An English translation for the PC version of SUCCESS’s Aoi Shiro has now been released. The translation comes in the form of several files that update the original files in the game. Further details can be found on the project site.
Aoi Shiro is the second in a series of yuri-themed visual novels from game maker SUCCESS, the first being Akai Ito. While Akai Ito was only released on the Playstation2, Aoi Shiro received a port to the PC half a year after its PS2 release in 2008. Aoi Shiro takes place in the same world as Akai Ito and borrows most of the gameplay system from its predecessor as well, including a scenario chart to show current progress in the game. In the game, the kendo club leader and the story’s protagonist, Shouko Osanai, encounters a girl collapsed on the beach during a kendo club retreat. After Shouko helps the girl, Nami, the cogs of fate start turning. There are a total of 56 endings, divided into ones where Shouko dies and ones where Shouko lives, with or without the company of a heroine in the story.
The main translation effort on this project started in the beginning of 2009, and a total of over thirty-thousand lines were translated. The patch comes in the form of translated executables and some data files, which the user would then copy into the game directory, overwriting the original files. On the project website, known issues are listed for the translation, including untranslated menu items and encyclopedia as well as punctuation problems and required paraphrasing due to lack of space.