Which light novel would you rather have me translate: Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko or Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru? Check out the samples and vote below the cut!
Edit: The poll is now closed. Read Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko here.
I’ll leave the short translation samples up here so that you can get a feel for my translation style. While I keep in honorifics, I translate puns and localise anything overtly Japanese. This is not because I assume the reader does not understand Japanese culture but because I’m uncomfortable with making out the Japanese aspects as something exotic or superior to the English language, which is something I feel happens too often in fan translations.
Here’s how the translation is going to work: I’ll be posting up the translation in chapter-by-chapter installments. These posts will probably come once every 2-4 weeks depending on my pace. Between the translations, I’ll also be posting my regular editorials, so non-LN readers don’t need to worry about not being pandered to.
===== Oregairu =====
“A Reflection of My High School Years”
By Hikigaya Hachiman, class 2-F
Youth is both a lie and a form of evil.
Those who glorify youth are only fooling themselves and those around them, believing that their actions are justified by their surroundings. They make out as if any kind of serious mistake is a mark of being young, a footnote in the story of their lives.
An example: All people say about boys who join a gang or who commit crimes like shoplifting is that “boys will be boys”. And if they underachieve on their exams, they will promptly claim that school is not just for studying.
By calling that “youth”, they distort all logic and common sense. They even refer to their lies, secrets, sins and failures as the spice of life. Even then, they identify those very evils and failures as inapplicable to them, as if they are special cases. Their own mistakes are excusable by society, yet they refuse to acknowledge everyone else’s youthful indiscretions as anything but their own follies.
If failure is the mark of being young like they say, then someone who has failed to make friends must surely be at the prime of his life. However, I am certain the hypocrites would disagree. They speak nothing of worth. All of this is merely their double standards at play and nothing else. In that case, it is a deception. Falsehood, deceit, secrecy and fraud are the highest forms of debauchery.
They are evil.
Hence, he who represents utmost righteousness is, paradoxically, he who refuses to glorify the idea of youth.
Therefore, in conclusion:
You should all get fucked.
===== Hentai Ouji =====
Say they hold a popularity contest to decide what the best swimsuit style is. What would be number one?
Is there anyone who has not thought about this eternal question of life even once? Before you ask, I ponder over it every day.
There are people out there who reveal some dirty hidden thoughts when they claim that bikinis are the best, what with how liberating they’re meant to be. Breasts sure are liberated when you can see them sticking out.
No, wait – hold on. There’s also the one-piece type swimsuit, a stellar hit among those who like to fantasise about pure girls.
However, the question I ponder is even more complicated than this. Let’s not forget the third mythical power – that of the competitive swimsuit.
Before you laugh and point at me, I’d like you to check out the girls’ swimming club activities pronto. It’s not as boring as you think. Without any doubt, you will realise that the competitive swimsuit is the stuff of magic. Just in case, however, I hold no responsibility for the enormous difficulties in life you may face should you barge into the pool in the name of research on this magic.
So, you ask, just how would you observe the swimming club?
At my high school, the field grounds are directly adjoined to the outdoor pool. Although a reinforced metal and concrete wall cruelly stands between them, I discovered a thin gap on the corner of the wall on my third day of high school. It was a blind spot from the pool side, an oasis where you could catch a glimpse of this paradise from heaven.
Naturally, peeping is a crime. An absolutely heinous crime.
But hey, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do!