Kusoge Online (BETA) – Volume 2

NOTE: This is a ‘whole volume’ release. All comments from prior partial release posts have been moved here, all partial releases have been deleted. This allows for easier management and fixing.

Volume 2 Cover

And we have another whole volume release, which makes it two completed volumes aaand we’ve (more or less) caught up with the series. Yeahyeahyeah, volume 3’s out and all, but barely, so I’ll just overlook that fact. Below you can find the whole list of with separate chapters for you to download, including volume 2 as a whole and the tiny extra chapter. Next will be volume 3! And a bunch of new things regarding categorization and notification.

Actually, I’ve something I’m trying to do and maybe one of you has the answer: I got the soundtrack of Pokemon Sun/Moon and really like it. Problem: The tracks last for roughly two minutes each. That’s not all too long and I’d like to loop them into, like, 8 minutes, so basically like how they are in the game (endless loops). However, they don’t start and end in a perfect loop. There’s a small intro, then about two loops, and then it fades out. So what I would have to do is isolate the loops and then copypaste them in a perfect manner that’d lead into an endless loop. I tried with Audacity, but it didn’t go well. Any suggestions?

Well, that’s it with the off-topic. Have fun reading and leave a comment if you like!

Volume 2

 

Illustrations Release Post

A small start for hopefully a lot more! Here you have the illustrations for volume 2, it’s nothing much and I kinda hope the second illustration’s just as much of a bait as the second illustration in volume 1 (I’d feel sorry for Azrael if she was put in such a cheap get-up), but we gotta start somewhere!

Chapter one’s 49 pages, and as I said before, I’ll translate about 15 pages per week, which will lead to me being done before volume 3’s released; so it’ll take roughly three weeks, but I’ll release parts inbetween (dunno when and how many).

Have fun goggling at Azrael and leave a comment if you like!

Chapter 1 Release Post

Part 1 Post
Thanks for the donations, guys! Now I don’t have to worry about the costs for volume 3 and maybe can think about buying a keyboard that doesn’t sound like gunfire when I type! I’m truly grateful and you could also send a message with the donation (I think) if you want to let me know something (well, you could also just comment here, I guess). And don’t forget: If you feel generous and want to donate, do so for the stuff I did, not for stuff you want me to do in the future, since I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to. Well, theoretically you could hire me to translate (in a business sense, I’d translate for you (and only you) as a private person for private use), but it’d be pricey, complicated, probably not as good as “true” professional translations (or maybe I’d actually be better? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)), yadayada, so let’s drop the subject. Aaanyways… thanks!

Thought I forgot about Kusoge, eh? Nope, Sir/Ma’am, I’ve been faithfully translating the entire chapter!

Now you might wonder: Why only a partial release? ‘Cause there are only three chapters plus the epilogue, and chapter 1 covers 30% of the volume, meaning that we’d be done in about six weeks, but the next volume won’t come out until the end of march. However, I prefer to give you guys a frequent fix over giving you an overdose and then a long period of cold turkey. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

I’d like to add that I changed quite a bunch of terms that I used before, I changed them both in this volume and in the volume 1 PDFs. Just a heads up that you might stumble across terms you haven’t encountered before. Examples: Neo Virtual World Encouragement Organization -> Neo Virtual World Funding Organization; ocean -> sea (although ocean might be more accurate in a strict dictionari…ly (?) sense (and since the floor’s named ‘The End of the Endless Ocean’), sea’s just the more natural term to use); mantle -> coat (what a derp); and much more (that I can’t remember).

Anyways, have fun reading and leave a comment if you like! Follow me on twitter to get faster updates and tons of totally relevant stuff!

P.S.: Forgot to change the banner to something un-festive again. *groans* Later.

 

Part 2 Post
I’m kiiinda busy right now (Rocket League), so I’ll make it short: I know that it’s +20% crit chance now, the author wrote it again, so I went with it (dem consistency). Since I’m done with reading volume 2, I can promise you, it won’t disappoint (probably)!

But yeah, sorry for the half-assed release post, have fun reading the second and last part, my fellow Kusoge fans, Azrael best girl (or maybe Alice), and leave a comment if you like!

Chapter 2 Release Post

Part 1 Post
108. Onehundredandeight. That’s the page count for chapter 2, it’s roundabout 2/3 of the novel. In other words, when we’re done with chapter 2, we’re done with ~90% of the whole volume. Thanks to that, it feels like I’m not progressing at all. Translated ten pages? Great, you need to do this ten times over to be done with one chapter. Ugh. I liked ShominSample better in that sense, as it had chapters consisting of three pages or so (and consequently 30 and more chapters). The amount you translate doesn’t practically change, but it feels different, you know?

Anyway, we’re still on track for being done with volume 2 before volume 3’s released (digitally), so you’ll have your continuous fix of kusoge in ya. \o/

Have fun reading and leave a comment if you like!

 

Part 2 Post
We’ve a problem, guys. I’ve been monitoring MF Bunko J’s release stuff and stalked the official Kusoge site, but there’s no announcement for volume 3 yet, although going by its release schedule it should’ve been out this week – at least in book form, the digital version’s usually a month late. Anyway, my guess is that it’ll be released in March instead of February, meaning the digital version will be out in April, which ultimately means I’d be done with volume 2 a month before volume 3 comes out. As I said before, I want volume 2 to be done when volume 3’s out, allowing for a seamless transition, so I’ll probably keep the release schedule to 20 pages per 2-3 weeks, which should work out in favor of said transition.

If volume 3 is released sooner than April, I’ll just throw the whole volume 2 thing out there and we’re up-to-date. \o/

Moving on to something closer related to the current volume. Curiously, there’s quite a bunch of logical derps in volume 2, which aren’t my fault, but the author’s. Seriously, I checked with a Japanese friend and I’ve done nothing wrong, I swear! There’s stuff like typos (in Japanese that’s stuff like 詰む (tsumu) instead of 積む (tsumu), same pronunciation, different meaning), forgotten kana, wrong particles, or just plain logical derps. For instance, when they pick someone to be the vanguard, Sarapi calls herself Seshiriko, then right after that Rigel says that she’ll do it, then the narration says that Sarapi became the vanguard. What the…? If such parts came up, I simply went and fixed them as I saw fit.

There’s also stuff that might need explaining, I put such explaining into brackets, you’ll know it when you see it. Something that also needs explaining but would’ve been to intrusive is “The Children’s Limbo.” I was told it’s some kind of religious belief that when kids die before their parents do, they’re stuck in limbo and have to keep stacking stones. Don’t ask me. Just take it as “tedious and boring work.” I was dead tired when I edited this thingy, so if it reads crappy, that’s the reason!

Press CTRL+F5 inside the PDF if the new pages don’t show for you!

Have fun reading and leave a comment if you like!

 

Part 3 Post
Amazon.co.jp says that Kusoge volume 3’s gonna be released on March 25th. Hence, the digital version will be released around April 25th, resulting in me having to stretch the rest of volume 2 across two months, gnaaa. We’re already past the 50% mark, so that’s gonna feel pretty damn forced. I could import the book, which harbors two major problems.

First, the shipping. Usually, I import books through SAL, which takes about three weeks and has a reasonable fee. Seeing how the digital version will be out four weeks later, it destroys the purpose of getting started on the translation sooner, though. And so I’ve to go with air mail of some kind. The cheapest will take about a week. Express costs 20 bucks (lol) and takes two days (holy shit). EMS takes three days (still holy shit) and costs 15 bucks (also holy shit). So I’m gonna take my chances with cheap air mail and hope they don’t have a bad day and take two weeks to deliver it (which would also destroy the purpose). Of course all under the assumption that my retailer does ship it pretty much on release date. If I were to order via Amazon Japan, it’d cost me 30 bucks in any case, they know nothing but the fastest and most expensive shipping method.

Second, how to translate it. I’d basically have to figure out a way to scan the pages onto my computer, or I’d have to do it old-school and analog, meaning just flipping the book open and directly translate it into a doc. Now you try doing that with one of your books, incredibly inconvenient. To make matters worse, light novels are really small and have super tiny characters. I’d really need to somehow get it onto my computer or take up a horrid fight.

All that hassle to get you Kusoge even a bit sooner! LOVE ME!

Anyway, it’ll be roughly 10 pages of Kusoge per week until I know what I’ll do. And in case I am going to import it and translate it analogically, I’ll just throw the whole remaining shit of volume 2 at ‘cha at once and move on to volume 3. It’ll be a seamless transition in any case. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Here’s twelve more pages or so of dungeon exploring, have fun reading them and leave a comment if you like! (Press CTRL+F5 (or delete cache) in the PDF if the new pages don’t show up for you!)

 

Part 4 Post
The cover art for Kusoge volume 3’s out! I’ll write a separate post about it, since cover art can spoil and I also wanna guess around a bit about its contents, so double the spoiler alert.

And that’s it already! I’m gonna write a bunch of posts next week so expect some stuff that isn’t directly related to Kusoge, maybe there’s something among it that tickles your fancy, who knows?

Here’s roughly ten more pages, have fun reading them and leave a comment if you like! (Press CTRL+F5 (or delete cache) in the PDF if the new pages don’t show up for you!)

P.S.: I’ve something more to say, after all: I’ve optimized the site, meaning that all the thumbnails are gone, so you’ll simply see resized versions of the original images, not that pixelated crap from before (if you still do, then it’s time to CTRL+F5), at the same time I’ve run a lossless image optimization plug-in, so it shouldn’t be harder on your bandwith either. Hope this makes the images easier on the eye.

 

Part 4 Post
I love how Lizna screws with the players in this part, I hope her role as goddess sticks for future stuff. And color me surprised we don’t get an illustration of Azrael in that swimsuit. The color illustration only shows that almost-naked piece (string?) of cloth. Overall, I’ve no idea where that “Highlight Scene” from the illustration’s supposed to be. ┐(´∀`)┌

I forgot about the volume 3 cover post. It’ll come this weekend. And while we’re at it:

Want Kusoge volume 3 translation to start before May and feel generous? Read below!

 

Part 5 Post
Now that the first few color illustrations and a small excerpt of volume 3 are out, I know that I at least wasn’t totally off with my predictions. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

“This week’s release” got a bit delayed since I put my back into finishing up volume 2. Only the extra chapter remains, but that’s not a big deal (two pages or something). So I’m ready for volume 3 whenever. That being said…

Got a few bucks to spare and want to help the translation of Kusoge volume 3 to start before May? Read below!

Part 6 Post
This is it for chapter 2! Final part, we’re done with this one. So let’s look forward to the third and final chapter of volume 2! Oh, and the extra chapter you have to remind me of in case I forget about it, which I do all the time. It’s just two pages or so, no big deal.

On a side note, the new Rocket League season has begun and I almost forgot how much – if you’re playing with randoms – your team can drag you down. Like, what are you gonna do once you end up losing three placement matches, are suddenly in the Silver Rank player pool and get matched with people who keep jumping past the ball? You can’t set up plays since they hardly connect with the ball, you can’t expect plays either, they just chase the ball and get every touch no matter how poorly positioned and/or angled they are, and worst, you never know what to expect when anyone goes for the ball: Will they jump past it? Will they hit it? Man that’s off-throwing. Unless you’re one of these guys who just grab the ball, dribble across the field and score by yourself – hence carrying the team by yourself – you’re in for some work. Long story short, had to work my sorry ass all weekend to get into Platinum, what a star player!

But enough of that whining, Kusoge volume 3 has been released in Japan yesterday, the manga will be released on March 29th, if you wanna help me out to quickly import it, read below!

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And now: Have fun reading! CTRL+F5 if not all the pages show up for you!

Chapter 3 Release Post

Yep, no teaser or anything, just the rest of volume 2 right here. All that’s missing is the small extra chapter that’ll come with the whole-volume release.

Here they are! The copies of Kusoge volume 3 and its manga adaption that you helped importing! Thanks a lot! Took a whooping two days for them to arrive after I placed the order. Hella fast, I tell ya. More on the volume 3 stuff when I actually get to do the first release of volume 3. Next will be a whole-volume release of volume 2 first, though.

That’s all there is to say!

60 thoughts on “Kusoge Online (BETA) – Volume 2

      • I actually kinda like Fury. As a yandere/sociopath. =D Maybe if she gets a body that’s taller than my hand, else she’s only material for the weeeirdest doujinshis.

        This is one of the few series where I’m actually looking forward to if and what kind of characters the author will introduce in future volumes. Though we will get new characters in this volume already, sorta (I already read it, of course =D). There’s best girl material in there too. I won’t spoiler any further. 😛

      • Yeah that girl.
        Oh and what do you think about some priest girl in manga ch 4 and her illustration in novel vol 2 afterword with fury?

      • I skimmed through the manga chapter and afterword since I had no clue which priest you meant (I don’t read afterwords =D), seems like she’s a manga-exclusive character so far.

        The manga’s pretty ecchi, isn’t it? Lots of boobies ‘n stuff, not very faithful to the novel. Priest girl would be nice to have as a side gag in the novel too, but as part of the gang? I dunno lol

      • Well i just think that girl is nice for comedic purpose, since she is nosebleed(and pervent?) onee-san type who got nosebleeded and banned after watching some oppai(because she is yuri?).

        Just hope that there will be more characters to join Sasaraki since some position still vacant.

      • Yeah the manga is so ecchi. It feels so ecchi because you can see directly with picture (like Alice’s naked appearance, etc) and it have some ecchi moments about teleport bug (lots of boobies only in this case, yet).

      • Then I got the wrong impression since I only had a look at the teleport chapter.

        Yeah, we’re in agreement, she’d be a nice side gag, like Tiolis.

      • Emm Vol 1 is mainly about Alice and Vol 2 is Azrael, then Vol 3 will be Lizna(?). If so then its gonna be interesting, since her personality is like that…

      • Now that you mention it, Alice has very little screen time in volume 2 compared to volume 1. But due to what’s happening at the end of volume 2, I don’t see how volume 3 could NOT focus on Azrael.

        Out of the four and a half “main characters” (Fury’s the half), Lizna and Sasaraki are lacking depth the most, so she could use a bit more attention, I guess. She’s pretty funny and I see the direction in which the author’s pushing her, but up until now she’s hardly appealing IMO, if that makes sense. She’s stuck in the friend zone, so to say.

      • You mean what happen in the last illustration is still continue in vol 3?
        Well Lizna is something like self-proclamed supporter for Sasaraki-Azrael’s love and she is airhead-type, so its gonna be hard to get her route.
        Since Lizna’s favorite is something that related to death, and what will happen if she is in “dere” mode, i wonder (love + death….. so scary).

      • Yeah, that exactly. He can’t write that kinda stuff and then basically ignore her in volume 3. My guess is we might get a new loli AI – you heard it from me first lol

        Lizna is their supporter indeed, my guess’d be that she’d turn out yandere, which wouldn’t really work in a rom-com since there are far more reasons to go yan than dere. She does a good job as the one who’s hooking Azrael up with Sasaraki, so I’d like her to stay that way for now. Us not seeing how she could possibly turn into a romance target only adds to it.

    • I was quite surprised too when you posted your guess, but I didn’t want to spoil and kept my reply neutral. =D Got any more guesses? Not that I’m gonna tell what’ll happen, I’m just curious. 😛

      • No! All I can truly guess based on what’s in the chapter so far is that the game is going to find some way to strip and embarrass Azrael again. I’m personally hoping that this happens: the hole will nearly be fixed, Azrael will fall in. And then she’ll be sucked toward the hole, where she herself proceeds to plug it because, instead of slipping through, she promptly gets stuck.

      • So basically two guesses: 1) Azrael’s gonna get shamed (not a wild guess considering her role) 2) She’ll be the one to plug the hole up with her body in the end.

        Let’s keep those in mind 😉

  1. Thanks for translation, i am enjoying this one so far.

    just a question, can you provide update on Yuushibu? i also really want to read that one 😀

      • Then again, I’m not sure. I was going to say crazy…except if you try and shove Megumin from Konosuba into this world, she’d flip the table.

      • You’re missing out! It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s really fun for those that enjoy it.

      • Don’t worry, dude, it’s pretty far up on my watchlist. I considered reading it, but I guess I might as well just watch the anime when it has one. 😛

      • I should also mention that another you should add a category for teasers, to separate the two types,

      • Yeah, I could split categories into “Teaser” and “Full Release,” I might do that in the near future. Although the “full chapter” post would basically just become a duplicate of the “final teaser” post and just be for archive’s/search engine’s/RSS’ sake, my OCD doesn’t like that part too much. 😛

        I’ll further look into e-mail subscription. Last time I did, I wasn’t satisfied with the solutions at hand.

        All of the above will probably take a bit of time, since my priority’s content > feature right now. 😉

      • Thanks for your time.

        I looked a bit harder and you have RSS already setup. You just need a unique category for full posts, and RSS readers can handle the rest.

        —-
        For your users/readers, they could use IFTTT.com. They would make a new “recipe” that triggers on “feed” (https://cautrs.com/category/whimsical-translations/light-novels/feed), and sends “email”.

        That URL is based on your categories.

        —–

        The only thing you need to do different from current, is whack on a new category for the full posts, or use a different category for teasers. In terms of OCD, you could just delete the teasers. 😉

        I can make a picture guide for your users if you end up doing something RSS friendly (editing posts is not RSS friendly).

      • Glad you like it. I’d be in for that if this series would have an at least kind of normal chapter setup, but seeing how with volume 2, for instance, chapter 2 makes for more than two thirds of the whole volume, it’d mean months between releases.

        If I release, I don’t want readers to be like: “Oh, right, almost forgot about this one, lulz.”

        Plus, it’s not like I’m forcing anyone to read partial releases; as soon as the “Teaser” tag’s gone, it’s done, and you can dive into the full experience. I would, however, force people to wait for full releases if I limited myself to those, even if they didn’t want to.

        tl;dr: I’d rather not on this one. 😛

      • I can’t delete posts, that’d mess with sites indexing my updates and lead to a whooole lot of 404s. So yeah, gotta find the right compromise. 😛

        I’ll try and look for a way to streamline things and make it as easy for users as possible. Having people go over third-party stuff is kinda uncool and hopefully I’ll only have to rely on that as a last resort. I’ll look around for a plug-in. Just hang in there for a bit longer. 😛

      • It’s about to get scarier! Zero Mahou, Clockwork Planet, Akashic Records, Busou Shoujo, Tsugumomo are coming up this season! Well, those are my picks…but I’m pretty certain you’ll find something to add to your queue as well.

  2. This series is great. Thanks for the TL. I would prefer release batches (by chapter not page), even if there are longer delays between release… but I gladly lap up anything you throw out to us!

  3. Thanks for the response! With uneven chaptering I see why you do it this way. I’ll just make sure to re-read when the chapter is fully released. I can’t help my self from reading as it comes out. 🙁

    If I were to make one, less-onerous, request it would be for you to make a new post when you finish the chapter. No sane RSS reader is going to be watching for title changes on posts, and it is impossible to do if you make several new posts after the initial one. It also makes it very hard for me to setup watching rules.

    I can make a guide for people to setup email notifications, if you make it possible by doing what I just suggested, and sticking to a post naming convention (like you already do). I don’t see any other mechanism on your site to keep up-to-date.

  4. This is all I want and more! Thanks~

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    For your readers that want to be emailed when a chapter is posted (this is a dirty work-around until there is something neater on the site):

    1. Make an account on IFTTT.com
    2. Make a new “applet” that `Triggers` (`THIS`) on “FEED”
    3. “New feed item”
    4. URL: https://cautrs.com/category/whimsical-translations/light-novels/feed –> `CREATE TRIGGER`
    5. “EMAIL” –> “SEND ME AN EMAIL”
    6. Choose what you want in your message. I like doing:

    Subject: “Feed – [{{FeedTitle}}] – {{EntryTitle}}”
    Body: “{{FeedTitle}}
    {{EntryUrl}}
    {{EntryContent}}”

    7. “Create action”
    8. “FINISH”

  5. Thank you very much for translating this novel!
    I really enjoyed every bit of it Never had this much fun reading a novel ever since Konosuba but this one is more fun! Looking forward for more fun.

    Again Thank you very much.

  6. Audacity is probably the best way to do it. You might want to take advantage of the multiple tracks features. It’s sort of like layering in Photoshop. Cut and paste the desired loop segment into a new track and then you have something that plays on top of the original track. Shift it around until the two play in sync and your loop has started. Repeat. You may need to consider differences in volume and additional instruments making this process more difficult.

    Plan B is to use a looping sound format like logg or brstrm and program the loop points in. Then proceed to mess with the timing information until it loops cleanly. It only works for a single loop though.

    • Sorry, no. In case you want more, I’d strongly encourage you buying it in whatever form. The better a series sells, the longer it will go on and eventually get an anime. 🙂

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