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  1. 10 points
    They ended up employing a number of new translators, 5 I think (including me). I know they're doing LNs, manga and VNs, but I don't really know what the experimental titles are as I've been put on a regular VN translation which suits me perfectly since that's all I'm interested in.
  2. 8 points

    Reading VN is masochistic

    You rode through a great journey. The emotional high stays with you throughout the day, and maybe the next, slowly phasing out. Sometimes you think back to just how good it was and reminisce in fond memories. You start another visual novel. You hope it'll be as good as the last. . You read an unpolished gem. You found some interesting parts, narrative patterns, or thoughts in the novel that you enjoyed. While parts of it may have dragged or been unpolished, there's a certain charm to it all. You want to shill it to all your friends so they can enjoy it too, and start to think about whom it would be good to recommend it to. You look up other works by the author... . You read something you ultimately didn't find amazing, but think will be interesting to discuss with people. You don't feel like you wasted your time, exactly; maybe you used it suboptimally, but how could you know? You know more about the medium and can draw more parallels with other works when talking to other people deeply into the medium. . You read something pretty garbage. You find solidarity with other people in talking about just what makes it such trash. It lets you see how storycraft can go wrong, and improves your pattern recognition to help you avoid something so disappointing again. You know the medium better, have better picking skills, and have something new to meme about. . You read a Fuwanovel forum post by a fifteen year old trying but failing to sound profound, and cringe. You contemplate suicide, but eventually decide that it is not worth it, even though something tells you you have just contracted a painful form of malignant cancer. You write a forum post in reply
  3. 8 points
  4. 7 points
    Hello everyone, Though a little late, I'm back with another progress update. For the translation, the script for the append and New Game+ is about 80% translated. Dany and Vuken are continuing with the tlc and edit for chapter 2 respectively. Nylios will continue to translate the In-Game Terminologies. Glupak will also continue with his work on the Menu Images. We've been a bit busy irl, so there wasn't much progress. But now that summer is here, maybe we'll be able to find more time to spend on this project . In any case, that's all for now. Thank you for reading and see you next time ^^.
  5. 7 points
    The problem with thinking 'prose' is all about muh chuunige or whatever is that much of comedy is just as dependent on good unmetered writing as whatever the so-called prose nerds like. Would Grisaia's common route, which could well have continued into moe style routes rather than what it actually does with a few tweaks, really have been close to as good with a lame translation? Good prose doesn't have to mean big words or descriptions tinted dangerously close to the violet end of the spectrum either. Nailing character voice, which seems to me like something you'd want in a character-focused moege to make the girls feel alive, is entirely a prose problem, and indeed a translation quality problem.
  6. 6 points
    Ugh, are we having yet another discussion about 2D vs 3D again or something...? Is it really THAT difficult for people to keep their 2D mentality in check and not let that influence their thinking in real life? It's perfectly normal for a person to enjoy 2D loli stuff, and still want to beat the hell out of a real life pedophile. Also, I mean, this is pretty much like "I find people killing each other gross and disgusting, so I will just boycott the whole movie community together". It's perfectly normal for a person to have something they can't stomach. Doesn't mean they have to spread that hate to everything associated to it. I can't handle NTR. That shit disgusts me. But I still enjoy everything else that is not NTR like normal. It's not that people "normalized" this and that. People just learned to just, ignore things that they have no interest in and let the person be, that's all.
  7. 6 points
  8. 6 points
    The problem is that you can't actually get a lot of good criticism. Usually it's 99% vague autistic screeching. With that said I'd love for that autist anon on 4chan to go through one of my translations in case I let some mistranslations slip through, I can just ignore whatever things I don't care about in his evaluation. That's only the reading-the-japanese side of translation though which is not that big of a part of it. It is incredibly rare to get critique on an actually useful level, and it's certainly not going to come from the fans who actually get upset about most translations.
  9. 6 points
  10. 5 points
    There are only three types of post, good post with lot of thought, stupid post that make you want to commit die and post that disturb you. You rode through a great argument, then you realise you have no brain cell to process. The emptiness overwhelms you. You endured the post for the sake of making your point, feeling you have wasted your time and should have done something else. You are so disturbed you closed window. Since you have already seen it, it is still your own loss. In all cases, the reader suffer. I have observed that people frequently deliberately and consciously do something that is against their own interest. This can only be explained by a latent desire to be punished, a thing I know well. I have long realised I am incapable of bringing much joy to anyone, and as such does not deserve to be happy. This is the punishment that is due to me. A sin that cannot be absolved through religion, science and humanity. Fuwanovel is one of the last thing I can enjoy in life. Through this masochistic experience I can repent my sin.
  11. 5 points
    @Funyarinpa the exact post I wanted to respond to was hidden and I'll leave up to @Dergonu whether my response is justified, but are you sure you want to use this "anger and disgust" argument? Disgust is nr 1 emotion driving every kind of bigotry. And as much as I disagree with many people arguing with you, the more agitated you get, the more that is exactly what you're starting to look like - a bigot, labelling broad categories of people as harmful degenerates because they reject your moral viewpoints. Asking them to keep their offensive compulsions private, as they supposedly endanger the society by showing them, exactly like conservatives always pushed gay people to do. Obviously, it's not a perfect parallel, but I just want to to put what you're doing into perspective. You ask people to show empathy and follow with condemnation and judgment. You go on emotional tirades instead of making a case for yourself - I mean, who exactly the loli discussions on niche forums are hurting? Who is exposed to them against their will? You do all the things that makes me cringe away from the social justice movements despite agreeing with them on the vast majority of stuff - you try to sanitize the public sphere instead of fighting to educate people to do better. You show contempt that only makes the other side feel threatened and resentful. And even if you're morally, and maybe even practically right... That's simply not how you approach people. There's no point to any of it, if you behave like that.
  12. 5 points
    If you don't get rid of the Santa hat in your avatar before leaving, I swear I'll eat my shoes. Here, I'll even give you (AGAIN) the proper version of it. Wow, isn't Fiddle a nice guy? If I were someone whose avatar still had a Santa hat in it, I'd want to get rid of said Santa hat, especially out of courtesy for the guy who gave me that Santa hat in the first place. A fine parting gift, if I do say so myself.
  13. 5 points

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  14. 5 points
    Sankaku Renai || Love Triangle Trouble || スキとスキとでサンカク恋愛 **Summary** This Walkthrough is based on the Official Western release of Suki to Suki to de Sankaku Ren'ai, published by NekoNyan and is available for Purchase on Steam And NekoNyan Store as well as other 3rd party storefronts. The VN was originally Developed and Published by ASa Project. **Description** Suki to Suki to de Sankaku Ren’ai is a game by Asa Project. A game in which protagonist Sousuke, his stepsister Nanaru and their parents make up their small 4 person family. Living a normal life, and enjoying their school days. All of that changes however, once his real sister Suzu comes back in their life. A love triangle unfolds whereby both of his sisters try to win his favor. Nanaru being open and energetic one, while Suzu is more reserved yet gentle. Then the story heats up even more once his childhood friend Maho and the mysterious senpai Shiina join the battle. So with 2 different love triangles happening around him, what will become of Sousuke? **Ending Guideline / Suggested Route Order** This VN has 4 Main Heroines and 2 Side Heroines. Each Route can be completed in any given order. The save system in this VN is slightly different from your standard save system. It uses Bookmark system. The Bookmarks can be further filtered according to various categories of your choosing. You will need 5 bookmark slots for the Purpose of this walk through. Note that Bookmarks cannot be overwritten, however they can be deleted. The guide follows the following Route order Shiina > Maho > Cara > Akane > Suzu > Nanaru. The Route order needs to be followed in order to make use of the Bookmark points used by this guide **Route Guideline** Kisu Shiina Narutaki Maho Cara Olivia ( Side Heroine ) Warota Akane ( Side Heroine ) Komorie Suzu Komorie Nanaru **Attribution** This Walkthrough was referenced from Seiya-Saiga, Chuee's Guide on Steam as well as my own playthrough of the VN
  15. 5 points
    @darkmage2015 and @Raum You're playing the non-fixed karin_qa script. You have to reapply the updated patch. @Bokun Thanks, you found the reason why the game won't save. I'm working on making a patch now that has a Japanese character at the start of every line. Edit: Okay, I've updated the patch so that saveload works now. For dialog, it has 「」wrapping and for narration, there is a space/indent. I should've known this would be an issue. There was the same limitation in the 2008 version of the game.
  16. 5 points
    Fruitbat don't publish/license the game so I have only meant that even though they don't release 18+ games themselves, they should still bring to the Harukaze's attention (who are basically self-publishing the game) that there's a very eager audience for the original 18+ version and plenty of platforms to sell it on. Since, you know, it looks like Harukaze have no meaningful interaction with the western audience whatsoever. Nothing more, nothing less. I'd even say that I generally like Fruitbat, they have released plenty of cool non-ero VNs like Chuusotsu or Seabed, sustain a somewhat decent TL/tech quality and the only game of theirs that originally had ero got the 18+ release on behalf of JAST anyway so it's not like they robbed you of anything. I'm only salty that they didn't bring Eiyuu Senki to the vita back in the day. Boo.
  17. 5 points
    Good news: All assets needed are extractable. Now all I need to do is to make plugins that allow the reading of the assets directly. This is a patch that requires a copy of the Vita version of "The House in Fata Morgana Dreams of the Revenants Edition" to work, and I will not be bundling it with my patch.
  18. 5 points
  19. 5 points
    See, that's exactly what I was talking about. I can already tell that based on what you said here, you definitely aren't gonna be a fan of either Nukitashi or, for that matter, the VN that's coming out in just a couple of days, Sankaku Renai. I can already tell you right now that both of these are gonna be full of "idiotic humour", "shitty 4chan memes", and maybe some "low class american idiots swearing" (not sure about the third one, but with TBAC being the main TL for both Fureraba and Sankaku Renai, it's quite possible he may have used that style of swearing again... that is, if he considered it appropriate for the VN in question). That's just how comedy VNs work. I don't know how else you could properly localize these. They are pretty much dumb in Japanese, and so I don't see any problem with them sounding dumb in English too (and hence one of the major reasons I avoid moege with accent on comedy like a plague - they are a huge pain in the ass to work on, and whatever you do, someone's always bound to consider your comedy writing "idiotic"). Also, that last piece of advice I marked in your comment... Man, do you even realize what "make it as widely acceptable as possible" even means? I hear that all the time and I am really starting to believe you people have no idea how many disagreements among everyone on this there are. "Widely acceptable" implies that whoever's working on VN translations should go out and always measure how many people want translations to be in one or the other style (I've seen some folks trying to measure this by doing surveys) and then act according to the results. Do you realize how unfeasible doing this all the time really is? First of all, even the fans themselves don't really know what they want. I see so many disagreements between people who want honorifics/no honorifics, who want liberal/non-liberal translations, who want dumb memes/no dumb memes, who want masterful prose writing (LOL at this one!)/no masterful prose necessary... etc, etc. How's one to decide on what to do?! Who's able to satisfy all these contradictory demands?! I don't know anyone who has ever seriously tried to measure what the VN fans want, and it's probably for a good reason. Even if they could, there's just no way you would be able to satisfy everyone, or for that matter "as widely acceptable as possible" size of community. "As widely acceptable" is just a myth. You don't know what's really "widely acceptable" as you're often gonna see complaints from a sizeable portion of community no matter what you do. There's just no way to accurately measure this, especially if you consider the new fans who might be coming in and who aren't necessarily gonna be weebs. And that's one of the major reasons why I believe translators like Arunaru and his ilk do what they do. They don't bother with "as widely as acceptable as possible". There's no such thing to begin with. So... what's a TLer gonna do then? Simple. They judge according to what sounds good to them and how they imagine the VN should read like. This sort of bias in translation... you get it all the fucking time, no matter who's at the helm doing the translation. I can tell you that every TLer out there has his own fucking way of translating something, and that's why no 2 translations are ever the same. No, I don't approve of translators who overlocalize and invent up silly shit just for the sake of novelty (no, I definitely don't approve of random Spanish lines that feel forced and out of the setting at hand), but that's just how things in this industry go. I don't let my "preference on style" cloud my judgement. Otherwise, I'd have to start despising the so-called "rewriting" that so many translators do. In fact, all the translations that we read are in fact nothing more than re-imagining of the Japanese works they are based on. Even the most literal translation you could dig out is still a re-imagining of the original work at hand (just remember that Japanese doesn't really have accurate English equivalents for many of its words and expressions and you'll understand what I mean by this). So you can recognize the inclusion/exclusion of honorifics as a style choice, but not "idiotic humour", "shitty 4chan memes", and "low class american swearing"? Tell me, have you read anything in pure Japanese so far? And if yes, imagine you were a TL. How would you translate this commonly used simple phrase from Japanese "よろしくおねがいします"? I'll tell you... if you have any sanity as a translator, you won't ever TL it as "Please treat me well.", no matter the context (I've yet to see a crazy-enough TLer who would do that). Basically, what all TLers do here is, they "rewrite" it every time they see it, depending on the scene, character, tone, etc. You people have to understand that translation work is more art than science. What you refer to as "rewriting the entire fucking thing" is exactly how all translations in a nutshell are. They are essentially someone's rewriting (I called it "reimagining" earlier in my post) of the VN at hand. Unless you're reading VNs in Japanese, you are always gonna be reading someone's reimagination of the VN based of its original. And while we can criticize a TLer's accuracy of translation, his creativity to carry over the Japanese lines, etc, etc. I would never go and say that TLers are "void of rationality and critical thinking" for just being liberal with their reimagination of the work at hand. In fact, I think totally opposite here. If they didn't do this type of stuff, then I'd question their sanity and rationality. I am in no way endorsing what NekoNyan did with Fureraba. I didn't even read it myself to judge their work yet. That said... if the biggest complaint one can make about a translation work is "swearing", then I don't really believe that translation was as bad as some are making it out to be. We have far, far bigger problems with translations nowadays. Personally, I am more pissed off about poor grammar, typos, and overall QC issues plaguing so many of official releases coming out nowadays. I consider that to be real shoddy work and that's what I am more worried about than some localization choice. Also... "people at large complain about this" - how many people? Did you measure? I am asking you this because I tend to see a lot of pro and anti-sentiments regarding this. I've seen a lot of praise from some of the more casual VN readers, loving Fureraba's localization. And then there are more weeb-oriented fans who absolutely abhor the localization of Fureraba. So which one is the right way? The casuals? The weebs? How do you satisfy all of these people at once? Is it even doable? No, I definitely don't think so.
  20. 5 points
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  22. 4 points
    One of the main problems I have is a lot of the times it doesn't accurately represent the characters personality. In Fureraba there is red haired chick that's supposed to be a classic tsundere, but all the swearing in her dialogue turns her into an American bitch. I'm pretty sure most of us that read VNs are weebs and we actually enjoy the Japanese anime trope character archetypes. Localization companies seem so hell bent on removing those aspects of a character and changing the characters into an American archetype that is similar. I know I sure as hell don't want that. I want a translation that keeps as much of the Japanese anime culture present as possible while still having sentences that flow well. A lot of the times I see people try defend the overly liberal translations by saying 'native English people don't talk like that'. The fuck do I care about how actual English people speak. I want to see how the Japanese anime character speaks, but in English.
  23. 4 points
    (This is difficult to write. Also, it's going to get personal, and if you need any trigger warnings, it's probably best to stay away, this might be disturbing for you.) IF YOU ARE NOT OF LEGAL AGE OR YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OLD, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT READING THIS MIGHT DO TO YOU, I DON'T RECOMMEND IT. I found this website very shortly after I got into VNs, because I was looking for a way to play Ever17. That was 2014, and I was 14 then. It's been... five years. Fuwa meant a lot to me in that time, and I think it still does now. By making me an ardent fan of VNs this place sidetracked my entire academic career (love to read 'em and post on forums too much now ) and as such will always hold a place in my life and heart. I still have one of the highest post counts on here, and I've seen a whole ton of people come and go. I'm one of the old guard so to speak, and I'm proud of that, in a way. Fuwa has changed in big and small ways since I joined... I wasn't here for Aaeru, but I was here for Okami and Ren and more Fuwapocalypses I can count. But I'll be leaving. It's a hard decision, but I think I've long truly left the things that once connected me to this forum in the first place. I don't know if I can or will get my account deleted, or do anything of the sort... I don't know how I feel, ultimately, about having been a part of this place for 5 years. I'm trying not to stop writing, because my decision to leave has to do with one of the most disgusting personal issues I've ever had and it's easy to give up on writing this and close the tab, and move on with my day. It's hard to sort out what I want to say. Since I'll be leaving, I also want to give my gratitude to this website and particularly some of its people, but I'll try to leave that to the end, ö. First, I want to discuss why Fuwanovel, and the VN community as a whole, hurt me at large. I've not posted extensively on here for a long time. And I think it'll end up staying that way. One of the reasons I started to get less involved here was that I got the impression we had some Trump supporters here (just as a general sentiment). But seeing as I continue to participate on other websites which also condone such bigotry, I can't really say that that's the only reason I am leaving. It's the administration's prerogative to allow that. Another, more involved reason was actually due to something more general to the VN community (and actually even more generally, the anime/manga community). The extent to which we condone harmful pornography. Back then in 2014, when this was the main place I talked to people about my interests, this was also a slightly different place. We had a vigilante sort of doctrine, whereby we distributed torrents of fan translated visual novels to build a fanbase by simply getting people to pirate the games we loved. Many of you reading this (and probably the three of you that care) already know this, but anyways. I don't know how well it worked or how much it contributed in the end, but it hooked me. Another aspect of 2014 Fuwanovel, however, was more insidious... Loli shit. I remember particularly a fellow going by the name of Steve being absolutely bonkers about this shit. Posting loli stuff everywhere. But this is not a Steve callout post. We've all heard the rationalizations... "It's fictional", "It keeps actual pedos from offending", "I am a lolicon because they're cute", "Free speech means nothing I say, do or condone has any consequence", the list goes on. But at the end of the day we had (have) a lot of people who still thought and think it's a perfectly normal and safe thing to do to jack off to drawings of children. If you're here to debate this with me, just close the tab and save yourself the trouble. Now, especially if you're a newer member, you might be confused about this loli stuff, they don't seem very prevalent now. Well, that's because the hosting service that runs the servers for the entire forum forced Fuwanovel to get rid of any loli pornography out of legal concerns a few years ago. There was a lot of mod-related drama about it before, too. So what's the issue if it's banned on here now? Well... 3 things. 1. I've seen no self reflection or serious discussion of this, I don't think I've seen anyone seriously reflect on the extremity of pornography that is allowed to condone here. 2. The mentality that normalized being a "lolicon" (in normal person terms, pedophile) is still alive. 3. I've realized how much it hurt me. Acting like there's no repercussions to enjoying jerking off to ANY DEPICTION OF children, or rape, or coercion, or manipulation (and probably incest) all-too-common in visual novels is... reductive. It's dangerous. We might've enabled someone who saw the lolicon posts on this forum, and decided to make that a reality- and we'll never know. But whether that happened or not is irrelevant. At the end of the day, Fuwanovel is still a place where even if you can't talk about loli stuff, you can talk about Starless or any number of games that make a fetish out of depraved, fucked up, harmful, sexist shit, without examining what it does to you or other people. I know there's no question of whether it's harmful or not, because I've slowly come to realize that it directly hurt me and my mentality about sex and sexuality. Now, it might be because that I browsed this place while underage for years. Maybe my parents should've known better than to let me use the internet unsupervised. Maybe just warping the mentalities of children and teenagers is a worthy price to pay to freely discuss VNs. Maybe *I* should've known better, but known better than to stay in this place after I saw the word "lolicon" be used in casual conversation for the first time. But in direct part thanks to VNs and attitudes I saw on here, I became someone desensetized to and able to condone (and get off to) absolutely disgusting shit. During sex, the girl tells the guy not to do something but the guy ignores her and does that thing anyways? It's fine, she enjoys it. A scene where at least one character is a high schooler? Lol it's fine this is anime, and she's hot. Fucking someone who doesn't even know what an orgasm is because they're just that uninformed about their own body? Not manipulative at all! A scene where the girl's extremely embarrassed but the guy just doesn't care and straight up gets to fucking her anyway? Who gives a shit about communication and consent? Fuck a character that looks like a 10 year old, who fucking cares as long as you can find a group of people to reassure you that it's okay? Now, this isn't exclusive to Fuwanovel. The entire fucking anime, manga and VN community turns a blind eye to this shit. I'm fucking 19, I've regularly immersed myself in this content and this way of looking at media and pornography that the Fuwanovel community and the VN community fed to me on a near-daily basis for five years. That's 25% of my life. A long time. I'm only now realizing just how fucked up and directly hurtful to real people this is. Did you know so much as hearing about people who casually masturbate to drawings of children can send victims of child sexual abuse into panic attacks they take hours if not days to recover from? Did you know that when you masturbate to porn featuring coercion or worse for a long time you can become a person who can be aroused by someone else's sincere pain? Do you know how easy it is to develop misconceptions and unhealthy understandings about sex, sexuality, and consent when almost all porn condoned by the people you talk to on a peer basis every day makes a mockery of the concept of treating someone you're making love to as a person? I played Euphoria at 15 and I still get extremely disturbed and uncomfortable when I think about it. I'm not even necessarily a victim of any of this. Just months if not weeks ago I casually recommended pornography that does exactly this to people on here. I've played my deliberate, informed, willful part in normalizing getting off to ANY depiction of abuse whatsoever. I am complicit. I don't know if I talked about it on here before, but I've been struggling for years about knowing I am a person with some of these fucked up fantasies. I wouldn't even think of doing anything about it in real life, because I know it can fucking hurt people. But it took me five years to even understand why even learning about it can make some feel preyed upon or manipulated. It's just... not healthy. It's fucking creepy, it's gross. I literally hate myself for it, and deserve to do so, because it's a thing to be hated. Being able to derive pleasure from someone being subjected to pain, or being violated, or being manipulated or coerced... That's gross, creepy, unhealthy, and harmful. If you still want to get off to depraved shit, at least keep it to yourself and to spaces where people are willing to examine what indulging in such fetishes does to them and the people around them. It's not a normal thing to do. It's dangerous, in the truest sense of the word, and if you want to consume media that normalizes abuse, it's your full responsibility to ensure the safety of people you reveal that activity and spread such media to. I know, because I normalized it in my head, and I'm still working to understand how it can hurt other people, because I've thrown the part of me that can empathize with that and then told other people it's okay to do so as well. You might be able to deflect blame from yourself by saying it's my fault or my parents' fault that I hurt myself by engaging with proponents of extreme pornography in the VN community. That's on you. But I know I, too, am to blame for condoning these things that I didn't realize hurt me. It's not worth it. Getting off to fucked up shit is not worth telling someone coercion, rape, or any abuse could or should be enjoyable in any capacity. Even if you tell yourself that fiction, perhaps the clearest reflection of people's cultural, philosophical and personal beliefs, has no bearing whatsoever on real life. I want none of it anymore. I want to do better than that. Be better than that. And I think that means letting go of the me that used to be OK with abusive pornography. And that means letting go of Fuwanovel. And that's why I'm leaving.
  24. 4 points

    What Anime are you watching now?

    Last week, had my occasional anime marathon with my friend. We watched three shows, two of which were new for me. First show was Made in Abyss. At first I thought it was going to be full of furry bait and despair after being exposed to countless Nanachi fanart, but I'm glad to say that it exceeded expectations. I absolutely loved the adventurous feeling the show had going for it, embodied by the characters of Riko and Reg. Second show was Violet Evergarden. I expected it to be a romantic show with how there was so much emphasis in the feeling of love from the start, but I am pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. Violet is such a precious person. I absolutely loved watching her develop into the kind of person she wanted to become. Cried every other episode. I'm a crybaby. I think I'll watch Kokoro Connect next. I have to at least try out @Roach's recommendations.
  25. 4 points
    Now this... This is the Fuwanovel I remember; complete and utter garbage. I missed it. Thank you all for bringing it back to me so I remember why I stopped interacting with the VN community in general this thread has it all and I hope it stays up as a testament to how god damn stupid the VN community is Hopefully Tay deletes this site soon.
  26. 4 points
  27. 4 points
    People is and always will be so different and have many different opinions, we cannot avoid this. Despite that, we must try to respect each other and allow everyone to express what they think. We must protect the right of everyone to stay away from things/people they dislike too, that way nothing is forced upon no one and everyone is happy and everyone is free to voice their opinion on stuff. Someone can hurt you with words. You can ignore this someone then and befriend others whose words you like. No one forces you to share their views, and no one forces you to argue with them about how yours are better. If this hurts you, you can just ignore it. If you feel the psychological NEED to impose your morals upon them despite being able to ignore it, it is you who is making a problem for yourself. Please think about it coldly, realise you can just ignore the people and the VN's you dislike, and enjoy what is good for you and be happy.
  28. 4 points

    Birthday thread

    Happy birthday to me lol! And its raining hard here too huhuhu
  29. 4 points
    I will literally spew forth a list of Visual Novels with a romantic element. I will assume the shorter ones that are more like a nukige are not within your sphere of interest. Most of these will not be to your tastes due to sheer statistic probability. Beware. VNs: VN/Game mix: If you want me to list the more romantic nukige (that means, sex primarily for love, and nothing really going into extremes), just ask. The comedy was hilarious (to me) and the girls are pretty unique. I just don't get the thing that's going on in the background... It's so weird.
  30. 4 points
    Based on how eroge companies generally operate regarding their western releases (especially when they have no "partner" to help them), I'd say simply asking them first would be the wise decision as japanese eroge pubs may not think of releasing a 18+ version for the most absurd reasons you can't even imagine in the right mind. Looking back, I'd even say they usually approach the release with the mentality of "of course we are going for the safe console version, why would we release porn in the wild west and ask for trouble?" and only then fans can sometimes manage to dissuade them. I have a very hard time believing that NoraNeko of all things (considering that all seiyuus in the game are the usual suspects) is exactly that legendary game which can't be released uncut due to the extreme licensing issues and it's not simply a case of "can't be bothered to go back to the basic preparations that late in the game". If there's no will, there obviously won't be a way. While true, it would be absurd to stall the steam release for another, say, six months simply because they didn't think of releasing 18+ version, it still means that if noone presses them about it, they'll just think that everything is marvellous and they are genious strategists. Especially since, as I understand it, they don't even look at the feedback, only Fruitbat does. Fruitbat that's not even releasing 18+ games to begin with.
  31. 4 points
    Can only speak from my personal experience, which is about a dozen things with about eight different translators, but at least from what I've seen in the industry, the translator usually checks over the editor's output and does so-called "counter-edits" (75% of the games I've worked on). Also, who gets the "final cut" between the TL and the editor is kind of up in the air, though usually the TL and editor simply discuss anything where they disagree, so it's not really an issue. And just briefly, regarding Fureraba: the translator has spoken very highly of the work the editor did on Fureraba on several occasions, to me and to others, so you can at least assume they were agreed that it was good work overall. I haven't read it myself, but the screenshots I've seen posted here and there have always looked fine to me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  32. 4 points

    Birthday thread

    Thank you for the wishes everyone! It's such a weird feeling being in my 30s already... At least I've got a lot of weird RL stuff happening lately to distract me from my advanced age. Hopefully, it will settle down soon and I'll be able to celebrate by reading some VNs in peace. :3
  33. 4 points
    I flatly refuse to CHANGE TO IMPERIAL is what I mean. Haha.
  34. 4 points
    Fred the Barber

    Birthday thread

    Thanks, everybody! I really appreciate the warm wishes.
  35. 4 points
    I suddenly remembered our chat on Discord. And yeah, all your points stand true. Knowing all these things that I've come to realize after following this scene for so long, I dare not to publicly speak ill of any VN translation's quality nowadays, whether it be official or fanTL. The situation has really gone for the worse. It saddens me to say that most English-only VN readers will never understand what it looks like to be the one having to work on this stuff. The stuff you said are things only someone who has worked on visual novel translations can truly understand. All the time, I see VN fans complaining about the minorest of shit that they don't like in some translation works out there (from honorifics inclusion to whether there's too much swearing used in the translation and other types of silly shit), not realizing how difficult it really is to fulfill all of their selfish demands. The people they are looking for to do those "proper translations"... those people don't work on visual novels. I'd really like it if they could stop deluding themselves into expecting amazing translation works done by anyone who's working on VNs nowadays. Only hardcore VN fans and hobbyist type of freelancers work on VNs nowadays. Nobody who has any semblance of self-respect won't come anywhere near VNs. That word you just used in your post... "ungrateful"... that's exactly how I would describe working on VN translations. Ultimately UNGRATEFUL.
  36. 4 points
    No, you're correct. Nukitashi is fucking hard to translate because of its puns and memes. I certainly feel like they've thrown me in the deep end. Ultimately the plan is for there to be more translators working on it though and not just myself partially because of the difficulty but additionally because it's quite big and they had planned for it to be completed sooner. You are right though - there are very few VN translators in general.
  37. 3 points
    No it wouldn't, injecting boorish westerm vulgarities into a non-vulgar speech is not an equivalent of referring to someone informally. Example: "O-omae!" (informal, somewhat disrepectful way of referring to someone by saying "You".) Murrican libral translation: "YOU asshole, I'll fuck your shit up bastard!"
  38. 3 points
    Hi, guys! Nayru here, one of the two developers from NoBreadStudio. I wanted to introduce you to the second project we've been working on. Just like SoulSet, this one's also of the mystery genre, only with supernatural elements instead of fantasy this time. Check it out and give the demo a try! Any kind of feedback is always welcome! >>> Now Live on Kickstarter! Please support us! <<< >>> Play the demo on Itch.io! <<< Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Facebook | Discord | Itch.io | VNDB Summer's here and school's out! Join Kevin and his group of friends as they leave for a much-anticipated trip into the wild outdoors. There will be camping, fishing, hiking... Oh, and campfire stories, of course! But don't believe everything you hear. All the nasty rumors surrounding Wright Lake are surely just that - rumors. Or are they? Whiteheart Woods is a visual novel that explores the themes of friendship, love, and personal secrets, set in a world on the brink of a great change. Experience a story- and character-driven narrative, and make meaningful choices that affect your relationships and determine what endings you get. Genres: supernatural, mystery, comedy, romance, suspense Romance: B x G, B x B 4 pursuable characters (3 female, 1 male) Over 50k words of script (over 5h of gameplay) Multiple endings that depend on your choices Character sprites with blinking animations and various outfits CG, Background and Ending Galleries H-scenes Steam Achievements and Trading Cards Available for Windows, Mac and Linux Just like every summer, Kevin takes a break from the noise and hustle of big city life. Bringing along a group of close friends, he leaves for a week of cabin camping on the shores of a remote lake, deep in the wilderness. But despite being known for its breathtaking, serene beauty and crystal clear waters, the area also holds a reputation for bizarre, unexplained happenings. It isn't long before the group begins to discover that there is more to Wright Lake than even the most outlandish campfire stories would suggest... Content warnings: general mature themes, strong language, use of alcohol, nudity, sexual content. Nayru - Lead Developer / Artist / Writer / Programmer MstMori - Artist / Writer / GUI Designer Marcianek - Background Artist Questions: 1. What parts of the demo did you enjoy/didn't enjoy and why? 2. Which character did you find the most intriguing so far? We'd love to hear what you think!
  39. 3 points

    What are you playing?

    It's 3AM or something and I finally finished Da Capo. Kotori's route was full of romance. Getting into Da Capo, the kind of content it had was exactly the kind of content I was expecting from a romance-focused moege. It was refreshing to finally read something within what I imagined the story to be. I loved Miharu's route, and it made me realize who real best girl is. I love bananas now. Etc route was pretty interesting, and is a nice play with the overall theme of the game. After reading it all and unlocking all scenarios, I think I can say that Da Capo exceeded my expectations as a moege (or whatever the more appropriate term is for these moege derivatives). It lives up to its reputation, at least. However, I do have some qualms about some of the routes I just finished. I guess I'll just put those in my journal so I don't spoil people who just want to read through buzz here.
  40. 3 points
    Wow, no shit? Who would've have thought that the site's owner, the only one with access to most of it, going AWOL for literal years and everything but the Forums slowly breaking down would kill a site. I'm sure no one in the community ever noticed that or expressed powerless frustration at the current state of affairs. Thank you enlightening us with your outside perspective. Like we're ever going to get this much initiative from the top. ^^
  41. 3 points
    I think there's a bit more to that. What I like in the culture of political correctness (yes, I'm using the term unironically) is that it encourages self-reflection and being mindful of other people's feelings. That's what empathy is for me. For example, a group of people universally find some term offensive. I didn't know that, but if someone tells me that and it's a group that I have any kind of respect for, I won't use it, otherwise I'd be an asshole on purpose. On the other hand we have the abomination of outrage culture and treating everything even slightly questionable as a scandal. Vide Attack Helicopter Dating Sim and the discussion about that, I think my posts there kind of missed the point, but the one thing that frustrated me is that intention and context seemed to lose all meaning. It's only the hypothetical person that might feel insulted by it and their overzealous advocates that matter. It goes to the bizarre extremes such as Kim Kardashian not being allowed to impersonate Diana Ross on Holloween party because of Jim Crow and blackface... I mean, how the fuck did we get here from the genuine defence of vulnerable groups? With eroge we got to a similar point. There's a lot of content in it that I personally find objectionable and I don't really hide that. I openly argue for the availability of all-ages editions and would support replacing certain content for Western release (ex. Kara no Shoujo's rape scenes), if it was done with actual care. But the community never stopped me from enjoying the things I actually like and speaking my mind on all kinds of manners, while there are definitely those that would happily burn my entrainment with the whole forest of "questionable" otaku media. I mean, we just had one of the most wholesome-looking yuri VNs ever banned by Steam as potential child porn. An all-ages, light romance that teaches people Esperanto FFS. I don't want to whitewash all the creepy weirdness that comes from 4chan otaku and other fringes, but damn, reasonable discussion is simply dead by this point. If we're not going to be tolerant with each other, we can just all follow Funya and jump into a pit of fire - it's not like we have many other places to go to cultivate our hobbies, or enough people that share it to break into a dozen of factions. EDIT: And one more thing that people seem to gloss over in Funyarinpa's story... He was a minor, as I assume, openly active in a porn community for years without anyone doing anything. As much as I believe that it's not really my place to police what other adults do and most of them are probably stable enough to not be influenced by all the vile crap, no middle schooler should read euphoria. We might not be able to stop them anyways, but eroge communities are not a place where anyone below 18 should be allowed into. We should take at least that much responsibility for what we're spearing around here (not that it matters much at this stage of Fuwa being dead, but it's a good lesson for the future).
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    Oh yeah, you know, those honor killings in rural Turkey, where they kill women that were raped or had sex with someone before marriage, as disgrace to their families? Who are we to judge it? After all, it's an important part of their culture. And sorry for hyperbolic comparison, but after years of people trying to teach me how to be "culturally sensitive" I still fail to see how something being a part of culture or tradition should stop us from questioning it. I think we are all aware that Japanese culture enabling paedophiles (and mysoginy) is an actual problem, while the issue we're talking about now is not reforming Japanese people, but what should we do when that media, with all its fucked up baggage, comes to us. And the answer Funyarinpa pushes, as I understand it, is that we should at least be aware that we're promoting something questionable which might have toxic influence on people. That ignoring this fact is hard to justify from a moral standpoint and it should inform how we discuss/recommend stuff. I don't care that much, as I've dropped any pretence of being a decent person a while ago (I just don't have energy for activism, I barely have enough for living), but I think he has something of a point. Edit: And BTW, pointing to a problem within a medium doesn't mean judging people that enjoy it or calling for banning stuff. Within the community, it's about discussion and awereness. I'm definitely above judging people... Outside maybe of those defending Hajimete no Okaa-san. Sorry mates, but actual pedophilia apologism & romanticised child rape and impregnation porn might be a bit over the line of what should be reasonably allowed.
  44. 3 points
    Lolis are cute, loli sex is disgusting... Worse is the absolute worship of loliconism that was particularly prevalent during the opening days of Fuwa. It disgusts me that Maitetsu got localized, and it endangers the community as a whole. It often amazes me how blind people are to how eroge effect them. Hell, I used to be a prude, now I just know where my boundaries are. That's a much bigger change than you'd think, considering it mostly began after I started playing eroge. It isn't just loliconism, it's ryona and constant justification of rapegames... I feel fouled whenever I come across that stuff while browsing dlsite or vndb... Edit: Loliconism is prevalent throughout all otaku communities, though it was much worse five to six years ago. A lot of the reason why it is (finally) fading away is because less lolicon material is being produced by the commercial industry in Japan (though the doujin circles are as lively as ever). There was a time when someone seriously saying lolicon is disgusting could get shouted down in any given otaku community. Now, we've transitioned to an era where no one really wants to talk about it, which is moderately less distasteful, if no less problematic.
  45. 3 points
  46. 3 points
    IFL waifuism. Source: https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3684923
  47. 3 points
    Don't let facts get in the way of a good story. We haven't licensed anything - as I pointed out just a few posts earlier in this thread. Not the voices, not the game. It's being released by Harukaze via their label of TOKYOTOON, and would've been exactly the same way without us, just with less QA and lacking user support. That statement's all sorts of amusing on other grounds as well, but oh well.
  48. 3 points
    Status update Overall progress: Translation: 7205/43896 Editing: 3825/43896
  49. 3 points
    I'd go beyond that and say sometimes the translator even asks the editors for ideas while they're translating on how to tackle some issues where there is no good translation for a word, name, pun, meme, etc.
  50. 3 points