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Old 2006-08-17, 05:03   Link #261
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Where have I seen that type of ending sequence before?

You know, the part where she's running along happily while the camera slowly pans to her face and she turns her face around then her whole body with a twirling dance type of pose and it just freezes.
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Old 2006-08-17, 08:37   Link #262
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For the Chinese version of the novel, could someone tell me the name of the publishers? Also how many manga volumes so far?

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Old 2006-08-18, 07:47   Link #263
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This is the Royal We construct - a first-person pronoun used by royalty.
I dont think anyone is going to contradict you on this, but with small remark - European royalty, not world-wide. And for Chinese-like culture the use of "we" sounds really awkward.
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Old 2006-08-18, 11:12   Link #264
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I dont think anyone is going to contradict you on this, but with small remark - European royalty, not world-wide. And for Chinese-like culture the use of "we" sounds really awkward.
Actually, in imperial China, emperors do use a personal pronoun similar to the Royal We. The exact pronoun is: 朕 (pinyin: zhen4). The standard first-person pronoun 'I' in Chinese is different; however I cannot reproduce the character right now because the machine I am currently posting on does not support Chinese/Japanese IME. I will reproduce it once I have access to a computer which does support Chinese/Japanese IME.

For your convenience, I have enclosed a previous post that I have written in regards to the Royal We:

--- Start Transmission ---

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Originally Posted by Acespeedy
I just have a question concerning some of the translations on the series. I've noticed that the emperor sometimes refers to himself as "we" instead of "I". Is this right?
This is known as the Royal We construct. [ Wikipedia link ]. It is a first-person pronoun restricted to royalty (e.g. Queen Elizabeth II). In the original Japanese, Ryuuki refers to himself as 余 (romaji: yo); this is a first-person pronoun used by nobility to refer to themselves, so we have chosen to translate it into the Royal We. If we were translating to Chinese instead of to English - the Chinese title we'd use would be 朕 (pinyin: zhen4) - 朕 being the first-person pronoun traditionally used by Chinese emperors.

Spoiler for Episode 3, 4 - as well as spoiler warning about Ryuuki's exiled elder brother:


--- End Transmission ---

Hope that helps!

(Edited to add a link to Wikipedia's article on the Emperor of China:
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_of_China)

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Originally Posted by Wikipedia, Emperor of China article, Styles, names and forms of address section, Paragraph 1
As the emperor had, by law, a high position challenged by no one else, his subjects were to show the utmost respect in his presence, whether it included direct conversation or otherwise. In a conversation with the emperor, it was considered a crime to compare oneself to the emperor in any way. It was taboo to refer to the emperor by his given name, even if it came from his own mother, who instead was to use Huangdi (Emperor), or Er (simply "son"). The emperor was never to be addressed as you. The emperor referred to himself as Zhen (朕) in front of his subjects. Anyone who spoke to the emperor was to address him as Bixia (陛下), translated as "Your Imperial Majesty"; Huang Shang (皇上, lit. Emperor Above or Emperor Highness), Wan Sui (萬歲, lit. Ten thousand years, which was commonly used by his subjects at the beginning of each day), or Sheng Shang (聖上, lit. the Divine Above or the Holy Highness). Servants often addressed the emperor as Wan Sui Ye (萬歲爺, lit. Lord of Ten Thousand Years).
Of course, Saiunkoku contradicts the "It was taboo to refer to the emperor by his given name" rule - but then it's because Ryuuki personally asked Shuurei to refer to him by his given name...)

(Edited again to add, now that I have access to a Chinese/Japanese input enabled computer: The first-person pronoun 'I', in Chinese, is 我 (pinyin: wo3). )

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Old 2006-08-22, 11:13   Link #265
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Regarding calling Ryuuki's name, it was probably because it was a personal request which was supposed to be used when they're alone or with close friends. Also, during the Tang dynasty which Saiunkoku is loosely based on, relations between the emperor and the high ranking noble families were a bit more casual than in other dynasties. There have even been mention that Tang emperors have been known to serve tea to his own high ranking officials with his own hands! Probably because the members of the noble families have about as much or more power than the imperial family so relations were more equal?
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Old 2006-08-22, 17:01   Link #266
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Thanks to WS for the new ep.

What is the difference between the basic examination and the imperial examination?
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Old 2006-08-22, 22:45   Link #267
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basic examination vs imperial examination...

imperial civil service exam can be classified into 3 stages such as local, provincial and national examination. Local exam is done in home town every year. A person can joined provincial exam, if he passed the local exam which was done every 3 years in provincial capital. After passing provincial exam, he can joined national exam which is held every 3 years also in the country's capital. In Shuurei's case, she didn't took the first two stages because she was recomended directly by Reishin, who is senior secretary of department of civil affair.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese...ce_examination
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Old 2006-08-25, 16:19   Link #268
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I stumbled across this series earlier this month and now I'm addicted! It's wonderful!! I'm so glad I picked up Newtype USA, since that is where I saw the write-up and art for it.

I'm really hoping to makes it across to R1, I know I'll buy it. I did the same with Twelve Kingdoms, another favorite of mine.
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Old 2006-08-26, 12:00   Link #269
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I see a Shadow Dreams fansub of episode 1 available on animesuki now. She actually has the later episodes subbed as well (10-15 or 16, I think?), if you do a bit of searching.
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Old 2006-08-27, 14:14   Link #270
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She (the consort) is some sort of Chidori (full metal panic). Anyways, whithou she, this anime will be a yaoi serie.

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Old 2006-08-27, 21:45   Link #271
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Shadow Dreams will be releasing english subbed torrents of saiunkoku 10-16 in the upcoming days so watch out for the torrent releases.
The episodes have been fansubbed for a while but she finally figured out how to distribute the torrents for the masses

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I see a Shadow Dreams fansub of episode 1 available on animesuki now. She actually has the later episodes subbed as well (10-15 or 16, I think?), if you do a bit of searching.
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Old 2006-08-27, 23:53   Link #272
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Yay for joining forums for the purpose of one series!

I randomly discovered this anime when I found postcards of it for sale at a small booth in the dealers room at Anime Expo this year. It caught my eye because of Shuurei's beautiful courtier garb and the attention to detail and I'm big into the Chinese themed series' ^^;;;;

This show screams shoujo and I'm always up for good shoujo, though I must say that I'm depressed by the lack of interest generated in it by fansubbing groups. I've watched all three versions of episode one, and Ayu by far did the best job, though it seems they've stopped working on the series. I guess beggers can't be choosers though and thankfully I can understand Japanese so subs so much don't matter ^^

I really came here though to ask about episode three. No one has it, and it seems rather odd to me. I noticed We Suck (strangest name ever and it made me nervous downloading from them) mentioned they would re-release it, but why pull it down all together? I've been out of the fansubbing loop for a while since it's been at least two years since I stopped translating, but does anyone know where I could get it? Raw or subbed, I don't really care I would just like to see it since it really bothers me having to skip any episodes. And apparently I totally missed something. So if anyone could help me out I would really appreciate it!

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Old 2006-08-28, 09:09   Link #273
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1-10 has been subbed and but raws are available up to 17. (i only watched up to 16)
it's a very nice anime. i love the 1st arc. i hope they would sustain that kind of pace... if not then it would be disappointing! hehe

btw, we suck fansubs are nice. i have all the 10 eps... but i don't seed bec. this is not my laptop...
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Old 2006-08-28, 13:05   Link #274
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There is a wonderful pair of raws out of an event called "The World of Saiunkoku Monogatari." It features Kuwashima Houko and Tomokazu Seki (Shuurei and the king) on stage in front of a large and delighted audience. Kuwashima-san comes across as such a nice person. The files are by l33t-raws.
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Old 2006-08-29, 01:00   Link #275
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I see a Shadow Dreams fansub of episode 1 available on animesuki now. She actually has the later episodes subbed as well (10-15 or 16, I think?), if you do a bit of searching.
Thanks for the lead - I found their site and they're up to episode 16 now. Wow, what a rush! I got to see six new episodes in two days...Would have been quicker, but the download sites were hard to get access to; one kept telling me that no free spaces for downloading were available and the other only allows one download every 3 hours or so from the same computer (?) so I had to keep trying both to get to those episodes...good thing it was the weekend!
Now I hoping that new stuff someone's already posted about will get subbed. It sounds like some of the bonus material from the first Japanese DVD release? Would that be right?
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Old 2006-08-29, 06:36   Link #276
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There is a wonderful pair of raws out of an event called "The World of Saiunkoku Monogatari." It features Kuwashima Houko and Tomokazu Seki (Shuurei and the king) on stage in front of a large and delighted audience. Kuwashima-san comes across as such a nice person. The files are by l33t-raws.
And to think she was the same voice actor as Fllay Allster and Stellar Loussier, two 'not that pleasant' characters.

Watched up to episode 10. I wouldn't say it's excellent, but it's rather good and definitely worth one's time.
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Old 2006-08-29, 15:51   Link #277
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I am enjoying this series so far. But some minor details in the background is not ancient-chinese like. For example, the handles of the chest of drawers is Western style. Ancient china do not have handles like that. Also, Shuurei, being a consort of the King should never be allowed to leave the palace. Even when a king is displeased with his consort, he would just put her into the "Cold palace". There has been cases where consorts were allowed to leave, but that's only if the king never slept with them. So its very odd that Shuurei was allowed to leave, she could be pregnant with a heir to the thrown (the others don't know that nothing really happened).

But since it is not based on a real dynasty in China, I guess we can overlook these minor details.
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Old 2006-08-30, 05:33   Link #278
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Volume 11 of the josei light novel Saiunkoku Monogatari will be released on September 1st, 2006.

Here its cover:



All the available light novels and manga can be seen in this post.
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Old 2006-09-02, 19:39   Link #279
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I'm very surprised at how low-ranked people treat the Emperor. So incredibly surprised. Normally they would all get punished for speaking that way to the Emperor.

Thanks to the new sub group, I've now finished 16 episodes! And, what exactly is the "World of Saiunkoku" segment? Is it a live action drama or is it just a cast interview sort of thing?
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Old 2006-09-03, 01:03   Link #280
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And, what exactly is the "World of Saiunkoku" segment? Is it a live action drama or is it just a cast interview sort of thing?
I don't know Japanese, but I watched part of it anyway. It seems a "meet the VA" show.
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