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Song of the Long March


Alt Names: alt Chang Ge Xingalt Chang Ge's Journeyalt Chouka Koualt Choukakoualt 長歌行alt 长歌行alt Trường Ca Hành
Author: Xia Da
Artist: Xia Da
Genres: Action ActionAdventure AdventureDrama DramaHistorical HistoricalSeinen Seinen
Type: Manhua (Chinese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Chang An in the Tang Dynasty of China (618-907): The demon star is passing through the sky, calamity is about to befall the Tang Dynasty - because of a woman.

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Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.3 Ch.15: Molte incertezze
Oyasumi, Chun Chun Lilychan 2 weeks ago
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443 Comments

@Kalia you can read it on the scanlator's reader. 

Uh... Why are there so many chapters missing from the English translation?

Because this is batoto.

Uh... Why are there so many chapters missing from the English translation?

such an exciting chapter, left me wanting for more 

 

 

We'll know for sure in the next chapter, but my guess is that Sun charged honestly as the Great Khan ordered, but before things could get too bad he and Chang Ge spotted each other, stopped the fight and made some kind of plan to save his people and take the Great Khan in.

my thoughts exactly, and I really don't want anything to happen to any half of my OTP

 

Also, thank you, Kusunoki, for the translation notes, I really appreciate them :)

 

PS: imagining Elteber bragging about his clever niece left me grinning so damn much

Mandatory:

Spoiler

 

Though now it appears they're going after the Khanate.  I'm confused.  And when did she get word to Ashina to instruct him to fake the charge?

 

Given the "bad feeling" scene in the latest chapter, I think she didn't get word and didn't even know Sun had rejoined the Turks with his troops (she probably assumed he was still visiting the Khitan).

 

We'll know for sure in the next chapter, but my guess is that Sun charged honestly as the Great Khan ordered, but before things could get too bad he and Chang Ge spotted each other, stopped the fight and made some kind of plan to save his people and take the Great Khan in.

Yes and no. She does plan to get rid of the hostile Turks, but she's not going after her uncle. After her BSOD in the taoist temple, she has renounced the path of vengeance and now wants to save the Tang.

 

Because let's be clear: at this point, the Eastern Turk Khanate is the most powerful country in that part of the world. For all the glory of the Tang, the badassery of Emperor Taizong and the cleverness of Chang Ge, last time they clashed the Turks sacked entire regions of China and only retired after negotiating a good deal of loot. Chang Ge had to see the city she was protecting surrendered, the governor killed and she herself became a prisoner. It all ended well for her, but still.

 

I guess I'll need to make this a re-reading project.  I thought the time in the temple had just given Changge another reason to go after her Uncle (saving the Tang) beyond her personal desire for vengeance.  

 

Though now it appears they're going after the Khanate.  I'm confused.  And when did she get word to Ashina to instruct him to fake the charge?

And the Oscar goes to... MUJIN!!!

 

Oh btw, I made a thing here. Feel free to ask for any additions.

Is ChangGe's goal here to get rid of anti-Sun Turks, unite the Uhghyer et al with the Sun's Turks, then go after her Uncle?

 

Yes and no. She does plan to get rid of the hostile Turks, but she's not going after her uncle. After her BSOD in the taoist temple, she has renounced the path of vengeance and now wants to save the Tang.

 

Because let's be clear: at this point, the Eastern Turk Khanate is the most powerful country in that part of the world. For all the glory of the Tang, the badassery of Emperor Taizong and the cleverness of Chang Ge, last time they clashed the Turks sacked entire regions of China and only retired after negotiating a good deal of loot. Chang Ge had to see the city she was protecting surrendered, the governor killed and she herself became a prisoner. It all ended well for her, but still.

OK, I've lost track of Sun's place in ChangGe's manipulations and scheming.

 

He and his men are technically Turks, right?  Are they the same group of Turks that the Elteber and crew are about to fight, or a different faction?

 

Is ChangGe's goal here to get rid of anti-Sun Turks, unite the Uhghyer et al with the Sun's Turks, then go after her Uncle?

And here we are, finally, the great Uyghur-Xueyantuo rebellion against the Turks that will put the wheels into motion. I missed the military tactics.

 

Talking about it, bad Elteber, bad! Chang Ge is probably the greatest strategist you could find in a thousand miles, you need her (I realize that the uncle doesn't know yet what his niece is capable of, he probably thinks her just an adventurous but pampered tomboy).

 

Now time to see how Chang Ge manages to be in the thick of the strategy. As always.

Found out that "long song" is a reference to the Mongolian urtyn duu. Also, I don't get why the title is being translated as Song of the Long March, when the title glosses to /Long-Song-Travel/ and the MC's alias is Li Chang-Ge, which glosses to /Plum・Long-Song/

If you go back several pages in the comment section, you'll see that this issue has already been discussed and laid to rest. But to save you some effort, I'll explain again why we have decided on using this translation:

  • Titles are meant to be catchy. "Long Song Travel" is not something that people will find appealing.
  • Literal translation doesn't always work, especially when it comes to things with so many cultural references. As you have kindly pointed out, the title carries two different layers of meaning: It's a reference to the Mongolian music format Urtyn duu (Уртын дуу), and it puns on the protagonist's name and refers to "Chang'ge's Journey". It is impossible to cater to all the meanings at the same time.
  • There's actually another meaning to the title: "Ge Xing" (歌行) is a format of Chinese poetry/ballad. Actual poems following this format are often named "Something Something Xing", eg. "Pi Pa Xing" (Song of the Pipa 琵琶行) by Qu Yuan, "Bing Che Xing" (Song of the Battle Wagon 兵車行) by Du Fu, etc. So it's logical to name this series "Song of the Something Something" as well. We definitely want to include "Long", and "March" seems to fit perfectly because it carries similar meaning to "Journey" and sounds snappier.
  • At the end of the day, the Chinese language and English language have very different sense of aesthetics when it comes to naming stories. One can take liberties when translating story titles.

I hope this explanation from a Translation Major about to graduate next year satisfies you.

 

And just an extra note: The main character's name is Li Chang'ge. It's not an alias. Her aliases are Princess Yongning, Ah Li and Lili. Also, the "Li" in Li Chang'ge is her family name. The character "李" does mean "Plum" on its own, but it doesn't carry any meaning when used as a surname.

Found out that "long song" is a reference to the Mongolian urtyn duu. Also, I don't get why the title is being translated as Song of the Long March, when the title glosses to /Long-Song-Travel/ and the MC's alias is Li Chang-Ge, which glosses to /Plum・Long-Song/

Hmmm... so Uyghurs are elves and the Elteber is Legolas? Then Sun better be careful when he finally meets up with them, or he'll end up as Aragorn. Wait... he already IS Aragorn, isn't he?

The Elteber is obviously Thranduil a.k.a. Racist Party Dad. And yes, Sun is Aragorn.

What, how dare Elteber say she's not pretty? She's pretty enough for Sun, that's for sure! *humphs at Elteber*

 

PS - his "call me uncle" was pretty cute. Heh *smirks*

 

The interaction between Elteber and Chang Ge was probably my favourite part of this chapter. Although I love Chang Ge plotting, I also love it when other people can see right through it.

 

And the prettiness battles! XD

 

The manipulation was interesting. Tell the young Xueyantuo princess a horror story to motivate her father, sell publicly a tale of "brothers of the steppes, let's unite against the common enemy" (The Turks, of course; forget the Chinese, even if they'll try to do the same), while in private with the Elteber she acknowledges that afterwards the strongest tribe will try to crush the other one.

His own prettiness has obviously dulled his aesthetic sense. Probably everyone (except his sis) looks like an orc to him.


Hmmm... so Uyghurs are elves and the Elteber is Legolas? Then Sun better be careful when he finally meets up with them, or he'll end up as Aragorn.

Wait... he already IS Aragorn, isn't he?
The Elteber's jealous, duh. He wants to be the prettiest one in his tribe.

What, how dare Elteber say she's not pretty? She's pretty enough for Sun, that's for sure! *humphs at Elteber*

 

 

 

PS - his "call me uncle" was pretty cute. Heh *smirks*

His own prettiness has obviously dulled his aesthetic sense. Probably everyone (except his sis) looks like an orc to him.

What, how dare Elteber say she's not pretty? She's pretty enough for Sun, that's for sure! *humphs at Elteber*

 

 

 

PS - his "call me uncle" was pretty cute. Heh *smirks*

Gosh, I really enjoy the character designs and landscapes in this series.  The reactions and jokes always catch me off guard too. I'm glad to see that there's a group working on scanalating this.  Great job guys!

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Yay! i found something great to binge read again :P

So did Chang Ge lie to them about her mom's life and how she got to the Han or does she simply not know?

Definitely a lie or half-truth. I mean her mom was empress or concubine of Han right? And everyone around them knows what happened recently in Han/China. Ultimately it would depress them if the truth came out and it wouldn't be strategic for more people to know about her Han royal lineage. There are more reasons why she wouldn't tell the truth but all in all, it wouldn't be good for her plans. 

 

@Epicstar

Here is how to make the tags (remove the period)

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Rip I decided to read it. How do I make spoiler tags? I kinda want to discuss more. I see a lot of room for the author to make the war itself interesting and the aftermath seems like would easily follow what happened in history.

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