Lots of updates this week and — as a special treat — we’ve had one release this week and another coming in just two days.
- Released Today: “Lucy -The eternity she wished for” (VNDB) (Buy it here)
- Coming on Monday: “Beat Blades Haruka” (VNDB) – (Pre-order/buy it here)
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: 68.45%> 68.7%
- Beastmaster and Prince -Flower and Snow – Kickstarter Update: $53,719 / $150,000 goal with 14 days to go (Link); Attention Otome Nation: Please, band together and help out (these are the people who ported Hakuoki and Amnesia on mobile) – Tay
- Beat Blades Haruka (MangaGamer) – Comes out on Monday (2/29)! Pre-order here!
- Dare ka ga Koi Shita Hankagai (Sekai Project) – TL: 9.50% > 12.78%
- Flowers (JAST) – Release date set to March 20th, and Pre-order now available here; JAST is aware of issues with the translation, and is claiming they will be resolved prior to release.
- Harumade, Kururu. – Harem Route: 86.2% > 100% (02/26/2016)
- KARAKARA (Sekai Project) – IndieGoGo project is up (Link) with 48% (last week was 41%) funded and 17 days left in the campaign
- Koi ga Saku Koro Sakura Doki – Edit: 84% > 100%; TLC: 38%; QC: 0%
- Koiken Otome – TL: 98.15% > 100%! (Post with more info)
- Lucy -The eternity she wished for – Released 26/02/2016 on Playism! Buy it here.
- Muv-Luv Series – Beta version of Muv-Luv Extra to be made available to Kickstarter backers by the end of March; Muv-Luv Unlimited and the public release planned for late April/early May; Extensive editing and retranslation of the original fan translation is being undertaken. (link)
- Ne no Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto (Sekai Project) – TL: 40.14% > 40.85%
- Nympho Sensei Ryoko (JAST) – Now available for pre-order! (link)
- The Orchard of Stray Sheep (Sekai Project) – TL: 93.77% > 100%!; Congrats to the team!
- Seinarukana (JAST) – Now available for pre-order! (link)
- Sukimazakura to Uso no Machi – TL: 26.3% > 26.8%
- Trample on Schatten (JAST) – TL: 83% > 86%
- WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.03 (Sekai Project) – TL: 22.96% > 28.04%
Removed from the List This Week
- Hara Miko Shimai (Completed!) – Congrats, again, to Loe Quality TL for finishing the project. Get the patch and more information here.
All the Game Updates:
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— Commentary Section —
Another week, another release. This one kinda sorta snuck up on us. I’ve seen the name around, but I never really looked into it until now. Lucy -The eternity she wished for- seems kind of cool. It’s one of the very few Korean VNs translated to English, which is a rarity. It has no reviews on VNDB, EGS, or anywhere at all, really. Usually us English readers have an army of people telling us what we should think about a VN before we even touch it, but practically no one has played this thing. It’s almost liberating, in a way. That said… I’m still not sure if I’m going to give it a try any time soon, lol.
Muv-Luv also had a pretty sweet Kickstarter update this week. They announced a minor delay, but they also announced the translation team for the project, and the news there is pretty good. You may recall that this was to be based on the Amaterasu fan translation, and it still will be. But this update shows that they are pouring far more effort into improving that translation than anyone previously imagined. It is being TLCed, edited, proofread, QCed, beta tested, etc. Koestl, the famed translator of the Grisaia games, is on the team. While I still have to wonder whether it was the right decision to use the Amterasu translation if it requires this much reworking, I’m glad they’re at least putting in the effort, these games deserve it.
It sort of ties into what I talked about last week, Degica cares immensely about Muv-Luv and wants to do the right thing by it, and it shows. So what does that say about JAST and Flowers? You may have heard the commotion by now, but in case you haven’t, JAST released a demo for Flowers a few days ago and it has been embroiled in a contraversy regarding its translation quality. To put it plainly, it sucks. Badly. This is deeply disappointing on many levels. I find it difficult to imagine why a demo for such an important release would be in such a state, and it exposes some core problems with how projects are run at JAST.
Why is it that nobody saw this before the demo’s release and said “Hey, maybe we need to do another pass on this first”? First impressions are incredibly important, and you only have one chance to get them right. Why is it that nobody saw this shortly after translation began and said “Hey, maybe this translator we hired is in over their heads”? I’ve heard about how little oversight their projects have, is this a symptom of that? Why is it that Bad End, a talented translator responsible for Kara no Shoujo 2 and Kindred Spirits, was hired by JAST to work on Sonicomi of all games, and not Flowers, a VN she super wanted to work on? I’m guessing no one at JAST even asked. And the most important question I have, how do they plan on whipping this translation into shape in time for the impending March 20th ship date? Will they delay it again?
I have a lot of questions, and practically no answers. There’s a glimmer of hope for Flowers, however. JAST has announced their commitment to improving the translation, and fixing all problems before release. That’s a tall order, and is a claim I’m not willing to buy into wholesale just yet. Some JAST employees are talking big about their plans for correcting the script, however. I think we can give up the dream of a fantastic translation suddenly rising up out of the ashes here, but hopefully at least we won’t be left with a total travesty. Please show us that you at least care, JAST, even if the results won’t be perfect.
I know this commentary has already run on for awhile, but I wanted to ask something off-topic, have any of you played Stardew Valley, yet? I’m a moderate Harvest Moon fan, and have been excited for Stardew Valley for what seems like (and may actually be) years now. I haven’t had the chance to touch it yet, though. If you have, how is it? I haven’t read any impressions on it at all yet. I hope it was worth the wait!
TAYsteful™ Thoughts[Although Tay compiled most of this week’s update, he didn’t have the time to do any commentary. Sorry! – Decay]