November 11th, 2009


First pedantry, then reflection

The Night Revels of Minister Han Xizai was painted in the 10th century by Gu Hongzhong (another representation with linked closeups is here.) 'Painted in five panels' doesn't mean 'reproduced in five panels.' Good, that's cleared up.

Wandering about NY on Monday, trying to locate Kinokuniya while passing Saks 5th Avenue here or observing the mouth-watering sales on denki seihin there, I realized that many people come to NY to shop for, well, other things than I come to shop for, certainly. But these days, with cheap bk1 shipping and increasing numbers of- feh- translated manga not only at Kino but at Bookoff itself, I don't really come to buy manga anymore. (Though I'm sorry to have missed Kino while I had US money during loonie-daka-- Saiyuki Reload and Onmyouji and Ravages of Time would have been mine without waiting for shipping. OTOH I'd probably have bought a new Wordtank for heart-stopping prices, just for the ability to see what it looks like and does, and there goes my VISA. Sai Weng's horse and all.)

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There's a fourth volume of Youmi Henjou Yawa.

It came out two and a half years ago.

Why was I not informed of this?

Have ordered along with the maddening vol.3. And because I'm acquainted with the infinitely treacherous ways of mangaka, I ordered a Hatsu Akiko with it. And because I'm still train lagged, didn't order the Hatsu Akiko I'd intended to. I mean, it's good, or looks good in its Chinese version, but it isn't the one with the Chinese stories. Dommage. There's still a fourth volume of Youmi Henjou and who knows what it might tell me.
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Oh, and because today is today--

Ask me no more, for fear I should reply;
Others have held their tongues, and so can I;
Hundreds have died, and told no tale before:
Ask me no more, for fear I should reply --

How one was true and one was clean of stain
And one was braver than the heavens are high,
And one was fond of me: and all are slain.
Ask me no more, for fear I should reply.

AE Housman