TNT: The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 75-103 by Kumanano

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fourth set of chapters in Yuna’s journey to do as she pleases. It’s The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 75-103 by Kumanano.

Plot Synopsis: Having traveled to the royal capital and back Yuna is now ready to buy a shop in Crimonia. Will she be able to bear the weight of responsiblity?

Plot: I’m sorry for that pun, I just had to do it. It was unbearable to ignore such a perfect opportunity. Oh I did it again? Absolute coincidence I say! Now to get to this set of chapters, it’s a fun set. It covers Yuna and her quest to do as she pleases in some pretty awesome new ways. There is one particular scene where the bloody bear shines.

Characters: We get quite a few new characters, but honestly my favorite is the guild master in Mireera. Still the star of the show is Yuna.

Overall: A fun arc. Nothing absolutely spectacular or intense plot wise, but that has never been the appeal of this series.

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TNT: Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 41-80 by Minazuki Shizuru

This week I’m back with the second set of chapters in Takumi’s journey in another world with children. It’s Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 41-80 by Minazuki Shizuru!

Plot Synopsis: 『I’m terribly sorry』 A god was suddenly prostrating in front of me, Kayano Takumi. I was apparently killed by mistake. Moreover, I can’t be reborn again. However, I am able to live in a different world? Then, let’s do that, please. The god made a mistake again and transferred me into a dangerous forest. Seriously, what’s going on? Besides, there are children here. I can’t leave them here, I will take care of them…

Plot: This is another heartwarming set of chapters in a series that just makes you smile, unless you are a heartless monster. I can’t help you if that’s the case. Honestly this set is pretty fun with Takumi meeting a peer of his along with Allen and Elena. The fact that those two kids are ridiculously overpowered just like Takumi is just hilarious sometimes.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new faces in this set of chapters, which is good. Personally I like Takumi’s peer the best. As for who that is I’ll leave it to you to find out. However Allen and Elena are still just way too adorable and make you want to just grin like a doofus.

Overall: An awesome second set of chapters. If you haven’t started this series yet I’d advise doing so. It’s a nice change of pace from other series.

TNT: The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 51-74 by Kumanano

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another set of chapters in Yuna’s daily life in another world. It’s The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 51-74 by Kumanano!

Plot Synopsis: Having dealt with various troubles in the town of Crimonia, Yuna decides to go visit the royal capital. She decides to take along both Fina and Noa, Cliff’s Daughter. What new things will Yuna encounter on the way to and in the royal capital? God only knows, and he’s probably laughing his ass off…

Plot: This set of chapters continues the trend set in the prior two arcs, Yuna does whatever she wants and looks ridiculous and cute while doing it. The Bloody Bear may or may not make another appearance…

Characters: We get quite a few new faces in this set of chapters, but it’s tons of fun like everything else this series has.

Overall: Another excellent set of chapters in the adventures of Yuna, doing whatever the hell she wants.

TNT: Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 1-40 by Minazuki Shizuru

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another series that just makes you feel all fuzzy inside. It’s Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 1-40 by Minazuki Shizuru!

Plot Synopsis: “I’m terribly sorry”. A god was suddenly prostrating in front of me, Kayano Takumi. I was apparently killed by mistake. Moreover, I can’t be reborn again. However, I am able to live in a different world? Then, let’s do that, please. The god made a mistake again and transferred me into a dangerous forest. Seriously, what’s going on? Besides, there are children here. I can’t leave them here, I will take care of them…

Plot: This series diverges a bit from the usual Isekai cliches, if you couldn’t tell that from the plot synopsis above.  In addition to being heartwarming it does follow some cliche’s to the letter, but it’s refreshing and more amusing than boring. As for the general plot, it doesn’t seem to have any particular impetus, other than just being a standard slice of life.

Characters: Takumi is our main lead and he’s pretty great, is he super intelligent? Not particularly, but he’s not a dumbass either. That being said if you want to see Takumi hitting on ladies constantly, you’re going to be disappointed. The rest of the cast is just as fun, with Elena and Allen being absolutely hilarious. Syl isn’t bad either, and that’s not just cause he has the same nickname as a certain honor spirit.

Overall: An excellent series if you want a change of pace from the usual Isekai, or anything really. Heartwarming and adorable, this series does what it does while making you grin from ear to ear.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Magic, Action, Adventure, Heartwarming Plots, Great Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

TNT: The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 27-50 by Kumanano

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Yuna’s travels. It’s The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 27-50 by Kumanano!

Plot Synopsis: Having gotten used to life in this new world she’s found herself in Yuna now is dealing with some troubles in the town, mostly caused by her rather sudden appearance.

Plot: This is a fun set of chapters and honestly is quite heartwarming, while being hilarious given that Yuna just does as she pleases. Like I said in my previous post on this series, it’s like the Honey Badge. The plot moves along fairly well, but given that this is really all about Yuna just doing as she pleases and having pretty much no equal, don’t expect any villains to pop up.

Characters: We get to meet a few new characters, with Cliff probably being my favorite newcomer. Yuna is still the star of the show though.

Overall: A solid and amusing set of chapters in a series that’s incredibly heartwarming.

TNT: Aggregator Sites

I’m back for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday with my thoughts on a rather touchy subject. It’s all about Aggregator Sites!

Aggregator Sites?: Here’s the definition you can google, Aggregator refers to a web site or computer software that aggregates a specific type of information from multiple online sources. These websites use internet tools to host other people’s work from various locations all in one site. It’s both convenient and highly controversial in the translation community. Some people are fine with it, some are fine with it in certain circumstances, and others absolutely aren’t okay with no matter what.

Controversy? Really?: Yeah, in fact one of the biggest reasons there’s a huge dispute going on between Qidian International and Wuxiaworld and the rest of the translation community is the fact that they are illegally hosting stuff from Wuxiaworld when Wuxiaworld holds the exclusive rights to host those works. It’s not even the simple fact that they are hosting another translator’s effort, although that would still be in violation of the agreement that was posted publicly a few months back. They are flat out taking works of translators and putting on their website. That’s why the novel translation subreddit has banned QI from posting anything on the subreddit. They fall under the aggregator site rules that the subreddit enforces. The fact that NovelUpdates doesn’t do this is another point of contention and frankly I’m in full agreement with the reddit side of the community. QI has done nothing but lie and bully the translation community since it’s arrived on the scene over a year ago. But that’s another topic for another day.

Do you use them?: No I don’t, mostly because they often have unedited versions of works that get regular updates after their initial posting which can completely change the tone of a chapter.

Not even for QI titles?: Look I’ve got no love of QI, I’ve made that clear multiple times in these columns and in the translation community in general. So I just don’t read their work unless it’s hosted off their websites, webnovel.com and gravitytales.com.

GT isn’t Qidian: Except they are, the founder GoodGuy Person sold 90% of his shares in the company to Qidian and therefore it’s a Qidian website to me, and most of the translation community. It’s a pity since there were some decent original web novels, but the fact that the authors have chosen to go to a place that is proven to be deceitful is just too big of a mark against them for me to even bother with their works.

That’s it for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. Do you approve of Aggregator Sites? Do you use them? Leave a comment below.

 

TNT: The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 1-26 by Kumanano

I’m covering a series I’m rather fond of for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 1-26 by Kumanano!

Plot Synopsis: Yuna, a 15 years old girl started playing the world’s first VRMMO. She has earned billions of yen in stocks. She confines herself in her house playing the game without going to school. Today, a huge update has arrived. She obtains a non-transferable rare bear outfit. But the equipment is so embarrassing that she can’t wear it even in the game. Furthermore, when she answers the survey regarding the new update and relaunches the game, she appears in unknown forest in a bear outfit. Where is this? Email from God? Different world? If she wears the bear outfit she’s completely overpowered, but if she takes it off she’s a normal girl. Her adventure starts just like that, with Yuna doing as she likes.

Plot: This is an incredibly laid back series, and honestly a great change of pace series for those who are swamped by various action packed novels or games. This is probably one of my favorite Light Novels just for that quality, not to mention Yuna is a bad ass girl who is crazy smart. While most Isekai novels have male leads who go off to defeat the “Demon King” or the like, Yuna just doesn’t give a shit and does what she likes. Sort of like the honey badger, but way more adorable.  The fact that she’s pretty much stuck in a Bear Onesie is just icing on the cake.

Characters: This is a story completely centered around Yuna, and she’s the star of the story. That’s not a bad thing, as she’s a rather awesome lead character. That being said the rest of the cast is just as fun, and Fina is probably my favorite side character. That or the guild receptionist.

Overall: A hilarious and laid back read. If you want a good change of pace or just a good laugh, The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma is just the thing for you.

For those who like: Isekai, Fantasy, Magic, Overpowered Lead, Awesome Female Lead Characters, Fantastic Plot, Great Cast of Characters. Oh and Teddy Bears.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above. But how can you hate all that? Like really, what are you? A monster?