Been rewatching Diaochan’s cutscenes in Dynasty Warriors 6. It’s been around four years or more since I played DW6 (nostalgia).

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 opinion.

In Romance 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.

“They said I’m disloyal to Imperial Han.” (Diao Chan)

“If they 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 works.”

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 Han.

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.” (Diao Chan)

“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.

“Dong Zhuo 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.

“Wait, I 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.

Quoted: “Please 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.

What has happened to the Koei Warriors Series?

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!