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Releases / Re: Kingdom Chapter 497
« on: November 13, 2016, 10:31:51 am »
Excellent! Thx! 8^)

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True, I can't remember myself. The first several chapters have a title and then nothing after that. Maybe the rest never made it during the raws transition. Thx for the chapter! 8^)

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Kingdom / Chapter 496
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:23:22 pm »
I can’t believe time has passed by so quickly, it’s King Ei Sei’s eleventh year of reign and Shin is still not a general, and yet, he can’t blame anyone except himself. Nonetheless, we’re finally getting word about Ryo Fui’s situation, even if it’s just a small fragment. Honestly, I had already given up. What’s it been, 40, maybe 50 chapters after the attempt to overthrow the king? Also, the Queen mother, well, she’s back at her estate, but I’m sure she hasn’t changed her wicked ways probably, resents the king now more than ever. I hope she’s had enough time to reflect on her mistakes and ill will towards her son, the king. So funny to see the nobles rally for what turned out to be nothing more than a senseless rant and even funnier when Ri Shi quickly put a lid on things. I have to say, I was a bit surprised to see Mou Ki planning a strategy with the grand pooh-bahs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just surprised. By this point, I expected Mou Ki to have attached himself to a unit out in the frontlines instead of sticking around the board. Anyway, I can’t see how they will overtake Gyou city and it’s driving me nuts. The only thing I can think of, is, that whosoever is tasked to overthrow Gyou city needs to carry enough supplies/rations to last them through the takeover since a supply line is out of the question if the plan has any chance of success. Meanwhile, Zhao is hard at work fortifying its defenses, as Mou Ten discovers. What do you think Shou Hei Kun will devise now that he has assembled Shin, Ten, Mou Ten, and Ou hon together?

I noticed that Shin put on a show for the new lackeys. It looks like one of his signature blows, hope he didn’t go overboard. 8^)

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Releases / Re: Kingdom Chapter 496
« on: November 06, 2016, 07:09:43 am »
Thx for the quick release! Glad we're finally moving to the battlefield there are a few theories I'd like to put to rest. 8^)

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Kingdom / Chapter 495
« on: November 01, 2016, 08:50:49 pm »
Funny how, even as events continue to unfold, King Ei Sei’s unification goal manages to come together in an unprecedented fashion. Is it, perhaps, the will of his predecessors? Maybe why, he is so determined to challenge what most, if not all, see as impossible. Now that the King has unofficially exonerated Ri Shi, his prime objective should take root within Qin well before any state is overthrown. Don’t you agree? I mean, what else is there? From my perspective, in order for this new system of law to work it needs a foundation, and what better place than Qin itself, despite the fact it’s the aggressor. It won’t be easy. People, in general, are not fond of change. Officials in and out of Sei’s faction may rebel in secret against bureaucratic reform. I’m interested to see how they overcome this.

Halfway through the chapter and the atmosphere takes a turn for the worse. Ri Boku manages to put a wrinkle in Qin’s invasion plan (as if no one saw that coming). Judging by the number of raised eyebrows (and there were many), I expect things to get ugly, very ugly. Besides, what do they expect from Zhao’s leading commander? Ri Boku is not going to idly stand by while Qin gets stronger. And, just when I thought everything could no longer get melodramatic, Shou Hei Kun pulls Ou Ki’s classic move, everyone out! I wasn’t sure how to take that lol. Anyway, what bizarre play is he referring to, exactly? Is he indirectly suggesting that Shin, Mou Ten, and Ou Hon play key roles to bring Ri Boku down once and for all. Why do I think it’s still too early for the HSU to set out on such a critical assignment? One thing is certain, Ri Boku will not go easy on Shin and his unit. At any rate, it looks like things will finally shift to battlefield once again.

One last thing, I think it’s worth mentioning that Ri Shi is the only one that realized something was bugging the chief of military affairs. Quite perceptive, if you ask me. 8^)

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Releases / Re: Kingdom Chapter 495
« on: October 31, 2016, 08:20:57 am »
Great work team, thx! 8^)

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Kingdom / Chapter 494
« on: October 24, 2016, 07:17:29 pm »
What a revelation! Ri Shi may turn out to be an important source to Sei’s aim. Who would have guessed? The question is, will he play a critical role in Sei’s plans? At this point, you can’t ignore the bits and pieces purposely laid out from the very beginning. So, is there more we have yet to realize? For instance, back, way back in chapter 179, Shou Bun Kun managed to solve Qin’s flood control. At the time, this had very little meaning. Yet, I can't help but wonder if this is somehow relevant with future events. Here’s what I’m getting at, Sei’s radical transition to law means that for it to work certain criteria must be met and in place, right? We know that in order to fuse nations together there needs to be very little friction. Asking people to disregard religion and culture and to conform to new ideals is not the path to unity. Neither is forcing people to accept a new way of life, and finding the right medium isn’t easy either. I have noticed that the majority of peoples no matter what nation they hail from are divided into two categories, the military group, and the agricultural folk. Both, among other things, rely on economics. Therefore, developing roads and waterways is important. Each is a component of commerce that in turn, facilitates easier exchange of goods, money, and services. This, in my opinion, will slowly but surely help people come together. It may not cure their differences but at least they’ll have something in common. Bear in mind, this is not the answer to unification, and more of a mechanism to ease tension. 8^)

P.S: Looking back at past events, Sei has always been cerebral when it comes to preparation. Remember when he fixed Shou Bun Kun’s position as chancellor of the left, this allowed his party, however small, the right to decide on policy rather than just voice an opinion. In fact, this was such a clever move that Ryo Fui was taken by surprise. I’m not suggesting that I'm certain his position will be of major consequence with future events, but we can’t neglect the fact that’s he’s been instrumental to Sei’s goals from the beginning.

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Releases / Re: Kingdom Chapter 494
« on: October 23, 2016, 07:52:53 am »
Thx! 8^)

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Kingdom / Chapter 492 & 493
« on: October 17, 2016, 05:23:41 pm »
It seems like the flavor of the month for the HSU is the unique abilities it will amass from new recruits. For this reason, I’ve clumped the chapters together. I believe, they go hand in hand, removing the veil of secrecy surrounding the Ten Bows of China. As it turns out, Qin, although unofficial, did have an archer that bested Duke Haku of Wei. Who unbeknownst to us was also acknowledged as one of the Ten Bows. Unfortunately, he died quickly. On the bright side, his two boys have been inducted by the HSU. This should level the playing field against Chu to some degree. On a personal note, I can’t imagine the look on Riboku’s face when he hears of this. So far, it looks like Ten has all the bases covered but I hope she doesn’t overlook the fact that the unit also needs to concentrate on preventive measures, vulnerable strategist included. I hope you can see where I’m going with this. Anyway, I’ve enjoyed the chapters and can sleep better at night knowing the HSU is better equipped to topple opposing forces. As Shin so eloquently put it, more power to them, as they keep moving forward. 8^)

Note: The newly mentioned members of the Ten Bows of China may not be part of the current active members for one reason or another.

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Releases / Re: Kingdom Chapter 493
« on: October 16, 2016, 07:40:14 am »
Wow! Thx so much for the quick translation. 8^)

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Releases / Re: Kingdom Chapter 492
« on: October 15, 2016, 08:33:38 am »
Thx so much! Even without politics and warfare this is an exciting chapter! 8^)

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Kingdom / Chapter 491
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:13:55 pm »
What a tantalizing chapter this was, eh? King Ouken of Qi confirmed that Qin’s citizens still harbor ill feelings towards Zhao. I believe the feeling is mutual. Many, if not all, of Zhao’s citizens despise Qin, yet I can’t say the same for the younger generation. Anyway, who can blame them? Due to the lasting conflict between these two nations, people on either side will have a tough time setting aside petty differences, prejudices, and so on. Regardless how you look at it, things of this nature are never so lucid.

Meanwhile, in the audience hall, Riboku continues to press on insisting that Zhao will not stand for King Ei Sei’s ludicrous endeavor. Furthermore, adding that Qin’s mere generals are in fact no match for his keen intellect. Clearly, Riboku is expressing, in one way or another that Zhao would rather die before they merge as one. Okay, I get it. But, he ends the rant with some pretty bold claims. This is not the Riboku I’m used to. I expected a poised, methodical Riboku. What happened to deceit, misdirection, and all that jazz he’s well known for. That’s the Riboku I expected to see, guess he left his poker face home. 8^)

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Kingdom / Ten Bows of China
« on: October 09, 2016, 08:18:07 am »
Chapter 491 proves the HSU will commence an assessment of recruits. Something most of us have been looking forward to when you consider past events. Fast forward and the closing pages depict two bowmen who linger at the rear of the lot almost as if to seek recognition. Therefore, it’s safe to presume archery is among the many exercises the HSU will focus on to strengthen the unit as a whole, and why I think it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the Ten Bows of China.

At present, Chu clearly has the advantage when it comes to this area of expertise. When compared, its number of archers exceeds that of any other state. Just as significant is the overall decline of archers regarded with such prestige. Which means that for the time being Chu dominates with archer superiority. First, to exit the stage was Kou Rigen of Wei, whose career abruptly ended when Shin struck him down in the battle of Dakan Plains. Later, in the battle of Bayou, Shin in a fit of fury dispatches Gika of Zhao, the oldest member of this exclusive club ERASED. Good riddance to backstabbers I always say (Pun intended). 8^)

The remaining Ten Bows of China currently reside in the state of Chu. Kyou En, one of Great General Ren Pa’s Four Heavenly kings, and a former resident of Wei and Zhao. Composed, perceptive, and discreet is about all there is to say about him, which is more than enough. The other remarkable archer is Haku Rei. He ranks third place in Chu. But, why third place? Does this mean that Kyou En and someone else secure positions one and two? By the way, that “someone else” is yet to be identified and so the mystery deepens. Which leads to my next point.

Why, Qin, a state with so much talent, has yet to birth a capable archer that’s recognized as a member of the Ten Bows. I find this peculiar, especially when you take into account that Qin can be considered a superpower during the warring states period. A vast nation with so many walks of life, it’s bound to eventually inherit someone worthy of being perceived as a Ten Bow, right? So, why have we not seen archers of this caliber among the ranks of Qin’s armies?

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Releases / Re: Kingdom Chapter 491
« on: October 09, 2016, 08:12:23 am »
Thank you! 8^)

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Kingdom / Chapter 490
« on: September 29, 2016, 02:39:32 pm »
Pretty much a straightforward chapter, or is it? Is there more behind Riboku’s speech, and is there an ulterior motive for visiting Kanyou, especially now? I can’t believe he had the gull to sell King Ei Sei a peace treaty. That time has long past. Besides, a peace treaty among all seven states is not a lasting arrangement, as King Ei Sei forcefully pointed out. Honestly, I was not at all surprised with Riboku, I expected more from him. At this point, Qin has the upper hand and Riboku knows this. However, I’m still not convinced that this was his only purpose for visiting Kanyou. We all know just how devious he can be. Anyway, I’m glad King Ei Sei stuck to his guns because Riboku can’t be trusted. 8^)

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