Help me and my friends out a bit

So I’m currently working on a group project / assignment for one of my uni subjects. We’re conducting a preliminary survey for our website which will focus on stroke prevention. It should only take 5 minutes to do, but please only do it if you’re serious and have the intention of doing it properly. We’re gathering info at this stage about potential users of a stroke information/education website. If you have any other feedback feel free to leave a comment here.

The Survey

We have enough responses, so it has now been closed. Thank you everyone!

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High School DxD Volume 21

Yo,

The translation of volume 21 starts today! I’ll be doing the SS and Seikoku at the same time, at least until I’ve finished the short story and a chapter of Seikoku. I’ll start off slow for now and will probably speed up after my Easter break.

On a side note, does anyone have a high quality raw for V21? The one I have is rather poor in quality which makes it hard for me to check some words and the honorifics.

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After a difficult deliberation…

This has taken me a while, but I’ve finished thinking about the results of the poll, and after taking everything into consideration, this is what I have decided on.

Slot 1: High School DxD 20 —> Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi —> High School DxD 21
Slot 2: Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha v3, v4, v6 —> Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica v2

Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica: By doing this, I’ll have completed the ‘Holy Trinity’ of ecchi light novels :S
Shinmai Maou and Hagure Yuusha are written by the same author, and apparently he’ll be going back to writing more Hagure volumes soon. Volumes 3, 4, 6 and newer of SMnK still need to be completed, and I’ll be working towards that with J2270A and Arsl31 – the official Chinese release is only up to v7 at the moment. I then plan to move on to HYnA and switch between these two if necessary.

Sekai no Owari no Encore: I’ve spoken to Code Zero about this one. He is still translating at his own pace, so just be patient. There is also something else which is a good thing for this project and you may hear about it soon.

Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou: This is already a web novel which has been translated. The light novel has a few volumes out. Yes, I’ve heard that the early parts of this are poorly done, but it has been done nonetheless and that should make it easier for someone who wishes to pick up the LN.

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?: Actively in translation by another translator(s).

Seiken Tsukai No World Break: This was simply my personal bias. I didn’t enjoy the anime very much, and I feel as though the LN would be a bit tedious to translate.

Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi: This seems to be a rather interesting harem story. It’s almost finished I think? Anyway, there’s a lot of content/volumes to do on this one, which will make it a good long-term project alongside DxD. It feels like a waste that only 5 volumes out of 20 have been translated.

Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru!: Like Arifureta, the web novel has been translated. I’ll assume that the LN wouldn’t have any major changes and is basically a revised version  of the WN. I feel like it doesn’t ‘need’ a translator urgently.

Infinite Stratos: Have read volumes 1-5 of this one and found it quite entertaining, but there wasn’t much actual plot. Only one or two volumes and it’ll be up to date, but that’s because it’s had some publication issues and is coming out rather slowly. Perhaps a project for another time, or for another translator.

Magi Craft Meister: Same reasoning as the other WNs really. There have been various people who translated the WN, which is why I feel less inclined to translate the LN.

Fate/Apocrypha: Last updated in October, but nonetheless, it hasn’t been announced that it’s been dropped and given Fate’s popularity, I think it would find a new translator if it does get dropped. I would just give it a bit more time.

Feel free to agree or disagree with me, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. For the WNs, I feel that having some kind of translation is at least better than none, which is why they ranked lower on my list. I predict that it will be many months before I look for another project again, so I apologise for not being able to do everything in the poll – I wish I could, but I’m only human after all.

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Light Novel Popularity

So this has been planned for quite a while and I’m finally starting it now. Ishibumi’s recent twitter post has informed us that volume 21 of High School DxD will be out next month in March. I’ll be finishing V20 very soon, then resuming Shinmai Maou, but I’ll probably have some time for one volume of another novel before I get my hands on a source for V21. So here’s a poll of the 35+ novels which were on my requests page.

I’d just like to gauge the popularity of the various novels which have gotten onto that list to help me decide on what to translate next. Of course, I reserve the final decision as I’ll have to find a source and raws, as well as its current status and how much catch-up reading I’ll need to do. I know I’d have a hard time picking something out of that list, which is why I’m sort of shifting that on to you 😉 But, due to limitations of my polling plugin, you’ll only be able to choose two novels when you vote, so choose wisely 🙂

Edit: Let me know if you do have any news about the status of some of these novels. I wasn’t bothered to look them all up. The reason why I’ve removed some novels is because they’re either already up to date and do not require my attention or there’s already a translation team making good progress on it.

Edit 2: I will not be adding anything else onto the poll now. I’m going to assume that if it wasn’t already on there, it’s not going to get enough votes. Thank you for updating me on the status of some of these novels. I’ll leave this and see how it goes now before I compile a shortlist and then make a decision.

Edit 3: The votes have pretty much plateaued and have become stable so I’m closing this off early. Sorry for the disappointment GATE fans, I have the same problem as Skythewood so I won’t be able to do it. So top 10:

  1. Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica
    – Stalled project on B-T
    – Skipped/incomplete volumes for translation (2-3, 9-11)
    – Both Japanese and Chinese raws available
  2. Sekai no Owari no Encore
    – Idle project on B-T
    – Five volumes released. One and part of the second are translated.
    – Japanese raws available. Taiwanese published volumes 1-3 on my bookshelf.
  3. Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
    – Not a B-T project yet
    – Web & light novel. Two or three volumes released. None translated?
    – Japanese raws available. Chinese has 2 volumes.
  4. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?
    – Currently being translated
    – Less than 4 incomplete volumes
    – 3 active translators
  5. Seiken Tsukai No World Break
    – Teaser project on B-T, not updated for a year
    – One volume complete, out of ten released
    – Japanese raws available. 7-8 volumes available in Chinese
  6. Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi
    – Halted project on B-T
    – Five, partial sixth volumes complete, out of twenty released
    – Japanese and Chinese raws available for all volumes
  7. Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru!
    – No B-T project
    – Web novel, translated by various groups/people
    – Light novel as well?
    – Japanese raws probably available, Chinese has 2 volumes
  8. Infinite Stratos
    – Stalled B-T project
    – Eight of ten released volumes translated
    – Japanese raws available. Chinese up til v9
  9. Magi Craft Meister
    – No B-T project?
    – Five LN volumes, originally a WN.
    – Japanese probably available. Chinese up to v3 I think
  10. Fate/Apocrypha
    – Is a project on B-T
    – Five volumes, currently being translated by Eternal Dreamer/Nanodesu & CanonRap. Last update October 2015.
    – Japanese and Chinese available.

I’ll let you know what I end up deciding on soon…

Light Novel Popularity

  • !**Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There ---REMOVED (21%, 1,165 Votes)
  • Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica (6%, 362 Votes)
  • Sekai no Owari no Encore (6%, 315 Votes)
  • Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (5%, 279 Votes)
  • Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo? (5%, 263 Votes)
  • Seiken Tsukai No World Break (4%, 217 Votes)
  • Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi (3%, 191 Votes)
  • !**Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan ---REMOVED (3%, 179 Votes)
  • Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! (3%, 163 Votes)
  • Infinite Stratos (3%, 153 Votes)
  • !**Date A Live ---REMOVED (3%, 148 Votes)
  • !**Musaigen no Phantom World ---REMOVED (3%, 144 Votes)
  • Magi Craft Meister (2%, 133 Votes)
  • Fate/Apocrypha (2%, 128 Votes)
  • Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (2%, 116 Votes)
  • Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (2%, 103 Votes)
  • Zero no Tsukaima (2%, 95 Votes)
  • Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (2%, 92 Votes)
  • Fate/Prototype (2%, 89 Votes)
  • !**Campione! ---REMOVED (2%, 89 Votes)
  • Hidan no Aria (2%, 86 Votes)
  • !**Oda Nobuna no Yabou ---REMOVED (1%, 81 Votes)
  • Sayonara Ryuusei Konnichiwa Jinsei (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Hundred (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (1%, 73 Votes)
  • Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (1%, 69 Votes)
  • !**Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai ---REMOVED (1%, 68 Votes)
  • Absolute Duo (1%, 65 Votes)
  • Rune Troopers (1%, 55 Votes)
  • Konjiki no Moji Tsukai (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Kenshin no Keishousha (1%, 51 Votes)
  • Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Hyouketsu Kyoukai no Eden (1%, 39 Votes)
  • Ore to Kanojo ga Geboku de Dorei de Shuujuu Keiyaku (1%, 38 Votes)
  • One Turn Kill of The Dark Partisan (1%, 33 Votes)
  • Risou no Himo Seikatsu (1%, 30 Votes)
  • Hybrid X Heart (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Swords and Wizards (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Commushou no Ore ga, Koushou Skill ni Zenfurishite Tenseishita Kekka (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Garudeina Oukoku Koukoku Ki (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Asobi ni Iku yo! (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Shiro no Koukoku Monogatari (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (0%, 19 Votes)
  • !**The Reunion With Twelve Fascinating Goddesses ---REMOVED (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Yomigaeri no Maou (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Ore to Kawazu (0%, 16 Votes)
  • !**Magika No Kenshi To Shoukan Maou ---REMOVED (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Majin Tenseiki (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Seiju no Kuni no Kinju Tsukai (0%, 6 Votes)
  • H+P ‐ひめぱら (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,535

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Poll closes on the 1st of March , UTC +10 at midnight.

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Finally Home

Hey there,

I finally arrived home yesterday after several flights and slept almost the entire day. I’ve got a few things to sort out as there would be after being away for 5 weeks but I’ll continue translating soon. It was a wonderful trip overall and I had a great time, so thank you Peru!

I’ve probably missed a lot of everything but I guess I’ve still got some time to catch up 🙂
I’ll be replying to all the messages/comments I got these next few days, in the meantime – anime recommendations for this season?

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A bit about what I’m doing right now

Hola,

So it’s been about two weeks that I’ve been here in South America. I’d love to see it all, but with only about a month here, I’ll only be staying in Peru.

The flights here were more than 20 hours in total not including time spent in airports for stopovers but due to timezones, I landed in Lima the same day I flew out. More time to spend here? No, not really – I’ll spend two days flying back. But, that’s all part of flying long distance.

I’m about halfway through my trip right now. I’ve visited Lima, celebrated the New Year and my birthday in Trujillo and now I’m in Cusco. The first half week was mainly just sightseeing and exploring. In the second week, I did a Spanish crash course which was really helpful as I can at least get directions and understand menu boards. So now I’m continuing with Spanish classes Monday to Friday for this week and the next while I homestay with a local Peruvian family. There’s no better way to learn a language than to immerse yourself into the culture 🙂

In the afternoons, I’m volunteering with an organisation which is trying to assist a less privileged community. I’m mainly painting and doing some labour work for their school for a few hours a day. It’s honestly more tiring than I thought it’d be to learn Spanish and volunteer at the same time, but it feels great. On weekends, I’ll be doing trips to other cities, and I’m pretty hyped for my trek starting next Saturday to Machu Picchu!

At first, learning Spanish was a lot easier than I expected it to be because of the similarity to English and the similarity of some words. But it’s gradually getting more difficult with many many words to memorise and lots of grammatical rules with exceptions. I haven’t tried reading many books in Spanish yet but I’m planning to try the Spanish translation of DxD at the end to see how much of it I can understand.

Yo se que algunas personas de habla espanol leen mi blog. Yo apreciar todo conversacion o preguntas para mejorar mi espanol. Por favor disculpe mi limitado de vocabulario y gramatica. Es dificil recuerdo las gramatica reglas y palabras. Yo estoy probo escribir esto sin el diccionario, mi cuaderno, o Google Translate.

Anyway, it’d be a real pain to type everything in Spanish while I’m still learning the basics. I probably won’t have another post until I get home so I’ll give you an update then.  I’ve read some of the comments, not all, so I’ll get back to everyone when I get home as I only have my phone at the moment.

It seems like Baka-Tsuki is still ok, although I don’t know the details. For those who have asked and will ask – I’ll continue translating regardless of what happens. But I really like Baka-Tsuki so I’d gladly help out.

Hasta luego

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New CSS – what do you think?

Since there’s only about half a month until the new year, I thought I’d start making some visual updates to my site. The most obvious would be the sliding menu which has replaced the old static image I had there. The normal menu has also changed slightly.

A major thing I’d like feedback on is font and line spacing. The font has been changed so that may affect readability. Is it better or worse than before? Any suggestions for a font to use? Font size? I’m still trying to find something that’s comfortable.

There are also minor changes everywhere which probably aren’t worth mentioning too much. Aside from that, I’ve been putting off “Boosto Comments” for a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to fix it up and have it working by next year.

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Vote for terms to use in High School DxD v20

If you’ve read the chapter titles, you’ll know that there’s an upcoming one called ‘Parents’ but also Life.1 before that. So far, there are a lot of references to parents so I’d like to know what you’d prefer. Let me know if you have something else. Poll closes Sunday 22nd @6PM my time (UTC +10).

How should 'parents' be shown?

  • Okaa-san / Otou-san in every instance (43%, 172 Votes)
  • Okaa-san / Otou-san when used in dialogue. Mother / Father when not in dialogue. (28%, 111 Votes)
  • Okaa-san / Otou-san when used in dialogue. Mum / Dad when not in dialogue. (16%, 63 Votes)
  • Mother / Father in every instance (7%, 29 Votes)
  • Mum / Dad in every instance (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Other. (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 403

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A certain Valkyrie would love this deal

So a friend tipped me off about a certain post on a site called OzBargain about cheap custom phone cases. They’re currently running a promotion where your first item is $0.99USD including standard postage to anywhere in the world! I thought I’d go and design a custom phone case for my Xperia Z with a High School DxD theme. That said, you can choose from any of the user created designs there and also create your own design with any image(s) of your choice. This is coming from “CowCow” which I’ve never used before but they seem decent enough. This offer seems only to be one per household. You can either sign up for an account on their site and generate your own coupon codes via this link or use my codes (still need to create your own account) which I receive $1 of credit for per purchase.

$0.99 for 1st Custom Phone Case, Additional $9.99/each with Free Shipping (Hardshell & Enamel Only):
Z099CASEQZNZC

Not sure when this expires, but there are also other $0.99 items available like small purses, mirrors, keychains, sleeping masks, etc. which you can get codes for.

I haven’t done any PS work for a while so it was a rather quick mash together job but I reckon it still looks decent. Let’s hope it comes out alright when I receive it. My case design:

Phone-Cover-v2s Phone-Cover-Overlayed

Update: It came out pretty good.

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An update on translation and other things

Hey there,

It’s been a while since I last made a post I think. I’ve just finished Top Secret for V19, all that remains is the Afterword which I should be able to get done this week. In regards to V20, I still do not have a source for it and I’ve just read an announcement that the Chinese translation team is looking for Japanese to Chinese translators. Apparently, their time-frame is usually 2-3 months (6 translators + other staff) so with the assumption that they have nothing now and they are able to meet that target, it will be 2-3 months before I could start. Code Zero was originally going to work on V20 as well but has said that he will be busy this year so there’s nothing which can be done at the moment. Summaries and spoilers can be found on the Animesuki forums (thanks to jopjopjop and Gary29) Thankfully, we also have a new Korean to English translator and editor team – daniel Yang and Alexis138. They have been doing short stories from DX1.

I’m nearing the time for exams again (November) and have been flooded with assignments which is why I’ve slowed down. After V19, I will probably try to make some progress with Shinmai Maou, and then short stories from Dragon Magazine/other which haven’t been translated yet.

Also, the same goes for the EX short stories from BorN’s BDs. I haven’t seen any Chinese sources around for them so they will have to wait until there is a source or someone else translates them. In the meantime, jopjopjop’s summaries are excellent.

I have had many requests for LN translations, none of which I expect to even look at until December. I don’t mind suggestions, but please do keep in mind that I may never get to them. As for life, besides uni four days a week, I’m now working a day a week in IT, and have recently got some new watercooling gear for my PC.

Anyway, thank you to everyone, especially for donating and pointing out my mistakes. Suggestions for the next anime season?

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