And here it is! NDTL is proud to announce our translation project for Murasakiiro no Qualia!
Murasakiiro no Qualia (Light Novel)
Link to Translation
Head Translator: NanoDesu
Novel Summary (Adapted from MAL):
Hatou Manabu has a very odd friend at school named Marii Yukari. Yukari has purple eyes and a bizarre way of looking at the world: she sees all living things as robots. This has not always worked out well for Yukari, even costing her a best friend when she was younger. However, Yukari insists that the things she says she sees is true, and her vision seems to give her insight into the abilities of others.
Manabu thinks she’s just weird, but she soon realizes that Yukari has unexpected talents. Her eyes allow her to view the world in a different way, and even the police come to hear her insights. Eventually, her eyes also get Manabu wrapped up in dangerous plots, and force Manabu to not only step up and take a much more proactive role in her own life, but also to question what being a human or a robot actually means.
Qualia is probably notorious for being one of the most mind-screwy series ever to come out of Japan. And I have to say from translating it that it quite lives up to its reputation. It starts off as a normal (?) school life comedy, but then quickly turns dark, into sci-fi, thriller, suspense, mecha, philosophical, with a splash of yuri on top. For those who’ve checked out the manga before, I highly recommend a read of the novel.
A teaser, consisting of the prologue, color illust, and first chapter have already been posted. The rest of the volume is actually already finished but we are giving it a good cleansing with some talented editors. Due to the suspenseful nature of the story, the rest of the volume will be posted entirely *IN ONE UPDATE*, currently scheduled for around a month from now. However, in an effort to promote awareness for this project and our light novel hijinks in general, we are offering to speed that up if people like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (go to the translation site for details). Think of it as a way of giving back to the community by helping us spread the word of light novels to the world!
As for the puzzle, take each food pictured in each row and put the letters across the squares. Pick out the letter corresponding to each food square. You will get Quailegg/mUffin/mArshmallow/guacamoLe/croIssant/plantAin, which spells out QUALIA. For people who thought the last one was a banana, you could’ve gotten to plantain by realizing you needed an 8 letter word for something similar to a banana.
PS: For those who noticed, yes we are moving off wordpress to a new site. Any feedback on that new site design too would also be welcome.
Hello! Hope everyone is doing well. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve made one of these. Anyways, we have a need for additional help with our graphical work right now (possibly related to some new projects ooh~). Specifically, the work we’re looking for is the creation of the banners that you see at the top of all our sites. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, either go fill out our application form on our Recruitment Page and upload some samples of your work to our mediafire or send an email with your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
WOOOOOOOO!!! With the completion of the Epilogue and Afterword, Volume 1-2 of Fire Girl is done!! Please send all your thanks and appreciation to those that worked hard on the volume. Now then, here it is!
Everyone knows the drill. PDFs/ePubs are only made when all edits are finalised. If you don’t wanna wait, why are you still here? Get to reading!!
7/20 update: So, while it’s nice that we’re getting a lot of votes for Violet Evergarden, I don’t think raws of this novel exist anywhere…
With our second class at ND Academy settling in, it’s getting around to the time when they have to pick their final projects. As last year, we are opening a poll to take reader suggestions.
DISCLAIMER: Note that the NDA students are not bound to pick the top four choices in this poll, or any option on this poll at all. This is purely a poll to show students what kinds of series are popular. Note also that NDA final projects may not turn into ND full translation projects. Last year, two of the top five choices in the poll were picked (although one of those NDA projects never lasted to become a full TL project).
Here are the rules of the poll (PLEASE READ BEFORE VOTING):
(0) This poll will close in a week, on 7/25/16.
(1) Only one vote per person. If we suspect any shenanigans we might end up penalizing or even entirely deleting a poll option, so please be careful.
(2) You can also write in series if none of the series on the poll make you happy. Please note it might take us a few hours to check and add write-in answers to the poll. ALSO PLEASE WRITE THE FULL JAPANESE NAME OF THE NOVEL, WITH FIRST LETTERS CAPITALIZED. So Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi rather than kamisama no inai nichiyoubi. This way everything is standardized. We will not add options that are formatted incorrectly. Also, web novels are allowed. However, if you suggest a web novel, put a (WN) in parentheses after the title so we can distinguish.
(3) Japanese series only.
(4) No series with R18 content.
(5) No series that have been licensed or have active Japanese-to-English translations that have already completed at least one volume.Happy voting!
We also encourage you to write in a comment explaining why you voted for any particular series. Sometimes seeing actual reasons is much more effective than just seeing a number on a popularity poll.
Hooray for new projects! Mr_Fwishayyy (our former Re:Zero translator) and NDTL is proud to present our translation project for Tokyo Ikai no Barista!
Tokyo Ikai no Barista (Light Novel)
Link to Translation
Head Translator: Mr_Fwishayyy
Novel Summary (from MAL): “Help me find my brother Chris. You can help solve anything can’t you?”
Toushirou is a barista working in Tokyo, which has been isolated after it transformed into another realm. One day a mysterious girl who looks exactly like his first love Fleu, who he had been searching continuously for, appears in front of him. However, perhaps because of the fact that she lost her memories, she claims to be Flika, and completely unlike Fleu, has an extremely free spirited personality!?
As someone who also takes up odd jobs, he accepted the request to look for Chris, but in the process discovers the truth behind the identity of the young girl and the Other World.
In order to take back what this young man lost and to retrieve the young girl’s lost memories, the two head towards the center of the Other World!
The Other World, Bar Fantasy begins!!!
The full prologue and a part of the first chapter are already posted. Please go take a look! And be sure to thank the translator for his hard work when you get a chance.
As for the puzzle, solution was to use the NATO alphabet (the passage was chock full of words from that alphabet, so that should’ve clued you in). The pictures up top spell out TINYURL (tango india november yankee uniform romeo lima) and the order in which NATO alphabet words appear in the paragraph of text tells you the tinyurl key. Congrats to those who figured this out!
Mr_Fwishayyy, the former rezero translator, has been working hard on his new project, and it’s about ready to open! As usual, here is the project puzzle (solve it and you’ll get access to the project early).
Otherwise, wait for the official announcement Sunday!