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Title: The Ravages of Time (三国志群雄伝火鳳燎原)
By: Chen Mou
Original Publisher: Tong Li (2001)
Target Group: Men, Adults
Genre: Action, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Psychological
Chinese Release: 43 volumes (ongoing!)
MH DB-Entry: http://mangahelpers.com/m/ravages-of-time
The Ravages of Time (火鳳燎原) is a manhua by Chen Mou (陈某) that takes place at the fall of the Han Dynasty in ancient China. The story revolves around a young Sima Yi 's command of the Sima family "army", the Handicapped Warriors, and it's leader, Liaoyuan Huo. The series mixes together historical fact with popular fiction like Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Chinese folk tales. Many of the characters go against their usual portrayals in Chinese literature -- Zhang Fei is not a violent drunkard, Lü Bu is not muscle-headed idiot and Cao Cao is not a mustache-twirling villain. It is very much a seinen manhua with plenty of complex plots (like Death Note) and bloody action scenes (like Lone Wolf & Cub). There are few women in the series, but even so, women may enjoy the series for the good-looking (and very intelligent) men and boys. Also, the art style is gorgeous and very different from the style of most Japanese manga. [Note: The series has been licensed in Japan. Only three volumes have been released there thus far.]
If you like The Ravages of Time and wish to discuss it - as well as any Three Kingdom-related manga, book or film - then this is the place to do so.
Last edited by eni; September 24, 2011 at 06:11 PM.
wow nobody post here,
K, I must this is one great series. I just started reading two days ago and I already caught up to the latest Remnant scanlations.
This is not another boring historical manga.
It is 100% not. Great action, plots, and just plain interesting.
Oh Yeah don't use this series as a source of fact, the real history is much different.
To sum it up, I promote this manga....
Awesome! I love the Three Kingdoms (and its spin-offs) stories.
I'll read this one when i have more times.
I actually think of Ravages as more like "real" history. Most of the stories you read about the Three Kingdoms are so romanticized. If you look at Chen Mou's Wikipedia page there's a little blurb at the bottom that I think rights true: "A reporter once asked Chan about history vs fable. He claimed that the true history does not exist. Believing into the inevitable idea of history is artificial; whoever conquers the country writes the history. Gathering all the fables and novels with history books might exceeds the credibility of any official history books."
I totally agree with him there.
Love your screenname, by the way. Back when I got into Ravages, I read one of Fifaynet's other series, Royal Tramp, which I loved. Wei Xiaobao is hilarious (kind of Naruto-ish in some ways). I wish Fifaynet hadn't discontinued it. It made me want to read The Deer and the Cauldron.
Old old news. Still thanks for ya work RW
Hmhmhm, I haven't read any manhua so far. Couldn't get familiar with the more realistic and western-like drawing style I've seen. While I do like it in manhwa, it looks unpleasant to me in manhua - but that's my personal taste, no offence.
I think I'll give it a try. Thanks for the recommandation
I'm actually not a super-huge fan of the art style, but I think it's unique and definitely sets itself apart from other series. Even if the art were terrible, the story more than makes up for it. It's certainly worthwhile if you can get over your art bias.
CAn someone show me where to download large HQ cover pages of TROT? thanx in adv..
And so who your fav character so far? (i only get as far as remnant warriors' scans)
for me i must said:
Zhao Hao or Liu Bei...
Fifaynet. You're not the first to ask for them. I'll email Fifay and see if she minds me posting them on RW, as Fifaynet is down right now.
Zhao Huo is okay. I mean he's "cool" and all, but sometimes his personality annoys me. I like Liu Bei, but I can't help, but feel he's a little naive. It's amusing how his "little brothers" manipulate him into overcoming his scruples. Zhang Fei is definitely the sneakier of the two. It'd watch out around him. Guan Yu is a little more... noble, perhaps? He kind of sits in the background and goes along with Zhang Fei's plans, but he doesn't seem quite as sneaky as his brother.
I've never been a big Wei fan, but I'm starting to like the scenes with Cao Cao. I especially like Xiahou Dun's grumpiness and how he treats Cao Cao like a brother sometimes (as opposed to as his lord).
I want to see more scenes with Xun Yu (Second Genius), but I think after volume nine, the focus is on the Third Genius and events surrounding Changan. I don't really like Third Genius. Ma Chao appears in volume ten, I think, and he is all kinds of awesome. He gives Lu Bu a run for his money in badassness.
But like you said, the story seems to be pretty interessting. That's reason enough to try^^
Last edited by weixiaobao; April 26, 2007 at 03:37 PM.
Well, give it a shot. If you like it, then that's great, but if not, it's no big deal.
Of course, Chen Mou likes to trick us by giving people different identities at first (like Liaoyuan Huo and the "Captain of the Cavalry" and a few others).
i gonna revive this thread..
anyway.. thank morri (and the remnant warriors) for those covers on their site.. luv it.....
Edit: that archer appear to look like Gan Ning more so than Huang Zhong...
Last edited by weixiaobao; January 07, 2008 at 08:58 PM.
the last post was 1 year ago
it's so long
i'm vietnamese anh i'm not good at english so forgive me if there is mistake in my post
i'm a fan of the ravages of time serie
in my country it's calls "hỏa phụng liêu nguyên"
it means "the fire phoenix burn the Chinese territory" ^^
iam looking for a ravages of time fan forum anh i found it in this site
nice to meet you guys
you are the one who edit "unhuman" series (the same author with ravages), aren't you?
that is just my guess
my country-vietnam is the china's neighbour
so the tradition is similar china
i thinks ravages is a perfect comic base on "three kingdoms" ("tam quốc" in my languges)
my favourite character is quách gia (in english is gou jia, i think)