Total Randomness #9
Due to today being a total lethargic, soporific day, I have decided just to do this random post versus and episode recap as I just don’t have the energy to do it quite well. I am actually nearly falling asleep at the keyboard as I am typing this.
That being said, what random connection do I have for you today? It’s totally random and I really have no idea why I made the connection between these two things, but I did – not that it’s a really good one, but hey. Anywho, today’s random connection is about a Winter 2011 Chinese drama and a Japanese manga. The drama is The Holy Pearl starring Gillian Chung and Purba Rygal and the manga is InuYasha by Takahashi Rumiko. See, totally random!
So what is there connection, you wonder?
Simply put, the story of InuYasha has a modern day heroine (Kagome) who is the reincarnation of a priestess (Kikyo) who gets magically transported back to Feudal Japan (via the Bone Eater’s Well). There she meets half-human, half-demon Inuyasha who just so happened to be in love with Kikyo. Inuyasha was constantly scorned by humans and demons alike for being nothing but a halfbreed. He determined to steal the Shikon jewel in order to become a powerful, full demon and have his revenge on the world. He tries to steal it and meets the priestess for the first time. The two fall in love with each other and Kikyo gets Inuyasha thinking that turning into a full human wouldn’t be so bad. But due to a misunderstanding, both Kikyo and Inuyasha believe that they have been betrayed by each other. Kikyo is seriously injured by a fake Inuyasha, thus her last act before she dies is to seal him so he can do no harm. After Kikyo passes on, the jewel is burned with her so no demon can have its powers. Kagome is unaware that she has the Shikon jewel. It is inside her body. Then when she needs help, the jewel flies out. During one event, the jewel is shattered and she and Inuyasha must go out on a journey to retrieve all of the shards. While they start off on rocky footing, the two grow to love one another. And it isn’t replacement love as Kagome is really different from Kikyo.
And guess what? That’s right, The Holy Pearl has a somewhat similar storyline! In the drama, we have a modern girl (Ding Yao) who is the reincarnation of a priestess/fairy (Xian Yue) who gets magically transported 3500 years into the past (via the nine star wheel). There she meets half-human, half-dragon (considered a demon since the dragon race was cast out by the father of the heavens) Wen Tian (who happens to have a romantic past with the deceased Xian Yue). Like Inuyasha, Wen Tian is scorned by both humans and demons alike for being a halfbreed. So he was determined to steal the demon-subduing vase in order to gain power and have his revenge. He falls for priestess Xian Yue when he steals the vase, however, and Xian Yue reciprocates this love. Wen Tian agrees to become mortal for the priestess and retire to the hills with her, but due to a misunderstood betrayal, Wen Tian ends up being sealed by Xian Yue who dies after being injured by a fake Wen Tian. As she is dying, she asks that the vase be destroyed to prevent any more disasters. And just like Kagome, Ding Yao had no idea the vase was in her hands. When it is discovered, she accidentally shatters it into 12 holy pearls. She and Wen Tian then must set out on a journey to retrieve the shards and rebuild the vase.
The plots are quite different in a lot of respects, but there is enough similarities between them if you search hard enough. Well, actually you don’t have to search all that hard. I was shocked watching this and all I could think about was hey, this is a lot like InuYasha. Need another example? Inuyasha has a full-demon brother Sesshomaru who is a very cold demon who hates his little brother and humans. Although, for some unknown reason, Sesshomaru spares a little girl named Rin who eventually ends up tagging along with him and his sidekick. Sesshomaru is constantly looking for Inuyasha to take back the gift their dead father bequeathed his youngest son – a sword that can kill 100 enemies in one swoop. Inuyasha wasn’t even aware of this power, but definitely doesn’t want to give the sword up. Thus the two brothers fight constantly throughout the series, although, they later become close allies against their common enemy. So, that’s right, Wen Tian also has a half brother who is a full-fledged demon. Of course this brother hates him as well. Wu Dao also wants to take back the gift their deceased father bestowed on his little brother as it is a powerful thing that shouldn’t belong to a halfbreed. We also see some compassion in Wu Dao (even though he is supposed to harbor no good will towards humans and slaughters them indiscriminately) when he saves a shrine maiden from death after her entire village was attacked and destroyed.
I have only watched the first 4 episodes, so I don’t know if the series will continue to have a lot in common with the manga or not, but I am enjoying it more than I thought I would
Kagome and InuYasha had a happy ending (the manga is officially over!!!!), will Wen Tian and Ding Yao? Ah, totally enjoying Holy Pearl more than I thought I would. I am also liking Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei with Wallace Huo. Any interest in seeing more Chinese dramas getting recapped?