So, recently more and more people have been taking my other poll really seriously, despite repeated attempts by me to emphasize that the poll was just for fun. Before letting this go on for too much longer, I just wanted to dispel any illusions people may have, and create the SERIOUS version of the previous poll. The winner of this poll will be my next project, and the seven choices were selected out of the previous massive list as novels I actually wouldn’t mind translating. I apologize to those who were really pushing for me to translate Hagure Yuusha or Gate, but I really am just not interested in the subject matter, and it would be bad for everyone if I translated something I didn’t like.
This poll will be closed when I decide to pick up a new project. I DO NOT KNOW WHEN THAT WILL BE. I can only tell you that it will not be this year, and won’t be until life calms down a bit.
POLL UPDATE (11/11/2012): I realized that BakaTsuki has already translated quite a bit of Kokoro Connect, and therefore I am striking it from the poll.
Because this poll is a bit more “official,” I just wanted to lay down a few rules so people don’t get annoyed later:
(1) The poll will be closed no sooner than January 1, 2013.
(2) When the poll is closed, if the first place option is 100 or more votes ahead of the second place option, it will be selected as my next translation project. If there are fewer than 100 votes separating first and second place, I reserve the right to choose from those two at my discretion.
(3) Only one vote per person. For added security, I have enabled IP monitoring on this poll, so just clearing cookies will not allow you to vote again. Please play fair and only vote once – be warned that if anyone is caught trying to violate this rule, I may choose to dock a large number of votes from the offending choice. Although I really hope that won’t ever be necessary.
(4) I may add options to this poll at my discretion. Others may not add options directly, but others may try to persuade me to add options with a cogent argument for why I should. Arguments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note well that I am a stubborn opinionated bastard who is hard to convince about anything.
(5) In case significant progress is made on any of these translations during the time this poll is active, I also may delete options at my discretion.
And here is the poll:
For convenience, I am posting the summaries of all the titles on the poll. I do encourage people read these before making a decision, as they may find that one of these titles sounds surprisingly interesting:
SUMMARIES (alphabetical order)
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (summary from Wikipedia): Makoto Niwa meets his first cousin Erio Tōwa at the house of his aunt Meme Tōwa. He is confused to see Erio when he first moves in because he thought his aunt lived alone; Erio, who claims she is an extraterrestrial lifeform, is no longer enrolled in school and wears a futon. Surprised by his cousin’s eccentricity, he needs time to adapt to the tumultuous new life that has been sprung onto him.
Golden Time (summary from BakaTsuki): Tada Banri, a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony, trying to find his way to the freshman orientation. Just then, he ran into another lost freshman from the same school, Yanagisawa Mitsuo, and they hit it off at once. As they were hurrying to their intended goal, with hardly any time to spare, there appeared in front of them a beautiful girl holding a bouquet of roses. The girl whacked Mitsuo across the face with the bouquet and handed the flowers over to him. “Congratulations, Freshman!”, was all she said, and then she left. The stylish, well dressed, perfect woman that had swung at Mitsuo was his childhood friend, Kaga Kouko. As children she had promised to marry him one day, fulfilling her dreams. In order to escape from her, Mitsuo had gone out secretly and taken the entrance exam for this well known private college, but now there she was in the freshman orientation hall. She had taken the law school entrance exam too, and had caught up to him there.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (summary from Wikipedia): Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the human civilization has regressed and mankind keeps decreasing in numbers. The story follows an unnamed girl who acts as a mediator between humanity and the “fairies” who are small dwarf-like creatures attracted by sweets and happy things, but also have the habit to cause trouble to her with their powers in their endless search for amusement.
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (summary from Wikipedia): Sakura Dormitory is a dorm of the high school affiliated with Suimei University of the Arts (often shortened as Suiko), which hosts the strangest, trouble-making students. After being kicked out of the normal dorm for keeping a stray cat, Sorata Kanda moves into Sakura Dormitory. As he starts to get used to the life in the dorm, Mashiro Shiina, a world famous artist who cannot even take care of her daily life, moves in. Sorata is forced to become Mashiro’s handler. The story is about their daily life as well as mental growth.
Seitokai no Ichizon (summary edited from Wikipedia): The student council members of Hekiyou Academy in Hokkaidō are selected by a popularity contest. As a result the members are usually a group of pretty girls. The sole male member is Ken Sugisaki, who entered the student council by becoming the top-scoring student in the level which he had to cram to achieve. The series revolves around the meetings inside the student council room in Private High School Hekiyou Academy. The story (as written in the series) has a metafiction component where, under the student council president Sakurano Kurimu orders, vice president Ken Sugisaki has to write stories to show the other students how brilliant the student council is. Ken negotiates with Fujimi Shobo to publish these stories. The author himself likens the series to that of a 4-koma novel which portrays the characters having comical conversations and parodying Otaku culture.
Usotsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan (summary from MyAnimeList): The setting is a rural city in which a kidnapping and a series of murders are happening simultaneously, where there was also a kidnapping 8 years ago. The victims, the compulsive liar “Mii-kun” (the narrator), and “Maa-chan” (Misono Mayu) reunite and start living together, despite of the fact that the kidnapped children were in Mayu’s apartment…