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Fantastic news for Kagamine fans: The twins are getting their own Expo starting in 2017! Along with this, the video features the upcoming PS4 game Kagamine Rin & Len: Project DIVA LR and (prepare yourselves) Chinese V4 voice banks for the two that are expected to arrive in 2018!! 


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anonymous asked:

There's people who are not Chinese saying things like "let's not pretend Mulan was cis" and "Mulan identified as a man." What do you think of that?

This is a complete and utter mess of my thoughts without any tidying up and I’ll be using female pronouns to refer to Mulan because I interpret her as a cis woman as I see her actions as a result of filial piety and duty to her country.

While I don’t see anything wrong with people interpreting/headcanoning Mulan as trans, it sounds people are conflating the original poem, various historical and modern Chinese interpretations, and the Disney interpretation.

The poem is pretty simple. Mulan is a daughter without any older brothers and takes the place of her father and goes to war. The war finishes, and she goes back home and resumes living as a woman and reveals herself to her comrades. Nothing about how Mulan felt about gender roles, it just came across as a thing she had to do out of duty. 

I haven’t seen the Disney version in a while, but I seem to recall Mulan being pretty uncomfortable with who she was and the roles assigned to her as a woman, the lyrics of Reflection, as well as symbolic cutting of hair, wiping off traditional make-up, exchanging her comb for armour etc. so I get where everything is coming from. However, Disney Mulan is not the authority.

Jingle Ma’s 2009 film had Mulan picking a fight against bullies and her father saying things like “If you want to fight, be born a man in your next life,” but I found it unclear whether or not she was uncomfortable with the roles assigned to her gender, and if she was comfortable returning to living as a woman.

The Legend of Mulan drama in 2013 had Mulan as a talented 繡娘 who loved to embroider and was very comfortable in her role as a woman (imo) and struggled with fighting at first, and begged the Emperor at the end to let her go back to being a 繡娘 and to live a normal life. 

In Lady General Hua Mulan (1964), it opens with Mulan hunting and knowing how to fight but quite happily returning to her role as a woman at the end of the film but it was a pretty light-hearted musical. 

I remember Mulan saying stuff like “if only I had been born a boy,” in the 2013 version I think, but it was in the context of “if only I had been born a boy so I could take my father’s place without risking the death penalty” which shows filial piety in contrast to Disney Mulan having what could be easily interpreted as a gender identity crisis then cutting her hair and becoming Ping for her sake as well as her father’s.

About filial piety, I don’t think Disney handled it very well– the way Mulan was offered a job was kinda flippant, her reply was something like “I think I’ve been away from home long enough.” Like, contrasted with Mulan (2009) starting from starting from 1:43:00  and episode 48 of Legend of Mulan from about 14:20, and esp from 16:40 to 17:50, the feeling is completely different imo as Mulan was already of a high rank, and the emperor had put thought and ceremony into promoting her. 

There’s also a lot of ”為國殺敵“ (killing enemies for my country) and “我國” (my country) stuff going on in the Chinese adaptions, and putting aside personal feelings for the good of the country. 

So yeah, I went off on a tangent there but I do feel like it would be inappropriate for someone non-Chinese and/or unfamiliar with Chinese culture to make definitive statements on Mulan’s gender identity as viewing Chinese culture through the lens of another culture and coming to a conclusion based on that is pretty ethnocentric as motivations/values like filial piety and national pride might be disregarded or overlooked. 

TL;DR: I think people should be free to read certain interpretations of Mulan as trans, like saying “My headcanon is that Disney Mulan was trans”, but it wouldn’t make any sense to say “Mulan as a figure in history/folklore was trans and if you think Mulan was cis then you’re transphobic and erasing trans people from history.”


Hatsune Miku Expo 2015 in Shanghai - Concert Set List:

1. Sharing The World feat. Hatsune Miku
2. Nijigen Dream Fever feat. Hatsune Miku
3. Two-faced Lovers feat. Hatsune Miku
4. Common World Domination feat. Hatsune Miku
5. Tokyo Teddy Bear feat. Kagamine Rin
6. Meltdown feat. Kagamine Rin
7. Fire◎Flower feat. Kagamine Len
8. Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder feat. Kagamine Rin & Len
9. Tsumugiuta feat. Kagamine Rin & Len* (Chinese Ver.)
10. Romeo and Cinderella feat. Hatsune Miku
11. Weekender Girl feat. Hatsune Miku
12. World’s End Dancehall feat. Hatsune Miku & Megurine Luka
13. Akatsuki Arrival feat. Hatsune Miku & Megurine Luka
14. Pane dhiria feat. KAITO
15. Change me feat. MEIKO
16. Deep Sea Girl feat. Hatsune Miku
17. Last night, Good night feat. Hatsune Miku
18. Just Be Friends feat. Megurine Luka
– Band members introduction
19. Tell Your World feat. Hatsune Miku
20. Cat Food feat. Hatsune Miku
21. Secret police feat. Hatsune Miku
22. The Intense Singing of Hatsune Miku feat. Hatsune Miku
23. World is Mine feat. Hatsune Miku
24. Odds & Ends feat. Hatsune Miku
25. Moon West River feat. Hatsune Miku*
26. 39 feat. Hatsune Miku
27. Star Fragment/Beautiful Ballade feat. Hatsune Miku