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Apathy Midnight Collection Vol. 1 – Fan Translation Progress Update 4.8.2016

August 4, 2016

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Hi all – first of all, I have to apologise for the (ridiculously) extended hiatus period. Years ago, I’d finished my translation and editing pass for the Murder Club section of the VN (the largest of the three stories). I decided I’d try to contact the developer, but there was no reply and the official site seemed decidedly dead. Back then, not knowing the next step to take effectively stopped me in my tracks.

But I’ve now dusted off the old text files with renewed determination to finish this once and for all, in large part thanks to the comments everyone has left over the years. It may be long forgotten, but it’s still getting finished.

Great, but what are you going to do to make sure you finish this time?

The biggest change for me here is to implement regular progress updates. I’ve established an exclusive Twitter account @ApathyTranslate for daily updates on the fan translation, and weekly or biweekly updates on here, depending on time constraints.

And if you go AWOL again?

Let it be known here that if I fail to update the Twitter account after 13 days, I am obliged to post my current progress so that either a partial version of the game can be played in English or someone can take over from me and complete the finishing touches.

OK. Now give me a progress update!

I fully intend to. For the specifics, and perhaps a few screenshots, I recommend that you follow @ApathyTranslate as it will be updates far more regularly. This blog will mainly be used for milestones. Now, as for the three stories that comprise the VN:

  1. Murder Club
  2. Okuri Inu
  3. Hashira no Kizu

1. Murder Club

Excluding graphic text, this has been translated, edited and re-edited by me. I’m sure a few more pairs of eyes will be beneficial in future, but it requires one last editing pass for a very specific reason: I’d initially kept out honorific suffixes. That means no -chans, -sans, -kuns or -senpais. But I wasn’t at all considering my target audience by doing this, so I’m now making a concerted effort to add them in again. Fortunately, it’s not too painstaking, as I’m alternating between doing this and translating arcs from story two, which is:

2. Okuri Inu

The “Following Dog”, now keeping its Japanese name because it’s a youkai rooted in legend and because it would have sounded ridiculous, is now the story I’m translating at the moment. While it might have been nice to release Murder Club independently, the fact is that one of the story arcs in Okuri Inu unlocks a hidden arc in Murder Club, so the two are kind of inextricably linked. All stories are set in the Apathy universe (a world of mysterious occult phenomena) so there are frequent cameos from other stories.

3. Hashira no Kizu

The bad news is that this is currently untouched and untested because it doesn’t seem to use OnScripter. The good news is that it’s very much standalone, very short and has no branching. So I could live with it if this one doesn’t get translated, though I’d still very much like to. (Not to mention the art in it is gorgeous.)

Conclusion:

The ball is rolling again, I’m busy writing away a few hours a day on Notepad++ (which is a surprisingly effective environment to work in) and I hope I can finally make this project that started so many years ago a reality. I leave you with a handful of old screenshots (the text has since been revised further for a more natural flow and note that honorifics will be re-added).

Don’t forget to follow @ApathyTranslate if you’re interested in the project, and either thank you for persevering with me or welcome if you’re new to the show!

Until next update!

– Mikanosuke

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Echo permalink
    September 7, 2016 11:08 am

    I just realized something, once everything is completed and released, how will we be able to play the visual novel? A copy of the game would be required would it not and after looking around online I can’t find a single copy available. How do we address this? Sorry if I’m bothering you, thank you for all your hard work!

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