Oregairu Volume 4 English Translation Complete (+ Impressions and Previews)

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I will not be translating Oregairu any more.

Despite the date on this post, this is not an April Fool’s joke!

Oregairu volume 4 is complete, just in time for the second season of the anime. You can read the volume here. I mentioned well in advance that I would step down as the Oregairu translator after volume 4, and now here we are. There will be no more updates on the series at Nano Desu. The good news is that you can read the rest of the series at Kyakka.

Final thoughts about the series below:

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The Characters in Fate/Zero Don’t Suck

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I went into the show expecting several things and found myself surprised on all counts. For one thing, the animation wasn’t actually all that great. Outside of the battle scenes, there wasn’t that much animation to speak of, and the camera work was bland as well. The scene-setting is effective mostly because of the Yuki Kaijura soundtrack and the well-drawn backgrounds, not because of the animation or cinematography.

The other thing that surprised me was that I thought the character writing was great. Every scene was purposeful and told you exactly what you needed to know about the characters’ roles, while slipping in colourful details at the same time. I hate to say stupid redundant catchphrases like “Fate/Zero is the Game of Thrones of anime”, but… Fate/Zero is the Game of Thrones of anime.

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Froggy Plays: Grisaia no Kajitsu

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This game took me almost an entire year to finish. Ambivalent thoughts to follow.

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Naoshi Komi admits that Nisekoi sucks; he draws it for the reaction GIFs

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After the complete fuckup that was Nisekoi chapter 162, the creator Naoshi Komi has publicly admitted that Nisekoi sucks.

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The Henneko LN Has Been Licensed! + Personal Life Update

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I should’ve announced this ages ago, but… the Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko light novel has been licensed by Digital Manga Publishing. It was never formally announced on their website as far as I can see, but you can see it on the upcoming titles list under the title of The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat. No release date has been given yet. Hopefully, it’ll actually get published, and when it does, I’ll give you the heads up.

Of course, for those of you following the English translation on Nano Desu, this means the project has been formally ceased. If you haven’t, you’d better go read the translation while you still can. I worked on volume 1. The PDF/ePub versions are being taken down later today, but if you ask nicely, I might email you a copy on the strict condition you don’t go around distributing it.

At any rate, I’m honoured that a novel I worked on is getting an English release. I’m also grateful to Nurin and Shingetsu (the translators of volume 2) for their hard work, along with the rest of the Nano Desu staff. Henneko was the first light novel I ever translated and I’m still pretty proud of my work. Of course, since it was a first-time translation project, it’s plagued with minor accuracy errors, so I’m looking forward to the official release to settle the score.

I hope you choose to support the series, especially if you enjoyed reading the fan translation!

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Untranslated Light Novel Summary + Impressions: Ore to Kanojo no Moeyo Pen vol. 1+2

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Light novels are becoming more popular among English-speaking readers these days, but many, many LNs remain untranslated. This particular title doesn’t even have a fan translation. But never fear, Doctor Froggy is here to provide you with spoilers for a trashy light novel you’ll probably never read.

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A Detailed Guide to the Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Franchise

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Recently, I got sucked into the Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (結城友奈は勇者である) series. It’s a young franchise, launched in late 2014, so I thought it would be a good idea to keep track of the various spinoff products as they’re released. I’ll leave the analysis and impressions for another post.

Anyway, if you’re planning to get into this franchise, watch the anime first. It is 12 episodes long and can be watched for free on Crunchyroll.

This guide will tell you how to access the spinoff products/info in English (or Japanese, if there is no English translation available). It will also tell you what these products add to the YuYuYu universe and characters. I will edit this guide as more products and info are released. If you have any questions or corrections, feel free to leave a comment on this post.

Be warned that this guide contains partial spoilers for those who have not watched the television anime.

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The Ending of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer

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Spoilers in this post, obviously.

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On “Objective” Reviews and the Importance of Being Earnest

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“Let me tell you why your opinions are objectively wrong, good sir.”

An appeal to objectivity is something that everyone has probably encountered at some stage. The word tends to get bandied around in art criticism when someone voices an unpopular opinion, usually a negative one. It’s silly, because you wouldn’t think there’s any objectivity to be found in something as nebulous as art, but it’s still a popular way of thinking (especially with the TrueAnime crowd).

Objectivity is a dangerous word.

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My Top 5 Valentine’s Day Anime Episodes

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Happy Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day, my readers! <3 Froggy

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a heartwarming and romantic day, but anyone with exposure to reality knows that’s not how it works for most people on most years, even when you are in a relationship. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, anime stays true to its general disregard for reality and how relationships work. Valentine’s Day-themed episodes are generally excuses for harem and romcom antics and a bit of cute fluff. As much as I love that stuff, not much of it tends to stand out.

But some Valentine’s Day episodes are really special to me. Some of them really do understand how it feels to be an awkward teenager with a crush. So to celebrate the occasion, here is a quick list of my favourite Valentine’s Day episodes.

Note: There are spoilers for the series listed in this post, so be warned.

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