ._.
10th-Apr-2007 07:04 am (UTC)
*grin* I think the cultural issues being way over your head is only going to work in your advantage for the purpose of this anime. ;) Seriously, actual love and familiarity with the original source material in this instance is going to break your brain. ;)

And it's so pretty! ;) I can ignore a lot of plot problems for that. ;)

The English subs are gonna make me fall off my chair laughing. ;) But yeah, if/when they're up I'll let you guys know! ;)
9th-Apr-2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
i have no idea what that is D=
i haven't been keeping up with anything thsee days
can you believe it?
i haven't watched any new anime in ages

i love the dude on your DP XD
10th-Apr-2007 07:08 am (UTC)
*GRIIIN* DON'T WORRY! I only keep up with anime when my friends tell me about it! ;) That's how I knew about this one! ;)

Sweetheart, I know you're busy as ANYTHING! *snugs tight* It's okay to not keep up with this stuff when you're busy with RL and schoolwork and all that! *hugs*

I was following D.Gray Man and Shonen Onmyouji, but stopped watching somewhere in February when there was too much schoolwork! *griiin*

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10th-Apr-2007 03:42 am (UTC)
i feel so unknowledgable about chinese history because the only character names i recognize are cao cao, liu bei, and zhuge liang -- lu xun doesn't ring a bell at all. :x but the art looks pretty spiffy, so i think i may give this series a shot. (at first, i was like, is zhuge liang holding a feather duster?? and then i realized it was his trademark fan, LOL)
10th-Apr-2007 07:13 am (UTC)
*grin* To tell the absolute truth, only Zhuge Liang and Cao Cao were familiar to me. Everyone else was a distant memory. ;) And Lu Xun doesn't ring a bell because the original source material doesn't place the emphasis on him. ;) It's a new approach to tell the story from Lu Xun's perspective. ;)


Zhuge Liang and Cao Cao should start up a cabaret. ;)
10th-Apr-2007 04:14 am (UTC)
lol. obviously downloaded before i saw THIS post. *rolls*

this has nothing to do with three kingdoms, this has nothing to do with three kingdoms, they only have the same name. lalalalalalalalalala.

okay! i think i can watch it now! ^_______________________^
10th-Apr-2007 07:15 am (UTC)
IT'S ALL GOOD! XDDDD I thought you'd seen it already, but GLAD TO BE OF HELP! ♥

XDDD That approach is actually the best way to get through this anime. *griiin*

I hope you have more fun this time around with the new mindset! XDDD

I still think Zhuge Liang and Cao Cao should start up a cabaret. ;)
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