The Broadcast Club | A Visual Novel Podcast
Episode 4 - Translation Quality

Episode 4 - Translation Quality

May 15, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month our topic is all about translation quality with our guest, John Hooper (also known as GundamAce) of Lemnisca!  Regrettably, technical issues irrecoverably destroyed a great talk we had about honorifics, and we were unable to reconstruct it in time, so if you notice that we don’t talk about those, we’re sad about it too!

Topics Covered

0:00 - Host and Topic Introductions

0:37 - Guest Introduction and questions

8:36 - What makes a good English translation?

10:36 - Adapting jokes and puns

18:44 - Preserving intent and style

25:45 - Translators as writers

31:00 - Literal vs. Liberal

36:00 - Advice for the aspiring translator

43:00 - Official Translations vs. fan translations

52:40 - Japanese companies and the West

56:44 - VN News

1:03:18 - Shill segment feat. Zonijo

1:08:01 - Outro

Episode 3 - Gameplay in Visual Novels

Episode 3 - Gameplay in Visual Novels

April 15, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month our topic is visual novels with gameplay with our guest, InvertMouse, developer of the Unhack series and the upcoming visual novel, “The Last Birdling.”

Topics Covered

0:00 - Introductions: Hosts, Topic, and Guest

0:49 - The line between VNs and games

14:14 - Where does gameplay begin?

23:34 - Why have gameplay in VNs in the first place, and what makes gameplay good or bad?

48:53 - Can gameplay attract gamers to VNs?

59:41 - VNs News

1:04:01 - Shill a VN feat. Nakenashi

1:06:25 - Future of the shill segment, and giveaway info

1:08:16 - Outro 

Episode 2 - Kinetic vs Choices

Episode 2 - Kinetic vs Choices

March 15, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month our topic is kinetic visual novels vs. visual novels with choices with our guest, Avebone.

Topics Covered

0:00 - Host Introductions

1:18 - Topic Introduction w/ guest Avebone

1:44 - The Presence of Choices in VNs

15:40 - Kinetic VNs

29:01 - True Routes

39:17 - Unique Choice Systems

52:37 - VNs News

1:01:29 - Shill a VN feat. AngeTime

1:04:27 - Outro

Fact Check

Maeda Jun wrote the common route scenes with the Natsume siblings, Masato, and Kengo; Rin's route; Saya's route; and also Refrain in Little Busters!  (According to VNDB)

Episode 1 - English Visual Novels

Episode 1 - English Visual Novels

February 16, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month we talk about English Visual Novels with our guest, Nai, who is developing the English Visual Novel, "When The Shutter Stops."  

Topics Covered

0:07 - Intro and brief description of the podcast

0:46 - Nai - "When the Shutter Stops"

8:27 - Stigma surrounding English VNs

32:05 - Steam Direct and what it means for English VNs

46:26 - Nai's growing devtalk community on the Discord server

51:11 - Survey of some VNs news topics

1:03:35 - "Shill a VN" segment

1:05:04 - Outro