Welcome to Destination Translations!

I’d like to use this opportunity to reorganise all the stuff I have; delete the fanfics, merge some pages, dedicate a page for Koufuku Anshin, and more importantly, update my name. It was always a mouthful to pronounce and write, a relic of my younger days when all I did was play games, write shitty fanfic, and laugh at other people studying.

Now it’s time to put those times behind me and start again. Here I go.

Accel World Updates will be both here and on the main site, Burst Linkers. Updates for Koufuku Anshin will be posted here exclusively.

-Destination

Accel World Volume 11 – Release, Review, Resign.

And so a project I began 4 years ago has come to an end. It is with both great satisfaction and abject sorrow that I release Accel World – Carbide Wolf on behalf of a mysterious translation group, and with it will be the end of any further translation of Accel World from me.

It’s not a decision made lightly.

First of all, Yen Press has finally caught up with our glacial pace. It was expected, but still a bitter pill to swallow. As always, I encourage everyone visiting my site to support them by purchasing the official LN.

Second, it was with passion that I persisted in this project, but I’ve run low on that passion. After ensuring family crisis, university stress, and an attempt to find love, I find that I’m no longer the same person I was 4 years ago. I feel much older now and with it comes the determination to follow this decision through. I no longer enjoy keeping up with news and developments related to Accel World, not after the release of Volume 9 was completed, and certainly not after the horrendous release of Infinite Burst.

To quote what I wrote in a personal message:

Who the fuck cares about Kuroyukihime hiding her name for twenty volumes, pixies being mind-controlled and revealing themselves as intelligent AI, or even motherfucking game hackers with a doctorate in percussive engineering and a contract at Aperture Science?

I want to know why is Takumu afraid of thrusts to the throat. I want to feel the chills that Chiyuri feels whenever she rings Citron Call. I want to understand the contradiction Kuroyukihime feels whenever she reaches out to Haruyuki and fights the urge to off his head.

Accel World never did that, and it is the worse for it.

The appeal that Accel World had for me was pretty much all contained in its first volume. It was a short, simple story about a boy who faced difficulties, met with a challenge, suffered when the stakes were raised, but successfully endured through it and emerged with a better understanding of himself. It was easy to grasp and did not have more characters than necessary – or less clothing than it could do with.

Which brings me to the third and final point – for the promise and quality in storytelling it had, Accel World is one of those books you’d have a very difficult time explaining the dissonance between the story in the pages and the art on the cover. Calling it ‘art’ is probably the bare minimum respect I will afford for the series as a whole. I do not wish to spoil readers about events in later volumes, but the irrelevance of the nudity of many characters – whether in coloured illustrations or in monochromatic inserts – to the story is plaintively telling of the depths that Dengeki Bunko is willing to sink to in order to sell a book. And I for one am not willing to dive that deep no matter how much I love Accel World’s world.

I am extremely grateful to everyone I have worked with on translating this long and difficult project. In no particular order: Defan752, yuuka_miya, UniAdrian, extremewirehead, Mttblue2, Arknarok, CJ, NSSpaser, thommy, and many others who have contributed their valuable input – arigatou gozaimasu.

In the meantime, while I might occasionally go over some of the colour illustrations – doing the colour wheel in Illustrator is a great exercise, after all! – I will continue with my pet projects and a certain ‘fanfiction’. It is time to let go of this labour of love.

Burst Out.
-Destination

Translation Group Burstlinkers is Disbanding.

Originally posted by defan752:

Dear readers,

It’s been a long time coming, but we are saddened to announce that, due to the quickening pace of Yen Press’s official release, BurstLinkers will be disbanding and discontinuing our translations of Accel World as a group.

When we started BurstLinkers in 2015, our self-proclaimed goal was to catch up to the Japanese release, and not make people wait for years upon years to be able to read the latest Accel World volume. Accel World is a very special series to us, very near and dear to all of our hearts. We lamented the fact that it has been overshadowed by other series and did not receive anything close to a decent readership. We wanted to change that, if only just a little bit.

However, by stepping back and taking a look at ourselves, we realized that we were approaching it the wrong way. We realized that the best way to support this series is to support the official release. Given how close they are to our progress, we realized that it makes no sense to continue translating, considering our slow pace and risk of being DMCAed. We will soon begin removing content from this site, leaving this blog post up.

Going forward, we invite and strongly recommend you to purchase and support the official Yen Press release of Accel World. You can purchase it at Amazon, Book Depository, or your local bookstore retailer. Thank you so, so much over the years for all of your support, and we hope to see this series grow in the future.

On that note, the Accel World subreddit has created a Discord server, and if you’d like, you can come over and chat with us and work on building a new community.

Unlimited Burst.

Infinite Burst: A Detailed Summary

I’m pretty damn tired. I spent 2 hours watching and pausing it because I have a hard time with Traditional Chinese, another hour writing the draft, and about 2 hours polishing it with defan752 and formatting it for Reddit. Maybe tomorrow after I get some sleep I’ll fix it up here, but for the time being I’m just going to post a link to the post I made on Reddit: Link to post on /r/anime

I would work harder, but the sun is rising now. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

My reaction to Infinite Burst, summed up in a screencap.
My reaction to Infinite Burst, summed up in a screencap.

I’ll probably post a review on MAL or something as well… After I’m done working.

Carbide Wolf: Legionnaire List

I was crazy enough to recreate this page again in Illustrator over the last week.

List of Legionnaires

Not so high-quality this time round, I figure 150dpi will do the trick. I screwed up while drawing the map of Tokyo with the Pen Tool, however – I believe some of my lines aren’t closed segments, and so when trying to split them up into distinct shapes with Pathfinder and applied a grey colour, there’s some segments that are discoloured. I’m stumped as to how to solve it, short of starting over, so there’s that.

I will also be uploading an easier-to-read version of the colour chart – I think the font was way too small, and I’ve since increased the font across the board.

All my raws are back home in Singapore. I’ll be working on other things until I return home.