Hey, guys! My name’s hikaslap, and I’m happy to introduce to you our translation of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou, or Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files, by En Mikami. erebea, your wonderful translator, graduated from our first ND Academy program in 2015. As for the book itself, well, the titular Biblia is a bookstore run by one Shinokawa Shioriko. But “Case Files?” What does that mean?
This is a mystery novel. There are mysteries and puzzles to solve in every chapter – but we don’t solve crimes here. With Shioriko’s help, we solve mysteries about books, and especially mysteries about the people who own them or used to, because you see, Biblia is also a book about books. Love for literature is enshrined in every page – whether it be Natsume Soseki’s books or A Clockwork Orange. (But mostly Japanese literature.) Why don’t you come into the bookstore and see what Shioriko can do for you?
If you like this story, make sure you’re grateful to Mikami-sensei first of all. But then you can also be thankful to Erebea for his hard work – it is certainly a learning experience for him.
-hikaslap, Biblia supervisor
PS. We didn’t translate Volume 1; that is, Erebea didn’t touch it, he only started at Volume 2. It was translated by TehPing at hellping.org. However, the version you’re reading here has had rather extensive edits made by me, making it an ND-Ping collaboration! And um, I’m not done editing it yet. Heh.
1. Biblia v3. chapter 1 has been uploaded. Read it here
2. Tsukumodo volume 2, chapter 1 has been edited. I also posted the next segment of chapter 2. Read that here.
3. Translation for Tsukumodo v5c2 is ~50% done. It should be complete by late February/early March. Once that’s over, it’s back to Biblia.
Huge thanks to Ayumi for editing everything so quickly. There was definitely a lot to go through.
Make sure to leave comments on chapters. I really like hearing what people think about the story 😀
Happy New Year, all.
Quick status update.
Way more people ended up seeing Tsukumodo than I expected. It ended up getting 3x more views than Biblia in fact…not sure how to feel about that actually. It’s to the point where I’m kind of considering alternating chapters between Tsukumodo and Biblia; I’ll make a final decision later though.
Lots of behind the scenes work this month.
1. Volume 1, chapters 1-3 are now fully edited and have been posted. This was a joint effort between Hika, Zanza, and I. We basically completely overhauled the old translation, so hopefully you’ll find the updated versions a lot nicer. I’m still working on chapter 4, but can’t say when that’ll be done. It’s a lot of boring, grueling work. Trust me.
2. The rough draft for volume 3 chapter 1 is about 30% done. It still needs to be proofread and edited so that’ll take some time.
3. I finished reading volume 5 of Tsukumodo. It’s very exciting if not a little…strange. I’ll translate it from time to time when I get tired of Biblia.
Couple things this month.
1. I’ve started translating Tsukumodo Antique Shop starting from volume 5. I’m only doing it as a side project and as such, it will be translated at a much slower rate than Biblia. Expect 1 chapter of Tsukumodo for every volume of Biblia.
2. Editing for volume 2 is now complete. Volume 1 will be done by the end of the month, and the ebook versions should be ready shortly after that.
3. I’ll start working on volume 3 of Biblia in the next few weeks. However, this time I will be making releases one full chapter at a time, since breaking it into parts doesn’t really make sense for the series. Expect chapter 1 to be out by late January/early February assuming nothing goes horribly wrong.
4. If you’re looking for something else to read, check out blastron’s incredible translation of Ascendence of a Bookworm. It’s a really fun series that I’d recommend everyone check out.
Nothing particularly important.
1. I’ve edited and consolidated all of v2.ch1 into a single page. Gonna start chapter 2 soonish. Progress is slow, but I’m pretty much working on this only in my spare time.
2. I’ve started translating a side project that may eventually be posted alongside Biblia. It probably won’t be complete until end of October though. Look forward to it.
Start reading from chapter 3 part 6.
I hope you enjoyed reading this volume as much I as I enjoyed translating it. I was a little worried about how this would turn out since this is my first project, but it looks like those fears were unfounded. I encourage everyone to leave comments on what they liked or disliked about my translation. I made it as accurate and engaging as I could, but there’s always room to improve.
Now, down to business. What’s going to happen now?
1. Volumes 1 and 2 are going to be compiled into epubs and pdfs. I don’t have an exact date, but we’re working on it. Both volumes are also being re-edited which is why it’ll take some time. Expect it to be done in the next month or 2.
2. I’m going to consolidate all the chapter parts into single pages for volume 2, similar to how v1 is currently set up. This won’t matter for anyone who’s already read it, but it’s going to happen.
3. I’m going to take a 2-4 month break before starting volume 3. This project has taken up a huge part of my free time and quite frankly, it’s time I took a break. V3 will begin mid November at the earliest and January 2017 at the latest. I’ve already started reading through it, so the translation should be faster this time around.
…that’s actually about it from me. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next volume.
Double release this time. Start reading here. Part 6 and the epilogue will be released on the 18th and that’ll be the end of volume 2. Look forward to it!