Railgun PSP Chapter 3 complete

So it’s been awhile since my last major upload. But at last, Railgun PSP Chapter 3 is finished. A warning to those of you who are ready to just jump in and get started: this chapter is huge. It’s larger than the previous two combined. Moreover, there are some complexities specific to this chapter that may make it tricky to determine where you should go next. For this reason, I highly advise taking notes of your decisions as you read. If you do find yourself getting turned around, let me know in detail and I’ll try to give you proper direction. If necessary I make create a faq page for some of the more confusing sections.

So for what’s next, I’m sorry to have to say that I will be taking a short break from Railgun and Vandread. Instead, I will be spending the next short while on updating Slashdog. For those who haven’t been following, the web novel Slashdog, my first ever translation project, was recently republished as a light novel. My next project is going to be updating the existing translation to better reflect the new version. This will be a multi-stage process. First, I plan to do a final edit on the web novel version, from which I will produce a final PDF version of the web novel. After that, I will update the translation on my blog and on B-T. This will include any changes between the two version as well as the added illustrations.

This hopefully won’t take too long to complete. I intend to focus on Vandread for a bit afterwards before returning to Railgun.

 

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An update on Slashdog.

So the first volume of the Slashdog light novel series has now been published. Sorry to break the news but it’s a published version of the web novel. All I’ll be doing for this volume is adding illustrations to my existing translation and checking for any changes. I’m aiming to finish railgun chapter 3 first though so it’ll be a few weeks before any changes are made.

Vandread Extra Stage 6 Complete

The sixth chapter of extra stage is now fully completed. Just two more to go before the entire volume is done. In other news, Railgun PSP chapter 3 is just short of 50% complete, which also puts me more than halfway done with the entire game.

As much as I might like to make grandiose promises about upcoming releases though, I do need to bring up a point from reality. I will be starting training for a new job at the end of September, a fact which is (for me at least) a matter great excitement. Naturally this will mean less free time, especially during the early part of October when I expect my translations to all but grind to a halt. On the bright side, this will be my permanent career if all goes well, so once I’m settled in things might speed up a good amount.

Lastly, while I would very much like to pick up the new Slashdog when it comes out in November, I won’t be making any guarantees at this time. I don’t plan to make a decision until late October at the earliest and even if I do decide to pick it up it may not be for a couple of months.

Slashdog Teaser

Four years before Rias Gremory met Hyoudou Issei——.

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That 〈Blade〉 of the abyss met a black-winged man and a white dragon boy——.

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Hey black dog, are you human, or else——.

Your 〈Blade〉 is a prohibited means of cutting even God——.

The further you sink to obtain strength, the more human you are——.

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We have to shake off our pursuers in order to survive. Even if it’s a close friend——. –One of the students who survived: Minagawa Natsume

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It was said they possessed the ‘Independent Avatar’-type prototypes.

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Hello, Tobio. I’m Suzaku. Himejima Suzaku. Your——relative. –Next head of the Five Principal Clans’ Himejima Family: Himejima Suzaku

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The ‘blood’ that dwells within his body draws him into a strange and supernatural world against him will.

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Heh, your is a dog huh. This is a cat. For me it’s a spear that pierces everything. –One of the students who survived: Samejima Kouki

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However, Ikuse Tobio’s dog grows a demonic blade that has excessively unusual power.

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I am only here on behalf of Suzaku. To be honest, it is preferable not to be involved with thee. Thou——the blade of everlasting darkness. –Next head of the Five Principal Clans’ Kashihashi Family: Kashihashi Seiryuu

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The ones Tobio and the other meet——is a group of families with supernatural powers who have protected this country from the shadows.

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It seems we are closely linked. My family and the black winged group that is. –Executive of the ‘Utsusemi Agency’: Himejima Hanezu

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However, those five families carry darkness.

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Since I’ve been dispatched to the Far East, whether fallen angels or witches I take them all on at once! –Young agent from the Vatican: Freed Zelzen 

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This series of events have completely changed his destiny, perhaps more than he thinks.

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……Likewise, since there’s no fighting, I’ve weakened……!!! It’s because of him, the Governor-General!!! –Leader of the Grigori: Kokobial

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That man’s grief has actually changed him——.

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KAKAKA!!! How interesting!! That these two monsters would be born from the Five Principal Clans at the same time!! It’s unbearably amusing!! –Next head of the Five Principal Clans’ Shinra Family: Shinra Byakko

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……Uuh, how scary how scary. Gathering the ‘Incarnations that destroy even God’ in such a manner……! –Next head of the Five Principal Clans’ Doumon Family: Doumon Genbu

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Unusual power summons unusual power, the mysterious summons the mysterious.

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Everyone, everyone, you should all sprout flames! –One of the witches: Walburga

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Malice, fresh malice has awakened——.

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If that is truly inside all of you, I want to fight it by any means. –The silver-haired boy possessing a Heavenly Dragon: Vali Lucifer

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He’s yet to see his lifetime rival. However, until that time playing with the dog of ‘Black’ isn’t so bad——.

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I see, those kids are……. Fine then, I’ll take responsibility. –Leader of the Grigori: Baraqiel

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That encounter was linked by a strange destiny——.

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Surely, this is destiny. Since similar things dwell within both me and you. –The young girl who uses magic: Ice Princess Levinia Reeni

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That girl was also born with something mighty residing within her——.

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No matter what kind of person you are, no matter what you become, since for me Tobio is……. –Female childhood friend: Toujou Sae

If he touches that dark blade, if he uses it, that important boy will be swallowed by darkness.

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You possess that dog.

You understand?

That ‘Dog’s’ black blade——it’s something beyond humanity.

……However, if you become our ‘Blade’, we can kill them together.

Those people——.

–The black-winged man: The Governor-General of the Grigori: Azazel

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The conflict that occurred four years before Hyoudou Issei met Rias Gremory——.

Different from the red dragon of just rule and the white dragon of military rule, this is the tale how the black dog came to walk the path of conflict——.

The entire truth has been revealed——.

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If it’s the power to save everyone, the power to resolve everything, then I will fight.

Even if it’s this blade that can destroy even God.

Come, let’s go ‘Jin’.

–Master of the black dog ‘Jin’: Ikuse Tobio

Railgun PSP Ch 2 Complete

As the title suggests, the second chapter of Railgun PSP is now fully translated. All routes are explorable and the new format, already in use for the first chapter, has been utilized. The tutorial has been updated to reflect the new reading layout.

With this Railgun PSP is about 1/3 complete. I intend to push forward with the 3rd chapter while simultaneously continuing Extra Stage, with Chapter 6 being next in line. I may be putting more effort into Railgun for the immediate future though.

Looking forward, I have just been informed that Slashdog will be returning in November. I haven’t confirmed this yet and I don’t know the details. I don’t even know if it’s to be a Light Novel or Web Novel. If it is a Light Novel, I expect it might take me longer to gain access to the Japanese version and my pace may be slower as well. I’ll be keeping a close eye out for new information.

Vandread Extra Stage Chapter 5

At long last the 5th chapter of Extra Stage is complete. This chapter tells the untold tale of how Gascogne survived. With this we have finally moved past the events of the anime themselves and from here on will focused on the post-anime events. The next chapter, based on plot summaries I’ve read in the past, will likely focus on Misty, while the last two will probably focus on Hibiki and Dita.

Going forward, I am going to work on Railgun PSP chapter 2 next. I don’t know if I’ll be completing it before returning to Extra Stage but if my previous experience teaches me anything it’s that I have a hard time putting down VNs.

In any case, enjoy chapter 5.

Vandread Extra Stage Chapter 5

Index PSP v1.1

I’ve made some enhancements to the Index PSP game chapters, specifically by adding in screenshots similar to those used in the Railgun PSP first chapter (and correcting some minor typos as well). Hopefully this makes the chapters themselves more enjoyable for the readers. My general rules for selecting screenshots was as follows: First, any unique screenshot was added regardless. Second, I would include a screenshot whenever the background setting changed. Third, I would include a screenshot whenever a new character debuted on screen. (In certain cases, I would delay including a shot of the second type by a few dialogue lines if a character was about to debut).

With this, the chapters are closer to the original experience, though obviously still lacking in both the action and lack of sound effects and voices.

A brief update on current projects. I’m past 60% in my work on Extra Stage and plan to continue forwards. Volume 1 remains on hold for the present. I also intend to begin the second chapter of Railgun PSP shortly. Meanwhile, Ishibumi has been dropping hints about more Slashdog in the works but it sounds like it’ll be a while before there’s anything new.