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Qin’s Moon

I’ve been so obsessed with Qin’s Moon (秦时明月), China’s first 3D wuxia animation. I discovered this spectacular 7-season series about two weeks ago and have finished watching all the episodes so far (3 seasons, 62 episodes). Qin’s Moon is set during the Qin Dynasty (with flashbacks in the Warring States period) and is a perfect blend of wuxia, history, and fantasy. Tons of historical characters are featured, including Qin Shi Huang, Xiang Yu, Jing Ke, Gao Jianli, Zhang Liang, Crown Prince Dan of Yan, Meng Tian, and Li Si. It also introduces several of the Hundred Schools of Thought: Mohism, Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism, School of Diplomacy, School of Military, School of Yin Yang, Logicians, and Agriculturalism.

Qin’s Moon has it all: memorable characters, exciting plot, humor, romance, and strong ideals. I’m particularly impressed with how the quality of the animation continuously improves season after season. The scenery, characters, voices, and fight sequences are superb. The preview for Season 4 is epic! I can’t wait for it to be aired (probably in early 2012).

I’ve got quite a soft spot for Ge Nie and his chivalry, Gao Jianli and his zither, and Zhang Liang and his brains. :p

All of the current episodes of Qin’s Moon have been kindly subbed in English. So start watching!

Season 3 trailer (First video I ever saw of the series, which immediately captivated my interest)

Season 1 Episode 1

Season 4 trailer

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The Negligent Blogger is Back!

Wow, it’s been five months since I’ve last blogged. I was heartbroken for a really long time after the tragedy in Japan, and my only solace was in donating to the relief efforts in JYJ’s name. I was also terribly sad to miss my second chance to see JYJ live because my parents forbade me AGAIN. Too much else has also happened for me to squeeze everything into one little entry! I’ve successfully completed my first year of college, gotten my first job at a hotel restaurant, bought three cute little goldie fishies, continued to work on my novel (currently just at 50,000 words), and picked up translating Jin Yong’s Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (Gu Long’s Meteor, Butterfly, Sword is on hold, and I’ve also begun translating a story by Cang Yue).

I still can’t get over the glory of DB5K days and I know I’ll never live to see the day when another group surpasses them. I’m wracking with sobs every time I listen to Love in the Ice, Stand By U, Bolero, or any of their other heartwrenching songs. They’ll always be the only true kings in my heart.

After abstaining from kpop completely for several months, I’ve finally dived back in and fallen in love with Park Jung Min from SS501. I’ve never truly been a Triple S, and I’ve always been Hyun Joong biased, but ever since the beginning I’ve had a soft spot for Jung Min even when I didn’t even know his name. Just like with Yesung, when I saw Jung Min’s adorable signature, I think my knees started to wobble for the first time.

Thank you so much for sending me so many beautiful autographs of Asian stars, Jenny!!! I stare at them every day and want to smother them in kisses just like with Super Junior’s last year.

2NE1, B2ST, Big Bang, BoA, HoMin, Rain, SS501, SHINee

Fahrenheit (Wu Zun, Aaron, Jiro), Jay Chou, Jimmy Lin, JJ Lin, Mike He, Nicholas Teo, Wang Leehom

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Pre-Finals Mania

What’s up, dear blog? I’m going to be dead next week when I have five finals, three of them in one day from 8am-6:30pm. I just love the scheduling of my life. I’m hoping that I don’t bomb them and destroy the grades I’ve worked to the death to accomplish this semester.

Last month I watched the historical drama Schemes of a Beauty 美人心计 and promptly fell in love with a few male historical figures and the actors themselves. I’m sure the male audience of the drama was even more pleased; true to its title, Meiren Xinji abounds with beauties. I’m still in awe and fascinated by the politics, warfare, and court intrigues of the early Han Dynasty. This craze even beats my fervent interest in the Liao and Song dynasties.

Today I translated the lyrics to Luo Hua 落花, the theme song for Schemes of a Beauty and sung by the lead actress Ruby Lin. The past few weeks I also translated excerpts from Jin Yong’s wuxia novel Sword Stained With Royal Blood 碧血剑, Gu Long’s novel The Tale of Refining the Sword like Cleansing the Flower 浣花洗剑录, and tidbits of dialog from the latter’s 2007 drama version. I’m thinking of perhaps starting a translation collection (a portfolio blog?) of my Chinese-English translations over winter break.

I watched about 15 episodes of 浣花洗剑录 in two days until I stopped due to lack of free time and declining interest. Unfortunately, while searching for a summary of the series I stumbled upon a spoiler that broke my heart. I lost all inclination for continuing the series because I moped in misery for a good three days over the tragic fates of my favorite couple in the series, Mu Lang Shen Jun and Princess Tuo Chen. My body was literally wracking with sobs during their final scene and I cried so much that my eyes were terribly dry for hours afterwards. Needless to say, I love them to death. It’s the first time I am so truly endeared to any tragic couple because I love both of them without reservation. Usually I am either drooling bucketfuls over the male lover or desperately wanting to smack him for his absolute failure in both matters of the head and the heart. But their love was beautiful, passionate, and true until the very end, even though the princess later discovered the full extent to which the man she loved had deceived her. Egregiously evil, her enemy in every way, yet the dearest in her heart even until their dying breaths. I will not elaborate further for fear of spoiling such a heartwrenchingly tender story for someone else.

Also, I finished Chapter 7: Training of Kindest Cruelty last month. I’m making progress on Chapter 8, which will be out before the end of the month. 🙂

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