Chinese Light Novel Panic July 11, 2016Posted by geoff in News.
I have juvenile and odd tastes, so I have recently been spending too much time reading translations of Chinese light novels, focusing, of course, on the wuxia (chivalrous swordsmen flying through the air and stuff) and xinxia (dao-based magic + plenty of fighting) stories. I was reading a story called The Nine Cauldrons, when I came across this pair of lines (“Internal Arts” means martial arts, of course):
The Internal Arts were so diverse!
China’s Internal Arts was magical because the first purpose of this kind of Art was caring for health, not murdering.
WTH? sez I. I stopped dead, unable to continue for a moment. I mean, after all, what’s the point of this genre if not to kill 50, maybe 60 people?
Shaken, I continued to the next line…
After health, there was killing.
All was right with the world after all.