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Visual Novel Translation Status (12/24/2016)

VNTS Header 12/24/2016
Written by Tay

This week’s header image comes from our four releases: Se-rua Academy Creampie Festival (Android, HBOX.JP, released on MiKandi); Apathy – Midnight Collection Vol. 1 (Fan Patch, Link); Rance 5D & Rance VI (MangaGamer, Link); and WORLD END ECONOMiCA Ep. 3 (Sekai Project, Link)

VNTS (Visual Novel Translation Status Updates Series) is published each Saturday and brings the latest updates from VN translation projects — both licensed and by fans — from around the net. If you find any errors, or you think a project is missing from this list, please let us know in the comments.

From The Team:  Months and months ago — roughly twelve of them if we’re being Rooke-level-pedantic — Decay was sitting in this metaphorical chair, writing a VNTS post all alone on Christmas Day. That right there, ladies and gentlemen, is dedication. It’s also a little bit scary. And concerning. And while I’m not necessarily saying that I fear for my life should I ever skip a VNTS post — because I am technically here of my own free will and choice — what I am saying is that Decay is the driving force for getting these posts written even on Christmas (eve/day/whatever).

This was the header for Decay’s post last year. He spent an ungodly amount of time on it. Appreciate it, dammit.

Oh, yeah, and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, and a jolly [insert your holiday name] to all! – Tay

The Short Version: Only the New Stuff

New Releases!

Removed from the List This Week

All the Game Updates:

Fan Translation Projects

Fan Translation Projects




JAST USA Projects

JAST USA (Updates; Archive)




MangaGamer Projects

MangaGamer (Updates)




Sekai Project Projects

Sekai Project (Update Page)



Other
  • Here’s a handy link to sort Sekai Project’s Steam releases by release date: link

Misc. Projects

Other Projects




VNTS Commentary Section

Zakabox™ 「This is the place where Zaka occasionally shares his wisdom. Will he show up this week? Will he have anything to say? Only time will tell.」

Decay’s MusingsHello everyone! I hope you’re all having a splendid holiday season. If you don’t celebrate any holidays at this time of the year, I hope you’re at least getting some time off work/school in order to play some VNs! There has been a lot of high-quality releases these last several weeks, what better time is there to make a dent in that backlog of yours? That’s assuming you aren’t buying a ton of VNs during the multiple concurrent end of year sales happening right now.

I might give the Rance games a shot, but to be honest I’m skeptical. I’m skeptical an eroge can actually have the kind of stellar gameplay I’ve heard 6 has. I’ve played some eroge that have perfectly serviceable gameplay, and I’m sure there’s some with pretty good gameplay, but I’ve never seen one with truly great gameplay. Yet if you hear some say it (*cough* Moogy) Rance 6 and Baldr Sky are like the greatest games ever made or something. Yeah, I dunno about that. Gameplay aside, I’m just not big on what Rance is all about. I get a lot of you do like that, and that’s fine. It’s just not for me.

Da Capo 3 also has a release date, which is pretty sweet. There’s even a demo, which I played a little bit of. To be honest, I might have been overestimating my desire for DC3 a bit. I dunno, maybe I’ve changed in the years since I’ve played and enjoyed DC2, but I find DC3 to be a little too… earnest? Heartfelt? Sickly sanguine? There will be drama for sure, but now that I’ve played some of it and have recalled DC2, I’ve realized how incredibly corny those games could be. And they play it as straight as they possibly can. I think it’s that straightforwardness that gets me the most. I know DC3 has a little bit more to it than DC2, so I hope that stuff is effective.

Anywho, short commentary from me today. I should have been asleep at least two hours ago. Oops.

TAYsteful Thoughts™Four years ago I made a profoundly controversial decision. One that would shake the Fuwa admin/mod structure to its core. One that would, indeed, spark a Staff Room flame war. Yes, ladies and gentleman, you guessed it: I made a “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays” post on the blog (then known as Visual Novel Aer).

Historical Gem: Tay’s 2012 ‘Happy Holidays’ Post

Historical Gem: Tay’s 2013 ‘Happy Holidays’ Post

The fact that such a simple post cost a lot of grief was silly (and a harbinger of difficulties to come), and I remember spending a fair bit of time staring at the post and wondering why people were making such a fuss over it. Consequently, the header image I used (a variant on the one below) has forever been burned into my mind as my Holidays header. Fortunately, whenever I see it, it gets me in a Christmas-y mood (instead of body-memory headaches!).

Merry Christmas from Fuwanovel!

I’d like to thank Decay and Zaka for the time and help (and laughs) we’ve had doing VNTS this year. These posts can take upwards of four hours to prepare, and they make for very boring Friday nights. Splitting up the work helps get the post done earlier, but it also is a lot of fun. So thanks.

I’d also like to thank all of our readers. VNTS gets a lot of traffic, and most of our readers are hardcore enough to come back at least twice a month to read the posts. We do these posts for you, and while I know they aren’t perfect, we’re doing our best. If you have ideas for improvement, write them down somewhere and look for our feedback survey which will be going up next week.

Happy holidays to all our readers, and have a great week.

About the author

Tay

I'm the Fuwanovel community admin and a big fan of Visual Novels. The easiest way to get a hold of me is via a PM on the Fuwanovel Forums, by twitter (@ArchmageTay), or by email.

27 Comments

  • Thanks for all you do, guys! It’s so nice that I no longer have to check every single tumblr/website of the translation teams I follow every few days or so anymore. I know how much of a pain the ass it is. Here’s to hoping your break is a good one!

  • Still no Labyrinth of Grisaia huh 🙁 oh well.

    I have been visiting this website daily for the past 5 years, and it is amazing who much it has changed through out those years. So from the bottom of my heart “Thank you so much for your hard work” and Happy Holidays to you guys.

  • Has anyone here who has bought anything from mangagamer have trouble with downloads? I bought rance yesterday but have been unable to download the game as every time I attempt to the game downloads for around a minute or less and then the speed drops to 0 and stops.

  • Speaking as a first person dungeon crawling fan that has played a few here or there (miscellaneous SMT, Etrian Odyssey, and mediocre if occassionally fun Idea Factory titles), Rance VI from a purely gameplay perspective is very good, in a way that is different from other dungeon crawlers.

    TADA, the game designer, wanted to create his ideal dungeon crawler from this game and it shows.

    Instead of focusing on the sheer difficulty of the labyrinth or the customizability of your player characters, Rance VI focuses on placing quirky events for you to find and on carefully managing your party members. It encourages you to use your weaker members and small teams for random encounter battles, so you can you can go full force when you encounter boss battles. It’s more casual in some ways, yet more complex in others from the average dungeon crawler.

    Also, it has a substantial plot and character development, two aspects missing from many first person dungeon crawlers. Third person dungeon crawlers are usually better about this, but that’s besides the point.

    In the end, Rance is very offensive, and I won’t force you to play something you’re unable to enjoy because of the audacity. However, I will say that you’re missing out on a genuinely great game and implore you on giving it a shot.

  • Thanks guys for bringing us weekly updates. Honestly, i am dollowing your vnts every week and post it on a small vn community in Amino since August i think. All credits are in Fuwa ^_^

    • Denwatls has said that the fan disc won’t be their next project but they may consider it in the future (same with the expanded “CrossOver” version of the original game).

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