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01 January 1987 @ 08:31 pm
ToraDora! Japanese Light Novel English Adaptation Project  


After discovering fansubs of the ToraDora! anime, I went on to find fan translation projects for the ToraDora! light novels at Baka-Tsuki.net. After actually reading some of these translations (and other officially translated Japanese light novels), however, I've come to the conclusion that (at least the majority of) Japanese light novels translate poorly into traditional and contemporary English prose.

Thus came the inception of this English adaptation project. The first thing to note is that this project seeks to adapt, not translate, the ToraDora! Light novels. After all, I do not know how to read Japanese (thus, cannot translate it) and even though the Japanese ToraDora! light novels are the original source material for the series, this work will deal with adapting the fan translated versions into a form more suited for and familiar to native English readers. This project could also be thought of me praticing my (liberally) creative editing skills.

Secondly, I would also like to note that though the goal of this project is to adapt the ToraDora! light novels to English, it does not seek to transpose them out from Japan and the cultural environment the original narrative takes place in. As such, Japanese naming conventions (family name first, given name last), honorifics, and cultural references, will remain intact within the adaptation but also explained through the natural narrative flow.

Finally, this work is not an entirely original creation. Proper credit needs to be given to the original author of the ToraDora! light novels, Yuyuko Takemiya. The illustrations included in the ToraDora! light novels (and also used in this adaptation) were created by an artist known as Yasu.

The fan translation this work is based off of is hosted at Baka-Tsuki. The current translators at the time of this writing are listed as: Kinny Riddle, Trabius, and Pliky. Editors listed are: Dan, Chansey, Akira, Nobuharu.


PROJECT STATUS:

Volume One
Writing: 100% Complete.
Editing: Chapter Two Finished.


DRAMATIS PERSONAE

In order of appearance. Family name first, given name last.


TAKASU RYUUJI - Male. Narrator. Second-year high school student, classroom 2-C.
INKO-CHAN - Male. Takasu family pet budgie.
TAKASU YASUKO - Female. Ryuuji's mother. Bar hostess. Also known as Mirano (at work) and Ya-chan.
KITAMURA YUUSAKU - Male. Second-year high school student, classroom 2-C.
KUSHIEDA MINORI - Female. Second-year high school student, classroom 2-C. Also known as Minorin.
AISAKA TAIGA - Female. Second-year high school student, classroom 2-C. Also known as The Palmtop Tiger.
KOIGAKUBO YURI - Female. High school homeroom teacher of classroom 2-C.
KIHARA MAYA - Female. Second-year high school student, classroom 2-C.
NOTO HISAMITSU - Male. Second-year high school student, classroom 2-C.
HARUTA KOJI - Male. Second-year high school student, classroom 2-C.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Volume One
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
 
 
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lamonads on July 29th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
wow...
it's really nice..
i will wait for volum 10 finished
unless it has been published in korea ^^
lazypersonified on October 22nd, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
I just finished the Toradora! anime series, and as soon as I finished went straight out to look for the novels. Of course my first stop was Baka-Tsuki, but after I found this here, I realized that there is no competition and your interpretation is much better. I was just wondering if this was still active, even if its not thanks for what you have done. If it is though, I'm definitely looking forward to more.
inky_text on October 22nd, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
I really should start up work on the second volume, but I've unfortunately been distracted by other things lately.

One day though!
haroldmoon on December 19th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Hey one question, Do you release the chapters monthly? i just want to know if this project is still active
inky_text on December 19th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
I haven't worked on the project in quite a while, unfortunately :(
dupuyizar on January 31st, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Благодарю за блог
Хороший блог
Colton Brown on December 17th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
i didn't realize you only did the first volume when i started reading this. it was so dissapointing when i went to the next chaper and it took me to a different story D: please continue with this soon. i've really enjoyed reading it more then i enjoyed watching the anime (and this is my favorite anime so thats really saying something)
hanmajo on January 23rd, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
These re-translations put a smile on my face. I hope you are able to continue them in the near future; you're doing a phenomenal job!


~hanmajo
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