VNTS (All)

Visual Novel Translation Status (07/09/2019)

Written by Decay

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

JAST USA

Sekai Project/Denpasoft

MangaGamer

Sol Press

Other

New Releases Since August 2018

New Additions Since August 2018

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

Fan Translation Projects

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JAST USA Projects

JAST USA (Blog)

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MangaGamer Projects

MangaGamer (Updates)

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Sekai Project Projects

Sekai Project (Update Page)

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

Misc. Projects

Other Projects

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VNTS Commentary Section

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.

Sigh.

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?

About the author

Decay

Hello, I'm Decay, an avid fan of visual novels and a regular poster on Fuwanovel. Also, I now review and write about VNs officially for Fuwanovel? Yeah, that started happening at some point. You may also see me on VNDB as dk382.

12 Comments

  • Lets not deceive ourselves, its pretty realistic and high possibility that Tay completely abandoned fuwanovel and/or visual novels. What are you planning to do in case of Tay never returns? Leave everything like this indefinitely saying its not your site thus its not your responsibility? Sorry if I came out like blaming people or rude. It wasn’t my intention. I am just curious.

    • In the unlikely event that Tay never returns, there’s not much I CAN do. I have limited access to the deeper backend stuff. Zero access to the server. Zero access to the forums administration. All of the software licenses and accounts and everything belong to him. If he wants to hand the keys over to someone else who will keep the site active, then that’s great. But if he’s content to just let the site die, then the site will die. It’s his site to kill. I know Tay, though, and I very highly doubt that’s what he wants.

      Funny story, I did stage the hostile takeover of a message board I was admin of around 16 years ago when the site owner/host was MIA and the forums were glitching out left and right. It’s pretty funny looking back on it, but also was kind of a dick move. That’s just not how I roll these days.

  • Thanks for the mention here, and I’m happy to see another VNTS at Fuwanovel here. Anyway here’s my VNTS Review combined with AX commentary, and it’s quite long here. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    https://forums.fuwanovel.net/blogs/entry/2811-a-certain-magical-kyouko-review/

    As for my favorite title (Or in my case interested with), my priority here goes to Eiyuu Senki GOLD following with Amatsutsumi and Witch’s Garden. Yamizome might not so bad here considering that their setting is resembled some light novel very much, especially the latter. As for Mugen Renkan, it might be weird to say but I guess I can say that it interest me with Izumi Banya name and female MC. As for Robotic Notes, er… it’s another Sci ADV which mean it’ll have sci fi althogh currently I prefer some title that end Committee 300 though. Other than that, I guess Koiama 2 here might be good if you need some refreshing VN seeing that it’s lighthearted moege and all (Somehow the cast did remind me of Gochiusa). I guess that’s all for my favorite here.

  • SO glad to have you back. Though many thanks again to littleshogun who did a tremendous job while you were absent.

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