This week’s header image comes from Majo Koi Nikki, one of the Fan TL projects we track.
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: I’m exhausted and craving hummus. That’s really all I have to say. It’s a bit of a quieter week on the VNTS scene, but you’ll find a couple interesting updates down below. I can’t promise that I’ll come back and write a commentary essay this week, but I’ll try. I will try. – Tay
Also, it’s the season of licensing surveys. Both MangaGamer and Sol Press have active licensing surveys out: MangaGamer; Sol Press. If you want your voice heard by the major publishers, then that’s the best way. – Decay
The Short Version: Only the New Stuff
- Aiyoku no Eustia – Total TL: 31.9% > 32.39%; Total Edit: 19.95% > 19.99%; Total TLC: 18.97% > 19.98%
- Cryste: the Faith of Fire Vol.1 (Sienna Plus) – TL: 45% > 53%; Edit: 30% > 50%
- Dong-Jin Rice-hime (SimonCreat) – TL: 12% > 30%; Edit: 9% > 20%
- Koiken Otome ~Revive~ – TL: 9% > 11%
- Lover Able – TL: 99.05% > 99.71%; TLC: 68.65% > 71.02%; Edit: 28.57% > 29.19%
- Maggot Baits (MangaGamer) – Edit: 9% > 10%
- Majo Koi Nikki – Edit: 98% > 100%; TLC: 71% > 73%
- Musumaker – Total TL: 46.6% > 47.0%
- Pure Pure – TL: 51.18% > 54.34% (And started Chapter 4)
- Tsujidou-san no Jun’ai Road – Total: 76.75% > 79.47%
- Tsundere Idol: My Personal M-Pet! (Cherry Kiss) – Kickstarter launching 01/22 (link)
Removed from the List This Week
All the Game Updates:
Fan Translation Projects
JAST USA (Blog)
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 MusingsLong time no see, everyone. Last week’s purge was pretty underwhelming compared to the purges of years past. The bloodthirsty part of me wanted more chances to swing the ol’ axe. The reasonable part of me is happy that it wasn’t as big of a bloodbath as previous ones. Interestingly, we purged a few official translations this year. These games were announced, then never marketed nor officially canceled. They just vanished. This is textbook vaporware. You have to draw that line somewhere and stop getting people’s hopes up for these games.
The highest-profile cut is Angel Beats. It would’ve been nice if VisualArts said anything at all about it over the last 18 months, but at this point, we no longer have any idea what’s happening with it. Is it still coming out? Is it coming out with under a different publisher? Who knows. The game was never formally announced in the first place. It was mentioned in passing at a convention Q&A session and then never mentioned again. The way we see it, it’s no longer worth listing. If it is still in the works, we suspect it will get a proper, formal announcement in some form. We can always add it back then. I wouldn’t hold your breath for it in the meantime.
What were your longest shot suggestions in the license surveys? I’m not talking about the standard untouchable stuff like Fate/Stay Night or White Album 2. What did you ask for that nobody in their right mind would license? For me, it was Saihate no Ima. Yes, this is a game with over 100 votes on VNDB, where half of them are 10/10s. I still think you’d have to be totally nuts to license this game. It is a maddeningly complex experiment, making it a nightmare to translate. And yet, it would probably hit the English market like a wet fart. But man, do I wish someone would try. JAST would be the most obvious company since they’ve done other Xuse games, but if they won’t, someone else should