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Translations: Gintama 510 (2)
Sure Kang-Sung is strong, but remember that even the previous MAA Chief couldn't do whatever he wanted. And that was before it was crushed by 9 Arts Dragon. At its state of supremacy, even the previous chief had to obey the other clan leaders and So-Chun Hyuk. This is why he put up with So-Chun Hyuk even when it was contrary to his true objective. The illusion that the Heavenly Way Clan (the strongest clan after the fall of the Sunwoo) was endorsing his actions was very important to him, after all its been repeated stated that the Murim follows the strongest.
For example, after the death of the Iron Fist chief, one of the clan leader warns the chief that if he doesn't deal with this the clan leaders are going to take independent action. This is exactly what they did when the three elders went to confront 9 Arts Dragon, basically a big F-U to the authority of the MAA and illustrating that the MAA is not absolute. Note though, the other elders didn't go with the three elders that confronted 9 Arts Dragon. They didn't go because the Chief told them not to ... no, they didn't go because So-Chun Hyuk said that he is siding with the chief since he felt he was not experienced enough to make an individual assessment. The words of So-Chun Hyuk are the words of the Heavenly Way, as such it is the word of the strongest, and consequently the words of the Murim.
It has also been suggested that Kang-Sung is either too inexperienced or too moral to be a capable Chief. Recall the phone call So-Chun Hyuk had with him; he basically got told by a little kid that he needs to do a better job if he wants to save the murim, referring to how he will punish his younger martial brother for using a gun. Kang-Sung is soft ... not like the previous Chief who can rule with an iron fist and manipulate the political agenda of the other clan leaders. The will of the MAA is not the will of its chief, but its constituents.
You are confusing the title of the MAA Chief to that of a King, when it has never been portrayed that way. The title of the MAA Chief is at best that of 'President' or 'Minister', with the other clan leaders acting akin Congress and Parliament. "The Breaker: New Waves" itself is undeniably a political allegory of conservatism vs liberalism. The rise of a new wave of martial artists challenging the status quo (liberalism) against the status quo of the current clan elders who dominate the Murim (conservatism). Within this political allegory is of course the corruption of politics that is very evident throughout The Breaker.
As for Kang-Sung, sure he is strong, probably one of the strongest, it is clear his strength is going to play a big part in the manga. The point is no matter how strong he is, he is still bound as a Murim (and now his duty as Chief). He is a conservative just like So-Chun Hyuk, he wants to maintain the status quo and tradition of the Murim. He is, thus bound and limited to the tradition and the maintenance of the conservative ideals he want to uphold. Make no mistake, no matter how much of a nice guy Kang-Sung may be, this is a person that is willing to do the bidding of the previous alliance chief despite knowing his true intentions. He is a person that who's master said had the ability to become the 9 Arts Dragon but chose not to in order to preserve the tradition and conservative values of the Murim. It could be that ultimately and philosophically Kang-Sung truly feels that the conservative ideals of the Murim is the right way to govern, that it is the best way for the people of the murim and ordinary people to coexist.
But just because someone truly believes for a righteous cause that kicking your ass is in the best interest of everyone, and he may do it reluctantly with his hands forced by others; he is still kicking your ass at the end of the day.
You know, after re-reading this chapter for the 10th time... sure Elder Jeon is super awesome, but if they really want to save Shioon's life, shouldn't they stop the bleeding... right now... while he still has some left.
Wouldn't it have made more sense to wave the police on through so that the ambulances and fire department crews waiting behind could get in and treat the injured? Doesn't treating the police like they are the enemy actually turn them into the enemy. The MAA usually has the police turn a blind eye to murim activity but the police won't be likely to do this after the swat team and riot police take injurys.
Last edited by gotdott; March 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM.
EDIT: the part about not writing a paragraph is more about laziness then anything else its a drag