Another translator’s opinion on quality and progress

This was posted in the chinese UMD translation journal:

8/25 Finished the epilogue, the whole book is completed. I have mentioned before there is almost no one within the group who wanted to participate, and basically one person had to finish half the book by himself. Not to mention there is only one editor, so undoubtedly the speed will be extremely extremely slow. There seem to be some kids at certain rehosts were unaware of such, and believe that once the project has began there is a responsibility to finish it at high speeds with great quality. The only thing I can say is, I am only the same as everyone else who like the story, and hope to share it with those who can not read Japanese. We do not have the duty and responsibility to absolutely finish the translation project at high speeds efficiently. On top of that, only those who have had participated in such work understand how difficult it is. I hope the kids who think we are too slow, unkind, irresponsible can carefully think about such an issue. As for the Unbreakable Machine Doll 14 released at the end of September, if nothing special comes up, I will continue to work on it. Of course, efficiency is not something I can gurantee. If there are kids who do not like it, I dare you to come punch me!

Source: http://www.lightnovel.cn/thread-746430-1-1.html

 

[Note: I am not codezero]

You Should Read: 黒鋼の魔紋修復士 (Kuro no Hiera Glaphicos)

Kuro no Hiera Glaphicos (or Kurono for short) is a series written by Akihiko Ureshino (as his works list is too many to count, I’ll just link to his wikipedia page: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%AC%89%E9%87%8E%E7%A7%8B%E5%BD%A6) , illustrated by Miyuki Ruria and published by Famitsu Bunko. The first volume in the series came out on March 30, 2012, the series currently spans 10 volumes, with the tenth volume released on July 30th, 2014 (to widely positive reviews). The series involves the unlikely partnership of its protagonists – the naive, sheltered but well-intentioned Valeria Costacurta, and the world-weary, cynical jerk with a heart of gold Dimitar Richternacht.

The setting is akin to a hodgepodge of Europe during the Crusaders and the Renaissance (which comes off as totally conflicting, but bear with me), in that while the kingdoms under the Holy Alliance (Ahmad, Heidelaute, etc.) evoke the imagery of Renaissance times, their conflict against the heretical kingdom of Bigelow is pretty much identical to the nature of the Crusaders (save for an unspoken cessation of hostility currently in effect). Magic exists, but in the form of magic tattoos, and while only 1 in 10 people might be able to use magic, only 1 out of 100 (of those who can be taught to use magic) can be called elites. Ahmad, in comparison to the other countries in the Holy Alliance, stands above everyone else due to their political, economical, and magical strengths, which earns them the jealousy of the aforementioned countries (so it’s pretty much the EU, in a sense). Also, there exists a position called Dominas – maidens who are akin to the Wives of God (think shrine maiden in Western terms). These girls also act as representatives of their respective countries, performing tasks such as emissaries, mediators, and sometimes intervening in conflict; as such, they are chosen from the best of the very best. There can only be twelve Dominas in existence, and Ahmad possesses three – another point of contention for their allies.
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You Should Read: 千の魔剣と盾の乙女 (Thousand and Aegis)

Thousand and Aegis (henceforth referred to as Senken (千剣)) is a series published by Ichijinsha Bunko, written by Tsukasa Kawaguchi and illustrated by Asio. The first volume saw print on December 20, 2010, and it currently has 13 volumes, with the 14th volume to be released on September 20, 2014, and is expected to finish somewhere around the 15th or 16th volume with the conclusion of its third arc. Though not a direct sequel, it is a spiritual successor of sorts to Tsukasa Kawaguchi’s previous Ichijinsha Bunko series Seizuyomi no Leena (星図詠のリーナ), given that both series takes place in the same world, and Senken explores many locations previously visited in Leena (as well as some hidden character connections).

The story’s premise is as follows: several hundred years ago, the Maou and his demon army appeared out of nowhere and trampled over the an entire continent; unable to stop their unrelenting assault due to the inability of conventional weapons to harm these demons (save for magical swords known as Maken (魔剣) which weren’t discovered until later, and divine weapons bestowed by the gods), the remaining survivors gathered in five capitals and separated them from the now demon-infested continent, biding their time for a counterattack. Fast forward to several years later where, thanks to the efforts of the Hero Sasha (also known as Finistere the Hero) who managed to destroy the Maou’s physical form and seal him in her body with the help of the divine weapon Claimgh Solais, humanity now has a fighting chance in retaking back the continent from the demon horde.

It chronicles the story of two sets of protagonists: Baltuetas, who was the favored student of Sasha the Hero when he was a child, and his companions Nighu and Nigel as they prepare for the eventual campaign against the Maou in order to rescue Finistere; and Amarach and his female companions Elicia, Phil and Nagi, who are all (except for Nagi) students of Baltuetas and friends, as they journey the lands in an attempt to become stronger and accomplish Rach’s dream of defeating the Maou.
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You Should Read: 剣刻の銀乙女 (Kenkoku no Jungfrau)

Hello! Don’t worry, this is still Code-Zero’s blog. All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well, I promise. My handle is Alkenshel, and hopefully from this point on, I shall be contributing a series of weekly articles, with Code-Zero’s approval, entitled “You Should Read/You Should Dread”, in which I will post my impressions on a light novel and recommend people to either read it, or prod at it with a stick from a safe distance.

Our goal in doing this sort of thing is two-fold. Our first goal is to promote light novel titles that you may not have heard of before; there are a lot of great light novel titles out there, though unfortunately one has to dig deep in the rabble to fetch them out. More support is always welcome for the lesser-known titles! The second goal is to motivate people, who may or may not have a passing interest in reading light novels, to go out there and start reading them. And if you get inspired enough to pick up learning Japanese just so you can read these titles, then all the better! We all have to start somewhere, and if these articles can get you started, then that’s satisfaction enough for me.

Enough rambling; have at thee!
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Volume 17 done after months and now moving onto volume 18

So volume 17 is done after so many months passed since I didn’t have time for translation due to coping with certain things.

I was going to move to volume 18 after editing volume 17, but I guess I will just upload volume 17 and have the editors and readers(you) fix my stupid errors.

Now the translation of volume 18 will begin.

I was going to start doing short stories again, but I will do them after volume 18.

Oh, and if you check the site below….

http://www.1999.co.jp/10282101

Yeah. It seems like we will be getting a new volume called “High School DxD DX 1″ which will be bundled with a DVD. It’s said that its coming out in March, so I guess the season 3 anime will start in April 2015. I guess this “DX” volume will be a compilation of short stories. Thank god…. It would make it much easier for me.

And there’s also the rebooted SLASH DOG. Judging from how much of it was released online, I guess the compiled volume would get released after DxD volume 19 comes out.

I’ll try and keep my translation speed up. It certainly made it easier for me to translate while watching world cups(Congrats to Germany).

 

EDIT:

I’m trying out some new translation at B-T right now. If you are interested, click the link below.

http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Sekai_no_Owari_no_Encore

 

LN Review 2

Title: Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut,

Author:  Akatsuki Senri

Illustrator: Kasuga Ayumu

Teaser 2 

 

Synopsis (Taken from Volume 1)

Lux, who was a prince from the Empire that was destroyed five years ago due to the revolt, met with the princess of the new Kingdom, Lizsharte, by accidently breaking into the bathroom of the girl’s dormitory.

“……How long are you planning to stare at my body, you fooooool!”

The ancient weapons found from the ruins, the Drag-Ride. Lux who was called the strongest Drag-Knight in the past was now known as the “Weakest Undefeated”, a Drag-Knight who doesn’t attack at all. After the duel that started by the challenge from Lizsharte, Lux ended up entering the girls’ school that raised Drag-Knights……!

Lux’s story where he is surrounded by the noble girls from the academy is about to unfold.

The “ultimate” academy fantasy battle where the right and the might cross passes now begins!

 

 

Impression:

Among the LNs that is thought to be the successor of IS (due to its past hiatus or its current failure); this one is definitely the series that I enjoy alongside Gakusen. The story where the boy enters all-girls school isn’t quite original (yeah, there’s too much of it recently).

Well, I did the teaser and the story synopsis so you would know what kind of story it is. But there’s also a mysterious entity called the “Abyss” who happens to be human-kinds natural enemy. Also it’s not that men can’t use Drag-Ride, but women tend to have better compatibility then men, hence stronger than them.

Unlike IS where it seems like the men are fine with women being superior to them (yeah, I just said that), the men in this series are actually are dissatisfied with women acting mighty after the revolution five years prior to the story. So you will often see them trying to do something about it which in my word is gold. …Yeah, as a fellow man, I can understand how they must feel. Not everyone can become like Ichika (who acts as if he has a dignity of being a man but his action gives me a different impression).

Story: 7

 

From the settings, it certainly sounds similar to IS due to the powered suit and a boy that was thrown into all-girls school. But having the MC being a former prince who actually destroyed the old empire is a good addition to the plot. Having a serious matter as such included makes it better since situations invling his past and the old empire spices up the story as a whole. Just being in all-girls academy wouldn’t be too interesting after all.

Originality: 6

 

The illustration is done by Kasuga Ayumu.

He does illustration for other LNs too. His touch to his character designs are quite nice. So far I like the design of Kurulucifer who is on the cover of v2 and the girl on the cover of upcoming v3.

The dragrides looks pretty decent as well.

Illustration: 7

A lot of the characters that appears in this LN are likable.

So far we don’t have the lead getting beaten up for having a moment with a girl. Not yet anyway.

The girl called Kurulucifer who had the main spotlight on volume 2 has a good character plot. She isn’t just a transfer student, but something more “special”.

Even though Lux goes to the all-girls school, he mainly fights male characters who has bad intentions and evil motives. Something we couldn’t see in IS lol.

I’m not sexist or anything, but seeing the lead only fight against women is too boring and it makes the lead look like a simple girl basher…

Characters: 8

There are the normal drag-rides and it has three types.  They can be customised too. Though there are dragrides above the normal ones and totally superior to them. But I tend to favour grunt robots whether its Gundam or any other mecha series. And I love characters who can fight against those who are using superior robots.

Mecha: 8

Overall Score: 8 out of 10

Yup. It’s one of the few LNs I follow in GA. So I have a high opinion about this one.

Here’s a teaser to have you experience a bit of the story.

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And don’t worry. I have already started on DxD volume 17. Here is the prologue. A start of it anyway~.

Let’s see how many people would be posting a comment which would go, “Haven’t you started on volume 17 yet!?”.

(…It means that they haven’t read this post properly).

Volume 17

So volume 17 is finally out. Well, it was only 4 months apart from volume 16 so the wait wasnt long. And it seems like we will have a non-short story volume for volume 18. That will be awesome. So my favourite character finally takes the spotlight in volume 17. Though it felt like Saji was the other heroine of this volume… I wrote some spoilers at animesuki-forum for those who are interested. http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=112092&page=101 I didn’t put any spoilers here since some people hates reading spoilers. I realised that there are those who doesn’t know that I use the name in n0m@n on animesuki and Code-Zero on Baka-Tsuki lol. Now I just need to wait for my hardcopy to arrive before I translate…

Edit(06/03/2014): And my shipment has arrived~.

Arrived

Seriously. Tony sure does draw the most beautiful illustrations… I wished it had more illustrations of the characters since there were only few illustrations. Though it still had more illustration then DxD which only had 1 new colour illustration and two non-colour illustration.

The books on the pictures are: Miyama-Zero illustration, Shokugeki no Soma(Got it a month ago), Shuujuu keiyaku v2, karakurionigami akatsuki v1(Got it a month ago), DxD v17, and rakudaikishi v3.