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  1. Ojou-sama recommendation with a twist

    Tama-nee in To Heart 2 is an ojou-sama, but then her ojou-sama lifestyle isn't much the focus of the plot. The one I know that most fits what you're probably looking for is unfortunately untranslated Prima Stella where every heroine is an ojou-sama.
  2. Ho boy this debate again. Then again, I'm not sure I've ever clearly stated my position on this. I have worked on projects where I've translated it both ways - leaving honorifics and a smattering of Japanese terms, and the alternative without leaving a single Japanese'ism in the translation. In my opinion, I think the ideal translation would never have any Japanese terms, except for things like food names and so on as that's how they'd be referred to in the west anyway. HOWEVER, it is extremely hard to do this and capture the nuance and please everyone at the same time (some would say impossible.) What people miss, though, is that if this is done seamlessly, the reader is completely unaware of the use of these terms in Japanese unless they're weaboos (note I consider myself somewhat of a weaboo so I don't mean this only in the derogatory way.) Weaboos are actively LOOKING for Japanese terms in the audio, or have a vague idea of what was in the original script and generally know some Japanese, but are usually not fluent in Japanese themselves. The more Japanese you know, the more forgiving you become of liberal translations since you have a better understanding that nuance is far more important than accuracy (they're subtly different things.) On the flip side, however, the target audience for these translations ARE weaboos, so the reality is they don't actually WANT a good translation, they want their little understanding of Japanese to make them think they understand it better if they're left in. Knowing your target audience is an important thing. Who are you translating it for? If you do an excellent liberal translation dropping honorifics and Japanese terms, you will get a fixed percentage of people that will be annoyed, irrespective of how good the translation is, and if you do a bad one, you'll get a large percentage of people that are annoyed. If you do a translation where you leave the honorifics and Japanese terms in place - provided you don't start making it clunky and literal, you'll actually get very few complaints at all. So in that regard, who are you translating it for if you're killing yourself to make it as liberal as possible? Fan translations are entitled to do whatever the hell they want. Official releases are a different matter... So anyway, if it's a trillion times easier to leave them in, and you end up pleasing more of the audience, why the fuck go about it the hard way? Put a handy translation notes card in with the game release explaining the few terms used for the few newcomers to the art form. This might seem contradictory given I'm currently working on haruuru and we're not using any Japanese terms, but then ours is a fan translation, and some of us really wanted to try to do it without (me included). I think we've done a very good job on this (no dudes here.) Note also we played the game through before beginning the translation too. My translation commitment on that project is also almost complete. However, for games set in Japan, I think from now on if I were to choose, I'd just leave them in.
  3. Well, I've finished this, and I loved it. I think a couple of melodramatic developments were out of place, but otherwise the stories were enjoyable, and with the help of the walkthrough and quick skip feature, going back to redo the same heroine for a different version of the story was relatively painless. It would have killed me to go back without the walkthroughs as some things were not ever going to be obvious. I enjoyed most of the heroine's routes, though Mahiru was really funny until confession, her route got pretty boring after that, and she's too young to lewd for my taste so it was the only disappointing route. QP was the star of the story; very funny, and he had the same VA as Mihiro in Wagamama high spec which I spotted pretty quickly. The stand out thing for me was Rinka's VA has been in every sugar and spice game before this one, and she always played my favourite heroines or side characters, so it was awesome to get her again, especially since I quite enjoyed her route. She even did the 'just kidding' uso da yo thing in her original character in S+S1 so I'm sure they were paying homage to the original game. A couple of endings I thought weren't happy enough, tending to the bitter side too much when they were bitersweet, but overall they were satisfying. I loved the H scenes in general too; there were even some interesting realistic scenes amongst them, though scattered amongst other typical VN fare, and there were plenty for each heroine. The final word on the use of "dude"? We all agree it was a bad choice, and initially I would have liked to have explained it away as the translator choosing it because of Chiho being a tomboy character, but after hearing her in native Japanese, and getting to know the heroine, apart from her calling herself 'boku', there was nothing tomboy about her IMO. It reeks of the translator not having played the game first, and just translating it straight up.
  4. Visual Novels with a harem ending

    Twins ending in To Heart 2
  5. What is your favourite VN store?

    You can prioritise what you like, and I'll go on prioritising what I like.
  6. What is your favourite VN store?

    JAST because they accept bitcoin and there's never a mosaic anywhere in sight...
  7. Winter 2019 Anime Discussion

    Alright, maybe I'm overinterpreting it then.
  8. Winter 2019 Anime Discussion

    So DAL3 started and while it may be another studio, and perhaps the quality isn't quite the same, it still has that real trashy magic that I love. I'm enjoying it immensely so far.
  9. Winter 2019 Anime Discussion

    Don't worry, apparently the DALIII previews were not the quality that will be getting broadcast (hopefully).) The stand out so far is 5-Toubun no Hanayome which is amazing in this world of lousy harem romcoms. The MC doesn't suck, the harem has 5 interesting girls, the comedy seems funny so far, and MOST importantly, they make it absolutely clear the MC chooses a girl by the end. Here's hoping they actually animate to the end (is the manga finished/ing?)
  10. Hoping to find a Romance VN I have not read

    Now that's some good taste right there.
  11. Anime with ultimately satisfying endings

    Added Release the Spyce and Zombeland Saga from this season
  12. I'm trying to collate a list of anime series with those sort of ultimately satisfying endings that make you happy to have watched a series right through to the end, and the ending is complete enough that you know that a sequel isn't necessary to feel fulfilled. I'm only interested in shows with HAPPY endings, not kinda positive sombre ones, and no unresolved freaking harems. I want the sort of endings that make you feel a little depressed that the show is over but happy with the conclusion. The shows themselves don't even need to be awesome, but to have a very good ending which makes it better overall. More marks if they brought tears (of joy) to your eyes. Now I realise that people's opinions on what constitutes a satisfying ending will be vastly different from person to person and that's okay, but if you wish to debate the reasons something may not be ultimately satisfying, please put it in spoiler tags. Successful romance is a big plus but not essential. I don't remotely claim to have watched all anime ever so one of my main reasons for doing this is to find other shows to watch - since my bias is towards romances there's likely a lot of action shows I'm missing here. Here's a list off the top of my head. I'll add more as I remember, and I might add other people's to this top post if we start getting some consensus. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have! Here's a link to my completed anime that I can remember. My list is incomplete since I didn't start it when I first started watching anime 20 years ago...: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/MyAnime/?user=Ittaku&categ=3 The first on the list is not listed alphabetically because it's my reference for the greatest anime ever on all levels so gets a special mention. The rest is alphabetical. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Absolute Duo AmagamiSS Amagi Brilliant Park Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm Bakuman Beyond the Boundary Brave Witches Brighter than the dawning blue Cardcaptor Sakura Castle Town Dandelion A Certain Scientific Railgun Chivalry of a Failed Knight Chobits Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai Crest of the Stars + Banner of the Stars Cross Ange Cross Game Darling in the FranXX Emma - A Victorian Romance Eureka 7 Full Metal Panic + TSR GATE Girls und Panzer Golden Time Gosick Haikyuu Hanayamata Heavy Object High School DXD Itazura na Kiss Just Because Kaichou wa maid sama Kaleido Star Kamisama Kiss + OVAs Kanon2006 Karin Kimi ni Todoke Kobato Kokoro Connect K-On Lagrange: The Flower of Rinne Last Exile Little Witch Academia (TV) Lovely Complex A Lull in the Sea Maison Ikkoku Maria the Virgin Witch Matoi the Sacred Slayer My Bride is a Mermaid My-Hime My Love Story Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart. Planetes Please Teacher Princess Tutu Puella Magi Madoka Magica Record of Grancrest War Recovery of an MMO Junkie (TV) Release the Spyce Relife + OVAs. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo Shakugan no Shana Shirobako Snow White with Red Hair Sound! Euphonium. Star Blazers 2199 (TV) Steins;Gate Strike Witches ToraDora Tsuki ga Kirei Twin Star Exorcists Ultra Maniac Uma Musume Pretty Derby Wagnaria!! (aka Working!!) Welcome to the Ballroom Welcome to the NHK Wolf Girl and Black Prince (The) World Is Still Beautiful Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Zero no Tsukaima Zombieland Saga Recommended by others (either I haven't seen them or they recommended them but I wouldn't include them in my list): Angel Beats Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. Clannad Code Geass Death Note Engaged to the Unidentified F/SN Unlimited Blade Works Garo: Carved Seal of Flames (GARO: The Animation) Grisaia no Kajitsu Guilty crown Gunbuster/Diebuster Gundam Build Fighters Kara no Kyoukai Haibane Renmei Hanasaku Iroha Higurashi Katanagatari Little Busters Mari Mite Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Parasyte Turn A Gundam
  13. Fall 2018 Anime Discussion

    Bloom into you is really good. You're missing something if you don't watch it. I struggle with challenging shows and I wouldn't call it challenging. Bunny senpai remains solid to the end, though the first arc is undeniably the best. Gakkou no juliet loses a bit of steam along the way but is still a fun ride with its goofy couple. Irozuku world in colours is actually very good. It has a few slow moments during the show but it ends very strongly. I rated this the highest of the shows that finish this season. Vampire became boring as batshit. Index3 became even more confusing than any of the previous installments. One for people who have religiously watched all previous raildexes only, or read the LNs. Goblin Slayer is simple good vs evil fun in the end, though yeah disturbing. Slime is a bit of a gem. How to do a seriously OP character yet somehow entertain continuously. Akanesasu shoujo was meh cheap handheld game based fare. Anima Yall was mundane. Beelzebub was boring fluff Conception was the most amazingly bad piece of trash in a long time Hinomaru is predictable as fuck sport anime about sumo but still executed in a fun enough way that it's good clean entertainment Karakuri circus was a complete clusterfuck that fell to pieces only a few episode in and still has ages to go to execute even more clusterfuckery Imoimo is so bad the studio itself complained they felt like slaves. It's a hilariously badly executed and animated tropefest with zero value Release the spyce was actually great fun about kick arse girls SSSS grdiman was extremely popular because of Rikka's thighs but it was still entertaining as a weird take on the superhero thing SAO3 is actually the best SAO installment yet. Unfortunately you have to have watched the first two to make the most of it, but it's finally solid consistent entertainment. Tsurune was boring AF. Kyoani are making another formula driven but completely soulless show in this one Maid uzasugiru was kinda entertaining but creepy at the same time, and not in a good way Zombie land saga was good clean fun to the end. Himote house was the overlooked gem of the season. Terribly cheap 3d animation, almost no plot to talk about, but a bunch of adult woman sitting around saying hilarious things. Jingai san no yome takes the cake for the most bizarre anime of the year, though is strangely cute to watch Yes I watched most of these, though a lot of the dodgier ones I dropped a few episodes in.
  14. VNs I read in 2018: Retrospective

    You seriously need to finish shit before moving on...
  15. Craving a good tsundere

    Well I play everything on linux so I'm used to "getting things to work" for VNs. I recently bought HdR and downloaded it because I felt guilty that I played it by sailing the high seas over a decade ago, and it's an absolute bargain. So the archive is sitting there waiting for me to see. I do recall an extremely long common route, but once you get that out of the way and save it you can go straight to each heroine's route. I think I'd only play Asumi's route through again: my first tsundere crush Izumi from Clover Day's is my all time favourite tsundere, but I need to do something in the future to bring that project back to life for people to play it in English.
  16. Craving a good tsundere

    I have a real soft spot for HdR. Not sure if it has aged well but it really hit a nerve when I played it when it first came out. I should replay it to see if it still works for me. I do remember hating all the epilogues though (especially Asumi's.)
  17. Craving a good tsundere

    Asumi from Heart de Roommate. An oldie but a goodie. Others have already listed the two I would have recommended from To Heart 2
  18. I resuscitated a twitter profile I'd never used and am posting my progress on there now since this thread is only updated every few weeks.
  19. In before someone complains about localisation choices... oh woops way too fucking late. Dude, where's my car?