<Aaerul> 1. B, were you the founder of this project?
<B> errr it’s a bit complicated
<B> the project was started on the tlwiki by some people whose names I can’t remember
<B> I saw them do nothing for ages
<B> decided to see how hard it was to do
<B> did half of one route
<Infinity> Aku, Vaines, and EsperKnight according to the wiki history.
<B> then joined #tlwiki and asked them how they were doing
<B> they told me they hadn’t started yet
<B> and asked me to join their team
<B> I joined, and everyone on their team promptly quit
<B> I suppose that’s it
<B> oh, the Russian didn’t quit
<B> but he’s never really joined
<B> calls himself proger_xp, but he had another name on the wiki
<Aaerul> and when did Infinity join?
<Infinity> I discovered the project around the beginning of this year
<B> I assume he found it just after I…hijacked the project
<Infinity> I had played through (almost) one route in Yosuga, but due to time and other things coming up, as well as my own slow reading speed, I never finished it. But the game really captured a place in my heart.
<Infinity> So after a while I decided to offer my help in the project, around the end of February.<B> actually, I must’ve finished all the scripts for the Kazuha route and just plonked them on
<Infinity> (and) our Editor-san followed really quickly.
<Aaerul> The project was rumoured to have been stalled several times throughout this year
<Aaerul> and then others report it was active
<Aaerul> was it actually stalled at any point? was it just after the C&D?
<B> depends on what you mean by stalled =/
<Infinity> Well, that’s more of a result of the project going behind closed doors, then people can say what they want.
<B> If you mean periods where we all just stopped working on it
<B> there were…quite a few periods like that
<B> not because we all quit, but just busy
<Aaerul> 2. One of the most enchanting things I found about Yosuga no Sora was the unusual relationship shared between Sora and Haru. The two of them are so close they may as well be one person.
<Aaerul> What is one thing you liked the most about this game?
<B> You know what they say…incest is best.
<B> actually, what first caught my eye was the art
<B> I read someone’s review of it…I think it was Takajun’s and erogereview’s review
<B> saw the art
<B> found it really beautiful
<B> and decided to give it a play
<Infinity> The art is very clean and detailed, while also being soft at the same time.
<Infinity> And the backgrounds are very good too.
<Aaerul> 3. what about the characters?
<B> That’s probably what kept me playing
<B> The art was great, but what kept me reading was how much i liked the character’s and their relationships with each other
<B> The story itself…isn’t as great as it could be
<B> but the interactions between the characters are brilliantly done
<B> but on that note, I do hate nao and don’t care much about the maid
<B> so much so that I was considering not TLing them
<Infinity> There are several things I like about Yosuga, the art and the music (oh god the music!), but I think what really made it one of my favorites was the way the game was able to get me to empathize with the characters and invoke emotion.
<Infinity> One thing I remember in particular is the flashback to when Haruka and Sora got the phone call
<Infinity> I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, scared
<Infinity> But not only the dramatic moments like that, there’s also the lighter slice of life scenes
<Infinity> They really made me happy reading and watching them as well.
<Infinity> Like the one scene at the pool in Akira’s route.
<Infinity> Just watching the characters interact, like B was talking about, had a pretty good effect on me.
<Infinity> I’d say it’s kind of like the effect iyashi-ke has, like Aria or other similar series.
<Aaerul> 4. Can you give a rough status update on the progress of translation?
<B> TL and TLCheck: 20%
<B> TL and TLCheck: 20%
<B> fking eeepc
<Infinity> Well, we’re about 4% in Editing and 5% in QC, somewhat unexpectedly.
<B>I think we sort’ve blurred the lines of the roles a bit
<Infinity> QC has always been this vaguely defined job
<B> I probably do some editing while TLChecking without realising
<Infinity> But it’s still QC in that I look at the output in the game and identify stuff like line overflows
<Infinity> And stuff like ellipses being centered orz
<B> and I know Infinity does some TLCheck every now and then
<B> if I happened to be asleep both passes
<Aaerul> 5. What do you think of the anime? I don’t really dig the artstyle
<Aaerul> the background art is beautiful and they even recycle the music tracks from the game
<B> considering that the first thing I loved about the game was the art
<B> the anime’s art really irks me too
<Infinity> Yeah, I would like it if they had made the character designs a little closer to the original ones
<B> but I tend to like almost any sort of anime anyway, so a long a they don’t dodge the twincest, I won’t mind too much
<Infinity> But I do realize they have budget constraints
<Infinity> I think it should be pretty good
<Aaerul> It looked to me like it was a design decision to make their faces look all adulterous
<Infinity> From what I’m able to dicern they’ll deliver on Sora, although they haven’t clearly stated they’re doing her route
<Infinity> There’s an interesting webcasted program where the producer got interviewed on their website
<B> I’m just worried it’d turn into the Tsuikihime anime that never was
<Infinity> one thing that’s got me a little worried is that they’ll focus too much on fanservice.
<Infinity> If you’ve seen the full full trailer
<Infinity> It’s got Nao’s tits, full blown.
<Infinity> In the bath
<Aaerul> 6. What is one thing you would change with the way you are doing the project if you could?
<B> if I could, I’d go back to the days of actually working on it properly
<B> I did Kazuha’s route before 1st sem of uni started
<B> during that 3 month break
<B> I don’t think I’ll have such a large slab of free time for ages
<B> speaking of the wiki though, I used to release period patches
<B> after the C&D though, it’s not really possible anymore
<Infinity> Yeah, we don’t want to attract that much attention until we’re essentially done.
<Infinity> Although at some level everyone interested still knows due to the /jp/ VNTL thread
<Infinity> Well, one thing in retrospect would’ve been nice is if I had been able to give my input before TL started.
<B> you’re still welcome to give it before I butcher sora’s route completely too
<Infinity> I disagreed with some aspects of B’s localization, such as the use of tenses, but even though we agree now, I still have to go back and change a lot of stuff
<Infinity> Writing stuff down is important, as I’ve learned. I just started this with Yosuga, as in I haven’t done this before or currently with any of the Yandere projects, but keeping a log of things to do, major changes I’ve made, lines to revisit, etc, has really helped me improve the job I do.
<Infinity> Well, it’s quite extensive, but essentially I’ve got a to-do list at the top, with attached comments, as well as a list of stylistic notes, and then major meaning changes. Those I think are sections I’d continue to use.
<Infinity> In addition I’ve added a character personality section, so I don’t forget to pay attention to that, and a section for the other members (and myself, if I forget), on how we’re dealing with ellipses.
<Infinity> In Yosuga the writer uses ellipses a whole damn lot
<Infinity> But due to the game system we can’t just copy and paste them.
<Infinity> So I had to invent a systematic way of dealing with them.
<Infinity> They’re like in every other line.
<Aaerul> Well I always thought you are only doing Sora
<B> hah, I still haven’t decided yet
<Infinity> A lot of people in /jp/ say stuff like “Why would you even translate any route besides Sora’s?!”, but personally I’d like to do the whole thing
<B> The original plan was
<B> kazuha -> Sora -> Either Akira or haruka no Sora -> the other one
<B> then think about the rest
<B> the perfectionist in me will probably make me do the last 2 routes though
Yosuga no Sora is the highly regarded ‘Twincest’ + ‘Tsundere Imouto’ eroge. The depth of relationship between the twins, Haru and Sora is astonishing. Everyone should definitely check this out.