Douluo Dalu – 171 – Defense Clan

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  1. Noo why did I only get this on my phone so late… my dream of being first seems so far (reaches out hand at the disappearing back of this lost opportunity)

    Still, thank you Bagelson!

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  2. These four clans are perfect for building the foundation of the Tang Sect.
    Creating secret weapons, building and defending the new sect, wielding the secret weapons, and formulating poisons and medicines for the sect.
    Tang San will probably implement all he has learned from his Aunt here. Though the Defense Clan seem much more straightforward. Can’t wait to see the politics 🙂

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  3. Didn’t like the homophobic stuff and I just felt I had to mention it on the comment. Appreciate the translation though, thanks.

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      • I understand it was a nasty joke on part of the vulgar guy but the response was still homophobic.

        I also know it has ancient Chinese morals in an alternate reality, @DMR, but I think it was a little too much the reaction, humorous though. Also I didn’t make much fuss about it, I just felt like I had to mention it.

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          • Dude, he clearly did notice the joke. Its just that the joke is homophobic. I am not sure how you can claim someone is over sensitive when the story clearly implies that homosexuality is so gross that it is sickening and causes one to vomit. Sadly, there are also several commenters on here who also are apparently sickened by the concept of homosexuality as well. It is disappointing.

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            • …it wasn’t homophobic though. It was a joke because of how he was acting like a slutty woman while having an extremely ugly face…

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        • so even if you are a strong independent man proud of loving other men, you are gonna tell me you would have been attracted to Bu Le? and even if people accept homosexuality in others you cannot force them to not find the concept repulsive when applied to themselves, it would be the same as someone forcing you to find a woman or a dog enticing, no one should force his preferences for food, politics, religion or sexuality on others but it applies both ways

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        • Actually ancient china was less homophobic than modern society. The reaction I think is more because bu le is really ugly. So its not homophobic, its appearance-phobic. Not better, but different lol. And something pretty much everyone is haha.

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    • I was also disappointed with the homophobic response. I never would have thought that in such an awesome book there would be such a disgusting response towards transvestites/gays. And while I every day impatiently wait for updates, this one just left a bad taste in my mouth. I understand that the story is based on ancient China traditions, etc. but to read such sentences in the one of the most interesting books I have ever read it really lessens the whole value of the book.

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          • none of the guys were having the thought of bedding him in chapter 43. his suggestion made the thought run through their minds creeped them out and made him more grotesque.

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      • Who says this is homophobic? Read what is actually there and not what you make of it.

        Circumstances:
        -Fatty is someone that has always been surrounded with pervertedness towards women.
        -Bu Le is a pedophile that has always been described as a disgusting figure (both internally and externally)

        If an overly perverted youth sees a disgusting figure eye him in such a way (be it male or female) a certain revolted reaction is to be expected. If that youth is heterosexual and the one who woos him is not only the person who’s genitals he burned but also an ugly pedophile of the same sex then it’s no more than logic for the reaction to be more intense.

        There has been no reason to assume this same reaction would be displayed if a homosexual couple (be it male or female) would receive the same response in a normal situation.

        This shows that the value of the book lessens not by the content but by the connotation you add to said content. Which is sad because it is indeed a great story that doesn’t even consider love a problem between spirit beasts and humans. So why would you think it would form a problem out of love between humans of same sex?

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        • Back in chapter 43, he was clearly still a pedophile with a disgusting appearance and expression but none of the characters expressed a hint of were ever mentioned as sickened when he expressed interest in a 13 year old Xiao Wu.

          So apparently him expressing interest in a 13 year old girl is less revolting than him expressing interest in a young man in his 20s by several orders of magnitude. Tang San, Ma Hongjun, and even the guys friend were suddenly sickened by him. Clearly the only variable that changed was now he was interested in a man. I am not going to stop reading the story because of it and I am not someone who gets offended easily, but lets not pretend here it was clearly homophobic.

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          • Hm, what you all have said is indeed logical. Thank you for explaining and letting me to look at the situation in the more reasonable way. I have totally forgotten about their past relationship’s circumstances, but it makes sense now why such a response was provoked 🙂

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          • Actually Dans this isn’t correct. After Xiao Wu’s fight with (read: annihilation of) Bu Le Tang San specifically told her not to wrap around her enemies anymore (even though she had done that plenty of times before). Furthermore Xiao Wu herself also expressed disgustedness of Bu Le’s pedophilia. Also I mentioned the pervertedness of Fatty (due to his “evil fire”) which caused him to be indoctrinated in an environment surrounded by women. As a heterosexual myself i can honestly say that i have no quarrel with homosexual couples, however i too would not feel at all comfortable if a man were to try and flirt me. If he were to be a disgustingly looking, perverted pedophile who’s **** I burned to a crisp before…then i might just throw up at the thought of it alone. Hence my remark that this isn’t homophobic in itself unless you seek homophobia in it. In fact feeling a repulse towards the non-attractive sex (read: for homosexual males this means females, for heterosexual males this means males, for heterosexual women this means women, etc.)is a basic function of our psyche which has been proven on multiple occasions. There is even proof of this function to be less pronounced in women than in men (which might explain why more women are willing to ‘experiment’ than men). In other words. The reaction is excessive, but not unimaginable in a non-homophobic context.

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            • I used to think I was a homosexual male until I realised I was trans. And I would have been very repulsed and maybe even thrown up if a man like Bu Lee would say and do something like that. I think the difference between Xai Wuu and Ma Hongjuun is not their age or gender, but the fact that they were prepared for him to be so slimy in the case with Xai Wuu, as she was to act with bait, so they were ready for it. Where as now Bu Lee acted in a totally different way than they expected and was caught off guard by it.

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            • In fact feeling a repulse towards the non-attractive sex (read: for homosexual males this means females, for heterosexual males this means males, for heterosexual women this means women, etc.)is basically the definition of homophobia and this is not necessarily a genetic phenomenon but just as likely a cultural one. I am not going to judge you, but I am going to warn you of the danger of thinking that repulsion towards someone based off of their sexual identity in relation to yours is natural.

              Your points do not actually remove homophobia from the stories narrative. Tang San may have told Xaio Wu not to wrap around and Xiao Wu may have expressed disgust in Bu Le but there is a clear hierarchy of disgust displayed in the story.

              Known creeper and pedophile Bu Le is found to be more disgusting by both his own friend and Tang San, and Fatty when making advances on a adult male than when he is making advances on a 13 year old girl. Fatty vomited, Tang San ran away, and his own friend described himself as sickened with his actions.

              “If he were to be a disgustingly looking, perverted pedophile who’s **** I burned to a crisp before…then i might just throw up at the thought of it alone.”
              That only applies to Fatty and isn’t really an excuse since he was a disgusting looking pedophile in Fatty’s previous interactions with him. Tang San and Tian Ya only witness the propositioning and they are both sickened.

              It may not only be homophobia, but homophobia is clearly a significant component of it.

              Anyway, I will be hoping for some better chapters in the future.

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              • Excellently crafted comment. From what I understand, your reasoning is built on 2 assumptions. First, feeling a repulsion toward the “non-attractive” sex is a case of homophobia. Second, the hierarchy of disgust suggests homophobia as characters are more disgusted when Bu Le is making advances to an adult male than when making pedophilic advances to a 13 years old female. You expressed your point of view, and you supported it with two arguments, instead of blaming everyone and cursing everyone who opposes your point of view. That, I respect.

                But I will respectfully disagree with you, but you are more than welcomed to challenge my point of view. I love it when new data changes my opinion.

                Your assumptions are not as solid as they appear. First, feeling a repulsion toward the “non-attractive” sex could be a case of homophobia, but not always. Many factors come in play, mainly age, attractiveness, and intent. My reasoning is as follows: many straight males also feel repulsion toward the “attractive” sex (let’s use your definition of attractive sex), depending on the other party’s attractiveness and intent. Here’s an example, a straight man would probably feel repulsion if a disgusting-looking woman, twice his age, eyeballs his crotch. At least I would shiver. The reason why I challenged your first assumption is because a repulsion is not automatically a case of homophobia, other factors need to be considered: is that person decent/good looking or disgusting looking (attractiveness)? Does that person want to compliment me on my hat/beard/shirt or is that person eyeballing my crotch and want to have sex with me (intent)? Now moving back to the story, I believe that the characters are disgusted by the important factors in play, and not by the fact that Bu Le is homosexual. I can’t of course, not exclude a total possibility of homophobia, but I invite you to consider all relevant factors first, before making a call for homophobia.

                For your second argument, I assume that you are unfamiliar with ancient Asian cultures (Chinese, Japanese, Indian). In ancient times, it was common practice were girls to be bethroned as infants and then married off as brides as early as 12-14 years of age. I believe even in some part of India nowadays, this practice hasn’t fully gone away. It is absolutely normal for readers to view this story with the lenses of the current society where this pedophilic practice is a sin of sins. But I would encourage readers to view it with the lenses of the ancient Chinese society — era that this story takes place. After all, you can’t expect Tan San to bring out a cellphone in the story, nor should you expect the characters to be repulsed by an adult making advances to a 13 years old girl. I am not a historian myself, nor do I major in Ancient Chinese History, but I believe the proper reaction would be for the characters to view the actions of Bu Le making advances to the 13 years old Xiao Wu as sexual harassment instead of pedophilic advances.

                The two arguments you have provided do not automatically point to a case of homophobia. I am not saying that this is not a case of homophobia; all I’m saying is that it is extremely important to consider the context first and examine all relevant factors, instead of letting our emotions take the better of ourselves.

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                • I agree with both of you pointing things out with conversation and not with cursing and being offended with no basis, however I believe that homophobia is the act of complete nontolerance to someone that is attracted to the same sex, and the part that makes it awfull is first not respecting the freedom of sexuality in all individuals trying to force your views on other people is wrong, be it sexual, political religious etc. and second the actions people take agaisn’t those they do not tolerate. But declaring people as homophobes just because they do not find someone from the not attractive sex for them attractive at all and even repulsive even if they do not actually mind it at all if 2 of his not attractive sex are a couple etc then you are just trying to force your own sexual views on others and it would be the same as people trying to change homosexuals cause they are wrong, or sick or whatever other derogatory term you can use

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        • What bothers me about this scene is not so much that Fatty is being grossed out (which I can understand, since Bu Le is being described as a fairly repulsive person in and of itself), but that every single person present, including Bu Le’s friend was grossed out. Which can only be explained as a homophobic reation, since I doubt that Bu Le’s friends think that he is a repulsive person.

          I also agree with dans that I personally think it’s sick that nobody was grossed out by him being a pedophile but everybody is grossed out when he pretends to be gay.

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          • In ancient China (or even Japan), pedophilia as we know today does not exist. It was common practice for girls to be bethroned as infants and then be married out as brides by the age of 12-14 years old, sometimes to widows in the 30s-40s years of age.

            In the current society, it would be sickening. But at the time, the life expectancy was much shorter. If a girl gets married by 18, you would lose 5 precious years, which translates into 2-3 potential pregnancies. This is why I believe none of the characters reacted violently to the pedophilic actions of Bu Lu. They reacted to that scenario the same degree as to how the current society would react to a case of sexual harassment.

            Note: I find it truly unfortunate how people view sexual harassment in the current society. It is present everywhere, yet most people are desensitized, especially in investment banking offices and university campuses. But if you find out there’s a pedophile in your neighbourhood, the reaction is 1000x different… I find this sad.

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            • Your argument has a point, however, I do disagree with it. My reason being that, although the setting may be based on ancient China, there are several elements that differ heavily from it, especially in relation to the status of women.

              Women in this story can (and frequently do) become warriors and leaders, which, to my knowledge was definitely not the case in ancient China (I do bot believe that a woman could have held a position similar to Bibi Dong’s in ancient China).

              Also, while sexual relations at an early age seem to be quite frequent, women seem to have the possibility of choosing their own partner, also (from what has been shown in the story so far) it does not seem to me that child marriage (or what we would consider as such in modern society) is common in the society shown in Douluo Dalu.

              If this point differs this vastly from ancient China, then I don’t believe that the fact that marrying young girls (children) in China was common, while homosexuality wasn’t can serve as a reason for the homophobic behaviour that was displayed in this situation (by every single person present – if it had been just Fatty, I would have had no objection).

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              • I think it just comes down to it being a gag joke, i’ve yet to see a gag that should be taken as a serious part of the plot, and most of them are based on offensive things like this. Chinese is known for exxagerating in the language too. Not denying that the moment is homophobic, but with the way chinese works, its really unlikely that the characters are homophobic. Distasteful sure, but no one should let it ruin there day or such a nice story~ a couple fictional sentences is not worth it~

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    • I’ve never understood the need to apply personal pragmatic philosophy’s to fantasy works as a whole. It’s a practice in futility at best. Xanxian stories as a genre are ripe with contradictions, moral ambiguities, sexist overtones, rich over poor, human atrocities, animal cruelty and I could go on. As readers we obviously share a attraction for these stories nonetheless. It’s our escapism. The only true logic is to respect the writers work for what it is no more no less while leaving our normal moral views at the proverbial door.
      Thanks for the chapter!

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    • He doesn’t want to put rings for 2 reasons. 1) if he waits until he has the spirit power of a title douluo then he could potentially fill the clear sky hammer with nothing but 100,000+ year spirits for all 9 spirit rings…meaning his ridiculous spirit will have ridiculous abilities at each level. Until he becomes powerful enough to absorb spirit rings of that level he will essentially waste the gift of twin spirits which is the fact that he can keep advancing in spirit power without having to get a ring at each rank and thus can wait for the most ideal arrangement for his second spirit.
      2) He is also waiting to maximize his physique in order to deal with the strain so much spirit power will give him by possessing more than 9 spirit rings. As of now he likely has the physique but might still need to advance further in spirit level to be able to withstand it.

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      • I think all 100K spirit rings is a bit unrealistic. Now multiple sure but all… I highly doubt. I say that for multiple reasons. 1) it would essentially killing something that is at the same level as Wu and his mother. Unless they were just extremely unreasonable with him I don’t think he would want to kill them. Remember he doesn’t have a problem killing, but he still doesn’t like doing it. 2) they are simply too hard to find and a title douluo by themselves are not strong enough to kill them by themselves. 3) that would simply be too much power no matter how strong his foundation is. I do however have a prediction for you. He will have at least 3 100K rings on his hammer. I say this because he still needs 3 spirit bones to make a full set. Torso, left leg, and left arm. I include torso because the armor isn’t a torso spirit bone but an evolution of his lances. That would mean all of his spirit bones with the exception of head will be 100K year bones. Truly OP.

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        • unless if another two 100k sprits will do a sacrifice for him not really killing them. for sure there are a few godly beast around for him to kill

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  4. So If I am reading between the lines correctly, the second spirit ability of his mother’s bone is immortality? If I remember correctly, his mother was immortal and could only die by her own hand, correct?

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    • I doubt it is direct immortality as it is only 1 spirit bone it seems more like wolverine’s healing factor and probably consumes a small amount of spirit power to activate. Still between that the abilities from Xiao Wu’s spirit bone and his mother’s who besides a title’d douluo can even hurt him any more

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        • Hence why Im writting a Douluo Dalu fanfic, about a more acceptable genious LOL

          Tang San only irritate me… Its just too much!

          I suppose Bibi Dong will be as OP though, hence why the need to all these boosts. But still, I dont like it. The heroes seem less humans when they are too strong with no flaws.

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          • You do realize that no matter how op he is they are at war and he is still sixty sixth ranked thus seventy and above he will have a hard time against. In my opinion his power is the least the writer could do so that he isn’t scrubbed immediately when fighting against spirit hall.

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            • Yeah but how much more interesting if the Shrek 7 devil were the one taking down Spirit Hall, with a army equipped with Hidden Weapon behind them. Bibi Dong vs 7 Devils… with EQUAL blessing for each of them. Not a “God” and his 6 strong disciples but who cant compare to him at all.

              The best part including Tang San for me was when he absorbed the Man Faced Demon Spider ring and the fight between the Golden Generation of Spirit Hall. He really had to fight with everything he had, proved wits and skills, willpower, etc BUT wasn’t abusively OP yet.

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  5. So Bu Le’s spirit is a bra? I thought that was what it was the first time I read, but then I convinced myself otherwise… or am I wrong ? Bu Le’s spirit IS a bra, right? Somehow, I feel that this piece of information is very important to me….

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  6. Thanks for the chapter!

    Somehow I read this
    “Ma Hongjun grinned,
    “My turn.” ”
    as “now, burn.”

    Next time on Douluo Dalu, ‘how will defense clan react to Tang San’s plans’ (or at least I guess that happens)

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  7. @genericfuton, its not a question of whether he can or cannot overpower his hammer with 100,000 spirit rings but rather spirit beasts of that magnitude are really rare so highly unlikely something like that happens. I think Tang San isnt conventional so my thinking is hes gonna take a short cut like he always has

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  8. Lol I love this author. From serious to heart-wrenching to terribly funny… Thank you, Son of Bagels, for bringing us this gift!

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  9. Wait…
    IS IT REALLY IT?!
    Finally someone pointed out that Father’s sin is not son’s fault?
    WOW.
    171 fucking chapters to finally admiting it.

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  10. So…i have just read pretty much the entire story so far in only a couple sittings cant wait for more chapters!
    Thanks so much for doing this!

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  11. Thank you very much for translating this. I had just finished the manwha and it had ended in a very bad place, leaving me sad as hell. But thanks to this I learned that there is yet HOPE! Thank you very much.

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