Well, DW6 might have been the game
which had the worst gameplay in Dynasty Warriors’ history. But surely it has
some best story and portrayal for certain characters and one of them is Diaochan’s
story. Unlike in other Dynasty Warriors games (especially the later DW7 and
DW8), when Diaochan is just a very beautiful dancing maiden accompanying Lϋ Bu everywhere and acts like his fangirl. DW6 Diaochan
surely is the best portrayal of Diaochan (with the best design too) in my
of The Three Kingdoms (ROTK),
Diaochan was known as a very
beautiful woman who could manipulate Dong Zhuo and Lϋ Bu, the two
most powerful men during late Han dynasty and DW6 really
could nailed it. Later when I watched it again, it has more meaning than just
Diaochan manipulating Lϋ Bu.
As it’s shown in
flashback, Diaochan was such a devoted daughter, she carried out her father
plans to destroy Dong Zhuo for the sake of saving the Imperial Han (Han Dynasty) and as her father was dying he thanked
her greatly. Diaochan could live her own life but she chose (with her very own
decision) to keep fulfilling his father’s last wish and using Lϋ Bu’s
strength to restore the Imperial Han.
First, after the
fall of Dong Zhuo, Chen Gong worried that Lϋ Bu would be
considered a traitor. Chen Gong suggested and Diaochan incited Lϋ Bu to seize the Imperial Seal from Sun Jian and return it to
the Imperial Court, to show that he is faithful to Imperial Han.
Later the scene
switched to Liu Bei and his sworn brothers (Guan Yu and Zhang Fei) when
Diaochan begged them not to fight each other and hand them (to Lϋ Bu) the
Imperial Seal, they didn’t believe her and Liu Bei enraged and said that
they were mere servant of tyranny (probably since Lϋ Bu served Dong Zhuo before). Diaochan then felt sad and
cried (likely her acting) and Lϋ Bu who
couldn’t see his lover sad and crying like that decided to fight for her and
defeated them at Jing Province.
I’m disloyal to Imperial Han.” (Diao
don’t listen to your words, they will listen to my spears!” (Lϋ Bu)
In the beginning,
Diaochan might just used him to fulfill her wishes, her smile said that “it
But as time goes on
where Diaochan continued to manipulate Lϋ Bu, notice how she saw Lϋ Bu, she didn’t smile nor smirked, I think her face
didn’t show that she was happy or felt satisfied that she could manipulate and
control the mighty Lϋ Bu as she
liked, there is sadness in her eyes. I think her face at the time indicated
that she felt guilty because she had to take advantage of someone she likely
loved for the sake of her dream to save the Imperial
Later when Chen Gong
who wasn’t fooled by Diaochan’s lies was aware that only her who could
influence the mighty Lϋ Bu, he asked her real intention.
“I want to
fulfill my late father’s wish. I just want to be a faithful daughter for him.”
“Do you know
what Lϋ Bu’s dream
then?” (Chen Gong)
Chen Gong asked her what
it had to do with Lϋ Bu’s wishes, she then pondered what Lϋ Bu wants for himself, his dream, and her feelings for Lϋ Bu.
Later Diaochan began
to realize Lϋ Bu’s genuine care and love for her and she began to feel
more guilty about her scheme.
was defeated by guile, I will fight
with my might.” (Lϋ Bu)
When Lϋ Bu
mentioned about a guile during Dong
Zhuo’s downfall, she was surprised. Next scene showed that Diaochan really felt
guilty that she used Lϋ Bu all the
time decided to tell him the truth.
have to tell you, there is something I need to tell you.” (Diaochan)
But then it was
revealed that Lϋ Bu had known the truth about her using him all the time,
but since he loves her dearly, he kept going and doing what she wants
especially if he knows that Diaochan doing this only to restore the Imperial Han.
“There is no
need to speak, I understand. And do not worry, I shall do all in my power to
help you realize your desire.” (Lϋ Bu)
Diaochan who felt
touched by his words that he let her using him because he loved her, thanked
him for his efforts and prayed for his safety.
return safely, and thank you so much.” (Diaochan)
Later Cao Cao was defeated at
Xu Chang and Diaochan fulfilled her late father’s wish that the Imperial Han is restored to its former
power. Diao Chan and Lϋ Bu detached themselves from political affairs and left
it to Chen Gong, they lived their lives together in peace.
So, DW6 really
showed how Diaochan’s truly role as a beautiful maiden used her beauty and
woman’s charm to turn Dong Zhuo and Lü Bu against each other by inciting
jealousy between them, the manipulative beauty who could overthrow the tyrannical
warlord Dong Zhuo with her own way. She may be just an ordinary woman who only has
beauty and charm as her greatest asset, she didn’t have a mighty or great
strength to fight and battle like a man but she could control and influence
someone who wields tremendous power in battle (Lü Bu).
DW6 story and
Diaochan’s cutscenes is not considered as canon in both history and ROTK, it’s more
likely to be regarded as a hypothetical story. Since the original story likely
had Diaochan left Lü Bu after the death of Dong Zhuo and Lü Bu never knew that
he was used by Diaochan, then he was defeated in Xia Pi and got executed
by Cao Cao.
Diaochan’s story in
DW6 not only portrayed her brilliantly, it also portrayed Lϋ Bu much
better than in Lϋ Bu’s own story. Lϋ Bu’s story only showed him as the most mighty warrior
who seeks and thirsts for challenges, even hilarious when the ghosts of Dong
Zhuo and Zhang
Jiao appeared and challenged him. In Lϋ Bu’s mind
there was only one desire, that is to fight and fight until he finds an
opponent that’s worth for him. But in Diaochan’s story, Lϋ Bu was much more sympathetic as a character. Not only Lϋ Bu was smart enough to know Diaochan’s guile all the
time, he decided to let Diaochan using her because his love for her, as long as
Diaochan’s intention is for the good.
What a sweet romantic story… I don’t care if Diaochan is
fictional but she was portrayed so well in this game. Diaochan had such
heroic dream to save the Han Dynasty and restore it to it’s former glory and in
order to fulfill that she had to sacrifice her love and manipulate the man she
cares so much and what’s more touching is this man knows it all along, in the
end her dream is fulfilled and she could live in peace with the man she loves.
For the purposes of this post, I’ll be talking mostly about Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors and Warriors Orochi.
So, I’ve played Dynasty Warriors 5 and the first two Warriors Orochi games myself. After that, I’ve watched gameplay footage of Samurai Warriors 3, Dynasty Warriors 7 and Warriors Orochi 3.
But lately, Koei has decided to release Samurai Warriors 4 and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate in Japanese with English text. Now, I may have let it slide for Warriors Orochi 3, but when you think of the time between the original game and the extension, you’d think that they would have the time to do English dubbing. Well, guess what? They didn’t.
Since WO3 is made up of characters from DW7 and SW3, I thought that they would have used archive voices from those games and leave it at part-dubbing. I can tolerate something over nothing.
When Dynasty Warriors 8 arrived, I noticed that they did use archived voices from DW7. The only thing about that was that there was no narration or camp character voices. I did tolerate that, but I thought that would have been a bit better if there were English voices.
When they announced Samurai Warriors 4 in English, I was quite excited, because the game was the celebration of ten years of the series. But when I heard that it was youing to be in Japanese with English subtitles, I was very disappointed. Koei has disgraced their fans, despite the fact that it is an important game of the series.
What I thought about for this was that KOEI NA and Europe could have been funded by Koei Japan to do the English dubs. Therefore, people who also want Japanese voices can have it through the Options menu.
My final opinion on this: I think that Koei has disgraced their fans. I, for one, have tolerated this long enough. The only way that they can redeem themselves from this disgrace is to eventually release a DLC, or commit seppuku for all I care.
For those people who have actually told Koei that they don’t want English dubs on their games, you should be all ashamed at yourselves. Your selfishness has dragged the entire English dub fanbase down. Sure, people don’t mind it, like me, but there are people who actually want English dubs. So the only for Koei and their fanbase to go now is to find a way to coexist (English DLCs and a Japanese voice option) or commit seppuku. But I know you’re not gonna go that far!
By the way, I also want to hear your opinions too, so feel free to add something when you repost!
EDIT 19 April 2015: I’ve noticed that there are a lot more people who have liked this post. The truth is, the English dub situation with Koei has gotten worser since 2014. So if you’ve just discovered this post, check out the rest of the Koei Warriors Rant Series!