Douluo Dalu – 197 – Devil Island? Sea God Island?

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  1. Thanks for the chapters 😀
    Grandmaster is so insightful it’s scary…but he’s a great father figure for Little San ^^
    And work hard Fatty! Show your sincerity!

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  2. Thanks, … …

    need more, … ^^
    At these times I whish I could read Chinese and Japanese. :/ There are many good Books out there.

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    • I’ve been waiting so so so long to see Dai Mubai react to what hass befallen Tang San and Xiao Wu at the hands of Spirit Hall. Obviously he will get mad, but how will he handle the situation after learning? Dai Mubai is the Boss of the SSD. He feels a responsibility as the oldest. We see this through out the story. I’m very excited to finally get him back into the story.

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    • Really? How is it sad if Fatty plans to actually treat her well? In this society and story a lot more importance is placed on strength than it is good looks. Fatty is immensely more powerful than Chenxiang and his innate talent and his spirit itself are much much better than hers. Her grandfather agreed to the proposal because he sees this. Fatty is the strongest attacked of the SSD. Boss Dai has more staminia and more reusable spirt abilities but Fatty has more burst power than even Tang San, let alone the fact he still isn’t a spirit emperor.

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        • You do understand that in the beginning. Immediately after his spirit awakened at the age of 6 he had a sever variation that would LITERALLY KILL HIM if he didn’t have a good romp. Until he was like 14 he had to live his everyday life like that just so his own spirit wouldn’t backfire and kill him. After he was cleansed he said so himself, he is a 20ish guy, rightfully the age to go do some canoodling and since his previous upbringing its just became s part of his life. He has just started he will treat her well and be as sincere as he can, that is going from one night stands to a relationship mindset. It’s not like he just went around raping women for sport.

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            • He lived like that for eigth years. For eight years since the age of 6 he had no choice but to go sleep around. You don’t think that would start to cause a habit? Besides that sexis enjoyable. I most certainly enjoy romping on a good gal. Chengxiang should consider herself lucky that someone with as much potential and power as Fatty is willing to try and change in order to woo her. Fatty has more than enough power to kill her with a simply wave. And a lot more power than her grandfather, her grandfather simply has much more spirit power. She should see this as it is, a great opportunity for her to marry someone with immense power and as a way for her tonfutger process her own cultivation. Not like some snobby bitch.

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              • ‘She should consider herself lucky’ – I really don’t like the view about women that is implied in those words. As far as I can remember, she is talented, beautiful und herself a strong spirit master (not by Shrek Seven Devils standards of course, but seriously, those guys are way OP). Why does she have to consider herself lucky if a guy that she is not interested in wants to marry her? Maybe she isn’t that interested in how strong her potential future husband is. Maybe she just wants to choose for herself. And maybe she just doesn’t like the guy – and seriously? I don’t like fatty that much either. I don’t like his views on women (which he basically viewed as existing for his own pleasure), I don’t like the kind of arrogance he exhibits (no, I don’t think strengh is a justification for arrogance) and I don’t like the way he tries to use his connection to Tang San to get her. (I don’t particularily care about his looks, since it bothers me anyway how much importance is attached to that. And while I’m at it, it also bothers me that he (at least initially) went after her because of her looks, but expects that she won’t give a damn about his).

                As for your first point: I don’t have that much of a problem with him having slept with many women. But why the hell should she believe that he wants to change for her? She doesn’t know him and as far as she knows he could have told that to every single woman he ever slept with.

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          • You know it was mentioned that he did adultery and I just hate how in Xianxia males could just sleep around but females have to be pure.

            Also, often, fat/ugly guys get with beautiful women but the reverse doesn’t happen.

            I just don’t like it.

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            • So your reasoning is purely driven by the fact that all guys in Xianxia must be as pure and clean untainted by even a spec of dust just like Tang San? Then I’ll not further argue about plot or story okr reasoning or the fact that having sex and committing adultry also requires the girl to lie and cheat but sure, do what women do and blame it all in the guy. I’m going back to private forums where we actually discuss the happenings and reasonings in the novel, not just stick our opinion in and say I don’t like him because he had sex and sex is bad.

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              • Ummm… Why can’t I just dislike him getting with this girl?

                Also, my reason is because women have to be pure but men don’t… I don’t like that. It just feels to unfair…

                Since women have to be pure in xianxia, I wish that men had to live by the same standards.

                What’s wrong with that?

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                • DMR, you have my support. Fwiw, I’m a 30 y/o male, and I think you can have whatever opinion or perspective you want about this story, for whatever reason you want.

                  it’s a fictional story, gosh folks, let people have their opinions! we all know that fatty is going to end up with Chengxiang, and we all recognize that fatty is a good guy at his core. but he’s also unattractive and can have a lousy personality at times — any female character with these traits in the story would get laughed off if they tried to propose to tang san, even if they were really powerful and a good person at their core.

                  and boys: lay off the sexism. many folks here make comments about the female character’s butts and boobs as if they were made for you. don’t be surprised when a female reader is annoyed by an ugly male character getting to have his way (even if it’s going to take time) with a beautiful female character.

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                  • Well, I’m actually a dude… just that the unfairness of the sexes bothers me.

                    I don’t actually hate fatty… but it’s just too unfair the way Xianxia works -_-

                    And I don’t think there is any series where a person won’t have any problems with it.

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                    • Actually, to a certain extent, our culture also still works like that. Why else would it be possible to use the fact that a woman had variing partners as a defense in a rape trial?

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                • yeah this is a concept i see everywhere in xianxia,I mean i see males making a harem everywhere but never the same for the woman.

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              • Sorry, but where was it stated that men have to be pure? I totally agree with DMR that it is unfair that men are allowed to sleep around as much as they want, while women are considered a whore if they do the same (actually, even in our society that is still the case to some extent). Either both are allowed to sleep around or neither is. That would be fair. And why do women have to lie and cheat to have sex and men don’t? Also, if only men are allowed to sleep around and women have to be pure: where the hell do the men get the women to sleep around with?

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                • About this men vs women issue. Even though humans have sex for pleasure, if you really think about it isn’t nature actually the one playing the role. Yes society dictates that men and women both shouldn’t be sleeping around but in reality this act is simply reproduction. Women and Men are both attracted to people who they perceive as strong and fitting to be their parents. No matter what society dictates this is human nature. The rules of society actually tries to manage this human nature. That’s my opinion.
                  In the case of fatty and this girl fatty had whored around enough abd now is looking for serious partner right. For someone like him it’s fascinating to see how they settle down with one partner. I think it’s cool. And that girl obviously putting on airs is natural too right. There is always a expected type of partner vs. The actual type of partner suited for every person.

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        • ???

          Aren’t you the guy who’s always saying Tang San should add everyone to a personal harem? Fatty sleeping around isn’t okay but shallow harems with no real deep feelings/romance are?

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          • There is a difference. Tang San is the MC (if I find the main character -male or female- awesome enough, I don’t mind as much if they get a harem/reverse-harem).

            Besides, I’m usually just joking around anyways.

            My real ship was actually Tang San X Rongrong (I think I actually mentioned that a few times too, and the fact that I wasn’t really that serious).

            In fact, I rarely (jokingly) asked for harem. It’s just that people remembered the few times I did.

            If you read my comments in series’ that actually have harems, you would see that I actually don’t like them as much (but talking about them is much more fun).

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    • PLUS wht if the nwnovrel the author is working on has Fatty’s and Chengxiang’s kid in it?! Wouldn’t it be cool if their child had a slight variation following the fire attribute of a Phoenix but the form and speed of a Needle-tailed Swift? If you ask me that’s awesome.

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    • Well, I won’t say that she should be happy cause such a strong and influential guy like fatty wants her, but I still think that fatty would be a pretty good boyfriend. Just think about it, all this virgin-until marriage-stuff is bullshit, actually imagine how good fatty is in bed by now, after 8 years of whoring around, he must be the best lover on the whole continent.
      And since he wants to change his whole personality for her, I feel like that’s actually pretty cute. Of course she doesn’t have any reason to trust him on that, but has he ever done anything bad to her to arise her distrust? I don’t think so. And right now, I feel like she only rejects him cause he’s fat, and that’s a pretty scumbaggish move from her (I don’t remenber, does she even know that he was whoring around before? I don’t think anyone would have told her), she could at least give him a chance.

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      • You realize that the guys always get disgusted by ugly females, right? So what’s wrong with her being against his looks as well?

        And to be honest, I probably wouldn’t be bothered as much if Xianxia was more fair about these issues -_-

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        • Well then fuck off and go read some kiddie story where everything in life is fair. Fucking bastard. I hope Chengxiang’s dies now, little bitch is just pissing me off and so are you.

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          • It’s not my fault you’re being pathetic…

            Because a girl doesn’t want to marry a guy you want her to die?

            And why is it that I can’t comment about not liking something? AM I supposed to like every f***in’ thing?

            Lots of the time, we aren’t supposed to like this stuff, and we don’t normally have to like everything.

            So you can not like Chengxiang, but I can’t dislike something unfair that is overdone?

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  3. I hate being to discuss DD with women. Even though there are several extremely strong female characters its impossible for yoiunto relate with the male characters. You never understand nor will you. Just let the guys discuss the actual events of the story. You girls just stick with your love theories or something.

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    • I’m sorry?! This comment is extremely sexist. Just for the record, I am female and I am much more interestend in what you call the ‘actual events of the story’ than shipping or whatever. In fact, shipping annoys me (and in quite a lot of storys, romance annoys me as well if I have the feeling it doesn’t fit).

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  4. Thanks for the chapter Bagelson!
    So training is in order next for Shrek Seven Devils. It probably will take at least a year (and depending how it will be told in story it’s either time skip or a long story. ( I don’t know which I prefer myself for reason of depending Bagelson’s, Owl’s and PiggyBottle’s translations =( sorry))

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  5. Thanks for the chapters!!Very interesting !Seven Devils finally get together and make the whole world tremble !Fatty become a handsome man and make her fall in love with you and regret that refused wedding on you

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  6. Thanks for the chapters!!Very interesting !Seven Devils finally get together and make the whole world tremble !Fatty become a handsome man and make her fall in love with you and regret that refused wedding on you

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  7. Thank you very much for the chapters!

    Tiny question, what’s the deal with the jade pendant? Will this be explained later? (in that case you don’t really need to answer) Or is it something a chinese might go “You don’t understand something as basic as that?” about xD. I assume it’s better than having the tablet. But yea, just being curious. xD

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    • Wasn’t the jade pendant like the sign of the emperor himself, according the same authority to whoever has it. That’s also why they all kneel, because while wearing it, Tan San is considered as an extension of the emperor and talking to him is like talking to the emperor himself.

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      • Hmm, that could be it. While the tablet was said to be the “will” of the person it represents, it’s really more of a back stage pass without the right to order ppl around. 😄 Well, I’m hoping they’ll elaborate on it later.

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        • No Evilfirechicken described that correctly the pendants aka tablets or markers are symbols of authority very few are ever issued and those bearing it do have the full authority of who’s it is at least 3 have been in the story so far the spirit elder one that Tang Hao gave to grandmaster the one the emperor gave to Dugu Bo and the one the prince gave to Tang San.

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  8. “Extremism would only lead to ruin.” Really!?! He actually just said that? And going to an island with people so powerful even Spirit Hall can’t handle them, and who will try to kill anyone wanting to leave isn’t extremism? Not to mention pretty much every other thing Tang San has done in his life. I thought his personal motto was extremism is the shortcut to success.

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    • Totally agree. Going to Slaughter City, always absorbing rings surpassing the limit… Even the training while in Shrek Academy could be considered extremist xD

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      • really? thats extremism to you and this Trip? im iching myself to spoil you two but ill never do that…

        ill just let you compare Tang San and Huo Yuhao….. then GLHF :3:3

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    • Agreed. I really don’t see how he can claim to be sincere when he only likes her because she’s hot. I feel like when he says he’ll treat her well he’s thinking of it it terms of taking good care of a pet or a possession. He doesn’t care the least bit about her feelings.

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    • And I hate you. I hope she dies. Just because it’s what she deserves. Fatty is awesome and offering to change but still gets jilted, fuck that bitch. I say give her to Spirit Hall with a note that says she knows where Tang San is being, then lets see how Spirit Hall prefers to torture its prisoners for information. Bet she won’t be to pretty for Fatty after that!

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    • oh u sad dog u really dont have a fcking clue……. i really wanna spoil ur brains out so you got to stop ur nonsense comment……… did you really mean that ? how poor chenxiang is to ma hongjun…? u sad dog… ur the poor one here.. have guts to blab things you didnt even have a fucking clue.. just ur stupid guess is irritating..and i cant stop commenting… so stop commenting about ur fcking conclusion without a strong proof.. u misleading people who like you didnt even read the whole novel.

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    • and for the record..she’s ma hongjun wife….. SO U 3 STOP UR FCKING STUPID COMMENTS …..

      stupid people who talks too much without a fcking knowledge really irritates me….

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    • Same here it will disappear and then come back up randomly for me as well. The rest of the site loads just not this, I think because the google drive is having issues and it loads the file from there.

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  9. Thanks for your translation. I’ve actually read all the DD series completedly (DD, DD2, DD2.5 and even the currently releasing DD3 raw using the Google Translation), still I continue to check and read the new release from you many times aday. I can re-read many chapters that I like! Really thanks for your hard work. It fulfill many detail that it misses in the rough Google Trans.

    BTW, since I’ve read the whole complete story already and even the DD2 and DD2.5 which contain several future result of the current story, I found it’s a bit funny when the fans comment about the direction of the story in a hot white state. Be patient, guys! Or else just read the rough story by Google Translation first so you will know what and why! 😛

    I like Ma Hongjun, and I pity him too. Find out on your own. Hehehe.

    Keep up the good work, I’m refreshing your site. Kekeke.

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      • Bos101 provided the link as below comment already including an automated translator. Thanks for the help to Bos101. However, I’m reading on iPad so I just read it through Googole Chrome and set it to automatically translating Chinese site. 😛

        Still, human translation is the best. Thanks to all translators here. I’m alaways waiting for the new updates. Fighting!

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  10. Oh my god, a whole new story arc out of bloody nowhere! I’ve never been thirstier for more chapters!

    Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the reading pleasure you all have given me over the last year.

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    • Not sure if we get a whole arc for the devil island, or just a time skip. After all there are only around 40 chaps left, and we need an arc for the war against SH, an arc about Xiao Wu’s resurrection, an arc about the Clear Sky School (and Tan San accepting/rejecting the position of master),…

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    • Oh God, I thought it might be Readable because there were quite some Hints to use the Automated Translation. But that is just awful.
      I´ll just stick around here. ^^

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  11. So I don’t think we will be getting any chapters this week. Piggybottle was suppose to translate chapter 198, but it isn’t done yet, though he did finish 201 and Owl404 is done with 200 but since Piggy hasn’t gotten to 198 yet we obviously aren’t getting 200 & 201. Bagel’s ain’t done either (199)

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      • Because this isn’t the main site for the story. It’s hosted on a Google drive which has an active forums section that also includes a schedule provided by the translators that changes color depending on if the chapter is done. Red is for needs proof reading yellow is unpublished and green is released. If it doesn’t have a color, which 198 and 199 don’t then it is still being translated.

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        • do you mean bagelson’s google drive? that is where i always read the novel but for some reason i haven’t been able to enter it for around a week only error

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  12. Can owl404 or bagel please pick up chapter 198 Piggybottle went ahead and did chapter 201 before he even finished the chapter he che kdd out TWO WEEKS AGO. So now we get zerro releases because he checked out the chapter next in line in the story but didn’t finish it, IN TWO WEEKS TIME! WTF!

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      • I am calm. And I don’t think you have any right to tell me to “calm down”. Asking one of the other translators to fix or rectify a mistake made by a different translator is a reasonable request. And as for my ranting at Piggybottle, it is also justified, who translate a chapter four chapters ahead of the last translated one when he himself checked out the very next chapter inline to translate but has yet to finish it? That’s just stupid, I don’t mind getting one or two or three chapters, I do mind when the translators make obviously stupid choices and we then are left totally in the dark as NONE of them have said fuck all about what’s going on with releases and why Piggybottle finished translation chapter 201 BEFORE finishing chapter 198!

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        • Do you actually KNOW that this what you claim is true?
          The Google Drive appears to be Offline for me.
          I actually start Checking for Updates on Fridays. Because I am addicted.
          So I would rather Assume the delay/not Release has something to do with the not reachable GoogleDrive.

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          • I Take you never translated anything in your life, there are actually a really simple explanation to why piggy did 201 and not 198. And take it from someone that has done plenty of translations for a fansub:

            THERE ARE CHAPTERS THAT YOU LIKE MORE AND YOU WANT TO TRANSLATE THEM MORE THAN OTHERS.

            Simple as that.

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            • So it made it okay to not only scree with the community t,that is waiting for your translations but also the people you are translating with just because you want to do chapter 201 before 198 after having 198 for two weeks, which would be given him ample time to ask Bagelson or Owl404 to take up 198 instead of him.

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        • Holy crap, what kind of spoiled brat are you? Who made you think that you are entitled to any chapter at all? Currently all of us are only able to enjoy this story because Bagel, Owl and Piggy chose to translate in their free time instead of banging their girlfriends, playing games, or whatever other stuff they could be doing.

          So first start by showing a bit of respect and gratefulness for everthing you got until now. Hell, even if we’d only get 1 chapter a month that would be no reason to whine around like this. And if you’re in so much need of a new chapter, why don’t you go do something productive and help all of us to a new one by starting to translate yourself!!

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          • Respect? Like the translators did by letting us know why everything has been delayed and why chapters four chapters away from the stories currently translated chapters are done but the next in line story size chapters aren’t? On wait, they didn’t have enough repsect for their community to pop in for 5 minutes and let the community know what the hell is going on and why there hasn’t been any chapters released.

            I agree, they don’t owe us chapters because it is a hobby. It’s not my fucking fault they refuse donations I would WILLINGLY give for an increase in chapters. That’s their fucking choice, well this is mine. I at least think the community deserves communication no?

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            • They don’t accept donations probably also because of people like you. If you cannot wait for them to release chapters when they can and are willing to spend money, then pay someone to translate this for you.

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                • My god rampage you really are a spoilt brat aren’t you? in case you forgot long ago bagelson stated that releases will be much more sporadic than they used to be. Do you understand that these people have their own lives? be happy they are even willing to release these to us to read. They do this as a hobby, so by all rights, they could just keep all of this to themselves, because that’s exactly what a hobby is. Something that you find enjoyment in doing. You are the type of person that cause translators to stop doing what they do because you are so ungrateful and so self important you think the world revolves around you and what you want. get the hell over yourself. They don’t accept donations because then they are at the mercy of the investors, and at that point, it isn’t a hobby, it’s a job. So do us all a favor, shut the fuck up. If you don’t like waiting, get the raws yourself, Translate it yourself, then edit it YOURSELF. If you don’t want to go through all that YOURSELF, then wait patiently like the rest of us and keep your opinions to YOURSELF.

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        • They are doing this as a HOBBY. So we don’t have any right to complain, since they are already doing this in their free time, which they could also use for something else (for example something where nobody complains about not getting enough chapters). So maybe Piggybottle liked chapter 201 and therefore wanted to translate it first. Maybe 198 is a difficult chapter and therefore taking more time. Neither you nor I know the reasons of any of the translators, so starting with a rant at one of them is pretty unfair in my mind.

          And just for the record: since they are doing this as a hobby, they could translate the series backwards if they wanted to and we still wouldn’t have any right to complain. Just my opinion though.

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        • @rampage

          Please DO Something else and stop complaining very pleaseeee…

          U can sleep, u can read another books, u can go to a date with human, u can watch TV’s just do Some activity when waiting..

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        • Or we can dont have any. This is free voluntary work. They do need to do any. Just shut up and appreciat what they have done so far.

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          • Or we can dont have any. This is free voluntary work. They do not need to do this. Just shut up and appreciate what they have done so far.

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    • In self defense, I finished 198 ages ago, I just forgot to rename the Chinese file name which bagel could not access in the Google Drive. Unfortunately I am involved with the military and am unable to access my pc to fix the problem quickly. I did email the file to bagel though through what I can access in camp.

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      • No worries PiggyBottle! Even if it had been more than just a simple issue like that, I think I can speak for most of us here in saying we’re really grateful for your translations and your time, and understand that stuff happens and the schedule isn’t ALWAYS perfect. But you all do a great job! And the weekly updates are more consistent and substantial than a lot of other sites. So, thank you!

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  13. you now guys it would be better if our translators ah umm post someting like what happend to their live and so on so we would more understand whats happenning what dya thingk?

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  14. why so angry. If they already finished chapter 200 and 201, we will get four chapters next time they releasing chapters. Besides by whats going on right now i do not think it would be very interesting before they get to this island anyway.

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  15. So I can deal with waiting longer for the chapters (I don’t like it of course) but I wish we could get a translator to just kinda pop in on the comments here or make a post saying what caused the delay/estimated time of the release.

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  16. Such an a-hole complaining about the delay. If you don’t want to wait, buy the original novels in chinese or vietnamese or whatever non-english language then translate it by yourself. be grateful enough that they share their translations with us. Douche!!!

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  17. I thank you for your time and effort that you put on this hobby and that you let us enjoy with your post’s, if someone squeal like a child it’s their loss and they show how they were raised

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      • people that have the nerve to complain about something they get for free then they are a spoiled little brat. i don’t say everytime but most of the time a kid doesn’t grow up to become a spoiled brat without having been raised to be one. of course i know some people that are idiots yet have had great parents but just the majority of the times it is the parents fault.

        though it doesn’t make the parents responible for the kids actions but it is indirectly their fault is what i want to say.

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  18. patiently waiting for the next chapters to get posted… 😁 i love all your efforts in translating this novel masterpiece.. and so the f5 button abuse goes on… lol wishing we get a chapter today… 😋

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    • you are crazy. i couldn’t go on for that long without my reguler dose of douluo dalu. if that happens i would ask my gf to give me an amatuerish translation though really don’t want that.

      but i love when we get much to read at once so i understand what you mean. this time we will probably get 4 at once so im looking forward to that

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      • I totally get what you mean!!! It is crazy how often I check to see if there is a fresh translation on here, especially when I know that things have more or less settled into where they only come out on the weekends.

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  19. Just registered to leave a reply.
    Its been a few days since my last fix of doulou dalu and I’m f5 ing like crazy every time I have noticed a certain degree of time has passed. The stock market and this is on my bookmarks.

    Love your translations.
    Keep up the good work.

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  20. Is there an estimate for the next chapter/s? I hate not getting a chapter each week.

    Great work on the translations but please please please give us more!!!! I’m fully addicted to this novel, it is by far my favourite.

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  21. I would like to thank you guys again for provideing us chapters. So dont take this the wrong way but could you guys finds some time to publish at least chapter 198! I am going through withdraw.

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  22. Hey Piggy or Bagel. How many chapters does the light novel series last for? I mean for DD. If anyone can answere that would be awesome too. Also i appreciate all the hard work you guys put in i really look forward to reading the authors works & your transaltions! Its an amazing series!

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  23. For people who don’t read previous comments, the translation is finished, but they are having trouble getting it to a place where it can be uploaded, per personal reasons. Give them time, it’s not going anywhere.

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  24. I was thinking, maybe even our translators cannot access the Google drive folder😓😓😓
    So guys lets all calm down and maybe forget about visiting the drive for a while???
    maybe then we can have our fix…
    I really like to have it right now! Haha anyway I can always wait for it!!!
    Patience making a breakthrough reaching title douluo…..

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    • While I get that people need to wait lol I always have a laugh about this weird internet phenomenon of rabid emo fans getting upset or emotional about it. They know what they are doing, What does all of this nonsense take your time, I have patience etc BS even mean. Polluting the comments section I’d say 😛

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      • This won’t be called comments section if you can’t say what you want to say. I’d say your comment is the polluting one.

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        • Agreed…my comment is probably polluting this as well. Just wanted to get it out that the translators have been running this for some time now. Imagine what it probably feels to read a ton of these comments. Like an annoying clingy person next to you 😛 . Anyways my point really was the comments section should probably have comments or discussions about the chapter content or news about the chapter imho. I understand there is a forum for that as well but in my opinion, and I understand people might disagree with this, I feel comments like these should have some different thread outside of each chapter’s comment section.

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  25. In a way, I’m extremely thankful for the delay. I couldn’t stand it and started reading the Ch198 raw, extremely painfully I might add, as I’ve only been studying Chinese for 2-3 months. Boy oh boy, it’s taken me like 2 hrs to get through 1/2 of the chapter, but it’s been particularly rewarding, and now I know how to pronounce all of their names, having seen the chinese chars. Pretty cool! Might spend more time reading the raws going forward.

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    • Wow, thats pretty good. Reading original after just 2 month, even more – chinese original – is VERY good. Did you use translation programs or only dictionaries?

      Minor advice – try to come back when the chapter is done and compare your read to whats done by TL. That will help you with getting the language.

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      • I use zhongwen chinese popup dictionary, so I sort of read it phrase by phrase, but I spent the past 2.5 months or so going through the HSK system, and I’m about 1/4 of the way through HSK4, so I’ve got down about 800 useful chars at this point, which accounts for about maybe 1/3 of the chars I see in the novel. The dictionary fills in the blanks, hence the slow reading. If I can double that to about 1500 over the next 2.5 months or so, I should be reading with much less discontinuity, which will make it a lot easier. Interestingly, i tried reading a bit after HSK2 and HSK3 and the difference is quite noticeable after each lvl and even only 1/4 of the way through HSK4. Biggest hurdles will be going from recognizing the rare-use chars that are unique to wuxia/xianxia… lol

        And per your suggestion, I will re-read it after the translators came out (only takes a few mins in english afterall, LOL), but I have a decent grasp on the spoken language, and douluo dalu isn’t as literary complicated as I originally thought (or maybe ch 198 isnt, haha). the biggest pains for me are names of places/things…

        Cheers!

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