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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. Skilled in martial arts and war tactics, Princess Li Cheng Ge sets out to avenge her family and take back the throne.
Путешествия Чангэ 長歌行 长歌行 장가행 Cháng Gē Xíng Chang Ge's Journey Chouka Kou Choukakou Jang Ga Haeng La Princesse Vagabonde March of the Long Song Song of the Long March The Chinese Princess Trường Ca Hành
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A 'frail, silly and shy girl' is not what the main character becomes. All that happened was that she saw past her hate, realising that revenge would bring her nothing. It would neither restore what had been lost nor would it bring her peace. The series has not lost its path even once.
From the start we meet Chang Ge: skilled, talented, smart and overcome with hate. She is extremely likeable, and for me she is probably one of my favourite female characters of all time. However the author does not leave Chang Ge's character at this point - we get to see her grow and improve through the series.
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My favourite growth in her character is her acknowledgement of the futility of her wish to kill her uncle - the conclusion that revenge brings nothing is one that too many characters are unable to come to. Through the series we see Chang Ge realise her true wish. When she must leave Shuo Province she thinks not of her inability to kill her uncle any more, but of how much she would miss her homeland. We also see her reflecting on her own emotions when she acknowledges the anger of the people, saying that 'when fear and sadness are too great people turn to hate to survive'. In her meeting with Luo Yun she proves again that her love for the people living in her country overpowers her wish for revenge. As general Luo Yun says, though he may have lost the right to call himself the king of Yan, 'she is still the princess of the Tang Dynasty'. It is in her time at the temple that she comes at peace with her decision to not take revenge but instead help in trying to improve the lives of the people.
The loss of her original arrogance is also a nice touch. It is obvious that such a bright child raised in a sheltered environment would act as she did. Chang Ge's discovery of her limits is harsh and, in her failure to protect and the loss of important people in her life, she loses her ability to move forward. I do not think for a moment that she spent too long being sad. The only reason she was able to go on after the tragedy that happened to her at the beginning was that she was able to channel her emotions into hate towards her uncle. In the recent events she had no one to blame and she no longer knew what to do. Her experiences and time at the temple were extremely necessary in letting her accept her weakness and grow.
Moving on from the amazing plot, the pacing and story telling is also amazing. From the first utilisation of a childhood flashback where we see Wei Zheng telling her that 'the line between protecting one's self and bullying others is very thin' (a direct referral to her uncle's actions that we as readers are aware was in order to protect himself) to the most recent chapters, the author never places unnecessary material in the story and everything only serves to widen the world within the story. The only complaint I can think of is that there is a lot of exposition, which is necessary but quite long at times.
Also the art is beautiful. Definite 10/10
... Last updated on October 20th, 2015, 2:35pm
The story is not consistent
This manga started great with a strong female lead who wanted to avenge her family's death and with all these skills and inteligence she had, she started gaining allies to do so; however, as the story progressed, she has become a frail, silly and shy girl and has given up on her former plans of revenge. Imo, there's no way to save the story at this point. If you've read Vinland saga, it's kinda like that on that aspect. This manga is pure shoujo material after the first 2 arcs and that's ok. It just not my cup of tea.
Love this more and moreee
I've read this since 2013 and I always think how stunning the art and the story of this manga. The art (which is very detail, beautiful, and suck my emotion) alone had made my eyes paused much longer than others manga/manhua I've ever read. And the super-awesome plot made this series my favorite-ever manga/manhua.
Chang ge is awesome. Not always awesome, though. There were times when I want to kick her to make her move on from her sadness. But she did move on, and the author did provide necessary time for her to grab her resolution back, in beautiful and meaningful pace. And this what make her human. Actually, I love how this manhua showed human as human. Ashina, Chang ge, Ah Dou, every character in this manhua is so human. Yeah, though Chang ge such a badass.
Romance pace is very slow, but it's indeed here. The latest chapter I read (41) finally make me, a fangirl, jump with excitement (basically, I excited for every small romance hint between Sun and Chang ge, hahaha).
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lately, conflict between Ah Dou and Chang ge made a good twist. Also, I wonder when the condition for Chang ge to go to Ashina's side would occur xDD
... Last updated on July 15th, 2015, 3:40am
Mind Blowing main character!
The female character is hands down the best in all manga I've read so far. She is awesome!!! For the first time we have a female character who is on par with the main male character, Such a relief!
Good at first. Then it dropped
It was a good series at first. Picking up and building the main character, showing us a couple things she's capable of...and then it dropped and all the strategy was gone...Just died. Felt silly for liking it at all.
Strong female ead
This piece of work is simple great. One thing that I noticed was how the author made the transition of Ashina Sun (Main love interest?) from a barbaric tribe general, who seemed ruthless and scary, to a more calmer sutler character right after he found out his true origins and also that Li Chang Ge was a girl. It happened so fast that it was sort of weird to me....When he was first introduced, he was a cold blooded warrior on the battlefields. I guess it was weird seeing him dress up and act so...mannered(?) later on.
Regardless, great manga. I'm happy it was recommended!
Wuxia in manhua
I absolutely love this!! -Strong female lead -Wuxia setting but more based on the "normal" aspect rather than the fantastical martial arts. But it does have it. - The artwork, pacing, story are all amazing.
I grew up watching wuxia series so this was wonderful to read. And its not too cluttered with long expositions or crazy happenings. Its just...great.
WAIT A SECOND
Number one thing why this is possibly one of the BETTER Shoujo's (as tagged) out there.... The main character. Yes, she is female. No, she isn't unsurprisingly weak. Change Ge is witty, strong, very smart - literally a genius. She's calm in the face of battle/death and can somehow THINK her way through it. A very capable girl who can actually fight for herself.
Besides the great protagonist this story has, the artwork is a-ma-zing. It's absolutely beautiful and detailed to the core. The plot is interesting and keeps me going - like, what is Chang Ge going to do next? Very captivating and engaging.
... Last updated on August 4th, 2014, 7:02pm
screams to the heavens
The only way to describe this webtoon is FLAWLESS... to me at least. I'm a sucker for strong ladies but the main character blew my expectations away. It's possible to have a good, strong character and still develop that character as the story goes on.
I've been so bothered by the scarcity of strategic minded women, but now I can rest in peace (somewhat).
Recommended to anyone who hasn't read it yet.
Interesting and Unique
For the first time in who knows how long, the female lead remains strong. The attention to historical details is a plus and the story line captivates my attention. I was not able to stop reading this and the characters are so admirable. This is one of the few mangas that I might actually accept rereading. Makes me fangirl even without romance (even though a little bit of romance wouldn't hurt).