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The Ravages of Time  
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Nearly 2000 years ago, the prosperous Han dynasty of China collapsed. Heroes rose and fell, and three nations emerged--Wei, Shu, and Wu. Historians refer to this period as the Three Kingdoms period. The romance of the three kingdoms is an intriguing tale of heroic deeds, of alliance forged and broken, of loyalty and betrayal.
Hong Kong artist Chan Mou retells this classic tale in "The Ravages of Time" from the perspective of the Sima clan, which in the end united the three kingdoms. Readers will be attracted by an array of well-developed characters and Chan Mou's own unique top-notch art-style.


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Associated Names
Huo Feng Liao Yuan
Hỏa Phụng Liêu Nguyên
Kahou Ryougen
Sangokushi Gunyuuden Kahou Ryougen
Sanguozhi Qunxiongzhuan: Huo Feng Liao Yuan

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8 Clouds
Akatsuki Manga

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c.510 by 8 Clouds 3 days ago
c.509 by 8 Clouds 16 days ago
v.52 c.416-419 by 8 Clouds about 1 month ago
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62 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (186 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.29 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 8th 2018, 2:21pm PST



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New Youth (Tong Li)

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Review by a long time reader.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by wiredlain
January 27th, 2017, 6:39am
This manhua is largely based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a Chinese classic novel. There are numerous comics inspired by the original novel, namely Sangokushi (told from a Japanese perspective), or works by Lee Chi Ching (another Chinese author famous for drawing Chinese classic stories). In this short review I will elaborate on what sets The Ravages of Time apart from, or even above, other adaptations.

- There are no clear protagonists. The author does take sides, nor give preferential treatment. Most characters are shown just as strong, wise, courageous, virtuous, etc, as others. This is what makes this manhua highly realistic. After all, in the real world everyone is equal, and 'right' is only relative.

- Readers well-versed in the original story, or new to it, are both accommodated. For newbies, the plot is coherent so you do not get left behind. For veterans, the author takes quite an amount of creative liberty, the good kind, with the story, so if you think you easily know what will happen in the following chapters, not quite so.

- Elaborate art style. This comic easily ranks among my top comics in terms of depicting fighting, and believe me I have read a lot.

Now the drawbacks:
- Chinese comics are not as popular as Japanese counterparts, so it may take some time to get used to the names. Dialogues may occasionally seem jarring, because the nuances are usually lost in translation.

- This series seem neverending. The Chinese have a saying comparing any lengthy affairs to the story of the Three Kingdoms. This manhua has been running for nearly 2 decades, and so far it has only covered about 1/2 of the original story.

Conclusion: if you interested in reading a quality comic about either martial arts, history, war, Chinese folklore, or all of these, The Ravages of Time is for you. Buckle up for this one great ride.

... Last updated on January 27th, 2017, 9:16am
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Makes my blood pumped up   
Rating: N/A
by Rukia_123
February 11th, 2015, 7:21am
Currently, I'm still reading vol 16 since I've discovered this manga is available in my country and all I can think of is why I'm not reading this sooner. I give the mangaka a high score for making such a twisted plot that captivated. I'm a big fan of Romance of Three Kingdoms, Qin Dynasty, and Sun Tzi The Art of War so yeah, I'm satisfied with this awesome manga. Totally recommended!!
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One of a Kind.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by JetGT
February 2nd, 2015, 5:10am
This story is fascinating with all the unique character designs, but it becomes quiet complicated at the moment. I'm really not sure what's going on and who I should be cheering for.

... Last updated on February 2nd, 2015, 5:11am
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Another Masterpiece...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
May 13th, 2014, 10:03am
Yet again, I found another masterpiece was created by men... Whether the story has been altered or realistically based on fact, it doesnt matter, it taught me really a lot, just like I found a teaching in Vagabond and Chang Ge Xing.
My apology, but for this time, I'm here not to write a proper review but just to express my gratitude toward the author (both "romance of 3 kingdom" and "ravages of time") and translator by spilling what I feel.
The last, may the opinion will differ for some other readers towards this literature, dont feel disturbed, because me just a mere man amongst men...
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not for anyone not familiar with Romance of 3 kingdoms   
Rating: N/A
by kronpas
June 16th, 2011, 8:17pm
You are supposed to read this series armed with at least one read-through of the original work, so dont give up when you feel confused with the way new characters introduced and hard-to-follow narration. Read again, or wiki it up.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cswave
June 14th, 2009, 1:36am
Absolutely beautiful! The best sangokushi manga ever!
The detail..oh the intricate details of the art is just mindblowing!

Only one small thing is that the translation sometimes fails to convey the true meaning of the proverbs. The groups does include some detailed and accurate explanations at the end of chapters but it just seems kind of weird when you're actually reading it.
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understanding of the story....   
Rating: N/A
by Dranosi
January 31st, 2009, 6:05pm
for understanding of the story, or character, play romance of the three kingdom strategy game series, it has all of the character feature in this manga. "u will get an understanding of who is who"
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Horrible translations for most of the parts   
Rating: N/A
by bekyuubi
January 18th, 2009, 6:23pm
Part of the charm this series offer is the dialogue, and is a huge one at that. Here in the conversion to English, much of the wit displayed are lost. Word plays of homonyms are complete gone now, and unfortunately not replaceable in English.

The aesthetics of the content are quite beautifully drawn and told, and sadly gives a toll to the editors and translators.
They knead their heads, and they need their aspirins

The words,

Told, Toll
Knead, need

are an example of the word play. In it's Chinese counterpart, "Shang Ren, Shang Ren", may sound alike, but is spelt differently. "Merchants, hurt people." were used to describe the main character in the story.

I would rather the Translators/Editors rewrite the entire script to suit the English audience so as not to mangle the original's intention on creating superb storylines.

5/10 for translations (confusing moments, terrible direct translations in some section), 9.5/10 for original script. I need not say the artwork starting from vol 11 onwards exceeds beyond any other mangas you can find. Characters stand out, and the intensity of some of the drawn artworks are so compelling that you will seriously stay glued to the series.

Edit: I think the efforts to translate the series has improved a lot since the date I posted, and it's much more enjoyable. Edited, 26 July 2010.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2010, 7:30pm
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I'm lost   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Name-Undecided
November 15th, 2008, 4:48pm
I enjoyed it so much in the beginning, and the art was fantastic! But as the series went on the art got less and less awesome (or maybe I got used to it), and, even worse, I completely lost track of all the characters. I don't know who is who anymore, they introduced so many people and just expected us to know who was who to who - and most of them look the same anyway so it's even harder to keep track of them. Plus the story went through a thousand convolutions: X is plotting against Y is plotting against Z is plotting against XY, while secretly betraying A... and XYZA all look similar so I'm totally lost.

I gave up around chapter 70 or so. Such a pity.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by canucks
October 25th, 2007, 9:00am
Much respect for anyone brave enough to translate this one. There are simply too many culture specific details to for it to completely compatibilize with the English speaking population. This is a very fine and detailed work, and highly recommended to those interested in Late Han dynasty and any Chinese readers.

... Last updated on March 2nd, 2008, 11:14pm
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