These posts will run biweekly (well, I’ll consider weekly at some point if my laziness permits…), and will list the needs of fan translation projects who are recruiting more members. Only projects with a thread posted on the Fuwanovel forums will be listed.
If you are a project leader and want to be listed in the next one, or want to correct information in your current entry, do message me on the forums.
Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate – The Code Name is “Shield 9”
Looking for a translator for <4000 lines, and one to translate 7 short h-scenes.
The protagonist (a professional bodyguard code-named Shield 9) must infiltrate a distinguished all-girls’ school to protect two girls from harm. He is provided with “standard gear and a bulletproof crossdressing kit”.
Has both the Proactive Protagonist and Pistol Combat tags scored fairly highly on vndb, if you care.
The team status is currently: Total Translated: 33739/38001 (88%) and Total Edited: 18820/38001 (49%). They have two translators, one editor, and a hacker.
They are looking one translator to translate under 4000 lines, and one for 7 short h-scenes. Applicants should preferably have a skill level above JLPTN3 or N2. The VN has military terms like guns and combat moves.
You can contact them at their forum thread.
PSP project. Looking for a hacker for script reinsertion (into ISO files) and a translation checker.
Amnesia is a 15+ otomege for the PSP. It was created by developer Otomate (who also made Hakuoki), though I have no idea if the two VNs have the same writers. Interestingly, has the Unique Routes and Early Branching Plot tags on vndb (kinda F/SN style?). Description courtesy of the My NeoRomance forums:
It starts on August 1.
The heroine wakes up in the morning to find her memories from before that day ALL gone…
How she lived her life, what kind of relationships she had with people, all blank like a white paper.
Calling himself a ghost, a boy named Orion appears in front of you. You start on your quest to get your memories back with an everyday life with Orion’s help, but one day, you get a phone call from someone you don’t know. You meet with ‘him’ whom you have no memories of. A love story starts with you with no memories and ‘him’.
The current team consists of 7 translators, two proofreaders, and one image editor. They have fully translated the prologue and one route, with some progress on two other routes.
They are looking for a hacker for script reinsertion into ISO files and a translation checker.
SoniComi / Motto! SoniComi
Looking for translators and image editors.
VN with gameplay featuring permanently-screwed-on-headphones-chan Super Sonico as seen on TV. Has a PC all-ages version and a 17+ PS3 one. Description, part of a t-ono.net text:
SoniComi is based on Sonico, an overly busty amateur idol and mascot of Nitroplus, and features players as her cameraman. Naturally as a cameraman, you will both film and court her.The adventure phase deals mainly with your job as a cameraman, giving you the task of planning her photo shoots to the client’s requests. Gravure fans will be happy to know that they actually get to take pictures as Sonico poses around the set.
The team has currently translated and edited 360/18196 lines. They are planning to translate both the PC and PS3 versions of SoniComi. They have one translator (working at a slow pace), one editor, two hackers, two beta testers and one image editor.
The team is looking for translators (who don’t need very high Japanese skills), and 3 or more image editors. You can contact them by leaving a comment on their website, sending a mail to [email protected], PMing the project leader, or posting in their Fuwanovel thread. You may be able to contact them via fax.
Lovely x Cation
Looking for a translation checker and a translator.
Lovely x Cation is a visual novel/dating simulator hybrid.
You play as a (nameable) protagonist that spends his days in his apartment all alone. One day his uncle, the owner of this apartment decides that the protagonist has to actually go outside and find love.
He does not have a general interest in anyone else, and he’s not really experienced in the field of socializing with girls. It’s time to change that. Enough with confining himself in the apartment doing nothing – it’s time to go girl hunting, and his hunting grounds shall be his school.
The team currently consists of nine people: two translators, two editors, one translation checker, two quality checkers and two project leads; one of the project leads has knowledge about the Japanese language if assistance is needed.
They also have have one image editor and one hacker ready for action; their image editor is the near-omnipresent, rather skilled JeMhUnTeR.
They have translated 979/26959 (3.63%) lines, and 74% of the interface.
The team is currently looking for one translator and one translation checker.
They are all quite active and looking for people that keep an open line of communication, people that will be active and socialize with the other members to form a more fluid team.
There are tests made for all the roles and you are required to do these before any decisions are made; the amount of lines you manage to deliver in a day or two do not matter as long as you deliver something. Your abilities in Japanese & English must be above the level to pass their tests; nothing else is needed in that regard.
Some other links:
Looking for translators and translation checkers.
A BL visual novel series.
One day, Sora mysteriously falls from the window of an upper floor in the school building. After being released from the hospital and returning to the school dormitory, his friend Matsuri announces that he has a new roommate, a very effeminate boy named Sunao who was their friend from childhood.
The game series that inspired the Boys’ Love Anime, Sukisho is an exciting story involving many twists and turns that always leaves you wondering what’s next.
Current project status: first installment 100% complete, but held up by a technical error. Since the first game is essentially done, recruitment is only for other parts of the series and potentially side materials. Hacker, Editors, and one Translator position are filled; the translation team has not changed for well over a year.
Recruiting: Japanese -> English Translators. Ideally, translators will have a solid grasp of both languages. They are seeking translators who will provide more consistent work. While they don’t have line count requirements, etc., the teams does expect that with an additional translator they will be able to update their progress sheet much more often.
They are also seeking translators for the Audio Dramas, which they have recently picked up. Translators for the Audio Dramas should be able to comprehend spoken Japanese and provide a line-by-line translation.
Apart from that, they are looking for TLCs for both the VN series and the audio dramas. The same rules as for translators apply.
Koi ga Saku Koro Sakura Doki
Looking for one translator.
A romance VN by Palette released this year; nice art. Story outline:
Yuma is a second-year student at Mihaya Academy who listens to love problems from girls at the school and gives them thoughtful advice. This has made him quite popular and loved, resulting in a 21,000 yen (taxes included) ‘love bounty’ placed on him. The girls came to him with problems ranging from jealousy to infidelity. Having heard about so many troubles related to love, Yuma lost any desire he had for it.
One day, a mysterious girl appeared before him. She had never been in love, but she believed it was a wonderful thing. She asked him if he would like to be in love, and said that as a love fairy, she will help his love come true.
The project is currently at 22819/49257 (46%) lines translated and 15993 (32%) lines edited. It is currently staffed by one translator, one editor, two image editors and two hackers.
They are looking for one translator, who should have:
- High Japanese proficiency
- Decent English proficiency
- Motivation (it’s a good idea to start by reading the game to completion)
- Experience as a translator and/or VNs in general
- Decent TL Speed
Magical Marriage Lunatics!
Looking for more translators, editors, potentially TLC.
Let’s just go straight to the project leader’s description:
Yuuta is a typical guy living a typical life with a not so typical back story. What’s that back story? Ah, now that’s incentive you see. Come help us out and we will gladly tell you, but otherwise, you will have to wait until this gets translated, or you learn Japanese. Otherwise, back to the description…
Yuuta basically wakes up one day with a giant mansion in his backyard, and some girl saying that she is his fiance. Next up, his childhood friend confesses for some reason I will never understand, and then a bunch of other people do as well.
Does it sound like a typical Moe game? Well it is to some extent, but there is in fact a story which is heavily focused on that back story I mentioned.
The team has translated; they are now about 75% through the common route; that’s ~18.7% of total lines. They need more translators; translation checkers are also welcome, as long as they know their stuff. As for translator requirements:
“We honestly just need you to translate something. If you can translate at least a file per week that would be awesome, but if there is a special situation, don’t hesitate to tell me. Also, we don’t want machine translators. You don’t have to be super good at translating Japanese to English, so as long as you aren’t as terrible as a machine, we will take you with open arms!”
Looking for one or more translators.
Akai Ito is an all-ages yuri VN from the same series as the already translated Aoishiro. Mixing Japanese mythology with a contemporary setting, it’s also got quite a lot of action.
After her mother passes away, Kei Hatou heads for her father’s house in Hemizuka to arrange for her mother’s inheritance. In the train on the way there, Kei has a mysterious dream of a huge tree and a woman who seems to be lost in sadness.
In the land of Hemizuka, Kei learns the secret concealed in her own blood through various meetings with an Oni Slayer, a friend of her late mother, a young girl accompanied by a white fox, and even the mysterious girl from her dreams.
The translation is currently at 21.5%, of which 18.5% is from an earlier translation project. The project has no translators, one hacker, two editors, and a leader (Okami). The previous translator went MIA.
The team is looking for one or more translators. The VN uses medium-level Japanese and is of medium length.
Looking for translators, TLC.
VN by Windmill Oasis. Its main claim to fame is the E-Mote system.
Yousuke came to the bustling tourist city of Kazashiro to attend the school there. The Western-style houses lining the streets and the townspeople’s attire give the city an exotic charm. To top it off, a ‘witch’ named Ayari will be living with him at the boarding house Oasis, which is owned by his aunt Yuuko.
Later, he meets two other ‘witches’ Suzuno and Misumi, and reunites with his older sister-like childhood friend Ririko, who is a ‘knight’. Every day is full of exciting events and before long, they are brought again into a different world. Surely this is the world of love.
The VN is currently at 10163/64363 (15.79%) lines translated, 1634/64363 (2.54%) lines TLC’d, and… 63 lines edited.
The team is looking for translators and (especially) translation checkers, and you can contact them through IRC at #Despair_TL on Rizon or on their blog.
Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort
Looking for more editors, translators and translation checkers, but mostly needs TLC.
If you’re wondering where the Cocoro@Function’s Mina route translator went, this is the answer: another Pulltop VN.
Soutarou only just manages to pay his school fees by doing part-time jobs. After helping his kouhai Umi and skipping his shift, he was fired from his part-time job and was having problems making ends meet. Umi felt responsible for his present situation and introduced him to a part-time job at a Southern resort.
With deep blue skies, clear seas and vibrant vegetation, the place looked exactly like in the travel magazines. Moreover, he was surrounded by many girls: energetic imouto-like Sango, affectionate tennen ojousama Riho, shy and earnest Shiori, and the kind but also strict manager Nagisa. Arriving at the resort, Umi turned to him and asked him to spend the time there as her boyfriend.
Consistent updates of the project status can be found at twitter (https://twitter.com/Mdzanime) and via Google Drive. The project is currently at 24014/36325 (66.11%) lines translated. All images are translated. The project currently has one translator, two editors and a bunch of quality checkers. It needs a translation checker significantly more than anything else.
You will need to pass a test for each role; the head translator is especially picky when it comes to his editing requirements. Editors should be able to word things better and more fluidly than the translator, rather than fix his grammar. Translators should be reliable, though they are not required to keep the same pace as the head translator.
You can find more details, and apply, at MDZ’s site.
Hoshizora no Memoria -Eternal Heart-
Needs a translator and potentially a hacker (for reinsertion).
Eternal Heart is Hoshizora no Memoria‘s fan disc. Unlike some fandiscs which are mostly there to provide sexual content, it has two story-focused routes; one for Mare and one for the girl from the lookout.
Yes, finally a decent Mare route, though I’ve heard it’s actually more about *is shot by Steve*. It’s also got more h-focused sideroutes for the other heroines.
Sideroutes are close to ready, Mare’s route is currently getting a final edit/TLC pass. From what I can tell it’s mostly one translator that’s active, and he might not translate secret girl’s route afterward. A partial patch with any finished sideroutes and Mare’s route will be released after the Mare route TLC is complete. The team has one editor.
The team needs a hacker who can help with script reinsertion, and a translator for ***’s route. You should probably know what I mean by *** if you want to join the team. Liking lolis is a plus. Contact Steve for more information.
Pretty much all the descriptions are (sometimes edited) from Hau~ Omochikaeri!; Aki Ito’s was a moderately heavily edited (with potential meaning drift…) Wikipedia thing. Other stuff might be credited in-article…