Translating manga

Ever since I came back from Japan I've been on the lookout for fun projects in which I could utilize my Japanese. Recently I stumbled upon Ubunchu!, a manga about Ubuntu. Created by Hiroshi Seo and published in Ubuntu Magazine Japan, there seem to be 14 chapters of which only the first 8 have been translated so far. Given publishing stopped in 2013 and the Google Group dedicated to translating the manga has seen no activity in 6 months it seemed like a worthwhile project to pick up.

Since the illustrator's website offers source files (at least for chapters 1-11) there's almost no cleaning or redrawing necessary. To make up for the lack of challenge, chapter 9 — which I started with — included a bunch of BL lingo which was "great fun" to research and "translate" as well as Revolutionary Girl Utena references I probably missed most of.

I'm not yet sure whether I'll just create one blog post per chapter or add something to the projects section. In case of the latter I'll add some note to this post. Regardless of that there's also a Git repository. And here's the first chapter:

Ubunchu! chapter 9: Revolutionary IME Kaname

/edit[2017-09-26]: Whoops. So ... I didn't touch this for about a year or so. But in the last 3 days I did chapter 10! ;)

Ubunchu! chapter 10: Outbreak of an interface war!?

/edit[2018-05-04]: The stars aligned for chapter 11! A friend of mine recently started translating manga, so I had the topic on my mind. Also there's been a little activity in the Ubunchu Google Group and I stumbled upon one of my translations on a online manga reader website, so I felt there's people that care about the manga. Lastly, it's golden week, so I had some free time on my hands.

Ubunchu! chapter 11: My lady is fond of her old butler!?

/edit[2019-07-17]: Starting with chapter 12 there's no source files any more. Keeping up with the one chapter per year pace, I translated chapter 12 (actually finished translating it—had done the first third last year already), but I don't see myself finding the time to do cleaning and typesetting.

Ubunchu! chapter 12: Rule of a sister distro! Mint-chan

Have fun reading. ;)



One year in Japan; a last review:

My last month in Japan began during a trip to Tokyo. I couchsurfed again and had 3 awesome hosts over 8 days. I went to Ueno park several times because of the ridiculous Pokemon Go situtaion, climed Mt. Fuji (great view from the top, also a gym at station 9), hung around with two Taiwanese friends, went to Enoshima and attended Comiket.
The last 3 weeks I lived in a share house, did some translation/localization work as an alternative to paying rent and continued the series of farewell events and meetups. I also finally got my JLPT N2 result. Passed with a score of 140/180. :)

Looking back at the year as a whole: very much worth it. Set out to improve my Japanese, did just that and made a bunch of good memories. As for Japan, the pros (respectful people, safe, fascinating contemporary and ancient culture, no tipping, ...) outweigh the cons (vacuous positivity, non-existent insulation of buildings, overdone collectivism, pricy, ...) for me. I'll definitely go again some time.

On to the ... oh wait. :(



Eleven months in Japan; another review:

After a packed month 9 and a calm month 10 it's back to busy again — in a good way though. :)

The semester ended with Japanese exams I took, German exams I helped out with and a lot of farewell events. This was accompanied by preparations for and the start of my trip to Tokyo and ... lo and behold ... the release of Pokémon Go in Japan.
Up until one and a half weeks ago my smartphone setup consisted of a Samsung I9000 without SIM card running CyanogenMod 11. With some Linux trickery I managed to get the app to start but it was super unstable and unplayably slow. As a consequence I bought a new phone (Asus T00P), caught Pokémon within Matsuyama's extensive areas of public Wifi for some time and now got a data SIM card for the last month.

As of the 8th I'm actually in the midst of my side trip to Mt. Fuji, but I'll put the Tokyo trip as a whole into the next review.

On to the last month!



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