Volume One: The “Borderland Hero-Wannabe” Arc
Hey, guys! My name’s hikaslap, and I’m happy to introduce to you our translation of Goshujin-sama wa Yamaneko-Hime, or My Master is the Princess Wildcat, by Kazuyuki Takami. Your translator Boxywood is an avid reader, with whom I’ve had some great conversations about literature! But what about this book?
This series, which we shorten to just Yamaneko, is a coming of age story set in Medieval China. In this story, even though there are healthy doses of politics and warfare, it’s truly about connection, family, and trust between peoples, as our translator’s introduction will attest.
Also, there’s a certain “wildcat” princess chasing the poor boy around. Something like that would make a man out of anyone.
If you like this story, make sure you’re grateful to Takami-sensei first of all, but also to our hardworking translator Boxywood! Thanks everybody!
-hikaslap, Yamaneko supervisor
Hey everybody, it’s hikaslap, the admin for the project.
I haven’t heard anything substantial from Boxy, our translator, in a long time. Communication issues, lack of email replies, etc, the general bane of translation efforts here. I fully understand that this project is in something of a gray area, and if this goes on too long we may have to declare it inactive.
I think there’s another part somewhere we haven’t uploaded. If I can get that edited, I’ll put it up, but we got it from Boxy back in April or something.
Thanks for your understanding.
Let’s see, it’s now August, and our last update was in April. Time sure flies when you’re not posting stuff to the page… just kidding.
Hi everybody, it’s hikaslap, and I’m here to tell you that, uh, there have been some communication hiccups. Currently, Boxy will be dark for awhile because of visa problems, and she’ll be in China very soon, but hopefully things will tide down soon. I’ll keep you posted more actively than I have.
Let’s see, it’s now June, and our last update was in April. Time sure flies when you’re not posting stuff to the page…
Hi everyone, it’s me hikaslap. Boxywood is on the other side of the world, and presumably sleeping right now, so I’m just going to make this post in her stead. We’re sorry! Life for Boxy in particular has been very confusing and stressful lately. She’s been changing jobs, and now moving to teach in China (she’s not Chinese either so this is pretty cool). Now there’s a lot of official bother with certification and documents and other things.
Well, as penance, we’ve posted a ton of stuff that we had mostly completed, but never was quite done enough to upload. But now it is! Yay! That’s all of chapter 3 and some of 4.
The next update will, with luck, be next week. It’s been hard for us to figure out a schedule since Boxy’s life seems particularly hectic, but here’s to hoping we’ll get that figured out someday…
If I had to use only one word to describe the book – it would definitely be “hopeful”. Then I would pause, break my own rules and add another word! – “Yamaneko books are all about trust.”
About people reaching out despite their differences, desperately searching for the compromise on the promise of future peace.
About how sometimes a blade of grass is a better treasure than all of the world’s riches combined.
About languages bridging the gap between cultures.
About finding one’s own worth and carrying out one’s own ideals. About taking up the cause and defending peace. About how there’s no right side in war.
This is the tale of growing up; of trust and betrayal, love and duty. But really, isn’t all that just the part of becoming an adult?
There’ll be humor and a bit of angst, military strategy and political intrigue, with a side dish of history lesson. As a special bonus there’ll be a lot about nomads in the series, who are extremely quirky, and who rule–in every sense of the word.
But Yamaneko doesn’t give up its own secrets easily. The narrative starts off like a quiet melody: calm, unobtrusive. Ordinary. Then the tempo gets faster, more intense. You read. More time passes. The pace picks up bit by bit. And suddenly you get swept up in the whirlwind of conflicting motivations and plot twists. Suddenly it’s not about just one man or one country. The whole world lies bare beneath your feet…
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Whoops, sorry. Spoiler.
P.S.: Also, female characters here? Totally rock =)