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I recently finished Little Mushroom. It's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, and it was a change from the usual historical danmei I've been reading, and I really enjoyed it. It's fast paced and the story was incredibly bleak for 99% of the novel, yet it somehow didn't get so depressing that it was hard to continue. I wish I knew what the fuck happened with Seraing in the end, though.
this sounds interesting. i'm completely new to danmei and i've only read volume 1 of scum villain so far, but i think reading about the same beautiful blackhaired men all the time does get boring after a while.>>276904
you can find published novels on nyaa: https://nyaa.si/view/1561188
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Nevermind, the book's title is Mo Dao Zu Shi or The Grand Master of Demonic Cultivation volume 1 from what I've seen and I just checked the first pages online before purchasing the book. I won't be buying it because the text is translated from English to French despite the original text being in Chinese. It's a fucking translation of a translation. Fuck that shit, it's already scandalous with Nintendo games americanizing and censoring Japanese games and putting their American garbage down European players' throats, but now that shit also exists with novels of all things? For a fucking 20€ book on top of that? Maybe I should pirate that shit instead, what a scam.
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I honestly believe that something like this should be illegal, but in reality there is no helping it other than by means of boycott.
At least within the English-speaking fandom there is more scrutiny (even if it leads to occasional overblown drama).
Anyway if you have any questions, there are always helpful people on the NU forum. A helpful guide for MDZS:>https://forum.novelupdates.com/threads/the-founder-of-diabolism.32452/page-277#post-4290032
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Emboldened by anonymity of chans, I feel free to say this at last. The rape scenes in The Husky and His White Cat Shizun greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the novel. I see outrage or disapproval in regards to the story being about (mis)adventures of a (former) rapist MC from time to time - I find such small-scale shitstorms amusing.
But this is not even a controversial opinion. Here's the controversial one:
exactly because The Husky and His White Cat Shizun is full of [PROBLEMATIC], [ABUSIVE], [UNHEALTHY] content, it should be recommended far and wide, to any person wanting to get into danmei novels for the sole purpose of discouraging the types of people who are bound to cause problems from acquiring any sway in the fandom. Separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. I do not want any more cancel campaigns, personal attacks directed at people who like the wrong thing, denouncing the author trannies vs J. K. Rowling-style, the atmosphere of the Cultural Revolution and general shitflinging and stifling atmosphere of walking on eggshells in every fan space.
That's why I'm profoundly grateful to Seven Seas for picking up the novel and giving it such colourful, innocent-looking covers. I will support it, encourage others to do the same and recommend 2ha to whomever asks for danmei recs.
Thanks for reading my blog. You may begin the 2 minutes hate now.
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wait until they find out most yaoi/danmei is written by women too
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>>277129>"fetishizing" gay men
Anti-fujoshi sentiment is at least something easily dismissed by people who were in any fandom at some point of time. I saw it on tumblr years ago - it hasn't harmed the anime & manga fandom in the slightest, because almost everybody finds it ridiculous in a 'hahaha, no shit Sherlock', 'how nu r u', way.
Content-policing, purity spirals and [bUt ThInK oF ThE ChIlDrEn!] are something much more sinister.
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I wish I could get into Danmei. I love how Female-centered it is and the art for it is gorgeous. The fandom's also big and lively. I read around a quarter of the official translation of MDZS and Heaven's Official Blessing. Both had their weaknesses. I loved the monster of the week-type plot in Heaven's, but the supporting cast was nearly nonexistent and I could never get into the main couple. MDZS had a stronger cast, but the plot was weaker and I understood less of it. Character names mushed together, let alone clans, (except for Jiang Cheng(I think?) and Wei Wuxian who I remember just because they seemed like an asses who could have interesting fanon interpretations). Maybe if I watched the TV show or the cartoon I would understand more of what's going on? Seeing how big the fandom is for MTXT's works makes me feel FOMO.
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Giga Stacy BL violence enjoyers vs virgin self flagellate cuckqueans.
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I recommend the animation for MDZS. I really appreciate how they braved the storm and made a complete adaptation despite the encroaching tentacles of the censorship department and their ever-changing guidelines between seasons (hence the rushed S2, plot rewrites, sudden disappearance of gore etc.). It's still the best animated adaptation of any danmei to date. The team tried their hardest to convey the spirit of the novel even when their hands were seemingly tied by strict content rules. They found a way.
Also, when you watch it download the Guodongsubs subs from Nyaa - the version on Youtube uploaded by Tencent is censored and the translation is trash.
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My other favourite novels are Faraway Wanderers (https://www.novelupdates.com/series/faraway-wanderers
) and Sha Po Lang (https://www.novelupdates.com/series/sha-po-lang
), both by Priest.
Are they planning an ebook as well? I hate it when companies quit 'because it didn't sell', but they don't even try reaching the fanbase by limiting purchase options, abhorrently expensive international shipping etc..
For a lesser-known series, I've been reading
Record of the Missing Sect Master (https://www.novelupdates.com/series/record-of-the-missing-sect-master
), and it really appeals to me, but I have a long way to the end, so the story still has a chance of turning into shit. (I've been burnt many times by absolute plot deterioration in anime & manga lol.)
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Fuck Amazon, BTW.
Off-topic, but maybe somebody will find it useful. For some reason, I believed that you can't rip Kindle ebooks using Calibre on Windows 7, but you absolutely can. I don't know what I messed up in the past, but the process went swimmingly yesterday.>https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/remove-drm-every-ebook-own/
Thank you! I've heard good things about priest I'll definitely look into those.
>Are they planning an ebook as well?
I haven't checked but I'm pretty sure peach flower house has other ebooks available so it would make sense they'd have golden terrace.
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What are you favourite CRACKs from adaptations? Mine are these:
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Funny that you mention that, because you know what kind of novel it's going to be right from the first chapter. If somebody still whines about 'the shocking content' there is a good chance they are trolling.
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Anyone else like fox demon cultivation manual? I feel like a lot of danmei fans are sleeping on it. Not the deepest shit ever, but I had fun reading it.
Necro-ing this thread to say thank you for the rec, nonna. I'm finally reading this book, and I think about it every moment of the day. I'm only about 40 chapters in and there's SO MUCH SEXUAL TENSION AAAARGH
btw does anyone know where a girl can find porn art and animations teehee
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Is there anywhere I can still find the full fan translation for TGCF? I caught up to the official translation but I don't want to wait to see the end, I've poked around online trying to find the fan translation still being shared anywhere but it seems pretty under wraps now.
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Thank you so much!
Pixiv, Twitter and Lofter. You don't need a phone number to download full-scale arts from Lofter (go to page source to save them).>>308417
Good. I liked You've Got Mail, I will support the author.
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Volume 6 of HOB is one hell of a ride. It's a constant mindfuck rollercoaster of From Bad to Worse and Now I've lost it, I know I can kill. My favourite volume so far.
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I can't with Remnants of Filth, I won't buy any more volumes.
The MC annoys the hell out of me - he's so impotent, self-pitying with no goal in sight, lets trash like Murong Lian walk all over him (even defends him, when he should let the motherfucker get himself killed). He's Zhou Zi Shu done wrong.
The torture and cruel treatment which the ML undergoes through the whole first volume approaches ryona territory - it's sort of repulsive and gets boring fast.
I don't know whether it's tonal whiplash or not, but any attempt at 'humour' in a book filled with brooding, tragedy porn and self-pity feels so out of place, especially when it involves a character 'supervising' a brothel full of sex slaves. Maybe the 'funny' official art amplified my impression. I feel like nothing at all happened in the book, aside from flashbacks, infodumps and fleshing out court politics. There is no hook to keep me reading.
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I liked 2ha! I got me gripped right from chapter 1. I never found 2ha characters annoying or boring either, despite some of them being tropey (Xue Meng) or the MC and the ML experiencing histrionic fits from time to time, and the premise (time travel to fix your life) is clear right from the start. With RoF, I have no idea what the end goal is - abolishing slavery? revolution? triumphing over the Liao Kingdom once and for all? political reshuffle at court? none of the above, because the MC is too gutless and devoid of ambition to go against the flow?
In comparison, 2ha is very varied - it has fun moments, tragic moments, mysteries to uncover, some horror and worldbuilding that draws you in (going for the 'school of magic' setting was the right choice). It has that adventure feel that RoF is lacking.
I have no idea whether RoF is overall 'weaker', as I only read the first volume, so maybe the writing and the conceptual vision improve as it goes on. I'm not going to find out though.
(Totally uncalled for, but I recommend listening to Yousei Teikoku when reading 2ha action/horror moments - makes it much more fun.)
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I also find it funny that the official art portrays Gu Mang as this waify, delicate uke, while the descriptions in the book do not suggest it at all:>“Meat pies for sale! Meat pies as thick as Gu Mang’s face! C’mere and take a look!”>If all of Chonghua’s noble young masters took off their clothes and stood in a row, Gu Mang might not have been the most muscular, but he definitely would have had the most scars. He had fully deserved the title of Chonghua’s “Beast of the Altar.”
i was kinda hyped for the angst and found the premise (and ML/MC) more interesting than 2ha, but the overall plot got so repetitive in an absurd way i couldn't take it seriously.
Everyone in the book does nothing to correct what they think it's wrong, like they don't even try a little to make up for past mistakes, or just do it in the most useless cringe induncing way. i mtl'ed it, but i got the idea that ML doesn't get his memories or personality back, which i guess is part of the tragedy, but it makes their relationship run-of-the-mill abuser falls in love with abused and vs
also heats and self lubricating assholes are no go for me.
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Doesn't sound like a happy end to me?
Peach Flower House finally picking up something semi-popular. I'm glad there'll be ebooks.
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It's funny and disappointing at the same time that to see some illustrators for SS releases be clueless about what they are drawing. As if they hadn't paid attention to what's written in the book. Yes, I'm talking about Sha Po Lang:
- The windslasher is not some lance with a sharp end. It's a steampunk (and expensive) device with 'lol it just works' physics:
>The motion of the galloping warhorse spurred the windslasher into action. Steam rushed out with a soft explosive sound and meter long blades swung out from their sheaths, mangling the barbarian’s body from the shoulders up.
- Gu Yun is supposed to be wearing a special (and expensive) violet gold-powered armour/powersuit here, not something a town guard of some godforsaken bumfuck would wear. He doesn't look like your ordinary soldier from period dramas, but closer to Knight Sabers from Bubblegum Crisis:
>This man was wearing the lightest class of armor, also known as light pelt. An armor specially designed for riding, it weighed less than fifteen kilograms in total. He wore no visor and held his helmet carelessly in one hand, revealing a face that had once invaded Chang Geng’s dreams.
>Two classes of armor were used in the military. Light armor was worn by the cavalry and could only support a small amount of propulsion. It relied primarily on man and animal power, and its advantages lay in how light and convenient it was.
>Shen-xiansheng’s courtyard was always littered with disassembled suits of light armor. Heavy armor, on the other hand, was extremely expensive and never handed off to civilian artificers for maintenance.
And here I was hoping for an illustrator to rise to the occasion and provide us with steampunk designs, not the run-of-the-mill 'period drama' wearslop.
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I really like character interactions in Thousand Autumns. The highlight of volume 1 was Yan Wushi's attempt to 'blacken' Shen Qiao by sending him out on an assassination mission.
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The other BDJs from this company look pretty standard but their MXTX ones (YLLZ looks ok, I guess) look like bug aliens. They always look so eerie on peoples’ shelves kek
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Like this, shit’s spooky
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Is that a ring doll? It looks really creepy here. There's other ring dolls that have somewhat less creepy faces.
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Yeah, those are the same XL dolls, ringdoll’s product photos are just extremely reliant on lighting and ps. Meanwhile this is from a review on their site lol. Their new Taizi Dianxia looks like it will have a better face but you won’t know until irl photos
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Cyclops lookin mf. Official eng releases just can’t win.
Is this that dodgy publisher that won't even sell ebooks or physical prints outside of Singapore? >tee hee hee just join a group order of another shady business that overcharges 200% tee hee hee
People should just pirate and post links on Nyaa. There should be 0 tolerance for this sort of conduct from publishers. I honestly hope they go bankrupt - it will benefit everybody involved.
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There’s them and now Monogatari Novels who are publishing edited MTL
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You mean no one in the production process saw this and went hmmmm
This cover is really fucking ugly. Probably ugliest english danmei cover I saw so far kek.>>318903>>318909
I honestly dislike all those ~indie~ publishers since usually getting their books outside of USA is pain in the ass and importing from USA to EU is expensive as fuck. Fo example canadian Via Lactea books are sometimes twice more expensive than whatever danmei SevenSeas is shiiting out ( so I'm happy that they usually are licensing some entertainment bs novels since I fucking hate them anyway).
sage for eu sperg.
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Reminds me of some older manga with funny proportions.
Haha! These new publishers popping out of nowhere and starting with several titles is something to watch out for. >>318914
VL doesn't even have an online shop, or at least I can't find it. Their site is a disaster, I don't even know what they publish and in what format. I don't think they even make much money on their books with the disastrous marketing, or rather, the lack of it. Seems like another instance of either money laundering or a rich 2nd generation throwing money at her pet project, to be honest.
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Oh crap, didn't realise Book Depository was dead. It was too good for this world.
>You can get VL books via amazon
If you know what to look for lol. I don't even know what titles they publish.
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What disappoints you the most about the official releases? For me it's the laziness of translators who can't be bothered to find fitting words in English. It feels like reading MTL at times. I guess that's what you get when you hire a translator who can communicate in both languages, but never studied translation.
So I guess you are fine with all 'onii-chans', 'anekis', 'anikis', 'onee-samas', 'haha-ues' etc. in manga too? I don't think it's a choice, but rather the translator not bothering with basic research (sometimes even reading past translations to get ideas - which are more accessible than ever - would be enough). You're not inventing the wheel translating a Chinese novel into English - hundreds of people have done that before you. Disregarding their past work and pushing through with your 'edited MTL approach' because 'you know better' or 'it's not worth it to put extra effort' is your own failure. >>319124
It just gives me fansub/MTL vibes and feels cheap (can't expect fansubbers to spend hours deliberating what term to use when they do it for free). It gives me the impression that the translator doesn't have experience outside of checking words in a dictionary. God forbid neologisms should appear.
>>319221>So I guess you are fine with all 'onii-chans', 'anekis', 'anikis', 'onee-samas', 'haha-ues' etc. in manga too?
nta but to an extent, yes. the connotations behind each of those forms of address give a different vibe and sense of the relationship between family members than just calling an older brother "big brother" or whatever. there's a reason the author originally used those forms of address when they wrote the dialogue and often there isn't anything comparable in english and in many other languages like >>319124
said. i'd rather have to read an explanation once than read english words that don't really convey the true meaning/sound unnatural when spoken. also, i would more compare this to -chan, -kun, -sensei than the lesser used aniki and haha-ue tbh.
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Here I can admit that I really dislike the TGCF English release insert art
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Found it, it's Zero_Q_0q on twitter, but on another note does anyone have recommendations that are similar to fake slackers, specifically characters with personality like He Zhao.
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This gave me war flashbacks to when I looked up an artist who did sticker sheets that where included with the Eng release of MDZS and saw mpreg Hua Cheng and "sympathy weight" fat Xie Lian
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Xie lian from Heaven official's blessing (Tian Guan Ci Fu), same author as mo dao zu shi
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That is actually Shen Zechuan from QJJ. Usually you can tell from the red earring and lack of topknot. Tbf it’s easy to mix up Danmei Dude In White 138765, at least Lans have their forehead ribbons kek.
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the art for the little mushroom manhua is so so beautiful so far. i really hope they keep this level of quality throughout its run
You might as well use MTL if all you want is word-for-word translation. It's cheaper too. I hope you realise that the list of words without precise equivalents in the other language is endless. At what point do you stop? Do you make a fuss every time you see 'cherry tree' or 'cherries' in a translated work instead of 'sweet cherry'(Prunus avium) or 'sour cherry' (Prunus cerasus) ? No? Why not? It's of great importance to me. The taste of P. avium is no way equivalent to that of P. cerasus. They don't even produce fruit at the same time in the Northern hemisphere.
BTW, translation=white-washing is the stupidest translation-related argument I've ever heard. If you want to be a good SJW, skip the middleman and read in the original language (or MTL). Go full steam ahead and start your 'translation = assault on the original work' campaign.
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I like the artist. At least she knows what she's drawing unlike here the one here >>>/m/312618
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Is there any place where you can still find a complete ftl for Nan Chan online? Ain't no way I'm getting that horrible rosmei edition
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I can't stop thinking about this one anon in an older fujo thread who wrote that she's scared and sad because she realized that she won't ever have anybody who would love her as wholeheartedly as Lan Zhan… you and me both girl, I want to live a tranquil life with a beautiful immortal longhaired husbando who does everything for me so badly…