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  1. Hey, thanks for the Muramsa translation, I really appreciate it.
    I am trying to use this translation to play the game; whoever, I saw that you only had 3 of routes translated. According to my understanding ,there are 4 routes of Muramasa : Hero, Revenge, Tyrant, and Daemon (or something like that). Of course I don’t know a lot since I haven’t finished the VN, but I would really appreciate it if you can check this. 🙂 Thank you

    • There are basically three routes based on the three heroines. Hero is Ayane Ichijou. Revenge is Ootori Kanae. Tyrant is Muramasa, and that route automatically continues into the Daemon route which serves as the epilogue. So basically Tyrant/Daemon should be counted as one route.

  2. Alright, thanks for the heads up man, i can steel myself up for bloody scenes but, who wouldn’t want to kill the author if he suddenly decided to Netorare in a second game like this.

  3. Hello again Garejei, hope you don’t mind another question.

    When reiji is dreaming and touko appears, is it just my ears that is totally fucked or have her voice changed over these past years?

  4. Hey, have you thought of actually putting your translation of Muramasa in the game? There was a patch that allowed for horizontal text, and it’s not like JAST is ever going to translate this… at least not before the earth dies of old age.

    • I get what you mean, but it wouldn’t be as easy as just “putting it into the game”, since my work is basically a summary with certain things left out or condensed. I don’t see the point of just inserting the little bits I’ve translated into the game. The script in-game would basically play like “English English Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese English Japanese Japanese Japanese”, you get the idea. (I’m aware of the horizontal text patch, though)

      Even if JAST takes ages to translate the game, I’m confident that they *will* do it. Eventually. So any fan translation project that is started for Muramasa would either be a waste of time in the long run (when the official release happens), or shut down immediately by a C&D from JAST, in my opinion.

    • That pretty much happens at the end of the Hero route. To be specific, at the very end of the two’s big fight.

      (sorry, but I had to edit your post a bit because that’s sort of a spoiler, and this isn’t a Muramasa-related page on the blog so I wanted to avoid potentially spoiling others.)

  5. Hey, I just stumbled across this blog and I love what you do with VNs! If it’s not too much trouble, would you mind reviewing my VN, just for fun? It’s not quite real deal Nitro+ fare, but I think it’s pretty good. Plus, it’s free and has some known well-known voice actors in it.

    Play it at:

  6. Hello garejei, I just read your recent review on Himawari, and towards the end you mentioned that the game had fairly easy grammar and could be a good game for Japanese beginners. I know you kind of touched on this a bit in one of your comments for the Learning Japanese with visual novels and games post, but I was wondering you had any more specific titles that would be good for a Japanese language beginner. Lately, I’ve been using VNDB to find really short-games listed as having play times less then 2 hours-freeware doujins to play.

    • At the moment I’d say… maybe Aiyoku no Eustia. It’s not as easy as Himawari, but it shouldn’t be terribly difficult, either. Well, give it a try and see for yourself, I guess. Wish I could be of more help but I haven’t read *that* many VNs compared to other people.

    • I know this question wasn’t directed at me, but I have some good suggestions for you too (after all, I too learned my Japanese through playing VNs).

      Himawari is definitely the most beginner friendly actually good VN I’ve ever read, but stuff written by 丸戸史明 (good romance), タカヒロ (good comedy), 王雀孫 (simple but extremely effective writing + good romance/comedy) and 麻枝准 (Key) is all pretty easy to digest.

      I’d personally recommend:
      世界でいちばんNG(だめ)な恋 (Romance)
      はつゆきさくら (Romance/Comedy/Fantasy)
      遥かに仰ぎ、麗しの (Romance)
      俺たちに翼はない (Romance/Comedy/Philosophical)
      パルフェ ~chocolat second brew Re-order~ (Romance)
      Little Busters! (Key)
      つよきす (Comedy)

      If you don’t like romance, then Aiyoku no Eustia is about the only thing you can go for though. xD

      • Thank you for the suggestions! I don’t mind romance vn’s although they aren’t my preferred genre type. I tend to go for things that are more action/adventure oriented. Anyway I’ve added the ones you listed to my wishlist. I wish we could make custom wishlists on VNDB, or if we can I have yet to see how.

        Also, if you don’t mind me asking, how long have been studying/learning Japanese and how long would you say it took you before you were comfortable with reading VN’s in Japanese?

      • Haha, I don’t wanna spam Gare’s contact section too much, so can reach me through e-mail if you have more questions. I also plan to start my own blog eventually, so hopefully you’ll be able to reach me through that one day. xD

        Anyway, I hate studying so I basically learned the basics of Japanese grammar in the internet (like two weeks of some heavy reading), learned about 50 kanji, and then went straight to play nukige everyday. I couldn’t understand most of the things written, but I still had my fun (if you know what I mean *wink wink*).

        In about a year I could read simple VNs and read most of Key and 丸戸史明 stuff (knew only about 500 basic kanji, I guess), so those two are definitely a good place to start.

        I think it took me another year to make sense out of nitro+ stuff (1000 kanji) and another two to be able to read really complicated stuff like FSN (and Muramasa, I guess, but it wasn’t out at the time) (2000+ kanji).

        I don’t know how much time it takes to read literary Japanese novels and stuff like Dies irae though, as I still have problems with those and it’s been over 10 years 😀

        Basically you can start pretty early if you are not too afraid to miss some stuff and be confused sometimes. VNs are probably the most student-friendly medium I know, voices help reading a lot.

      • Never imagined 王雀孫 being relatively easy to read. I thought he was kind of a monster.

  7. Okay, here’s to hoping you see this.

    I’m setting up a roleplay involving Sansei Muramasa (since last year of all things), and I had been using your blog as a reference since it was the only one with any in-depth information about the character and the world she’s from.

    I still remember bits and pieces from your blogs, but I’m missing a lot of information. Is it possible you could send me something about Muramasa’s past and her actions as of forming her contract with Kageaki? I’m trying to get as much about *her* in particular as possible so my friend and I can play her properly.

    • I’m actually extremely busy with work these days so I can’t guarantee much, sorry. But please try to use my email address (it’s on this page, at the top) instead of leaving comments here.

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