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MangaGamer Partners with Alice Soft to Prevent the Rance Series From Being Released in English


This is a work of satire. Truth has been bent ever so slightly for the sake of amusement.


This year’s Anime Expo is over, and the news is in: MangaGamer has partnered with Alice Soft, bringing an end to a Golden Age of Alice Soft translations that included Daibanchou! Big Bang Age, Toushin Toushi I and II, Rance 01-04, Kichikuou Rance, Sengoku Rance, as well as several lesser known titles.

To stake their territory, MangaGamer has announced Beat Blades Haruka, a relatively unknown nukige with gameplay elements. The story centers on a delinquent ninja who grants superpowers to female heroines with the power of his dick. Players will need all the milky liquid they can muster to face down the Evil Organization which terrorizes the city, culminating in Power Rangers-like confrontations with each Monster of the Week. The gameplay itself utilizes a complex stat-based system with the success of actions determined by random dice rolls, making the system difficult to get into, yet easy to master. Upon victory nothing particularly interesting happens, while defeat is rewarded with gratuitous and highly varied rape scenes, which are the game’s main selling point.

With this announcement, MangaGamer has effectively obliterated several in-progress Alice Soft fan translation projects, including a remake of Rance 01, Rance 5D, Rance VI, Rance Quest, Rance IX, Galzoo Island Daiteikoku!, and AliveZ–making this the single most destructive English partnership ever announced.

Fans are understandably upset.

…for me and probably some others who have already bought the game from Alice Soft and were waiting for a translation, it is a punch in the balls. After waiting nearly a decade for this translation and getting my hopes up since it was already at over 80%, the change from a few weeks to “maybe at some point next year, maybe not, maybe go fuck yourself” and the prospect of having to pay full price for this game yet again, are really letting me hate Mangagamer.

I say it out loud, i already disliked Mangagamer and now that they are the reason i have to wait so much longer and they want me to pay full price for the translation of a game i already paid for, i will never buy anything from them again. I rather learn japanese or try to pirate the translated versions than pay full time twice for the same games. And, on a side note, I’m glad i never donate until a product is finished, because if i had already donated to you for Rance 6, i would be absolutely furious right now.

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Great partnership… Every Rance game on hold indefinitely, translation focused on games nobody asked for and after just one day [Rance 6 translator] Arunaru started to block and delete comments on his site for the first time ever because he can’t argue against some of them. If you really are responsible for this, screw you and your timing, you just ruined it for all of us and don’t bait us with faster released Rance translations in the future, you know Mangagamer doesn’t choose games based on logic, as seen by choosing Haruka over an nearly finished Rance 6. Also, they have a record of sitting on a license doing nothing with it and abandoning sequels they consider “too big or expensive to be profitable”. I really hope Haruka will flop so bad that Alice Soft cancels the deal and the passionate fan translators can work on Rance again, hell even if i would start to learn japanese now (really, really considering it with the last good translator gone) and i would begin to translate Rance 5 and 6 with my limited free time, there might still be a chance of being finished with it before we see an official release.

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I just came here to say I hate you and hope you die.
Also I’m gonna pirate Beat Blades Haruka.

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Other responses were mixed:

So Rance VI and Quest at like 2017 at best?
Opposite of hyped here. Oh well. Haruka is a fappable game I guess

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Well I’m willing to try anything by Alice Soft, but I have to say this game doesn’t look all that interesting…

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I approached MangaGamer staff member and esteemed Canadian Doddler for comment, and he had the following to say:

I was really hoping we could get our hands on Rance IX, which is really recent, or Rance VI, which is one of the best titles in the Rance series and had an almost finished fan translation. Alice Soft seemed willing, and it looked like the deal was almost finalized. But one day someone in the staff room joked that it would be pretty funny if we went for a title no one had ever heard of, just to see peoples’ reactions. The idea gained momentum and we ended up scrapping Rance IX for Haruka. Sorry guys, I tried!

Kouryuu had the following to add.

Estimated cost of releasing Rance IX: $20,000

Estimated sales of Rance IX: $100,000

The value of trolling the entire Rance community by releasing Haruka instead: priceless

There’s some things that money just can’t buy.

I also approached JAST USA founder Peter Payne and Sekai Project CEO dovac.

Peter Payne

MangaGamer wins this round, but I bet they’re still smarting from Flowers being NTR’d right out from under their noses. <laughs>

At JAST USA we’re proud to have licensed one of the most hardcore and extreme hentai dating sims Japan has ever defecated–and then censored all the extreme elements! Then we immediately followed up by censoring the cute heroine in our latest fully animated eroge that lolicons had been slavering over ever since the prequel. We snatch up fan translations and sit on them for years just to make the fans squirm. Mangagamer had their fun here, but they shouldn’t get cocky just yet.

dovac

MangaGamer calls this trolling? They should have stripped out the H-content and done a Kickstarter campaign, vaguely promising that an adult version would be forthcoming if the Kickstarter was backed–and then mocked the fans’ gullibility and bathed in their tears. That’s what I would’ve done anyway.

Interested readers can learn more about the game in my Beat Blades Haruka thread on the Mangagamer forums.

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  • Dat Kouryuu comment.

  • Nair

    Your impression of dovac is exactly how i envision he thinks haha. Nice article.

  • Unknown

    I knew from day one the Grisaia KS from Sekai was likely not going to include the 18+ stuff, as they never ever do any adult games. I still can’t believe that many people fell for it.

    As for this one, fans translation going “professional” and then charging for money is never going to end well…

    • Nair

      Yeah… I’m never believing or pledging in Sekai Project again. After their latest announcement this time about bringing over another 18+ VN that they are censoring (that doesn’t even have an all age Japanese edition) I’m through with them. If they brought all age titles over I’d support them like I did with Clannad etc. but bringing over 18+ VN’s and censoring them? This just seems like another “If my heart had wings”.

    • j12345690

      I know your post is over 2 weeks old but could you please tell me what Sekai project I tried looking it up but all I could find was a bunch of different things related to the name Sekai

      • ZenithTheOne

        Sekai Project is an American company and video game publisher. They are known for licensing and translating Japanese visual novels into English, but they also publish original English visual novels. – https://sekaiproject.com/

        • j12345690

          cool thanks for the replay

  • 970

    English is a major language. Whatever an English speaking employee costs it would be worth it. If they didn’t ignore most of the market in such a critical way they could add a zero to that figure. I know its niche but if they put the effort to make it why not put an ounce of effort into selling it also? Same deal with every Japanese game. Be excited, forget about it and eventually after 10 years once a fan patch is out pirate it because they don’t even want to let you on their website if your not on a Japanese isp. Exclusivity with software, they will go real far with that!

    • Ziongite

      I don’t blame the Japanese for being exclusive and not wanting foreigners (especially English people) to play their games or even watch their anime.

      As what do western English people usually do? They usually sit around talking ignorant shit about the Japanese and the games and stuff, So I don’t blame the Japanese for leaving them out.

      English western people also unconsciously change the content by their perception, they change the meaning and even who the characters are meant to be. They deform the content in that way.

      So I don’t blame the Japanese at all, only a lower number of educated/objective and cultured white people actually can enjoy a Japanese game or anime in the way it was meant to be. To understand it for what it is and not try to deform it into their own culture and meanings.

      Plus lets be honest, western countries complain a lot about Japanese games since western countries are retarded in political correctness. Like western countries going crazy about that Rapelay game and then attempting to get it banned in Japan also.

      So western countries then try to get into Japan’s business and turn them all politically correct and retarded. So can you blame Japan for not wanting any part in that BS? I don’t.

      Japan has no responsibility to cater to western idiots.
      You should just learn Japanese if you like their stuff. Because if you like their games you will likely like other stuff from their culture also. May as well learn the language.

      • SOMEGUY7893 .

        You realize thats not why they do that right? This foreign IP blocking far precedes many of these scandals. They just don’t want to bother with people who can’t speak Japanese it’s as simple as that.

  • Ziongite

    I am unsure why this has to stop the translation? I mean the translation is still partially done, why doesn’t a private translater just finish it?

    Or maybe Mangagamer got in contact with those guys that were doing it and hired them and then made them sign contracts to not release any partial translations (so then no one else could finish it).

    Either way, many of the translations were more than half done. So Mangagamer should at least finish them as they would be finished far more quickly than starting to translate a whole new game.

    I guess there is no point in someone starting from scratch to translate one of those games as if that happened then Mangagamer would release their official one and people may use it instead and it would be retarded to have more than one translated version of a game and nitpick the tiny details.

    Either way, they should come out eventually. Lets see.

    I played the Haruka game, it was actually a pretty good game. At the same time I have a special love for the Rance series for some reason. I loved Sengoku Rance as well as the Legacy of the Sect. Rance 02 was good also.

    Maybe I will just have to learn Japanese.