As some of you might have seen on Twitter, after my previous blog post I was contacted by JAST, and I am now working on Flowers!
My job is to check the translation for accuracy and tone. There is another translator working with me, and we are both going through the entire script. There is also an editor, and multiple QA people involved. Obviously I can’t discuss everything, since there’s now an official contract and whatnot involved, but I’d like to keep fans updated on our progress as much as possible.
Yes, the script is kind of all over the place. No, it’s not unsalvageable. There are certain consistent issues cropping up, but it’s not as bad as I feared it would be. I mostly just get the sense that it was extremely rushed and that the translator didn’t have the game to work off, which is so important when it comes to visual novels.
That being said, any line that I think needs even a tiny bit of tweaking, I am retranslating, which means that there will be a lot of changes. We haven’t completely thrown the old script out, but working based off of it is less time consuming than working with just the original Japanese and doing a full from-scratch translation.
Speaking of time, now that the release has been delayed I do feel I’ve been given an adequate amount of time to work on this. We are definitely emphasizing quality over rushing it out to meet a deadline.
Unfortunately, I have no control over what they release and when. I don’t know when the new release date is scheduled for. I also don’t have contact with the programmer working on the technical side of things. So, while I am part of this new team, I am not privy to everything, and I am in no way in control of the project. However, If you have anything you would like me to pass on to the team, feel free to leave a comment here.
Thanks to everyone for the support I have received, and I hope that I can contribute to making a worthy localization for this beautiful visual novel.