Novel pick-up requests



  • Wayyy too close to translating for money for my tastes

    @dtta It's not really close as much as that exactly what it is. You have to think about Crunchyroll's model too. For a subscription fee, you get early access to anime in HD quality. Free accounts get access to the episodes a week later in LQ only and with ads. Translators that are using patreon are selling early access to translations of something they don't own the rights to and then everyone else can get it later.


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    Pretty much yeah. I can see vague times when it might be okay to have a Patreon, but combine it with hiding the translations behind Patreon, and ... well.

    Oh well. I have JNC. :)


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    Pretty much the only time I can condone Patreon is when it's used as a glorified PayPal link. Sure, I can buy server costs, material expenses, and rattling your tin can for alms, but holding your copyright-infringing translations ransom is just disgusting.



  • Got a request. :3

    Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu!

    publisher: K Lanove Books (Kodansha) (3 Volumes, Ongoing)

    Summary:

    This is an Isekai series about a woman (Kaoru) that dies due to God's mistake (sound familiar?). After a lot of negotiation and half-berating the Goddess of the new world she's going to, she picks out her cheat ability to create potions. Reincarnating at around the age of 13, Kaoru begins her journey in this other world where her high intellect and abilities keep getting her into trouble with nobility.

    I've been reading the (poorly) scanlated manga adaptation and Kaoru is absolutely a lot of fun. Her cheat ability to create any potion she wants is more like an accessory to her journey as she mostly relies on her wit and sharp personality to get her through various situations. She's pretty damn great as she really knows how to speak her mind regardless of who she is talking to and absolutely refuses to be taken advantage of.

    So time for you to license it @Sam-Pinansky. :3

    Volume 1 Cover


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    @aruseus493 What about this one too

    Saving 80,000 Gold in an Another World for Retirement
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  • @drone205 said in Novel pick-up requests:

    Saving 80,000 Gold in an Another World for Retirement

    I've read the manga adaptation for that one too. Mitsuwa has a really OP ability. However, she tends to make weird decisions and lives in the moment rather than fully utilizing her ability. It's kind of her charm I guess that she tries to act smart and sharp, but actually comes across a bit more ditzy in reality.



  • I just remembered one I used to read some time ago but the fan translation stopped midway through the second arc.

    Lv. 999 Villager.

    It did have lots of game systems, but the interesting part was that it was ingrained into the fantasy setting. A fantasy setting where levels, jobs and skills simply were part of life and people just took 'em for granted. And there was some interesting world-building that made it apparent that this was some sort of post-apocalyptic future, as "videogames" exist (at the very least arcade machines), but they are very rare ancient machines that nobody knows how to make anymore, and as such are very expensive to use. I really miss this one. I'd definitely buy it if it was licensed.


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    @drone205 said in Novel pick-up requests:

    @aruseus493 What about this one too

    Saving 80,000 Gold in an Another World for Retirement

    Is this some sort of government sponsored LN targeted at youths of Japan to convince them to start saving?

    I want it. x)



  • @terrence It's about a girl that finds she can teleport back and forth between another world. So she tries to use her ability to make money and wants to save up enough for retirement.



  • I want both of them :( .



  • @drone205
    Added an LNDB page for the series, just for you. ;)


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    @aruseus493 I took a look at the manga, it looks interesting.


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    Here are some Gender Bender type ones, though these are male -> Female types.

    She Professed Herself The Pupil Of The Wiseman
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    The Guild’s Cheat Receptionist
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    Only Sense Online
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  • From Curious Cat

    Anon
    do you still have a look at at "Novel pick-up requests" in the forum ?? just to be reassured

    jnovelclub
    I browse it sure. But there is a lot of people just posting cool covers which isn’t really a convincing suggestion.


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    We're doing Gender-Bender?

    This one seems up our alley (not that I'm banking on it coming stateside, but it seems like something people would like, it's an Isekai, it has enough volumes at 7). Earth Star is the publisher.

    "Wild Final Boss Appears"

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    ^ Afaik, it involves a dude transferring into his blonde, badass female avatar in a fantasy world. I don't want to read too too much into it on the off chance we get it, but it does appear like

    https://bookwalker.jp/deed251b9c-a82d-49db-b4d6-86bfc03dbddd/?acode=WpfPW3yk


    This one below is a Yuri type affair... With a male main character.

    "My girlfriend has a single girlfriend!" (Broken Google title)

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    https://bookwalker.jp/ded0c64167-7d43-4cae-8c67-ce2725eec712/?acode=WpfPW3yk

    This only had two volumes some years ago, and it really does look like it was planned as a bigger series (harem potentially), so i don't think it'll come over, unless, like, some upstart like Sol Press grabbed it at random.



  • @rahul-balaggan said in Novel pick-up requests:

    I browse it sure. But there is a lot of people just posting cool covers which isn’t really a convincing suggestion.

    But I also try to explain what the series are about and why I want them. :(

    For @Drone205's requests:

    • Wiseman - It's a series along the lines of VRMMO -> Isekai in the same fashion as Log Horizon. The big difference though is that the players that entered the world didn't all dump in at once, but over the course of like 40 years. The protagonist before being transported was experimenting creating his ideal female character and after ended up in this other world based off the game, he's now stuck in a young girl's body as he roleplays as his own character's apprentice. Mira/Dunbalf (protagonist) is a summoner class and what makes this series interesting is how open world the game is. It's mostly hardcore as there are no tutorials or interfaces for the most part. It's all about the players experimenting and developing their own skills in a very natural human way. This includes the ability to improve this fantasy world's technology and construct kingdoms. I've been wanting this licensed for a long time. Unfortunately it's from a publisher which I think Sam mentioned rejected their digital first method.
    • The Guild’s Cheat Receptionist - This is kind of an interesting series. The protagonist was reincarnated as a female elf and the story timeline takes place after something like retirement. She lives her life as a receptionist of a guild and we slowly learn a bit about her adventures and the world through people that know her and about some conflicts that take place in the story. She's ridiculously overpowered, but just wants to live a simple life.
    • Only Sense Online - This is one of my favorite series. The setting is a straight VRMMO setting where the protagonist plays the game Only Sense Online with a female avatar due to a sensor mistake. It's mostly slice of life and playing as Yun (protagonist) spends his time experimenting and doing his own thing. Most of his adventures in the story are through getting recruited by either his sister or his friends. He mains as an archer and crafter making potions. The story is really good at making all his potion brewing really interesting and he develops various types and sells them. It's a very relaxing series to read because none of the conflicts in the series are truly detrimental to life as it's truly just a game. There are jokes about the NPCs potentially being staff, but they're kept out of sight enough to leave them feeling like NPCs. So overall, it's a game. The world-building is really well done as the game's system is explored in depth. You select skills to equip and can raise them and mix them however you want creating your "only" character build. The skills can evolve, split off, or even merge into new ones which creates and infinite number of player builds and styles. Overall, I'd much rather play something like Only Sense Online than stuff like Infinite Dendrogram, Sword Art Online, or Eldar Tales (Log Horizon).

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    @rahul-balaggan said in Novel pick-up requests:

    From Curious Cat

    Anon
    do you still have a look at at "Novel pick-up requests" in the forum ?? just to be reassured

    jnovelclub
    I browse it sure. But there is a lot of people just posting cool covers which isn’t really a convincing suggestion.

    ^ lol

    It does beg the question, how else can we use this topic effectively? I've posted a lot of series I want licensed, I got a few upvotes, but otherwise no one really says anything about it, and the conversation quickly goes off topic or sometimes one book will get a bit of attention. And I'm sure JNC doesn't want to officially comment anything for business reasons.

    Should I keep bringing up old series to garner more attention, or do we assume that JNC is already aware of them and focus on bringing new titles to the table? This is where getting a little feedback from JNC would be nice, though I'm not sure what form that would take since, again, getting too close to the inner workings of the business side can have an adverse effect.

    I have the vague workings of a "fantasy unlicensed LN bracket" in my head, maybe I'll spend some time brainstorming on that and post something when I have it ready.


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    @rahul-balaggan said in Novel pick-up requests:

    From Curious Cat
    jnovelclub
    I browse it sure. But there is a lot of people just posting cool covers which isn’t really a convincing suggestion.

    That'd be me (well, I'm evolving a bit, but I still try to avoid plot spoilers if I can before I read, so I definitely go based on either art, the title, or if those aren't illuminating, the synopsis).

    But it does seem like he's challenging us to do real in depth recommendations. I need to check what I've done for the ones I've actually read.

    I read a healthy portion of the WN (about 21 parts; I'd say, give or take, 50 pages of an LN maybe) for this one recently since it is a "completed" light novel...

    "I do not need cheat in the new game!"
    "ニューゲームにチートはいらない!"

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    https://bookwalker.jp/de34fdf246-f833-4706-ad7c-4f02567f8ebe/?acode=WpfPW3yk

    ...but I don't know if I recommend it (I probably won't read more unless it comes stateside).

    The Basics:

    So, despite that broken English Google title, it's actually not an Isekai. The main dude starts as a 70+ year old on the last days of his life. He's been training to fight the shadows of demonic gods that leak out of shrines his whole life. He was never blessed with magic, so he was never one to get sent out to fight the biggest baddies or do major quests, which bums him out. Somehow or another he reincarnates as the 20 year old you see (he literally is birthed from a hole in his original body, and the OG body continues to exist as a corpse). He assumes a similar name for himself and iirc he pretends he is the disciple of his previous... body.

    So here's some stuff:

    Romance - It's decently fun. The female character you see on the cover is Bianca, a prostitute who our main character really wants to free (you need a tremendous amount of money to free people) and have live with him. I fear it goes harem, but I haven't read long enough to know for certain.

    Explicitness - It's not that explicit. Sure, characters have relations, but there's no real description of what's going on in the bedroom. So yeah, tame from what I recall.

    Battles - The battles are decent. Our hero is basically fighting gods, gods with physical and agile prowess. Our main character's big ability is his

    Scale - Really small. Like, it feels like everything is a stone's throw away, and the setup really seems small (there's shrines built for the gods and he has to destroy the gods that leak out of them). I think this is really the thing that is bringing it down for me. And it's so structured (there are 3 shrine gods that our hero has to defeat; maybe there will be a twist once he defeats them all, but yeah, small in scope and super structured). I'm sure there's some stuff to switch this up, but I don't know that it'll become a massive story when it is only 3 volumes (I read through about 21 of the prepub parts, which gets you through the first major battle).


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    I started out describing why I want certain series (I even talked about what sort of series I think could work for JNC, eg. short story/episodic series) but then before I knew it I kinda turned into the Posting Covers.

    @Aruseus493 already described the series I posted recently, but I like to post series that at least to me seems like they may be more Slice of Life and the three I posted do seem like they would be like that.


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    Maybe we should get some sort of Format for these, like Reasons why on the top, the title and cover, and if we have multiple titles then they all should be clearly connected somehow that is easy to understand.


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