This week’s header image comes from Narcissu Zero (Sekai Project) which was released on Steam.
Hey everybody. Thanks for your patience waiting for this week’s VNTS: we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss any Otakon. That said, I know you’re all anxious to hear the latest, so get to it! (Oh, and much thanks to Decay for handling almost all the tables for me this week whilst I was away)
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
- A Kiss From the Petals – The New Generation (MangaGamer) – Announced at Otakon!; Official site here.
- Ayakashi Gohan! – Overall: ~82%; Fantastic Progress Tracker (Link); Needs proofreaders! (Link)
- Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo – Edit: 32% > 40%; QC: 18.2% > 22.3%
- Chrono Clock (Sekai Project) – TL: 26.83% > 27.25%
- Dead End Junction (Culture Select) – Greenlit for Steam! (link)
- Fatal Twelve (Sekai Project) – Announced at Otakon!; Official site here.
- Flowers (JAST) – Releasing “very soon.” (link) (link)
- Hadaka Shitsuji (MangaGamer) – TL: 20.79%
- Hapymaher (MangaGamer) – Announced at Otakon!; Official site here.
- Human Reignition Project (Sekai Project) – Slated for a 2017 release; New trailer released here.
- Maitetsu (Sekai Project) – TL: 19.23% > 21.12%
- Memory’s Dogma (Sekai Project) – New trailer released here.
- Narcissu Trilogy Remake (Sekai Project) – Narcissu Zero: Released! Available on Steam here; PS4 and PS Vita versions announced!
- Rance 5D & Rance VI (MangaGamer) – Both games announced at Otakon!; Releasing together in a single bundle this winter; Rance VI will contain remastered, high-res art; Official site
- Tenshin Ranman (Sekai Project) – TL: 33.38% > 35.75%
- Sonohana – Snow White’s Knight – Partial patch released! Get it here
- Sona-Nyl of the Violet Shadows (MangaGamer) – Announced at Otakon!; Planned for both MangaGamer and Steam uncut; Will use the console version’s high-res assets; Official site here.
- Sukimazakura to Uso no Machi – TL: 34.2% > 36.3%
- Sorcery Jokers (MangaGamer) – Announced at Otakon!; Both 18+ and all-ages releases are planned; Official site here.
- To Heart 2 – Finished Proofreading: Karin
- Tsui Yuri – Total TL: 63% > 68%
- Wagamama High Spec (Sekai Project) – TL: 21.9% > 22.79%
Removed from the List This Week
All the Game Updates:
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MangaGamer (Updates)[wpdatatable id=23]
- Rance 5D, Rance VI, and Rance Quest fan translations on hold in anticipation of potential official release by MangaGamer.
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— Commentary Section —
「 Oh, what a time to be alive! Otakon’s coming up, and I’m in a tent in some French backwater (TL note: Carnac, a rather Briton place known for its big field of standing stones, which I’m sure was impressive 1000 years ago). Not only does this camping not have free wifi, but they have the audacity to ask for 15 euros for a week’s usage. Heeeeelll no. I’m sending this through Twitter DM to Tay for the second time (last time he just ignored it, the bastard… maybe he won’t this time) as I doubt the mobile network I’ve ended up using (roaming – a mere 5 cents per megabyte, truly amazing) uses any encryption. Not only that, but I’ll be traveling to somewhere new on Sunday. Mum said something to the effect that there might be free wifi there, but I remain doubtful. At this rate, who knows if I’ll even have mobile reception in the area? …uhh, I guess Internet withdrawal is taking its toll. My apologies.
Anyway, I’m writing this on Friday and I’m out of touch with current events, so let me instead talk about some interesting VNs I’ve read recently. First off I read through the demo for Anomie, a dystopian VN I’ve mentioned before. The prose is a /bit/ shaky – I believe the writer’s Swedish, and while it’s by no means bad or uninspired, there are a few too many places where it’s just a bit off for me to be entirely comfortable with it. I’m sure half of you wouldn’t care at all, but I’d be happy to see a good editor give it a thorough once-over, or for the current editor to step up their game. The actual plot looks like it’s going places I enjoy, so whatever my reservations about the writing I’m still quite interested. Its Kickstarter was a success, so presumably we’re now in for a three-year wait or so before it actually releases.
Speaking of three-year waits, Errant Heart, one of the earlier VN Kickstarter projects, finally came out recently. I haven’t read much of it (my poor faptop can’t handle the animations, and the developers made a point of saying they’re an important part of the experience), but it looks interesting from what I did read. It’s downloadable for free if you wish, though it uses a pay-what-you-want system if you feel like supporting the developers.
The third thing I want to talk about is Eike Bentley’s historical fiction VN Because We’re Here. I haven’t gotten through the entire demo, but the 2 hours or so I did read utterly charmed me with its writing style. I know it’s had a successful Greenlight campaign, but I’m not quite sure what’s happened after that – it might even be released already, in which case I apologize (I don’t want to use more mobile data than I have to for research). Do give it a try.
Since I’m already in obscure recommendations mode, I might as well list my usual candidates: Autumn, a translated Czech language VN which just has that intangible something different about it; Blue*, a VN with both fun and drama I really should finish that actually fits into the “literary” category; Brass Restoration, a pretty funny VN about a musician coming to terms with losing his arm and with that his purpose in life (as you might expect this creates a decent bit of drama too); True Remembrance, an excellent work of magic realism revolving around memories and how they shape us; and for those of you who can read Japanese, Watashi no Real wa Juujitsu Shisugiteiru (“My Normie Life’s Way Too Fulfilling!”), an otome game about a girl who acts the perfect, kind, diligent girl at school, even being the student council vice-president. That all would be boring if she wasn’t actually a mean-spirited, narcissistic otaku in disguise. If you ever wanted to see a girl protagonist playing otomege and firmly declaring that 2d>3d, this is your game. All of the novels I just mentioned are free, by the way.
Right then, that’s enough sperging about doujins for now – it’s time to say goodbye for today. I’ll be looking forward to not being able to follow the Otakon announcements live these following days. I am in no way bitter about this. Nope.」
Well hello everyone! Sorry for being a day late, but we decided that this time we wanted to delay the VNTS until after the con announcements have been made, and I’m glad we did. MangaGamer certainly announced plenty of fan pleasers. Between Otakon and AX, I feel like they announced something for everyone. Pretty much everything announced last night was a lengthy, often requested title. And predictably, most people seem to have declared MangaGamer the winner. They certainly have a powerful lineup for the next eighteen months.
Hapymaher is probably the most popular of the pure VNs announced. I noticed it years ago as I was idly browsing VNDB and immediately took an interest in it. It’s interesting how the developer, Purple Software, also has a game in translation with Sekai Project. There’s some speculation about how this came to be with some conspiracy theories floating about, but reality is probably much simpler and less dramatic than what most people expect. SP is taking longer than expected on Chrono Clock and still isn’t close to finished on it, so I heavily suspect that Purple went with MG purely for scheduling reasons.
Sona-nyl is also a pretty awesome announcement. I quite liked Inganock and Gahkthun (I still haven’t played Sharnoth. I know…), so I really want to see what the supposed best entry in the series is like. I’m not exactly a WAB superfan or anything, but I’ve always liked the style and general storylines. I wonder if Sona-nyl will be able to live up to the hype.
Oh, and Rance! The Alicesoft partnership seems to have panned out exactly as was promised to us, and that’s always good to see. Beat Blades Haruka was a good seller for MangaGamer and so now it seems like MangaGamer finally gets access the Holy Grail of Alicesoft’s lineup. To be honest, though, I never really liked the Rance series. Don’t like the protagonist, don’t like the humor, and the gameplay has never been anything to write home about. But hey, I’m happy for all the Rance fans out there who have been waiting for this to happen. Who knows where things go from here.
I hope MG doesn’t focus on the Rance series exclusively, however. Alicesoft has a pretty large variety of titles to choose from, many of which look like they may align with my tastes much more than Rance. Evenicle for starters is a really popular RPG released last year by Alicesoft that looks pretty cool. The Pastel Chime series is an SRPG series that looks like it has potential. Oyako Rankan isn’t my thing but seems popular with the milf and NTR lovers out there. And even Drapeko doesn’t look half bad, although really I’m just mentioning it because I think the main heroine looks entertaining and cute. Evenicle is the most widely requested of these but really, I’d take any one of them. There’s even more cool stuff than this from Alicesoft, too. I hope MangaGamer finds the time for some of it.
And of course, Sekai Project had a panel, too. Most of it was dedicated either to previously announced stuff, or non-VNs, however. We got some new trailers, we’re getting some console ports for Narcissu, and we’re getting a new VN from the developers of Sound of Drop, which I never played. Not very exciting overall. What people are talking about more seems to be the lack of certain news, that being the 18+ stuff. Leading up to AX, every time someone asked about 18+ versions of their games, they were told to wait until AX. AX came and went with nothing, we were told they ran out of time and will reschedule it for another con. They’ve had two con panels since then and we still have heard nothing.
I’m not one of the dedicated 18+ or bust guys and am generally patient, but even I’m getting pretty annoyed at being jerked around like this. If SP wishes this topic to go away by ignoring it, then they should actually ignore it instead of stringing people along. If the ultimate answer will be “no 18+ versions” then just come out and say so instead of giving everyone false hope only to crush it later. If they actually have good news, then please share it! Your fans want to know. And if you actually don’t know yet, then be more transparent with that. People probably wouldn’t like that much, but it at least feels better than the feeling of being misled. This current situation doesn’t feel good for anyone except those who revel in schadenfreude. Please, Sekai Project, put an end to it.
Have a good week, everybody.