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Is the Chinese story "The Three Kingdoms" real? Here's what you need to know
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This spring, there was a new anime that released called "Ya boy Kongming!" which was about a famous tactition in the war of the Three Kingdoms but instead of the story being based on the original, it was a reincarnation story where Kongming was brought back to life (but younger) in the modern times. It's a fantastic show and easy to miss but unless you have taken a Chinese History class in college like I have, it would be difficult to find people who know anything about the original Three Kingdoms story, at least outside of China.

There are two things that you must make distinct when it comes to the three kingdoms. The first being that it really did happen however this story is more or less a historical text recorded as "The Records of the Three Kingdoms". This is text was composed by Chen Shou however there have been other similar texts throughout the ages.

The second distinction is the romance novels called "Romance of the three Kingdoms" written by Luo Guanzhong which the edition I have is in 3 books. This edition isn't historically accurate and romanticizes the whole thing as theater. It's as accurate as Jane Austin's Pride & Prejudice is for depicting the Regency period. It's fantasy, but still has some truth to it.

You might ask what the difference between the two are, and honestly this isn't something that you can just quickly gloss over and say "this or that is different". No, you would have to consult experts who really, really, really love the three kingdoms, both the romance novel and its actual history. I was only interested enough to pass the grade, nothing more. But, if you are genuinely interested to learn more about this masterpiece, you at least now have two very good leads to go from.

I hope this information was enlightening, I know that if it weren't for that anime I wouldn't have even remembered about the three kingdoms since it's so far in my memory. I mean no disrespect but the teacher had us memorize a lot and I mean a lot of information about it and it was mind numbingly boring for that reason alone. We couldn't enjoy it, we had to just treat it as hard work. Sad really since this is arguably some of the most important pieces of literature in human history.

Feel free to stick around if you like, Jappleng is free to use and generally about Japanese culture although we have different forums and clubs for different parts of asian culture. What? What's wrong with employing one of Kongming's Stratagem in using someone else's influence as your own opportunity? ;)
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