And meanwhile people are saying that it's cliched and stuff, and for the most part I agree, and heck the story isn't even by Arakawa, but I am determined to find out what this stuff means. >( Because this star stuff sounds interesting, and at least that part is pretty original, IMO. And it's not like no one thought Fullmetal Alchemist would be a generic shounen series in the first chapter too.
So far, I get that the title (獣神演武) translates to "Beast God Military Exercises." Or something like that. :/
EDIT: I can't even understand the chapter title. T__T What does "hoyuru" mean?
EDIT 2: Some more stuff I'm trying to figure out:
-Ryuukou calls Sonnei "shifu" (師父) = fatherly master. He calls Souei "shikei" (師兄) ...would that mean brotherly master? O.o
-又成 (Jousei) Canal town
Original Concept: Huang Jin-Zhou
Art/Character Designs: Arakawa Hiromu
Scenario: Yashiro Ryou
Art Setting: Kusanagi
-獣神演武 (じゅうしんえんぶ）/ Juushin Enbu (Beast God Martial Arts)
-北辰天君（ほくしんてんくん）/ Hokushin Tenkun (North Star Celestials)
Seven people who hold the pattern of the North Star on their bodies. They are heroes of legend who are said to appear and guide the people when the empire is in a crisis. Among the seven heroes, there are those who guide the troubled times to peace, but there are also those who find themselves becoming a seed of upheaval.
-二天神尊（にてんしんそん）/ Nitenshinson (Two Celestial Lords)
Even among the Hokushin Tenkun, there are two stars that are remarkably greater: Hagun (破軍)and Tonrou (貪狼). Because of their greatness, it is said that these stars have the karma to fight against each other. In the Tale of the North Star, which records all things related to the Hokushin Tenkun, it is said that these two stars have never appeared in the same era, and that if they do appear in the same era, the empire will become twisted/crooked/bent/strained/distorted/w
-五神闘士（ごしんとうし）/ Goshintoushi (Five Divine Champions)
Among the Hokushin Tenkun are five stars: Bukyoku (武曲), Komon (巨門), Renjou (廉貞), Rokuson (禄存), and Monkoku (文曲). Standing next to the Nitenshinson, Hagun and Tonrou, they are assigned the role of a wall to prevent the clash of these two stars. Even in the long history of the empire, it is a mystery as to who they will ally themselves to, Hagun or Tonrou.
-北辰紀記（ほくしんきき）/ Hokushin Kiki (Tale of the North Star)
That which has written down stories of the exploits of the Hokushin Tenkun, Nitenshinson, and Goshintoushi. It is something like a legend passed on through the generations in the long history of the empire. In the Tale of the North Star, the Goshintoushi are revered as heroes who appear when the Ken Empire is in a crisis, but the Nitenshinson are seen as fierce gods who give rise to upheaval and are objects of fear.
The sword owned by Kanbutei, the first emperor who founded the Ken Empire. It is said that one who draws the sword has the ability to take the world for his own.
-六伽宗 (りっかしゅう) と蓮通寺（れんつうじ）/ Rikkashuu & Rentsuuji (Rikka Sect & Rentsuu Temple)
Without relying on religion, the Rikka Sect teaches morality and has temples throughout the empire to preach to the people. Its headquarters, Rentsuu Temple, was built out of necessity to act as a refuge and to aid the people when the empire began moving towards a world of warfare. They take in refugees who have lost a place to stay due to war and poverty. In the meantime, they also continue to compile the Tale of the North Star, which gathers legends and stories of the Hokushin Tenkun.
-統悠寺（とうゆうじ）/ Touyuuji (Touyuu Temple)
A temple of the Rikka Sect located in the capital city, Rakushou. Ryuukou's home.
-大華八法（たいかはっぽう）/ Taikahappou (The Eight Great Methods)
The art of fighting born from the Rikka Sect to protect the people. Its history is 1500 years long, and includes methods of using the fist, the staff, the rope, the bow, the spear, the sword, and Soukihou.
-操気法（そうきほう）/ Soukihou (The Way of Controlling Ki)
Amplifies the ability of one's body and weaponry by training up the ki that flows within the body. In Soukihou, there are two types according to the transmission of ki inside the body: Naiden and Gaiden.
-外伝 (がいでん) / Gaiden
The art of transmitting the ki from within the body to armor or weaponry to amplify its destructive or defensive power.
-内伝 (ないでん) / Naiden
The art of training up the ki within the body to strengthen one's own body.
-青龍党（せいりゅうとう）/ Seiryuutou (Azure Dragon Party)
A vigilante group in Taizan led by Taitou's father, Souei. Their strength even makes the soldiers of the empire wary.
-玄狼党（げんろうとう）/ Genroutou (Black Wolf Party)
Keirou's private army. They are an organization made up of brave men who idolize Keirou's actions, and do not move without Keirou's orders no matter what happens.
-泰山（たいざん）/ Taizan (Taishan)
A village built by the people suffering from poverty due to various wars, who gathered to Rentsuu Temple and could not find enough accomodations. Because it is located at the knees of Rentsuu Temple, the empire cannot make a big show of interfering.
-賢帝国（けんていこく）/ Ken Teikoku (Ken Empire)
An empire endowed with a vast territory. The imperial capital is Rakushou (洛昌). The current emperor is 16-year-old Taigatei. Because he is governing such a vast territory, some areas of the empire where Taigatei's eyes cannot reach have gradually begun to break down.