Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Here it is, finally. Sorry for the long wait.
This turned out to be a really wonderful thing to begin working on. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I am myself.
As mentioned, this manga bears an extremely tenuous connection to the life of the historical Sei Shonagon, who served then-Empress Teishi. As such, there are a few things to clarify:
1. Teishi is referred to as a "princess", but although she is of the powerful Fujiwara house, she herself is not of royal blood. At the time, any daughter of a high noble house could be referred to as a "hime", and although we translate that as "princess", the meaning is not the same.
2. As you hopefully read in Shonagon's wikipedia entry, in the Heian Era it was customary for court ladies to be referred to by pseudonyms. This is also the case for Murasaki and Kou, both of whom have the title of "shikibu". Hopefully this will clear up any confusion about both of them being called such.
Well, I could go on, but it would be too easy to get bogged down in explanations. There's no real need anyway - at bottom this is a fun and fluffy work that is far from sweating the historical details. We should take the same attitude.
In any case, it's our pleasure to present this to you! Please enjoy.