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Visual Novel Translation Status (05/14/2016)

This week’s header image comes from this week’s two releases: The House in Fata Morgana (MangaGamer) and (Otome!) My Secret Pets! (Steam)

It’s happening! The House in Fata Morgana is finally out! What are you doing reading this? Go play this game! (Full disclosure: I’ve been looking forward to this release for a long time, so I’m a bit hyper over the whole thing.) Also, just want to give big thanks to Decay for helping out last night, and for his unending patience! I don’t think I could do these posts without you, anymore : P. Also #2: another Otome game released this week on Steam. Those Dogenzaka Lab folks have really been working hard!

House in Fata Morgana is Out!
House in Fata Morgana is Out (!) and Tay is a bit… over-excited… about this release…

Anyway! Welcome to our weekly VNTS (Visual Novel Translation Status) series, in which we track visual novel translation updates in-house (we don’t rely on /jp/ posts on 4ch, for example) and post it for your enlightenment and enjoyment each Saturday. If you find any errors, or you think a project is missing from this list, please let me know in the comments.

The Short Version:
Only the New Stuff

New Releases

Removed from the list this week

All the Game Updates:

Fan Translation Projects

Fan Translation Projects

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JAST USA Projects

JAST USA (Updates; Archive)

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  • Starless – Script check 10%, added new mosaic to fix list.
MangaGamer Projects

MangaGamer (Updates)

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  • Rance 5D, Rance VI, and Rance Quest fan translations on hold in anticipation of potential official release by MangaGamer.
  • Free Friends hardcopy has been put up for pre-order and is releasing May 20th!
Sekai Project Projects

Sekai Project (Update Page)

These percentages should be seen as vague indicators of progress, and are not entirely accurate due to a variety of reasons.

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

Other Projects

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The Zakabox

— Commentary Section —

Zakabox™ Commentary

「I never said how long the resting period would be! Turns out it was two weeks this time. Deccy and Tay were somewhat late in preparing the post, so I actually have an excuse for being late today – also, I got no new post notification mail. Weird.

To begin with, allow me to recommend Lucid9 yet again as it leaves our list. It’s a p. good free mystery visual novel, and we’re not exactly drowning in those.

At last, the bokuten tl hath finished. Deccy talks about it being darker still than the (sometimes excellent) Kira Kira below, but I’m not sure if he got across what I’ve heard: it’s a downright utsuge. I wonder whether or not I’d enjoy that… perhaps :P. Narcissu was nice, but I’m not sure if I consider the ending that bad.

Just Deserts is a dating sim, not a visual novel. I’m not sure why it’s on the list, but I don’t write it. Anyway, I’m sure some of you will be interested. Will it top HuniePop though? Probably not, unless you hated huniepop, in which case probably yes.

Front Wing continues its own translation efforts with another Grisaia side story. Whether or not their translation will be any good by now remains to be seen.

Kurukuru Fanatic is a project you probably know nothing aboutunless you’re a yandere fanatic, in which case you might have been following the translation with bated breath. It’s now fully translated, and might actually not be completely terrible. We’ll see.

It’s good to have an update on MYTH. Scripting times tend to vary wildly (just look at how long Himawari is taking, lol), but hopefully MG can get this one released soon (no trademark infringement intended).

I haven’t seen anything on Ne no Kami for a while. It’s a yuri VN that also has some fantasy-y action parts, though from what I can tell browsing EGS it’s mostly focused on the romance… which is fine, I guess. Scores are at least decent, so it’s something to look forward to if you’re a yuri fan.

Pygmalion’s translation is almost finished. I’ve seen other translations stop at 97% – I believe the MYTH’s translation did – so I wonder if that’s code for the translators wanting to go through some tough spots in the writing that they skipped through in the original pass. Pygmalion is a chuuni VN, so it might have some tricky-to-translate parts. As for the actual novel, it’s by Propeller, who made Ayakashibito and Tokyo Babel among others. The vndb discussions have one user state their disappointment with it in comparison to Tokyo Babel, though they still considered it good; another praises it, considering it better than even Tokyo Babel… I wonder what side of the fence I’ll be on, lol. Like Tokyo Babel there’s no porn, so there’s sure to be a Steam release. Like Tokyo Babel, it might not get a lot of sales. RIP in pepperoni chuunige localizations? T_T

Speaking in potentially RIP’t localizations: really, do give Fata Morgana a try. There’s a fairly long demo out to help you decide.」


Decay’s Musings

Hello, everyone! This week we have a doozy of a release. The House in Fata Morgana is not the a VN you’ve seen a ton of clamor for, but it is still a very highly acclaimed one nonetheless, and it seems like the entire industry is celebrating its release. Even Sekai Project, MG’s chief competitor, is talking about it. And Alice in Dissonance, the devs behind the Fault series, posted some words about Fata Morgana’s release on MG’s blog, including some cool fan art from their artist. It’s heartening to see everyone come together to celebrate this VN’s release. By all accounts, it may be one of the best titles MangaGamer has ever released.

They’re also going to need that help. To be frank, I’m not very optimistic on Fata Morgana’s sales potential. I really hope it does great like it deserves, but something tells me that it will be a little too unique, and a bit too dark for it to catch on with the general audience. The art style isn’t cutesy or “moe,” it doesn’t tell any simple romance stories, and there’s no porn or even ecchi, which altogether makes a strong recipe for apathy. But it really does look great, and I’ve heard enough recent praise for it from people I trust that it has skyrocketed up to the top of my backlog. I implore any of you who are not immediately grabbed by it to check out the demo and see for yourself. It costs nothing to just give it a shot.

Aside from that, Bokuten is finally fully translated, hurrah! Although they aren’t the most popular VNs out there, I’m a fan of Overdrive’s stuff. Edelweiss was kinda meh, but Kira Kira, Deardrops, and Cho Dengeki Stryker were all a lot of fun. Overdrive played with some darker themes in Kira Kira, and it seems like they amped that up even a bit further in Bokuten, which apparently gets pretty dark. As a fan of the light-hearted adventures that Kira Kira and Deardrops portrayed, but also of the darker stuff in Kira Kira, I wonder what I’ll think of Bokuten.

World End Economica ep 3 has also been making solid progress. I’m glad that they got over that hump and have finally started getting that one done. I haven’t played the other WEE episodes, but I was planning on playing all three at once when the entire trilogy was released. I’m a fan of Spice and Wolf, and WEE’s concept seems pretty interesting to me. I’m definitely looking forward to the day I can finally play them all.

Well, that’s it from me this week. Take it easy, ya’ll.

TAYsteful™ Thoughts

Lots of fun things to check out this week. Here are my favorites:

  • Release: The House in Fata Morgana
  • Audio Drama Release: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Drama Theater vol. 3 – Suzumiya Akane – audio drama CD was released by the TL team. Check it out here.
  • Announcement: The Leisure of Grisaia, a short mini-VN, is coming to Steam
  • Release: My Secret Pets!, another Otome game, is out. While I don’t often play Otome games, I do try and spread the word as much as I can.
  • Update: Wow, Da Capo 3 (MangaGamer) and Amagami (Ni Shi Shi Fan TL) both got updates this week! Feels so rare : D

I’m not feeling very well, so that’s all for this week. Have a good week, everybody.


I'm the Fuwanovel community admin and a big fan of Visual Novels. The easiest way to get a hold of me is via a PM on the Fuwanovel Forums, by twitter (@ArchmageTay), or by email.

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8 years ago

Feel better soon, Tay! I’ll look into Fata; it reminds me of Animamundi with the more gothic art style.

8 years ago

Here’s another VNTS Review from mine. And hope you get well soon, admin Tay

8 years ago

It must be convention season. So many of MangaGamer’s titles are at or near 100% translated. Everyone’s working on their secret projects now. Can’t wait to see what they announce next.

8 years ago

I’m reading The House in Fata Morgana right now, and I can’t stop. About 2 hours into it and I love everything about it.

8 years ago

Hanasaki Work Spring really look promising.

8 years ago

I’ve reading Fata Morgana and I can only say that’s absolutely AMAZING.
The story, the art, the soundtracks are all captivating. It doesnt mean this game has no fault, but it’s overall extremely enjoyable.
Totally a must-read work if you can handle several themes this game deals with.

8 years ago


I know a translation project dying after reaching %100 translation and %100 editing. Guess which one?

David B
David B
8 years ago

Thanks for sharing the bit about Just Deserts release date, Tay. Hope you’re feeling better and that it’s nothing serious.