Hello everyone! I figured it wouldn’t hurt to make a page about this so anyone who is too shy to comment here can take a quick look at this (though you seriously shouldn’t be shy because I’m just a big derp). I’ll try to gather all the questions I’m commonly asked here and update this frequently. Feel free to use this page to ask me things too!
1. Can I turn your translations into another language?
Sure! My only disclaimer is that you credit me for the original translation and keep in mind that my translations shouldn’t be taken as gospel. I try to be as correct to the original source as I can be but there will always be some bias in interpretation (so you can imagine what a translation of a translation will be like) BUT, all that being said, I am all for sharing! I’d love to receive a link too of the translated work!
2. Can you translate “X” game or “Y” drama CD?
Unfortunately, I don’t take requests other than my occasional giveaways. I’m just one small person in this big world who is not getting paid to do these. Basically, my translations are a labor of love and it’d be much easier and quicker if I translate what I’m interested in. Nowadays there are a bunch of other translators out there though so take a look and you might find one who has already done what you want or are interested in!
However, I am taking commissions now, so if you really want something done… eheheh, there is an option!
3. How did you learn Japanese? Any tips?
To be honest, I just threw myself into the deep end and started playing otome games while reading summaries online. BUT YES! I HAVE TIPS (kind of)! I love getting this question because it makes me so excited when I hear about other people wanting to learn to share in my hobbies and just learning in general, haha. I wrote this article on Otome Jikan that talks about my story in learning Japanese and links to some resources.
Most importantly though, I just have to stress that you need to practice, practice, practice, and immerse yourself in the language (whether it be through TV shows, drama CDs, manga, anime, or visual novels). If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask them! (I have more tips in the comments below too!)
I also answered a similar question on Curious Cat that gives some of the resources I used and more on my thoughts regarding this after receiving my N2.
4. Recommended games for beginners in Japanese?
Sure! My go to recommendation used to be Amnesia because of how simple the language is and how it’s basically fully voiced (the heroine being silent and Orion commenting for her). It’s been localized but it can still act as an auditory learning tool by listening to the Japanese and trying to understand it before you look at the English, same goes for Code: Realize. I’ve heard that Norn9‘s localization was iffy so maybe not that one ;;;
Honestly, any game with a high school setting is good to start with so: Starry Sky, Brother’s Conflict, Uta no Prince-sama. If you really dislike the high school genre then I suggest Bloody Call or Moujuutsukai to Ouji-sama or Arcana Famiglia (though this game does has a few text box explanations for its unique system). Diabolik Lovers is on the fence because the language is specialized but once you get the hang of it (aka. vampires, bloodsucking, words for fear, pain, etc.) then it’s pretty easy; the monologues at the end might be flowery to understand but hey that’s what otome blogs are for, right? ;D
5. Where/How do you buy your games?
I use a proxy site called From Japan! There are quite a few of them out there (and this article on Otome Jikan lists many of them) but I’ve just gotten used to From Japan’s system and I really like their site. Basically, you can put the name of what you’re looking for in the search and it’ll show you main sites that sell them (like Amazon, Rakuten, etc). It’s also very easy to bid on auctions through FJ. If you want to buy from a specific site too you can just put in the web link on their “single order” page and they’ll order from that page.
If anyone’s interested in using FJ please use this referral link FROM JAPAN to sign up :D it’ll give us both 300 FJ points which you can use for your purchases! 1 FJ point = 1 yen.