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 Post subject: shmuplations.com - 10/1 Soldier Blade
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:45 am 


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launch & updates thread

greetings fellow shmuppers! I'm happy to announce that I've finally finished work on shmuplations.com, which will now host all my past and future translation work. I always knew it was problematic that new users would have trouble finding them after they fell off the main page, and if the forum ever crashed or lost everything, these could all be lost. I also wanted a chance to format things more attractively. It's a really vibrant time for the community right now I feel, with STG Weekly, Bullet Heaven HD, Icarus' Special Demonstrations, trap15's pcb hacks, and everything else that makes this a great place to come to. I'm glad to offer my contribution now in a more unified state!

I haven't done much translation for the last couple months because this has taken up all my time. I've gone back through every translation I've done (there's 63 now, I believe) and annotated them with images, captions, video, etc. In many cases I found or scanned in old concept and design art that should enhance the reading experience. The site will also eventually feature more non-shmup game translations, for which a cool Chippoke Ralph no Daibouken interview will serve as the opening salvo.

5/22/18 shmupdates (haha):

Patreon launch!
Soldier Blade - 2012 Developer Interview


Lined up for the near future are more superplayer interviews, a khdn interview, a Demon Front strategy guide, some old Capcom Mega Man materials, and a nice set of Konami DS-3 magazines I recently acquired. I'll use this thread to announce future updates, and you can also follow the site @shmuplations on twitter. Please let me know if you find anything that needs correcting... I optimized the site for higher resolutions on IE, Chrome, and Firefox, but I hope it will display adequately across the board.

...and now, I can finally go play SDOJ. 8)
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 Post subject: Re: shmuplations.com opens! SDOJ, Under Defeat, Kamui interv
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:53 am 


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 Post subject: Re: shmuplations.com opens! SDOJ, Under Defeat, Kamui interv
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Upon the trouserplanking of Yagawa and Wakabayashi, THE PROPHECY OF THE PLANKONING HAS NOW BEEN FULFILLED.

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 Post subject: Re: shmuplations.com opens! SDOJ, Under Defeat, Kamui interv
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That's pushing it with less than a week to go before the loke tests with the early SDOJ PCBs as mentioned in the 360 SDOJ interview. Talk about intense pressure cooker or jumping through loops with management barking orders (might as well light a fire under one's ass and make 'em go faster type of senario). Damn! Only if the Cave staff was given more time to complete the arcade PCB version of SDOJ, would've been interesting to see what could've be made (and included in the final version of the PCB release) rather than trying to aim for a "one shot/one try senario" before the loke test release.

A big thanks to blackoak for the cool shmup interviews, especially the 360 SDOJ interview section.

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Haha, I find it ironic that yagawa of all people finds saidaioujou too hard. At least compared to the other dodonpachi games.
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Yagawa planked nuts to the full extent of the jam.

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—Compared with the other games in the Dodonpachi series, how do you feel about Saidaioujou?

Yagawa: It’s way too hard.
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Thanks for these, blackoak! Yagawa quotes sigged for justice.

Would've loved some further insight on this:
"—Compared with the other games in the Dodonpachi series, how do you feel about Saidaioujou?
Tanaka: Heresy."
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Thank you for the SDOJ artbook translations! Very interesting to see who did what during the project.
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Thanks a lot man, I've been enjoying your translations for a while, you're doing a great job (:
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Nomura: We were simply asked to make it “cyber,” but I got the sense that they didn’t want a normal futuristic cyber style, but more like a “future magical shoujou world!” kind of thing. When I said this to Ikeda he replied “That’s it!”


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SDOJ will never look the same after reading this. Magical Shoujo Element Dolls...


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Great stuff. Can't wait for more superplayers' interviews.
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That is a very impressive site blackoak, once again thanks for bridging the gap for all of us who do not read Japanese :mrgreen:
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Nice. I've really enjoyed reading your translations thus far, and can't wait for more!
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Very cool! Much excite! :D

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I love the expression on Ikeda's face here. He thinking to himself: "You see the kind of shit I have to put up with in order to sell a shmup these days?"

Oh, and massive thanks as usual blackoak. This site is an incredible resource.


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Why did you opt for a packaged release, as opposed to a download-only release?

Maruyama: Our sales for the packaged version of Strania were actually a bit higher than the XBOX Live Arcade version of that game. To a certain extent I think STG fans prefer something they can physically hold and touch. Also, we wanted to do more than just a bare port, and be able to memorialize the release with a physical limited edition and such.


The what now?! Strania got a physical release?


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Rupert H wrote:
The what now?! Strania got a physical release?

Oops, thanks for catching this! I went back and realized I misread that line, not sure how I missed it. Its been corrected now and should read: "Our sales for Strania on XBOX Live were only slightly higher than the sales of our average packaged game."
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Thanks everyone! I'm really glad you like the site.

@RupertH, yeah, haha, that's exactly what I thought about Ikeda's expression. Though he looks like that in lot of pictures...

@endokarb, thanks! I've got about 8 or 9 similar 1-2 page superplayers to add, including a couple with Clover-TAC.

Regarding Yagawa's comments, I think you have to remember what he said about difficulty in that other interview, and how he thinks "hard" can be done well or poorly. I think SDOJ requires a lot of abstract memorization, and the stage design doesn't especially help. I'm thinking stages 4 and 5 in particular. Ketsui has a certain intuitive rhytmic quality for the stages and boss attacks that isn't here. As for the classic YGW Raizing games, I actually think they're quite forgiving once you understand the rank system to a small degree. And many, many of the boss attacks there are based on pressure and sight-dodging in a way I don't feel SDOJ's are.

Of course, maybe he's just going the old and crotchety route, haha.
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@blackoak Congratulations on a great site and a magnificent archive of your translations! I've bookmarked it so hard it's left a burn mark in my browser! :D
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As mentioned by rancor on IRC, feel free to include the Ibara scanlation that can be found here, though only three chapters out of six have been done. I'm hoping rancor can at least get me scans of the rest so I can see to that it gets finished eventually.
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Awesome. Bookmarked.

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Great stuff blackoak, looking forward to reading more.
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Thank you blackoak. ;_; You'd already forever changed the way I look at donburi ramen with even the plain text version of your Masahiro Yuge interview translation (and also made me a better Kyuukyoku Tiger player!). This site is nirvana. Bookmarked for great justice.
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blackoak,

This is an awesome accomplishment. Your shmuplations really marked a great moment in the shmups scene. I always wait with bated breath for your next one and to see them all archived in a website...simply MAHRVELOUS! I'm honored that you mentioned STGWeekly.

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Wow, I love the site. It Looks great!

Very, very good work!
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Happy to see all of the translations put up on one site. It's definitely on my bookmark list now.
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