Otome games are steadily gaining popularity outside of Japan, with releases such as Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, Code: Realize Guardian of Rebirth, and the breakout Korean hit Mystic Messenger making waves over the past couple years. However, not much is known about Ruby Party, the female-led development team at Koei Tecmo behind the Angelique series, which is widely regarded as the start of the otome game genre. In what hopefully will become a larger series, I’ll be translating interviews and other information on Ruby Party to help spread knowledge of this influential team!
I’m finally back with some new translations! Featuring Gatchaman Crowds artist Kinako’s distinctive art and character designs, Kyoukai no Shirayuki is a dark twist on the tale of Snow White, where protagonist Mashiro Akagami finds herself entangled in the fates of eight young men and their twisted mirror world selves.
Today I’m going to be sharing translations of scenarios for three of the romance-able men, Kaine, Nazuki, and Yura, as well as winter outfits for all eight male characters, info on the four supporting characters, and the first installment in the Shuffle Talk dialogue series featuring Kaine and Yori.
For detailed plot information and main character bios, please head over my translations of the announcement trailer and the previous two B’s Log features, as this post will only cover information new to the January 2016 issue of B’s Log.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who was floored when otome game publisher Otomate announced they would be making a game adaptation of the popular Osomatsu-san anime. Whether or not the actual game will be a full-fledged otome game that lets you date each of the brothers, it’s undeniable that the series has amassed a huge female fanbase!
In acknowledgement of this, the latest issue of Dengeki Girl’s Style, a magazine dedicated to otome games and related media, has a whole four page article dedicated to the Osomatsu-san anime. In it is an amazing Matsu flowchart reminiscent of teen magazines that I thought was too fun not to share:
Surprised Otomate is making an Osomatsu-san game? Dengeki Girl’s Style has a quiz to find your Matsu match XD pic.twitter.com/BSnK6hoZnJ
— Anne Fujosushi Lee (@apricotsushi) January 26, 2016
Since some folks were interested to know what the chart says, I’ve gone ahead and made a translated version! So, who’s your Matsu love match?
Feel free to share, but please make sure to credit Chic Pixel! If you haven’t yet watched Osomatsu-san, be sure to check out the hilarious anime at Crunchyroll. If you enjoyed this translation, support Chic Pixel by purchasing your favorite Osomatsu-san merchandise at CDJapan!
As promised back in September, the November issue of B’s Log brought some more information about the 2016 otome game Kyoukai no Shirayuki. Not only does it include character profiles for the last two bachelors, but it also showcases the mirror world outfits for each of the main characters, some short scenarios, and finally unveils the queen! Read on for scans and translations of the full article.
I’ve been beside myself waiting for new information on Kinako’s otome game, Kyoukai no Shirayuki, ever since it was announced last month. The dark fantasy otome game features Kinako’s striking illustrations and has an intriguing Snow White motif… coupled with a large number of prominently-displayed pomegranates. After a long month’s wait, new information on the characters and plot has been unveiled in the latest issue of B’s Log, which I’ll be going over in detail in this post. Let’s see what’s in store in the dark world of Kyoukai no Shirayuki…
I don’t do a whole lot of translations on this blog, but with my mounting Animal Crossing: New Leaf excitement leaving me checking my FedEx package status every five minutes (more on that in a future post), I figured I could use something to take my mind off things. Plus, this isn’t just any translation, but a translation of the most recent post at Lucinda’s Blog, the official blog for the Japanese version of Style Savvy: Trendsetters (known as Wagamama Fashion: Girl’s Mode in Japan). And this isn’t any post, but a post all about the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf crossover! They’ve gone about promoting it in a pretty interesting way, so I definitely suggest giving it a read through if you’re into either of those games. So, without further ado, I present to you the full blog post in its translation:
Shop Manager Asks
Have you heard?
The Animal Crossing brand will be coming to our town tomorrow.
In honor of the Animal Crossing brand’s launch, I thought I’d talk to Gracie, the gifted designer from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, who designed the items.
I guess you could call it “Shop Manager Asks”!
Gracie! Thanks for coming today. I look forward to talking with you♪
And I you.
Let’s get right to it. Your brand in Animal Crossing is called GracieGrace. What is its concept?
GracieGrace is all about providing a high-end lifestyle! You can’t have refined fashion without a refined lifestyle. That’s why my brand covers everything from clothing and accessories to interior design.
That’s wonderful! So, what made you decide to design fashion items for our town?
I’m a designer who travels all over the world. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a forest or a town, as long as there’s someone there to love my products, I’m happy.
I see. Well the people of this town certainly know all about fashion! I’m sure they’ll love GracieGrace~
Recently I heard that your town was gaining recognition for trending in fashion. Seeing the town for myself today, I realized the rumors were true. I’m confident everyone will wear GracieGrace brilliantly!
Thank you very much♪ I also tried on your samples. I really feel like it’s such a charming brand, and it totally gives new options for coordinates! Now if you don’t mind, let’s get straight to introducing your new items♪
Of course. Take a look at this!
There are items in here that reflect your own fashion, aren’t there, Gracie?
That’s right. Since this is the debut of GracieGrace, I wanted to design a new line that could be regarded as a flagship of the brand. The sunglasses and dress may look psychedelic at a glance, but they’d be outstanding in both a high-class or more cool coordinate. There’s no doubt they’d be sure to make a statement as an accent, as well! The bag and hat can also be pared with more effeminate coordinates.
So you can enjoy them as a complete outfit, or pair the individual items with different coordinates for a wide variety of impressions! The boots are also lovely.
Oh, my… You have fine taste! The boots are the part of this lineup I have the most confidence in. They’re lovingly crafted, right down to the charms on the back. I kept everything both high-class and easy to use, so I hope everyone will try them with different outfits.
After talking with you, I feel like I want to try all kinds of different things♪ Do you have any final words for our village?
I’m not usually one to give praise, but I was touched by the abundance of fashion brands, items, and fashionable people in this town. I’d love if everyone of the town could enjoy high-class fashion with GracieGrace.
Thanks for your time, Gracie♪
Hello hello! I’m writing from my snazzy new apartment while sitting in my snazzy new sofa… Everything is so snazzy! We were finally able to put up our holiday decorations (including a mini fake IKEA tree), so I’m finally able to get in a festive mood.
That aside, I’d like to take the opportunity to announce my very first published manga translation! Tweeting Love Birds is a boys’ love manga about a guy who loves baseball… It was a bit of a pain to translate, considering I don’t know baseball terminology in English, let alone Japanese, but it was still a blast to do! And the story isn’t so centered around the sport that people who aren’t interested in it (like me) can’t enjoy it. It’s quite funny! I’m not nearly so eloquent, so here’s the summary my awesome editor whipped up:
“Ohtaka is pissed! University baseball is not what he expected, and it’s all because of Tweetie, the odd little person who blithely chirps and constantly circles in his tall shadow. Everything Tweetie does only deepens Ohtaka’s scowl. His irritation skyrockets when Tweetie demands Ohtaka stay in the baseball club for his sake and steals Ohtaka’s first kiss!
When two people from Tweetie’s past are thrown in Ohtaka’s face, his agitation suddenly turns territorial–and he’s not sure why…
Will Ohtaka figure out this unfamiliar game that plays for keeps? Get ready for a fast pitch of romantic comedy and surprising love in Tweeting Love Birds!”