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GuoGuo: Xixiang Ji 29

GuoGuo, Chen Yuqing, Pianpian
GuoGuo Mangaka Chen Yuqing Character Pianpian Character

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Pianpian and Chen Yuqing


The House of the Western Wing

Xi : west
Xiang : house
Ji : story

One could thus translate literally "Xixiang Ji" by "History of the house of occident".

If there is a classic of the old Chinese theatre, the zagu style, it is well that one. The piece was written, partially apparently, by WANG Shifu, a playwright of the Yuan period (1279-1638), who inspired it from a fable by YUAN Zhan (779-831), "Yingying zhuan", in which the author tells the love disappointments of the beautiful Yingying, who gives herself, before marriage, to a somewhat frivolous well-read. WANG Shifu's adaptation, much more sanctimonious, is one of the most beautiful traditional love stories.

The house of the western wing is where Yingying's mother lives, took in by the temple's superior, a friend of her lost husband. She is accompanied by a young servant girl, HONG Niang, who serves Yingying ever since her childhood. It is HONG Niang who will be the link between the two lovers so as to help them so as to carry out their common dream of happiness.

SUN Jiayu's manhua version is largely inspired by WANG Shifu's piece; even if the main characters' names have been changed (Yingying has become for example YE Pianpian, which means "elegant and beautiful woman"). The play takes place under the Tang dynasty (618-907), in the city of Pu Zhou, now known as Youg Ji, in the Shan Xi province.

Here is then a real treasure of the classical Chinese literature, magnified by the young GuoGuo's graphical talent.

GuoGuo
Her real name being Guo Chaoxu, this young Chinese artiste, graduated from Shanghai university (specialized in costume drawing), fulfils here her first manhua, thus proving a great mastery of her art, particularly in the rendering of colors.

Sun Jiayu
He enters the world of the manhua in 1980. In that decade which announces a renewal of the genre, he participates to a great number of editorial projects, but it is in 1992 when he fulfils his first serie. Since 2000, with his Jing Ding Company studio, he has produced more than ten manhua series, all published in continental China.

(i didn't invent this.... i just translated what was in the book.)

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Comments

  1. UchihaTaijiya Sep 19, 2007

    Gorgeous. I'm in love with the style.
    +fav
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Ryuuna Oct 17, 2007

    Aaawh~~

    nice couple...

    like it much :D


  3. Anaehl Oct 30, 2007

    superbe! I love it! thanks for posting!

  4. selemental Banned Member Nov 04, 2007

    yet another cute romantic scan thanks for sharing! *favs*

  5. MedicineLover Nov 22, 2007

    Another one to my fav! This one is beautiful!

  6. flames7 Nov 23, 2007

    beautiful! thanks for sharing!

  7. LadyGoddessCeres Jan 26, 2008

    This is a very sweet and romantic scene. The talent of the artist only makes the work more beautiful! Thanks!

  8. iwa-c Aug 01, 2009

    Beautiful vector as well.I like it!

  9. shin304 Nov 22, 2009

    awesome~!

    love this one so bad lolz

  10. kumiarrow Dec 11, 2009

    Thanks for uploading

    the picture is so beautiful

  11. Kylesesshy Dec 14, 2009

    Very lovely scan, thanks!

  12. Cecilia07 Mar 03, 2010

    Thank you very much for uploading!

  13. cmhlxiao Jul 19, 2010

    Intimate and close moment

  14. Mustang6593 Mute Member Dec 09, 2010

    thank you for sharing!.............................

  15. lupinchan Apr 03, 2011

    thanks very munch! hehehehe lovely pair

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