This week’s header image comes from Robotics;Notes Elite, one of the many games announced at Anime Expo this year!
VNTS (Visual Novel Translation Status Updates Series) is published each weekend 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 below.
From The Team: Welp, we’re back? Kinda. This won’t happen every single week, but we do hope to bring you the news more often than once a year. This first post will be formatted a little differently. Doesn’t make sense to do it in the style we did weekly updates in, since, you know, it’s been A YEAR. We’ll be listing all the AX announcements, then every single Japanese VN fully released in English since the last post, followed by all the new additions to the list (new unreleased projects), then ending with every single dropped project. For the actual progress statuses, refer to the embedded tables (that I hope to fucking god work).
Also, due to the sheer number of releases, we will not be providing convenient links to the sites you can buy them at, sorry. You can usually find where to buy these VNs by going to their page on VNDB and clicking on the english releases, then following any links in their release entries. If you’re having trouble finding where to buy a particular game, you can always ask in our comments! And so, without further ado…
AX 2019 Announcements
- 9-nine-:Episode 3
- The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me Fan Disc
- Kanojo no Seiiki
- Love’s Sweet Garnish 2
- NEKOPARA Vol. 4
- New Glass
- The Seventh Sign -Mr. Sister-
- Eternal Torment ~An Immortal Girl’s Dance of Disgrace~
- Funbag Fantasy: Sideboob Story 2
- Rance 01: Quest for Hikari – NOTE: Rance 01 and 02 are going to be sold as a single package, similar to Rance 5 and 6.
- Rance 02: The Rebellious Maidens – Based on the Kai version.
- Happiness! 2 Sakura Celebration
- Hyper Highspeed Genius
- Vikki Hornee: World’s Horniest Housewife
- Witch’s Garden
- Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm EXTRA1 (NekoNyan)
- Cafe Enchante (Aksys Games)
- Collar x Malice -Unlimited- (Aksys Games) – CxM Fandisc.
- Compass of Dei Gratia -On the Fifth Day- (Lemnisca)
- NG (Aksys Games)
- Piofiore (Aksys Games)
- Robotics;Notes Elite (Spike Chunsoft)
- Robotics;Notes DaSH (Spike Chunsoft) – Direct story sequel to original Robotics;Notes.
New Releases Since August 2018
- 428: Shibuya Scramble (Spike Chunsoft) –
- 9-nine-:Episode 1 (Sekai Project)
- A Day in the Life of Maria (Otusun Club)
- Angel, Devil, Elf and Me! (Cherry Kiss Games) – PC.
- Baldr Force (FanTL – SteppenWolf)
- Bishoujo Mangekyou 1 (FanTL – Euphemic Translations)
- Bitter Exclusion (MangaGamer)
- Black Butler: Phantom & Ghost (FanTL – anonymous) – Nintendo DS.
- Boku to Nurse no Kenshuu Nisshi (FanTL – Oxford Comma)
- Breeding Village (Cherry Kiss Games)
- Butterfly Affection (FanTL – anonymous)
- Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ (Aksys Games)
- Commander Babes (Cherry Kiss Games) – PC/Android.
- Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko’s Hysteric Birthday Bash (XSEED Games) –
- CyberRebeat -The Fifth Domain of Warfare- (Sekai Project) – PC/Mac.
- Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz (Arc System Works)
- Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai (FanTL – Library Shepherd) – PC. Leaked by a team member after a year+ of inactivity.
- Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai ~Houkago Shippo Days~ (FanTL – Dat Boi Translations) – PC. Daitoshokan fandisc.
- DareSora: Tears for an Unknown Sky (Sol Press) – PC. Volume 1 only.
- Death end re;Quest (Idea Factory)
- Death Mark (Aksys Games) – PSVita/PS4/Switch/PC. All versions except the PC version have content censored.
- Deviant Dungeon (Cherry Kiss Games) – PC/Android.
- Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~ (Lemnisca) – PC.
- The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me (Denpasoft) – PC.
- Earth Defense Team Star Guardians (Yumekakiya) – PC/Mac. 1st chapter only.
- The Excellent Death of the Boy Shijimi (FanTL – zcatcracker) – PC.
- The Expression Amrilato (MangaGamer) – PC.
- Fate/Extella Link (XSEED Games) – PSVita/PS4/Switch/PC.
- Fiendish Magical Girl Rinne (Valkyria) – PC.
- Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~ Mini Fandisk (NekoNyan) – PC.
- Gakuen Heaven 2 ~Double Scramble!~ (FanTL – Welcome to Heaven) – PC.
- Glare1more (Kurenaibook) – PC.
- The Great Ace Attorney -The Adventures of Ryuunosuke Naruhodou- (fanTL – Scarlet Study) – Android and 3DS patches released.
- Grisaia: Phantom Trigger (Frontwing) – Volumes 5.5 and 6 released. PC.
- Hara ChuChu!! (FanTL – Loe Quality) – PC.
- Hello, Goodbye (NekoNyan) – PC.
- Hoka no Onna (FanTL – Washi Translations) – PC.
- Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai (FanTL – Tsurezure Scans) – PC.
- The House in Fata Morgana – Dreams of the Revenants (Limited Run Games) – PSVita/PS4. Updated version of the original Fata Morgana with new content.
- The Key to Home (Henteko Doujin) – PC/Mac.
- The Most Forbidden Love in the World (MangaGamer) – PC.
- If My Heart Had Wings -Flight Diary- (Moenovel) – PC. Fandisc. No adult version.
- If You Love Me, Then Say So! (MangaGamer) – PC.
- The Interview: You Know What You’ve Got to Do to Get the Job (Ume Soft) – PC.
- Inugami: Doggy Dojo! (Cherry Kiss Games) – PC.
- Island (Frontwing) – PC.
- Jake Hunter Detective Story – Ghost of the Dusk (Aksys Games) – 3DS.
- Josou Jinja (Eroge Japan) – PC.
- Josou Kaikyou (FanTL – anon) – PC.
- Kakoi -Enclosure- (FanTL – Zeala) – PC.
- Kaleido Stella (CHARON) – PC.
- Kangoku Senkan 3 (FanTL – RunQ) – AKA Prison Battleship 3, part of a popular nukige series. Previous games may have went unreported by us, I forget. (sorry)
- KanoBitch (FanTL – anonymous) – PC.
- Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa (PQube) – PS4/Switch/PC.
- Lilium x Triangle (JAST USA) – PC. Official release based on old fan TL.
- Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! (MangaGamer) – PC.
- Lingua Fleur: Lily (Narrator) – PC.
- Loca-Love My Cute Roommate (Frontwing) – PC.
- London Detective Mysteria (XSEED Games) – PSVita only currently. PC version coming eventually this year.
- Love’s Sweet Garnish (Sekai Project) – PC.
- Mamono Musume – Life with a Lamia (JAST USA) – PC.
- Master of the Harem Guild (Cherry Kiss Games) – AKA Kimomen Demo Harem Guild. Official release based on the previous fan translation.
- Mayumi’s Cuckolding Report (FanTL – anonymous) – PC.
- Mayumi’s Cuckolding Report 2 (FanTL – anonymous) – PC.
- Metal Slader Glory (FanTL – Stardust Crusaders) – NES. As in, the Nintendo Entertainment System. Yeah.
- Mousugu Natsuyasumi! (FanTL – enmaus) – PC.
- My Little Sister Can’t Possibly Have A Hemorrhoid?! (Lyricbox/Fakku) – PC.
- Nariyuki → Papakatsu Girls!! (FanTL – anonymous) – PC.
- Neighbor (Otusun Land) – PC/Android.
- Neighbor Watching (Ume Soft) – PC. Unrelated to the above game.
- NekoMiko (qureate) – PC.
- Neko-nin exHeart 2 LOVE +PLUS (Sekai Project) – PC. Fandisc.
- Ninja Girl and the Mysterious Army of Urban Legend Monsters! (Sekai Project) – PC.
- Nurse Love Syndrome (Degica) – PSVita/PC. Predecessor to Nurse Love Addiction.
- Onee-san to Amaero Milk Kissa (FanTL – popo867) – PC.
- Oppai Cafe. My mother, my sister and Me (Eroges) – Web-based.
- Our World Is Ended. (PQube) – PS4/Switch/PC.
- The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart (Harukaze/Fruitbat Factory) – PC. All-ages only.
- Princess X FD: Fiancees Forever! (JAST USA) – PC. Fandisc to Princess X.
- Punch Line (PQube) – PSVita/PS4/PC.
- Ripple Island (FanTL – Supper) – NES.
- Sabbat of the Witch (NekoNyan) – AKA Sanoba Witch. PC. Shameless plug: I was the editor on it! It’s pretty good.
- Saimin Class (FanTL – darksshades) – PC. Prologue patch ONLY.
- Sakura Sakura (Sol Press) – PC.
- Sankaku Ren’ai: Love Triangle Trouble! (NekoNyan) – PC.
- Shinji Ikari Raising Project (FanTL – scenikeight) – PC. Some menus remain untranslated, but there’s an accompanying guide for them. Needs help editing those images.
- Sisterly Bliss ~Don’t Let Mom Find Out~ (MangaGamer) – PC. Based on the unreleased fan translation.
- Sobo to Boku ~Obaa-chan, Nanika Dechau yoo~ (FanTL – anonymous) – PC.
- Song of Memories (Future Tech Lab) – PS4/PC.
- Steam Prison (MangaGamer) – PC.
- Sweet Pool (JAST Blue) – PC.
- Taimanin Asagi -Battle Arena- (Nutaku) – Free-to-play, microtransaction-based web game based on the popular Taimanin Asagi nukige series.
- Tenkiame (artlink) – PC.
- Tokyo Chronos (Sekai Project) – PC. PS4 version coming soon.
- Too Hot! (Aoi no Ie) – PC.
- Trinoline (MangaGamer) – PC.
- Under One Wing (Sol Press) – PC.
- Vanilla – Garden of Judgment (CHARON) – PC.
- World End Syndrome (PQube) – PS4/Switch.
- Yagai Gakushuu (FanTL – enmaus) – PC.
- Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) – PS4/PC.
New Additions Since August 2018
- 9-nine-:Episode 2 (Sekai Project)
- 9-nine-:Episode 3 (Sekai Project)
- 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Atlus)
- Abaddon: Princess of the Decay (Fakku)
- Amatsutsumi (Sekai Project)
- Aokana -Four Rhythms Across the Blue- (NekoNyan) – Plus the EXTRA1 fandisc.
- Cafe Enchante (Aksys Games)
- Ciconia When They Cry (MangaGamer/Witch Hunt) – Simultaneous EN/JP release planned.
- Choose Your Mistress (Sol Press)
- Collar x Malice -Unlimited- (Aksys Games)
- Compass of Dei Gratia -On the Fifth Day- (Lemnisca)
- Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation (Idea Factory)
- The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me Fan Disc (Sekai Project)
- Eiyuu*Senki GOLD (JAST USA)
- Eternal Torment ~An Immortal Girl’s Dance of Disgrace~ (MangaGamer)
- Funbag Fantasy: Sideboob Story 2 (MangaGamer)
- The Future Radio and the Artificial Pigeons (Sol Press)
- Gakuen Heaven: Boy’s Love Scramble! (FanTL – Welcome to Heaven) – Partial patch released.
- Glass (Denpasoft)
- New Glass (Denpasoft)
- Gore Screaming Show (FanTL – Scent of Ashes) – Partial patch released.
- The Great Ace Attorney 2 – The Resolve of Ryuunosuke Naruhodou (FanTL – Scarlet Study) – 3DS. Demo patch released.
- Happiness! 2 Sakura Celebration (Sol Press)
- Hello Lady! (NekoNyan)
- Hot & Steamy Knights (Cherry Kiss Games)
- How to Raise a Wolf Girl (Denpasoft)
- Hyper Highspeed Genius (Sol Press)
- Imouto Paradise! 3 (MangaGamer)
- Irotoridori no Sekai (Sol Press) – Includes fandiscs.
- Kami no Rhapsody (FanTL – flamepaladin)
- Kanojo no Seiiki (Sekai Project)
- Karakara 3 (Sekai Project)
- Lamunation! (Love Lab)
- Love Among the Sunflowers (Sol Press)
- LOVE³ -Love Cube- (Neko Works)
- Loca Love My Commuting Crush (Frontwing)
- Love’s Sweet Garnish 2 (Sekai Project)
- Making Lovers (NekoNyan)
- Mamono Musume: Paradise with Slime and Scylla (JAST USA)
- Mesu Inu Haramase Oyakodon (Cherry Kiss Games)
- My Bullied Bride (Cherry Kiss Games) – Based on the Dekiru Translations fan tl.
- My Fair Princess (Sol Press)
- Neko-nin exHeart 3 (Sekai Project)
- NEKOPARA Vol. 4 (Sekai Project)
- NG (Aksys Games)
- Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sunderu Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka? (Sol Press)
- Nyan Cafe Macchiato (MangaGamer)
- Onii♥️Kiss: Onii-chan, Where’s My Kiss? (Sol Press)
- Oral Lessons With Chii-chan (Fakku)
- Piofiore (Aksys Games)
- Pure x Connect (FanTL – tenshi25) – Prologue patch released.
- Raging Loop (Lemnisca/PQube)
- Rance 01: Quest for Hikari (MangaGamer)
- Rance 02: The Rebellious Maidens (MangaGamer)
- Relaxation Yuka ~Healing Body and Mind~ (FanTL – Washi Translations)
- Robotics;Notes Elite (Spike Chunsoft)
- Robotics;Notes DaSH (Spike Chunsoft)
- Sanarara R (Sekai Project)
- Senren Banka -A Thousand Colors of Love- (NekoNyan)
- The Seventh Sign -Mr. Sister- (Sekai Project)
- SF (Denpasoft)
- Slow Damage (JAST Blue)
- Snuff Flag – Or Like Light on a Water Lily (DEVGRU-P)
- So, I Hear You Like Sadistic Women (FanTL – mortalvyses) – Partial patch released.
- Taimanin Asagi ZERO (FanTL – Rattan Man) – Partial Patch released.
- Tomgirls of the Mountains -Josou Sanmyaku- (JASTUSA)
- Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen (NIS America) – Remake of the original Utawarerumono.
- Vikki Hornee: World’s Horniest Housewife (Sol Press)
- Wan Nyan ☆ a la mode! (MangaGamer)
- Winter Polaris (Sekai Project)
- Witch’s Garden (Sol Press)
- Yamizome Revenger (JAST USA)
- Your Turn To Die -Death Game By Majority- (FanTL – vgperson) – PC/Mac/Linux/Web. Freeware doujin game that’s being released in parts.
- Yumeutsutsu Re:Master (Degica)
Projects Dropped Since August 2018
- Bishoujo Mangekyou -Katsute Shoujo Datta Kimi e- (FanTL – Euphemic Translations) – Considering the 0% status across the board for this one on their site and the lack of any explanation, we’re removing this until there’s progress to track. Same with Biman 4, their next project.
- Clover Day’s (FanTL – Yakusoku TL) – Project seems to be in limbo. See the latest update here. Not dead dead, but its future is uncertain. Since there’s been no change in the last ten and a half months, we’re removing it for now.
- Fate/Extra CCC (FanTL – Iwakura Productions) – Iwakura recently made a “not dead” statement, but no substantive updates since 2017 means we’re cutting it from our progress tracker for now.
- Lovely x Cation 2 (FanTL – Dekiru) – Dropped.
- Monster Girl Quest Paradox (FanTL – Dargoth) – No updates in a while.
- Nanatsuiro Drops (FanTL – Doki Fansubs) – No update since the announcement over a year ago.
- Sayonara o Oshiete (FanTL – Cafe) – No activity for ages.
- Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou (FanTL – Ate the Moon) – No activity in the last year.
- Witch’s Garden (FanTL) – Dropped by team months ago. Picked up by Sol Press. (projects appear unrelated)
All the Game Updates:
Fan Translation Projects
|wdt_ID||(Hidden) Title||Game||Group||New Update?||Notes|
|32||Aiyoku no Eustia||Aiyoku no Eustia||Eustia Translations||New!|
|33||Amagami||Amagami||Ni Shi Shi TL||New!||
|34||Bad Medicine -Infectious Teachers||Bad Medicine -Infectious Teachers||Joker Trap||New!|
|41||Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi no||Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi no||Inbou Translations||New!||
|43||Higurashi PS3 Arcs to Steam||Higurashi PS3 Arcs to Steam||07th-mod||New!||
|44||Junketsu Megami-Sama||Junketsu Megami-Sama||Loe Quality TL||
|46||Lover Able||Lover Able||Rabu Rabu Translations||New!||
|47||Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A-3||Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A-3||Maji Translations||New!||
|52||Nocturnal Illusion Renewal (retranslation)||Nocturnal Illusion Renewal (retranslation)||Nocturnal Illusion Renewal Translation Project||New!||
JAST USA (Blog)
|wdt_ID||(Hidden) Title||Game||New Update?||Notes|
|2||Dramatical Murder||Dramatical Murder||
|3||Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne-||Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne-||New!||
|5||Katahane – An’ call Belle!||Katahane – An’ call Belle!||New!||
|6||Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi.||Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi.||New!||
|7||Lamento -Beyond the Void-||Lamento -Beyond the Void-||
|8||Machine Child||Machine Child|
|9||Majikoi! Love me Seriously!||Majikoi! Love me Seriously!||New!||
|12||Togainu no Chi||Togainu no Chi||
|wdt_ID||(Hidden) Title||Game||New Update?||Notes|
|1||Amatarasu Riddle Star||Amatarasu Riddle Star||New!||
|2||Beat Angel Escalayer R||Beat Angel Escalayer R||New!||
|6||Farther than the Blue Sky||Farther than the Blue Sky||New!||
|7||Funbag Fantasy 2||Funbag Fantasy 2||New!||
|8||Fxxx Me Royally! - Horny Magical Princess||Fxxx Me Royally! - Horny Magical Princess||New!||
|10||Hashihime of the Old Book Town||Hashihime of the Old Book Town||New!||
|11||Higurashi (Retranslation)||Higurashi (Retranslation)||New!|
|16||Luckydog 1||Luckydog 1||
|17||Maggot Baits||Maggot Baits||New!||
Sekai Project (Update Page)
|wdt_ID||(Hidden) Title||Game||New Update?||Notes|
|1||9 -Nine-||9 -Nine-||New!||
|2||A Bouquet of My Beloveds||A Bouquet of My Beloveds||
|3||A Clockwork Ley-Line: Daybreak of Remnants Shadow||A Clockwork Ley-Line: Daybreak of Remnants Shadow||New!||
|4||A Clockwork Ley-Line: Flowers Falling in the Morning Mist||A Clockwork Ley-Line: Flowers Falling in the Morning Mist||New!||
|5||Baldr Sky||Baldr Sky||New!||
|7||Connie Amarance||Connie Amarance||
|8||Creature Romances -for the Ladies-||Creature Romances -for the Ladies-||
|13||Fault - Silence the Pedant||Fault - Silence the Pedant|
|14||Harumade Kururu||Harumade Kururu||New!||
- Here’s a handy link to sort Sekai Project’s Steam releases by release date: link
|wdt_ID||(Hidden) Title||Game||Publisher||New Update?||Notes|
|4||Dong-Jin Rice-hime||Dong-Jin Rice-hime||SimonCreative||
|9||Kimi ga Nozomu Eien||Kimi ga Nozomu Eien||IXTL||
|10||Koi Musubi||Koi Musubi||
|13||Loca Love My Commuting Crush||Loca Love My Commuting Crush||Frontwing||New!||
|14||Melty Moment||Melty Moment||NekoNyan||
|15||Muv-Luv Series||Muv-Luv Series||IXTL||New!||
|21||Seven Days||Seven Days||Fruitbat Factory||
|22||Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo||Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo||Front Wing||
|25||Tayutama 2 -You're the Only One-||Tayutama 2 -You're the Only One-||Hikari Field|
Zakabox™ 「Turns out if you put all the things that happened in a year in one post, it looks pretty darn massive. Who knew? There’s no way I could comment on all of these, so I guess I’ll have to prioritize. Let’s split this into three features. One: AX. Two: Gems and comments this year. Three: Irresponsible shilling of personal activities.
The E3 of VNs
JAST fails to announce Muramasa despite copious hinting by certain personages. I mean, it’s probably still being worked on. But still. I don’t really have a comment on the titles except I’m pretty sure I strongly enjoyed the H-scene gallery of Yamizome Revenger when I went through it, so maybe that’ll interest some of you.
Sekai Project predictably gets 9:3 and nekopara 4, semi-predictably ditzy demonfuckers 2: fandiscaloo. The 3d titles maks me remember how Decay discovered just how many low-quality 3dcg titles were pouring into vndb by Western developers this one time on the vndb discussion forums; maybe SP wants to hit that market with something a bit higher quality? I’m sure someone will be appreciating the moege titles, probably not me though. That said, ‘The Seventh Sign’ – seriously SP, you take out the catgirl implication from the title? – apparently has the girl call the guy onee-chan, which is one of the things I have always wanted to experience someday. I don’t know why, maybe too much yuri did me in.
The highlight would be Amatsutsumi, which seems interesting from both a plot and moe point of view and had a decent buzz among JOPs on release. If you’re purely there for plot I think it suffers from the common problem of only one route being really good, but you should be used to this by now feelsbadman.
Mangagamer announces… three utterly predictable titles, and Eternal Torment – which will be more familiar to some of you as Mugen Renkan. It’s written by one of the writers for Euphoria but as far as I know it’s not as plot focused, so I hope you like torture porn I guess.
Sol Press picks up Windmill as a partner, flashes some comically unrealistic deadlines, not much new about the latter part of that sentence. I think Clephas posted about Hyper Highspeed Genius, calling it very comedy focused, but he’s Clephas so his opinions should be taken with a pinch of salt. Vikki Hornee is Laplacian’s newest meme and is some kind of nukigeish thing I guess? But meme, because Laplacian. Probably. Witch’s Garden I think actually might be related to the fan project, but nothing confirmed so far. Happiness! 2 Sakura Celebration is a moege.
Aksys announces things I can’t play because they’re on consoles. Nekonyan gets an aokana fandisc, but Sprite is still dead and Aokana 2 still will never happen, much like Pantheon. Spike Chunsoft actually goes for R;N, interesting and could be cool. C;H NoaH, however, is still less licenced than a doornail.
Lemnisca licenses a sci-fi mystery doujinge nobody knew about that seems really cool, actually. EGS has good scores, too. I’m left wondering if I should read the current PC version in Japanese or there will be a PC port of the switch version, which apparently had text corrections/maybe changes and maybe also CGs? The original version is entirely without CGs, apparently.
Considering basically all of AX bar Amatsutsumi and Dei Gratia was a borefest for me (I can’t get excited for R;N for some reason, not sure why…), I guess it’s between those two. I don’t think I’d have heard of Dei Gratia if Lemnisca didn’t announce it, and Amatsutsumi does have that problem with the varying quality I guess.
All in all, Lemnisca wins AX for me due to the limp-dicked performance of everyone else. I guess all you need is a Twitter account to win AX, huh. I’m moderately surprised by this result.
Gems this year
428 seems to both be interesting and have gotten a competent enough translation that I’d feel comfortable reading it in English. But it’s so damn heavy on the filesize that my packrat arse will probably never free up enough HDD space to play it. Rip in piss.
Amrilato ended up having to just ruby-text in the Japanese pronunciation of words in several cases to make things work, apparently. It’s probably still pretty enjoyable, but if you can read it in Japanese, that’s probably a better idea.
The Key to Home ended up actually getting published, finally. I wonder if the part I read in Japanese was the good part and it devolves after, it was a p. decent thriller at some point. Maybe one day I’ll finish it and have a qualified opinion, lol. From a few snippets, the translation looks a bit questionable in places but much better than I would have expected.
Neighbor is notable as one of the few horror VN titles currently available in English. I only read the trial, but it looked interesting and competently translated.
The two CHARON titles, Kaleido Stella and Vanilla, Garden of Judgement, look interesting… in Japanese. I actually were interested in them before they got translated.
In English, they look like a hot mess.
I guess it’s a good thing it doesn’t matter to me these days…
Uninhibited Shilling Bonanza
Loyal readers with elephantine memory banks may remember that I talked about this VN translation I was going to release like, soon a year or two ago. I finally got myself together and actually finalized the script after I’d translated 50% of shinimasu, so here it is: The world ends tomorrow. Since I’ve already shilled one short doujinge of questionable quality, this released literally today and is probably better, try it out.
Other than that yesterday I translated 59 lines and damn, Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu – This is where I die today – is as short and actually translatable by a slacker as ever. The translation % popped up from 89 to 92 with like 2 hours’ work. Nice.
Of course, while I don’t exactly do ‘rough’ initial translations, this doesn’t mean that I’m not going to do a second pass. 100% is sorta far from done, and then I want to arrange tlc, editing, image editing, and my technical guy has to do his part (didn’t seem too hard when I talked to him last at least).
With that said, I’m still changing my avatars on 100%, for
kabbalistic symbolic reasons. Look forward to it, I guess.
I also am involved with two other projects for short VNs; one is waiting for image editing (and only that, I’ve had so much time I even added an injoke easter egg mode you’ll never get unless you extract the scripts or know me) which might take a while, one was waiting for editing but the editor actually did something yesterday while I was asleep so who knows? Maybe I’ll actually have to work on getting the scripts inserted soon, spooky.
And I guess that’s it, huh. Oh yeah wait I finished my first longer VN in Japanese, Shinsetsu Mahou Shoujo, this year. It was very, very good. It’s now scored higher than Ever17 on my vndb. I still can barely believe it. If Moogy or Chrono or somebody ever translates it or whatever, or you know Japanese, do give it a try.
Right, I’ve typed out enough characters to almost equal the first VN I translated in length, maybe I should wrap it up and give Decay a chance to speak his mind… Until next time, folks.
Decay’s MusingsHey guys, what’s up? Have you had a good ten and a half months? Mine have been eh. Nothing has been going quite as planned, but then again, what ever does? Fuwanovel’s extended absence was definitely not in the plans, that’s for sure.
First of all, I want to give HUGE props to people in the community who kept the VNTS spirit alive in our absence. Especially littleshogun. I cannot express enough how grateful we are for your efforts. Thank you for being awesome.
So, what happened? A combination of tech issues, burnout, and the complete and total absence of Tay. So here’s the deal: we encountered a variety of crippling tech issues stemming from our plugin choice. Tay hasn’t been around to look into the issue. I was feeling heavy burnout and not really feeling up to the task of completely reformatting the VNTS posts, especially since I didn’t know what other tech issues would crop up. And since Tay has been absent, I didn’t want to hand the torch off to someone else. I still don’t. It’s not my site, not my decision to make. Anyway, I noticed some recent updates to some of the plugins causing issues before, and lo and behold, we can now make VNTS updates like we used to again mostly without issue. And so, we’re back… sorta.
The next few months are looking like they’ll be a period of crunch for me. I don’t know how much free time I’ll have to do VNTS updates. Probably not much, but I don’t want give up on VNTS entirely. To be blunt, doing this update SUUUCKED. It took me around 15 hours to make, probably. I’ve been made brutally aware of how painful these updates get when you let them go for too long, so I want to at least try to keep up somewhat. Maybe bi-weekly? I dunno. We’ll have to see how grueling my schedule ends up looking.
I’m also aware of and definitely bothered by how dead the rest of the site is. I’d love nothing more than to assist in a full-scale revitalization of the site, but there’s not much we can do while Tay is still absent. Major structural change, additions/changes to managerial staff, etc, needs to happen with his approval at the very least. I don’t want you to be too harsh on him, though. Dude’s been living in a Caribbean backwater for the last year with limited internet access while working obscene hours in a clinic. He hasn’t outright abandoned the site or anything. Hopefully things get easier for him soon. In the meantime, I’ll do the little I can to keep things semi-active. This means more VNTS updates for now, but I’d like to support the news and reviews side of the site eventually as well. It’ll be slow going for the next few months, in any case.
Anyway, whew… That’s it for the boring site update stuff for this week. What was your favorite AX announcement? For me, it’s gotta be Robotics;Notes. I wasn’t in love with the anime when it first aired, but unlike Steins;Gate, the anime actually cut a LOT out of the VN’s story and seemingly everyone says the VN was way better. And DaSH is apparently pretty damn good. I can’t wait to play these games. What about you?