Hopefully this week’s list of Visual Novel Translation Updates makes you feel a bit cheerier than you were just a few moments ago: lots of great news from fan groups and companies alike. Way to go, everyone — keep up the good work! Be sure to check out the commentary essays this week: we’ve got MangaGamer’s convention schedule down near the very bottom.
Anyway! Welcome to our weekly VNTS (Visual Novel Translation Status) series, in which we track visual novel translation updates in-house (we don’t rely on /jp/ posts on 4ch, for example) and post it for your enlightenment and enjoyment each Saturday. If you find any errors, or you think a project is missing from this list, please let me know in the comments.
The Short Version:
Only the New Stuff
- Amagami – TL is now up to 69.84%
- Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (Aokana) – Release delayed until ~October 2016, ill be putting up materials from CE very soon (so watch the blog)
- AstralAir – TL bump to 68.75%
- Beastmaster and Prince -Flower and Snow – Kickstarter Update: $45,493 / $150,000 goal with 21 days to go (Link); new Add-Ons to the project goals
- Beat Blades Haruka (MangaGamer) – Release date pushed back until MG’s payment system is fixed (hopefully by the end of the month) (Link)
- Bitch na Ichinichi (JAST) – Beta testing, QA, Preparing for preorder
- Da Capo 3 (MangaGamer) – TL: 76.8% > 78.5%; Edit: 74.8% > 77.2%
- Dare ka ga Koi Shita Hankagai (Sekai Project) – TL: 7.74% > 9.50%
- Dorei to no Seikatsu -Teaching Feeling- – Patch v1.30 Beta in testing, can PM iotaku for it (Link)
- Fate/Hollow Ataraxia Voice Porting Project – If you have a PS Vita with firmware between 3.18 and 3.52, get on this thread and see if you can help Jacktheinfinite101
- Flowers (JAST) – Editing: 60%; Preparing for Pre-Order
- Himawari -a pebble in the sky-! (MangaGamer) – Updating Scripts: “We got the PC port of the Vita version in and the TL team has been updating the script to be inline with that version of the game” (Link). Most of these changes are minor (Link).
- Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- (Sekai Project) – Picked up; Will be a new translation, not the Fan TL
- The House in Fata Morgana (MangaGamer) – Editing: 48% > 70%
- KARAKARA (Sekai Project) – Picked Up; IndieGoGo project is up (Link) with 41% funded and 24 days left in the campaign
- Kimi ga Nozomu Eien – Mitsuki route is done (Link); Following Evan may be best way to get updates lately (@enjoievan) < Thanks, invalidname, for the tip!
- Kindred Spirits On The Roof (MangaGamer) – Released last weekend, get it here!
- Libra of the Vampire Princess – Backerkit updates going out right now, read this post for important updates about it
- Ne no Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto (Sekai Project) – TL: 37.79% > 40.14%
- Neko Para Vol. 2 (Sekai Project) – Released! Get it on Steam!
- The Orchard of Stray Sheep (Sekai Project) – TL: 76.13% > 93.77%
- OZMAFIA!! (MangaGamer) – TL: 97.5% > 100%; Editing: 56% > 80%
- Princess Evangile W Happiness (MangaGamer) – TL: 19.8% > 25.36%; Editing: 10% > 10.6%
- Seinarukana (JAST) – Beta testing, finalizing print materials. Extra all-ages content in translation. (source)
- Shadows of Pygmalion (MangaGamer) – TL: 20.82% > 32.6%
- Sonicomi (JAST) – Beta testing, QA the collector edition’s goods
- Sukimazakura to Uso no Machi – TL: 25.3% > 26.3%
- Supipara (Ch 1) (MangaGamer) – In Testing
- Sweet Home (JAST) – TL: 45% > 66%
- Tokyo Babel (MangaGamer) – In testing
- Wish Tale of the Sixteenth Night – Total progress: 51.53% > 55.9%
- Witch’s Garden – Project is officially on hold for an undetermined amount of time. Read more: link; TL: 68.82% > 70.77%
- WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.03 (Sekai Project) – TL: 18.50% > 22.96%
Removed from the List This Week
- Bunny Black 2 (Completed!) – Aroduc is still updating his patch (v1.06 released on Thursday, 2/18), but the game’s patch is complete and worth checking out here.
All the Game Updates:
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— Commentary Section —
「I’m editing this in after the actual time of publication for… reasons. Hopefully I’ll be quick enough that someone will actually see it.
As you might have seen above, MangaGamer has at last found a new payment processor, though you still can’t actually buy anything yet – that should hopefully be around the end of the month. While delaying Beat Blades Haruka and, well, any other purchases, what’s going to hurt in the long run is their inability to hand out Steam keys with on-site purchases. Steam takes a significantly higher cut, 30%, than MG loses from on-site purchases. Previously I always would recommend buying Steam titles from their site if you could, as you’d get Steam keys anyway, but it looks like that’s not going to be the case for a while. While MangaGamer may still be able to hash things out with their new payment processor, it doesn’t feel that likely to me. You have to wonder whether it’s just your ordinary scammer(s) involved or someone actively trying to take them down – they’ve got their share of haters, though that’s the same as everyone else in the business. MG posted about the issue on their staff blog on the 15th, if you want more information.
Other than that, OZMAFIA!! hit 100% translated and 80% edited, so your cute guys (and amnesiac protagonist, because amnesiac protagonists) may arrive decently soon – MangaGamer’s editing progress does seem to have sped up across the board now. The Orchard of Stray Sheep also seems to be progressing with decent speed. I wonder if it’ll be released with as little fanfare as a lot of Sekai Project’s other doujin titles. Did anyone even read Sound of Drop? If you did, should I pick it up? It’s one of those things I found interesting a while ago then just forgot a minute later.
As for the whole ™ issue below, I say let the man do what he wants. I’m pretty certain Tay added the ™ to my section on his own accord to begin with. It does fit it, though – that said, i-it’s not like I actually like it though, baka Tay-sama!
Holy crap, that’s a lot of updates. It’s good to see such a long list, although not all of it is positive. Witch’s Garden is a bummer. Some amount of controversy arose a couple months ago when someone reported a large number of translation errors on one of their recruitment tests, one that wasn’t meant to test for translation ability, but your editing chops. The prologue patch they release also contained a number of issues, some severe. In similar news, a project that has gone untracked by us, a translation for the PSP VN based on Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo, has basically thrown out all of their work to date and has suspended the project until they get an actual competent translator.
There’s a common mantra among those in the community with particularly low standards, “something is better than nothing,” that even a heavily flawed attempt at translation is preferred to no attempt at all. But I couldn’t disagree more. I see poor releases as damaging and disrespectful to the original game, insulting to the audience, and discouraging to any actually capable translators who would wish to translate these games themselves. People tend to call me ungrateful for this stance, but it’s one I’ll always stand by.
Thankfully, it seems that these translation teams agree with my sentiment, and they have both ceased translation until they can do a better job. A VN translator really only has one shot at getting things right, they’re not going to retranslate the whole game once they learn better. If they care at all about the work they’re doing, then they won’t release a butchered translation. And if the fans care at all about the VN and their experience with it, they’ll be understanding and wait patiently until the translation teams are able to put something out they’re satisfied with. I’m proud of the decisions these two teams have arrived at.
And similarly Sekai Project won points in my book for deciding to retranslate Hoshizora no Memoria. Did they really have to? would it have sold any worse if they didn’t? I doubt it. I’m still not entirely sure why Hoshimemo was picked over another Favorite game, but who knows, maybe I’ll see Hoshimemo in a better light after reading the new translation.
*reads commentary below* Bah, who wants to be a lame bandwagoner? This section has been named this way for many months, it would feel wrong to change it now, especially for such a silly reason. *grumble grumble*
I nicknamed this section “TAYsteful™ Thoughts” for a few reasons: A) Zaka’s section had a name and I didn’t want to be left out; B) My name is Tay; C) My essay section had to be called something, didn’t it?; and D) Zaka had the all-important trademark symbol (™) in his essay section title and I wanted one, too. Now that I’ve drawn your attention to the trademark symbol, have you ever noticed that Decay’s essay section doesn’t have one? Isn’t that weird? It’s not for lack of me offering one to him, either — he just doesn’t want one. Today’s essay is a rallying call to all those afflicted with selective OCD to collectively pester him about this and message him daily until he gives in and accepts one. Trademark symbols are all the rage these days. Everyone’s doing it.
Something which I found a bit dis-TAYsteful, however, is what Winged Cloud did to MangaGamer this week. Seemingly out of the blue, Winged Cloud cut ties with MangaGamer and jumped ship back to Sekai, taking their catalog of games and the upcoming Sakura Dungeon game with them. I think the folks at MangaGamer were impressively professional about the whole thing (read their announcement here), but the whole thing leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. The rapid timetable in the post makes me think this was sprung without much warning, and if that’s the case, I’m going to call Bad Form on this one.
While putting together JAST’s section, today, I noticed a blurb on their tracker that the JAST Forum Renewal is finishing up. If you frequent their forums… stay tuned for good changes, I guess? If you don’t, it may be a good time to pop on over and appreciate all the time and effort they’re putting into their new site/forums. It’s looking muy spiffy.
PSA: MangaGamer’s 2016 Summer Convention Schedule (See details here):
- Anime Boston: March 25th – 27th [with one new VN announcement! – Decay]
- Sakuracon: March 25th – 27th
- Anime Central: May 20th – 22nd
- A-Kon: June 3rd – 5th
- Anime Expo: July 1st – 4th
- Otakon: August 12th – 14th
Have a nice week, everybody.