“i’m just saying, ” sofia muttered, looking up from her compact after she touched up her lipstick. “ no one can hold a grudge as long as me. lindsey cooper threw her birthday party on the same day as me in the fifth grade and told everyone i had head lice so they’d go to hers instead, and like–-ten years later i ended up revenge banging her dad and became her step-mom for like a week. what can i say? what goes around comes back around.”
Hi yona chan . I 've seen some ppl say that Kouren brainwashes the citizens of Xing about Kouka but to me that sounds idiotic . I mean that whatever Kouren says about Kouka is about to happen and ofc she wants to revenge Kouka .Soo won killed yona's father in revenge for his father why Kouren will not do the same for the whole nation ? I am sorry if it's a big one but i had to tell it i want your opinion about it ofc if you want to answer i love your blog 💜
Hi anon! This is an interesting ask, and, looking at the series, I personally don’t think Kouren is “brainwashing” any of Xing’s citizens. To me, this makes it sound like she’s either, a) creating lies to have people follow her, or b) that she’s reached a point in her ruling where the people do not question her in any way.
In regards to the first, Kouren may be good at provoking emotion in the citizens, and she may have exaggerated some ideas, but I think her cause is based on things she and the citizens truly believe. Both she and the citizens of Xing would have been there to witness the horrors that occurred during Yu-Hon’s war against them, and the actions Soo-Won has taken (invading Kai and making Sei a vassal state to Kouka) without entire context do make it sound like he’s on a path to take territory for Kouka. I can see why the people could become a little irrational with fear due to last time and turn to their ruler for help - this person being Kouren, who seemingly will provide protection and reassurance that history won’t repeat itself. This to me isn’t brainwashing, more the citizens using the past to predict the future, even if they’re mistaken in thinking Soo-Won will act exactly as Yu-Hon did. It makes sense that they’d agree with Kouren’s actions and beliefs given what occurred before.
Looking at the second, we have seen the members of Kouren’s army questioning her. They aren’t completely mindless soldiers willing to do anything she says. The fact that some follow Tao and questioned the Five Stars proves (at least to me) that they are fighting for the above mentioned reason - they truly believe it’s fight or be killed, as it most likely was with Yu-Hon. With more information, they’re seemingly willing to reevaluate what’s going on and the methods of their ruler, so I wouldn’t call them brainwashed.
But, yeah, that’s just my two cents on the matter. I hope it mirrored your thoughts in some way, and I’m super happy that you like my blog ^ ^