It’s the rainy season again.
Looking outside the window, typing this with a cup of coffee before me, surely it does seem like the downpour lasts forever.
A bittersweet sense of melancholy arises as I play Yiruma’s ‘Kiss the Rain’. It returns me back to the time when I was translate Yugao, Hikaru ga Chikyuu ni Itakoro……
Yep, really fun.
Salt season, Konosugoi 2018.
All the data out there, even the ones that listed Sora as 9th on the character rankings when he should be 10th, were all from me. Looking at you, ANN and Crunchyroll, the latter especially. Well, I get that having clicks is what keeps news sites going nowadays, and that it’s not a good thing to be involved with a…shady translator, but well.
Of course, since they never bothered to release the rest of the results (or rather, I’m the only one with the rest of the results, a list, if I may:
Bunko combined rankings
1. Sangatsu no Lolicon
11. Vivi Rain (やがて恋するヴィヴィ・レイン)
13. Seirei Gensouki
14. Faraway Paladin (最果てのパラディン)
15. Hajimari no Tsukai
16. Re Zero
17. Elpis in the Closet
19. Classroom of the Elite
20. Seishun Buta
21. Gambler 賭博師は祈らない
22. Hiraura Family Rhythm 平浦ファミリズム
24. Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjou Aruiwa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen
25. 29 and JK
33. Nejimaki (Alderamin)
35. Akashic Records
36. Goblin Slayer
37. Light Novel Pro
38. Eromanga sensei
39. Sakura colored Replica 桜色のレプリカ
40. Restaurant to another world
41. 14 year old illustrator
44. Frend Torturchen
47. Accel World
48. Super Cub スーパーカブ
49. Zero no Tsukaima
7. Mushoku Tensei
8. Yokohama SF
9. Majo no Tabitabi
10. Uchi Musume
11. Boukyaku Tantei Series
12. While Killing Slimes for 300 Years, I Became the MAX Level
16. 異世界お好み焼きチェーン 大阪のオバチャン、美少女剣士に転生して、お好み焼き布教！１
21. とんでもスキルで異世界放浪メシ 豚の生姜焼き×伝説の魔獣
26. レイン 雨の日に生まれた戦士
30. Gate Season 2
34. 魔王様の街づくり！ ～最強のダンジョンは近代都市～
36. フェアリーテイル・クロニクル ～空気読まない異世界ライフ～
It’s almost the end of the year, and as I take this time to reflect on what I have done…
3 licensed series.
6 new projects.
Nope, doesn’t look like retirement will be coming anytime soon.
On the bright side, I have only another 4 volumes of Magdala and 9 volumes of Kamiinai to go…
Oh, and another Unicorn 10.
Ha Ha Ha.
Now, with regards to the volume that was just released.
Trust the Process. Wait, wrong number.
I did remember mentioning how I roped in Aardvark for it. (It’s because of Lena, of course)
Then we kinda regretted it.
4 months after we started:
Ping: This volume took up 10 years of our lives.
Aard: At least 10 years you mean. Never touching it again.
Ping: Expositions, half with incomplete grammar, lots of ‘fill-in-the-blanks’, good luck to anyone continuing this one.
Aard: Please do some creative writing exercises before starting with the next volume.
Ping: Damn right I will…assuming I do continue.
So, plans for 86 volume 2?
No plans at all.
I’ll need to have two editors on Aard’s level before I can confidently proceed with the next one, because it’s double the exposition (and almost no Lena).
Of course, given that I expect a license soon, I doubt there should be any other fan translator who will pick up this one, right……?
So, remember what I said about Hikaru?
This is what I wrote in the Hikaru Afterword:
“It has been an enjoyable challenge to work on this series, and I wonder if I would get to do anything like this again. Well, there is one short story I do want to work on, a story akin to Yugao. The title is called ‘Riku and Chise’.”
Well, let’s do this.
This Summer, you taught me lots of things.
How pretty the color of the evening sun setting between the mountains to the West; how the green grass in the blooming summer was giving off a passionate scent; how the gentle colors of the night covered were in stars, all too dazzling. I knew nothing at all, until this Summer came.
I did not know that there was such a beautiful place in this village I grew up in.
The world is so vibrant, and everything moved me, but at the same time, all I saw in the eyes is your lonely self.
During this Summer, we were always together.
Like Vega and Altair, so pure, so blissful.
The Summer is about to come to an end.
And the memories in my heart remain.
We shall have to say goodbye.