I drew one. It sucked up all my free time =). But it was fun (and educational).
In case you wanted to take a look:
I really wish I was more talented…
chapter 28 Joou no Hana
Hakusei: I heard the first time, I was listening,
Hakusei thinks: I’m beginning to understand Blanche’s pain.
Hakusei: if Sou wants the Princess’s life to ally with Queen Do,
Hakusei: No matter what I have to save her.
Kou: “Dying for my master” is all noble and moving,
Kou: but is that a surefire method of victory?
Kou: If you can’t be assured of victory, to someone like me, your intentions are merely annoyances.
Kou in Suisen’s memories: “Kill me now.”
Hakusei: A year? Two years? Or, should I say, IF at all?
Hakusei: I’m afraid that when it is healed, I’ll have died of old age.
Hakusei: Speaking of which, will I even live to grow old?
Hakusei thinks: If I said that I wasn’t scared, I’d be a liar.
Hakusei thinks: No,
Hakusei thinks: I was always afraid.
Kou: Do you wear armour?
Hakusei: No! Don’t change the subject.
Hakusei: Your Highness, please don’t misunderstand.
Hakusei: I’m not going to seek death, but life.
Hakusei: The Princess, she…
Hakusei: is my one sole reason to live on in this world.
Hakusei: I can’t…
Hakusei: be without her.
Hakusei: we passed it together.
Hakusei: What’s important in one’s life,
Hakusei: it’s best to only have one.
Kou: had I known before I wouldn’t have bothered listening.
Kou: If your princess is with Kaitan, she’ll mostly probably be in one of these places.
Kou: You must not harm Sou!
Kou: This is to be used only to protect your princess’s life and wellbeing, nothing else, you understand?
Kou: “Integrity before all else.” (In life, integrity is more important than taking advantage)
Suisen: Get real.
Hakusei: You intend to make your master lose face?
Hakusei, throwing her: Hey!
Suisen: I was listening to your conversion from the very start, who’s in the same position as you?
Suisen: It’s so pathetic that it’s funny.
Suisen: no matter how close you stand to her,
Suisen: she’s of the peerage and great standing, do you really think that she could reciprocate?
Haksuei, patting her on the shoulder: Your own answer, you’ll have to find it by yourself.
Jyarirou: No thanks, I’m busy making travel preparations.
Hakusei: Jyarirou, you’re mistaken.
Kaitan: I’m so bored.
Aki thinks: Why are they in the palace?
Aki thinks: Also, why aren’t they carrying spears, as they should, but instead the sword?
Aki: when am I going to a dead end?
Aki: But if you want to ally yourself with Queen Do, you have no choice but to present my head as a welcoming gift.
Aki: Queen Do can’t wait for me to die!
Aki: That evil wife that killed her soverign and her lord!
Kaitan: make the resolution to survive and live on.
Kaitan: The beginning– goes like this.
Kaitan: “there was a king who was very young and very bright.”
Box: his heart was set on how to increase the harvest.
Box: And so the smallfolk loved the king.
Young Minister (not Kaitan’s old man): Your Majesty,
Young Minister: The smallfolk have humbly asked,
Young Minister: if the tax of the north could be lessened.
Young King Sou: You can’t be possibly saying that, can you?
Box: The king became more and more tired.
[Black haired Kaitan Advisor, smiling]
Young King Sou: Lu Pi,
Young King Sou: why did you betray us?
Young King Sou: What have we done wrong?
Kaitan Advisor: HE MUST DIE!!
Young King Sou: Still,
[this guy smirks at King Sou]
Box: the expression, “As if you can kill me.”
Young King Sou: Boring!! Boring beyong belief!
Advisor: otherwise it’ll give you grief later.
Advisor: while they’re sizing it up, seeing how much it’ll go for.
Kaitan: It feels like such a long time ago.
Kaitan: and this way of thinking hasn’t change one bit.
Kaitan: Just then that old minister,
Kaitan: and so Queen Do has added another stipulation.
Kaitan: “To give YOU myself” is her intention.
Kaitan: a marriage to her has no drawbacks, and King Sou will most likely say yes to the marriage alliance.
Queen Do: You want to say that we’re a whore?
Aki: There’s only one path to take.
Aki thinks: I have to become that beast’s plaything.
Chapter 27 Joou No Hana
Voice: Although our nation of Sou is situated in the north,
Voice: But our military might is without parallel among the four nations.
Voice: The Princess of Ah must be delighted to become the consort of His Majesty (heart)
[King Sou’s pinned her to the bed]
King Sou: We weren’t thinking that at all,
King Sou: tell us we’re right?
King Sou: You must be a virgin?
King Sou: Like the Prince, you must be feeling fortunate to be so favoured by us?
Aki thinks: What on earth is happening?
Aki thinks: How come?
Aki thinks: Why is it like this?
King Sou: He he!
King Sou: You are surprising, Princess!
King Sou: Life is full of these twists!!
King Sou: It’s great to learn these truths when you’re still young!
[Aki flips him]
King Sou: Hey hey!
Aki: What is going on…?
Aki: Who are you…?
King Sou: We said we are the King. [t/n duh, Aki, he’s just be using the royal “we” for the last little while]
Aki: DON’T KID WITH ME!!
Aki: I will not bear with this mockery!!
Aki: Did the Prince sell me?!
Aki: Where is he?
King Sou: Ehhh~~~~
King Sou: You’re not willing~~~~~?
Aki: OVER MY DEAD BODY.
King Sou, cracking his shoulder: Oh?
King Sou: Well then, just die!
[he strangles her]
King Sou: Ahahahahaha!
King Sou: Hahahaha!
Aki thinks: I am….
Aki thinks: I’m going to die here?
Aki thinks: I haven’t even finished with one task!!
Aki thinks: Mother,
Aki thinks: Seitetsu,
Aki thinks: Hakusei!
[she starts to cry]
[king Sou lets go]
Aki: choking noises Hack hack!
King Sou: Hey hey!
King Sou: Let’s put it this way,
King Sou: insincere people who don’t mean what they say,
King Sou: we hate these people who are no fun at all.
Aki: engage in…
Aki: this behavior…
Aki: As well….
King Sou: Eh?
Aki: As you don’t have any intention to kill me, don’t make empty threats…!
Aki: If you took the opportunity to seize me from the Prince’s grasp, to bring me to Sou,
Aki: you wouldn’t just kill me, you intend to use my life.
King Sou: You have a great deal of spirit,
King Sou: Like a little bird singing in a cage,
King Sou: No wonder the prince wasted so much effort to acquire you.
King Sou: But, you are a fool!
King Sou: Don’t you value yourself too highly?
King Sou: You’re merely a little bird, you live or die according to our whims.
King Sou: And also…
King Sou: Your step-mother,
King Sou: had she killed you,
King Sou: wouldn’t she have been happier?
Aki: Queen Do?
Aki: Why are you talking about Queen Do…?
King Sou: Heaven knows!
King Sou: What would you say?
[Cut to Queen Do]
Voice: Your Highness Queen Do!
[Gao Feng bows]
Feng: Why did you hide the fact that you met with King Sou from this lowly minister?
Box: Ah Prime Minister, Gao Feng
Queen Do: Your face is even more ugly than usual.
Queen Do: Why would that be?!
Feng: You must not let other countries interfere with our nation’s internal affairs!!
Feng: Just watching how the Do soldiers availed themselves of what was in Kou Palace, does Your Highness feel any pangs of discomfort?
Feng: have set our nation on the path to doom.
Queen Do: So what?
Queen Do: You want to kill us….right?
Queen Do: That would be equivalent to killing the King of Ah.
Feng:….Your Highness Queen Do…
Queen Do: Then, do you want to find a new ruler?
Queen Do: eh?
Queen Do: Speak, Gao Feng.
Queen Do: You want to enthrone Aki, no?
[She kicks him]
Queen Do: You joker!!
[She keeps kicking him]
Queen Do: All of you are so talentless!
Queen Do: Why do you think we would join with such a boorish* man like you to kill the king?
(note in text: *boorish = extremely vulgar man)
Feng: Your Highness , please calm down…
Queen Do: We cannot calm down!!
Queen Do: Who would calm down?!
Feng : Your Highness Queen Do!!
Feng: …Then, please strike the head off this lowly minister!
Feng: But before that, promise this one,
Feng: No matter how you demonstrate your angry within this room,
Feng: once you step out, please revert back to the usual cool and collected Queen Do, stronger than the foundation walls.
Feng: revert back to the beautiful queen that this lowly minister can show off to the nation.*
[t/n: this sounds like a love confession—quite forward for Feng]
Feng: This, I beg of you…
Queen Do:… You false man.
Queen Do: I do not have any intentions of killing you.
Queen Do: We have received a letter from our royal elder brother, [t/n she’s talking about the present King of Do, if you remember the diagram in Kou’s chapters]
Queen: On the surface he writes of worrying about us, and wants to come “visit,” but in reality he wants to move in to Ah,
Queen Do: and never move back out.
[Overlay of her brother King Do and her son]
Queen Do: We stained our two hands with blood and lost an eye to enable the Prince to take this country.
Queen Do: Did our brother think we would hand it over to him?
Queen Do: We will not permit it……..
Queen Do: Never permit it!!
Feng: …. Thus,
Feng: Your Highness wants to ally with Sou?
Queen Do: There’s one more reason.
Queen Do: Rumour has it that when Sou’s First Princess proposed to Aki,
Queen Do: Aki proclaimed herself as “The Next King of Ah” and showed the world half of the Royal Seal to refuse him.
Queen Do: The Royal Seal is really…
Queen Do: in that brat’s hands…?
Queen Do thinks: ——Your Majesty,
[cut to King Ah]
Queen thinks: You….
Queen thinks: no matter what you intended to betray me,
Queen Do thinks: to choose Aki instead?
Queen Do: Don’t even think about it… …!
Queen Do: The true next King of Ah is the Prince, and only we can protect him…!!
Queen Do: If the former King Ah gave Aki the Royal seal,
Queen Do: she would have shown the complete seal, not merely one half,
Queen Do: she must not have the other half in her hands.
Queen DO: Hunt Aki down and exterminate her, and retrieve the Royal Seal!!
Queen Do: Also concentrate all our forces to finding that other half!!
Queen Do: Give Aki’s little life to King Sou to play with.
Queen Do: From here onwards,
Queen Do: Victory is something that’s caught in our traps.
[Hakusei’s staring at the other half of the seal happily]
Hakusei thinks: When this is in the Princess’s hands, she will be the new King of Ah.
[his hand starts to shake]
Hakusei thinks: I don’t have any power in this hand again…
Jyarirou: Hey——— Boss!!
Jyarirou: What the hell are you doing, secretly admiring that thing?
Jyarirou: Right, you want money, no? No wonder you’d stare unceasingly at that, you’re about to turn into a merchant yourself. Small text: speaking of which, can we sell it?
Hakusei: Don’t take me as the same sort as you!
Jyarirou: No, I haven’t.
Jyarirou: Originally I wanted to restock travelling supplies at this little village,
Jyarirou: But it seems that they won’t even have enough hay to feed our horses.
Hakusei: How’s that possible?
Hakusei: Most villages have stored rations?
Jyarirou: It looks as though they were completely bought out by the people preceeding us.
Jyarirou: It was the group with the carriages and the incredible number of horse and men, the villager thought that they must have been people of high status…
[Shocked Hakusei thinks back]
Hakusei thinks: Was it at that time…?
Jyarirou: Hey…eh, wait!
Jyarirou: What are you up to now?
Hakusei: I want to ask about one thing!
[He shoves poor Kou in front of the villagers]
Hakusei: In that great party of men and horse, were there any that looked like him?
[villagers are shocked]
Suisen: What are you foul cur up to now? Give him back!!
Hakusei; What’s with the racket, bitch! This is important!
Hakusei: It’s a chance for this useless thing to finally be of some use!!
Suisen: Quit with the nonsense, how could he possibly be useless? It’s completely baseless!!
Kou: You two…
Kou: aren’t you both being a little too venomous?
Villager: Kya kya (scared noises)
Jyarirou: What are you doing?
Jyarirou: With such assorted bastards like you showing up suddenly in front of this little hamlet (small village), the villagers of course would be frightened!!
Villagers think: Here comes yet another barbarian…
Villagers think: And he’s loud too.
Villagers thinks: There’s gold and silver and black, can there be even more sorts?
Villagers thinks: I’m so scared~~~~
Villager (referring to Kou): I think I’ve seen someone similar…
Villager: but his hair was up? [t/n ie he was noble]
Hakusei thinks: Then…
Hakusei thinks: That bastard must have been the monkey prince!!
Hakusei: I should die!!
Hakusei thinks: The silhouette I glimpsed through the shuttered carriage window would have been the Princess.
Hakusei: We head back immediately!!
Jyarirou: …eh? What!?
Kou: Please just listen to me first.
Hakusei: What is it?
Hakusei: Quickly, we have to hurry.
Kou: You may think that I’m being noisy,
Kou: and I shouldn’t stick my nose in these matter,
Kou: but if I don’t say anything now, I will come to regret it….
Hakusei: Stop annoying me!! Spit it out!
Kou: Then, I will be frank…
Kou: Do you have some sort of health issue?
Kou: Your colouring is like that of the dead,
Kou: you shouldn’t head over there,
Kou: It’s would be best if you returned to Kou quickly.
[A hand with bite marks on the fingers]
King Sou: Hey…that really hurts!
King Sou: We did not think that little birds could bite.
Aki: Fuu…[heavy breathing] Fuu….
Aki thinks: Hakusei…
Aki thinks: or even the Prince,
Aki thinks: No one will come save me….?
Aki: Next time, I bite it off.
King Sou: Ehh——-…
King Sou: Then,
King Sou: It’s better to kill you?
[pissed off and disgusted Aki]
King Sou: Ahahaha, I’m joking!!
King Sou: That expression you had on was excellent!!
King Sou: We were so moved.
King Sou: Once you sit on the throne, all people never stop lying to you——
King Sou: “Your Majesty, this minister cannot ever express his gratitue”, “Your Majesty, please sign here.”.
Aki: So that’s not fun?
King Sou: Pretending to be happy, pretending to be sad, we had hoped that everyone would be more genuine.
King Sou: Only one thing won’t lie…
King Sou: That is fear. * [t/n: the word he uses for fear has a little bird in it, get it?]
[Kaitan approaches with a caged bird]
[Aki’s sulking under the covers]
Kaitan: If you persist in acting like this, you’ll become even more depressed.
Kaitan: I can’t free you,
Kaitan: so I brought along something to cheer you up.
Aki: Did you bring me to Sou just so I can experience this?
Kaitan: Nothing’s happened to you,
Kaitan: His Majesty decided to bestow his royal favour elsewhere last night. [t/n he means the king slept with someone else]
Kaitan: He said: “We’ve decided to leave her alone for a little while longer, so to see what’s the best way to make use of her.”
Kaitan: “The savouring of a virgin’s sweet taste shouldn’t be rushed, we will wait to avail ourselves of it later.”
Aki: Nothing’s happened to me?
[she pats the marks on her neck]
Aki: I’m sorry if I’m mistaken these red marks on my neck for assault if it’s your nation’s method of greeting!!
Kaitan: Good morning, Aki.
Kaitan: So what if you say that?
Aki thinks [t/n and this heartbreaking]: I….
Aki thinks: thought that in my heart,
Aki thinks: that I could trust this Prince,
Aki thinks: that he would not sell me.
Aki thinks: That he would not abuse me.
Kaitan: Aki, listen well! Ah’s Queen Do has proposed an alliance between Sou and Ah,
Kaitan: All that stands between you falling into Queen Do’s hands is the King of Sou’s whims.
Aki thinks: Queen Do and King Sou will co-operate…!?
Kaitan: Believe me, if you want to survive, treat King Sou well.
[t/n this is even sadder]
Aki: You’re going to give the woman you’ve always wanted to wed,
Aki: as tribute to your father the King…?
Aki thinks: Please, I beg of you,
Aki thinks: become enraged,
Aki thinks: stand on my side!
Kaitan: I’m sorry, it’s my fault for making it seem like I was headlong in love, Aki.
Kaitan: My father the King summoned me back to Sou, and order me to give you to him,
Kaitan: so I did what I had to do.
Kaitan: If he commanded me to dance naked, I would do it.
Kaitan: Whatever it takes to achieve my goal, I wouldn’t care even if I had to drink urine.
Kaitan: Let me be frank! If King Sou chooses Queen Do,
Kaitan: You will finish singing your act. [t/n he’s referring to putting herself on world stage (prior chapters) and also that she’s aliken to a caged bird at present]
Aki thinks: Finish my act?
Bird: chirp chirp
Aki thinks: “How terrible!” “You’re so naive!” “What should I do next?” “Who will come save me?”
Aki thinks: These thoughts rattle around in my head, making me unable to think.
[Aki opens the cage to the bird]
Aki thinks: But,
[the bird flies free]
Aki thinks: I won’t accept this quietly!
Aki thinks: That I’m not going to meet my end in such a place,
Aki thinks: is the sole thing I know for certain.
I’m back!! The new chinese book has been released on the chinese site!! I’m going to translate them as they come up (+/- a couple of week depending on work)
Joou no Hana Chapter 26 Book 10
[image of a foreign king]
King, smirking: The Foreign King thus spake,
King: “That Queen Ruler is an imposter*.” [lit: fake merchandise]
Pg 3-4 images
Seitetsu: You truly are a headache-inducing brat.
Seitetsu: You should already be well aware, depending on me is waste of effort.
Aki: This is…
Aki: a dream?
Seitetsu: This is a dream.
Seitetsu: I’m merely a figment of your imagination
Seitetsu: in this dreamspace.
Aki, about to cry: I miss you…
Aki: I really, really miss you….!!
Aki: If this is my dream, you should be nicer to me!
Seitetsu: What’s with these stupid words?
Aki: You’re still so distant and cold, this dream is not too dreamlike at all!
Seitetsu, scratching his ear: What a troublesome brat.
[he pats her head, as Aki’s busy crying]
Seitetsu: Actually you understand, right?
Seitetsu: You’re stuck in a difficult situation,
Seitetsu: so you call on me for help.
Seitetsu: But you already know in your heart of hearts that this is no longer possible.
[Seitetsu hugs her]
Seitetsu: Goodbyes should only be said once.
Seitetsu: Don’t give up!
Seitetsu: With the way I’ve taught you, even without me you can fight on.
Seitetsu: do your best.
[Aki jolts awake in Kaitan’s carriage]
Aki thinks: I feel sick…
Kaitan: Just take it easy, don’t move around violently.
Aki thinks: Right,
Aki thinks: he carried me off in this carriage.
Kaitan: I drugged you.
Kaitan: Should you struggle about in this confined cabin, it would be troublesome.
Kaitan: So before we reach Sou’s capital, I ask you to please bear with it.
Kaitan, leaning over her: What is it?
Kaitan: What are you trying to say?
Aki: Stingy little man*… [“little man” is also a person of low moral standing in Chinese, giving this a double meaning]
Kaitan: Everyone has their shortcomings,
Kaitan: you should just turn a blind eye to it.
Aki: abducted me,
Aki: Kou will definitely…
Aki: get wind of this…
Kaitan: I’m afraid you’re right.
Box: Sou Country, Sou Palace
Minister: Sou thus proclaims,
Minster: “Princess Aki has interest in our country’s propositions,”
Minister: “thus requests our help in the pursuit of the same goals,”
Minister: “and does not need your esteemed country’s interference.”
Minister: They insist on only saying this—-
Box: Kou Prime Minister: Chen Seng
Chen: Those treacherous bastards that don’t even deserve burial after execution!
Chen: Seiitsu! Hurry up and think up a plan!
Seiitsu: As you command…
[Seiitsu stares at him]
Seiitsu: this minister was just surprised.
Seiitsu: This minister had thought that you, Prime Minister, hadn’t liked Princess Aki much,
Seiitsu: But still when she’s abducted, you got so worried…
Chen: That the smallfolk of Kou has relief from their fears, it’s due to HER EFFORTS alone.
Chen: It wasn’t a small task to drag this country out of its difficulty, or its despair.
Chen: Also, the Princess Aki has nothing to her name,
Chen: Even without her deeds, we of the nobility can hardly stand by and not lift a finger as she is taken, and so our country has no choice but to act.
Seiitsu thinks: Right…
Seiitsu thinks: You old fart who’s words doesn’t match his thoughts…
Seiitsu thinks: But with the Prime Minister’s help, I can move much more freely…
Seiitsu thinks: Princess Aki… please bear with it for a little while longer!!
[back to the carriage]
Aki: Even if…
Aki: you’ve abducted me,
Aki: I still will never become…
Aki: never become your consort….!
Kaitan: Excellent! You’ve kept up your spirits!
Kaitan: You must keep that energy up when we’re in Sou!
Aki thinks: You vulgar worm!
Aki, passing out: Oh no,
Aki: I… can’t even think…
[He gently strokes her forehead]
Kaitan: No matter…
Kaitan: what happens, you won’t ever give up.
Kaitan: As expected of the only woman in my eyes.
box: Sou Country, Within the Mountains
Maid thinks, in front of Hakusei: Lord Seitetsu…
Maid thinks: Lord Seitetsu!
Maid thinks: I’ve found them.
[image of young Hakusei and Aki]
[she leaps at Hakusei]
Maid: Ah! Ah! Ah!
Hakusei: Wait, wait, wait.
Hakusei: What is it?
Hakusei: What are you trying to say?
Hakusei: If you don’t speak more clearly, I can’t understand.
Kou: She can’t.
Kou: Her tongue has been torn out, and the tendons of her hands have been cut so she can’t even write.
Maid: Uh uh uh…
Maid: Ah Ah Ah Ah! [she throw herself at Kou, mad at Kou and Suisen]
Kou: small text: Oh Looks like she’s warning you of something.
Suisen: small text: tsch Ungrateful thing!
Jyarirou: …How about me? [she bites his proffered hand]
Jyarirou: Watch it, you idiot, or I might sell you as meat patties!
Kou, depressed, thinks: Crap,
Kou: THAT ITEM has been discovered.
Hakusei, looking away from them all: Hey, your Highness,
Hakusei: You seem to be a man of much learning. Can you help me with something?
Hakusei: Why would this woman warn me against you?
Hakusei: Would it have anything to do with that which she’s carefully guarded all the way to this place?
[he whips out the other pouch with the Royal Seal]
Hakusei: I’ve seen a pouch exactly the same,
Hakusei: it holds half of the Princess’s right-to-rule.
Hakusei, pissed: Why would you hide its whereabouts!?
Kou: It was mere chance.
Hakusei, grinding his teeth: Don’t look down on people!
Hakusei: If not for the Princess, I don’t hold your little life to be of any worth.
Suisen, lunging with her knife: So now you show your true colours, you foul cur!
Kou: Stop!! Suisen.
Kou: This could be said to be Heaven’s will.
Kou: If it wasn’t Heaven’s will that everything is to change,
Kou: would so many people congregate here, without a reason?
Kou: Including those men from Ah who carpet the ground.
Kou: Even if we’re deep in the mountains, this is not too far from the main roads.
Kou: As such, this is barely two days of walking distance from the border with Ah.
Kou: Because we were prepared for the eventuality of possibly having to flee from Sou, we chose this place to settle.
Kou: Isn’t that right, Suisen?
Kou: Therefore, it had to be close to the main roads.
[map showing that they’re on a small road parallel the main road]
Maid, mad: small text: Uh!
Kou: Meeting up with her was a coincidence.
Kou: When she was on the main road,
Kou: she encountered pursuing men from Ah.
Kou: Dressed in the court robes of Ah palace,
Kou: It must be that someone in Ah with ill intent that wants to capture her.
Kou: When she deviated from the main path, [picture of the bridge mechanism], the men from Ah fell into Suisen’s trap.
Kou: All of the situations to date can be explained by such.
Wary Hakusei: So,
Hakusei: You insist that your encounter with her was a turn of luck,
and has nothing to do with the Ah men?
Hakusei: I think that Your Highness should be most aware that designated noblemen can raise the army banners of Ah.
Hakusei: Why would such people come to Sou?
Hakusei: Right now Ah is under the rule of Queen Do!
Hakusei: Does Sou want to help the Princess’s enemy?
Furious Hakusei: Looking at it from an another angle, forcing the Princess to become Sou’s consort…
Furious Hakusei: is only to kill her?
Kou: I am only a dead man.
Kou: The dead cannot see, nor hear, what goes on in this country.
Hakusei, even more furious as he strides toward Kou: Oh oh, really?
Jyarirou: Wait, wait! If you kill the prince, all of the effort gone into this mission will have been wasted?
Jyarirou: All my money, and also my money , and also my money will have gone never to return for no good reason!!
Hakusei: “Kill the prince”?
Hakusei: How can that be possible…
Hakusei, gripping Kou: Your Highness, I want you to come back from the dead.
Hakusei: Once you’re alive again, you WILL help me.
Kou: Now I’m dead, now I’m alive,
Kou: My life is really quite busy…
Suisen: You truly intend to leave here with those bastards?
Kou: With the situation the way it is I have no choice but to leave.
Kou: From the moment the imprisoned Ah Ambassador was killed, it left only one course of action.
Kou: It’s only a matter of time that the news that I’m still present among the living.
Kou: If I go with them, it’ll be easier to hide myself… [note: the two barbarians really stick out]
[image of hakusei]
Kou thinks: On the off-chance that this man and his master will harm Sou,
Kou thinks: The head that rests on his shoulders,
Kou thinks: will be left to me
Kou thinks: to take.
Suisen thinks: …..Is that right.
Suisen thinks: The you who is dead was really with me,
Suisen thinks: but the you who is alive immediately wants to return to his native land,
Suisen thinks: it doesn’t matter where you are, you still are an exceptional prince.
Suisen thinks, as Kou walks away: The time which our hearts beat in union,
Suisen thinks: likely will not occur again——….
Suisen: I’ll be right along.
Jyarirou: That prince’s intentions are difficult to fathom, just a warning to take extra precautions.
Hakusei: I understand, but the more chesspieces the Princess can acquire, the better.
Hakusei: ———-and also,
[image of the haggard maid]
Hakusei: can she ride a horse?
Maid thinks: Please don’t throw me away!
Hakusei: Ah, no,
Hakusei: Please don’t take it the wrong way.
Hakusei: Originally I had thought to transport you in a carriage, but unfortunately we must make haste.
Hakusei: You’ll have to ride behind somebody, and that may not be comfortable. Are you okay with that?
Hakusei: I’m not sure what exactly happened to you,
Hakusei: But your path cannot have been a fortunate one, can it?
[image of Seitetsu]
Hakusei: Thank you,
Hakusei: I thank you profoundly.
[maid hugs Hakusei, Seitetsu’s standing behind him]
Hakusei: Full speed to Sou!!
Hakusei thinks: I must inform the Princess immediately…!
Hakusei thinks: Sou intends to ally with Queen Do!!
Hakusei thinks: If she becomes that Monkey Prince’s consort, the Princess will be in extreme danger.
Hakusei thinks: Quit with these idle thoughts!
Hakusei thinks: As if that would happen!!
Hakusei thinks: Once the two halves of the Royal Seal are in the Princess’s hands, the Princess will be the new “King of Ah”!!
Hakusei thinks: Queen Do will have lost!!
Jyarirou: My associate came to report that there are many people on horse approaching at great speed!
Jyarirou: It wouldn’t be good if we were discovered. small text: we won’t have enough people to deal with them
[they pull off into the trees]
Hakusei: Hide along the roadside until that party passes!
[cut to Aki]
Aki thinks: I feel so ill…
Aki thinks: I want to get off this carriage…
[she sees hakusei in the trees for a blink of an eye]
[Hakusei glimpses her through the shuttered windows as well]]
Aki thinks: Impossible?!
Kaitan: What is it?
Aki: It’s nothing.
Aki thinks: How could it be!
[image of Hakusei staring at the carriage]
AKi thinks: That couldn’t possibly be true…
Aki thinks: It’s a fantasy conjured by my longing heart,
Aki thinks: to trouble my foolish eyes.
Hakusei: Is that for real…
Hakusei: No, she can’t possibly be here.
Hakusei: Let’s move!
Hakusei: I want to return to the Princess’s side!!
Hakusei: I absolutely will meet with her again!!
[Aki, all dressed up]
Box: Two days later, Sou Palace
Kaitan: In the clothing of Sou, you’re even prettier, Aki!
Kaitan: Right, the serving girls and everybody else must have worked really hard. [t/n great backhanded complement, dude]
Maids: small text: Your Highness heart Your Highness
Kaitan: You looked so ill on the carriage, are you feeling a bit better now?
Aki: I hope that on deeper reflection you will lose your hair. [t/n cutting off your hair is a way to say sorry or to ask for forgiveness]
Aki small text: Best if you’re completely bald.
Kaitan: Your spirits have recovered.
Kaitan: Forgive me.
Aki: What’s with the apology at this stage—–…
Maid: Your Highness Princess Aki,
Maid: this way please.
Aki thinks, as she approaches a bedchamber: Even if I were to struggle alone in Sou, I will not admit defeat.
Aki thinks: Hakusei,
Aki thinks: you will come save me.
[there’s a double wide bed, a couple’s room]
Maid: Please wait on the couch* (bed). [t/n this is a really old word for bed which they have the explain also in the Chinese and Japanese text, I don’t know of an English equivalent; nowadays it’s mostly used to refer to the bed the couple sleeps on during the first night of marriage. This meaning is completely lost in the translation]
[Aki is shocked]
Aki: You’re saying, wait….
Aki: wait for whom?
Mad Aki: Don’t act innocent! You all want the Prince to forcefully take me!?
Maid: Your Highness, you’re mistaken…
Mad Aki: How am I mistaken?
Voice: You’re wrong only on one account.
[Aki turns around]
Voice: The one to bed you is not the prince,
King Sou: But would
King Sou: be
King Sou: us.
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Aki: He doesn’t have to do anything.
Aki: that’s right, also to Prefect of the Eastern fort that once housed me, Lord Gao Xun.
Aki: Then, what will happen?
[Kaitan makes the formal greeting]
King Sou: Eh, is that the case?
King Sou: Come here.
Kaitan: …..Your son does not dare. [t/n this is standard courtesy because he has to at least seem humble]
King Sou: Among the hordes of princes, we are most familiar with you.
Kaitan: “You do what you should do,” he said.
Kaitan: I’m never going to be a replacement clay doll (terracotta warrior).
Suisen: Have you woken?
Suisen, stroking his forehead: Everything’s going to be all right!
Suisen: let me protect you——
Kou thinks: Why did you let me live on?
Kou: Kill me….
Kou: Forgive me.
Suisen: but no one will thank you, so don’t waste your effort.
Kou: I’m a very fortunate man.
Even if in the future
Box: 3 years after—- Present day, Deep within the Sou mountains
Suisen; A lady?
Hakusei: My master is the Princess of Ah, Her Highness Princess Aki.
Hakusei: It’s because….
Hakusei: Stop the lies.
Kou: and definitely have no need for a topknot*. [t/n see above]
Kou: So, permit me to use the swordcraft of Sou,
Hakusei: Damn it…
Hakusei thinks; That snake doesn’t yet know of this…
Hakusei thinks: I must capture this prince for the Princess alive.
[the palace maid is walking, sfx: long breath out “Fuuua”]
Maid thinks: army banners…….
Maid thinks: No way, no way! No way, no way!
Voice: Princess Aki.
Aki: But with the person customarily by my side absent, I can’t be anything else other than uneasy…
Seiitsu: With the great torrential rain their fields were completely ruined so they must not have the ability to pay.
Seiitsu: but what is your position here?
Aki thinks: Even if I go ahead with “showy gestures”, even if I were to use everything that I have, the ruined fields remain ruined.
Aki: if this continues, the peasants of the land will slowly slip away, and the land will not be a nation anymore.
Chen: Even if I don’t understand why His Majesty King Kou appointed such a vice-Taifu,
Chen: a girl-child who is irreverent and irrelevant.
I want to be by myself for a little while.
[she notices Kaitan watch her from behind the stairs]
Kaitan, grabbing her sleeve: Calm down, the only person who saw was me.
small text: he was the one to stop me just now.
Aki: I will forget.
Kaitan: This has been an unusual night.