UPDATE: Colorful by Mori Eto

Hi everyone,

I’ve got good and bad news for you.

I’ll start with the good news:

“Colorful” by Mori Eto has been officially chosen as one of the novels to be translated into English by the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP). JLPP gets Japanese novels translated into English and promotes them to overseas publishing companies.

They’ve been very successful so far in successfully getting those English-translated Japanese novels into the foreign book market (for a list of the titles they’ve worked on so far, here’s a link: http://www.jlpp.go.jp/jp/published/published_titles_e.pdf)

Now onto the bad news…

Because this blog was started as a way of promoting Japanese books that haven’t been translated into English, it defeats the purpose of this blog to be working on a title that has already been translated. In addition, it is not my intention to compete with JLPP and have them possibly run into problems getting this title published because an English translation is already available online.

What does that mean? As much as I hate to have to do this, I’ll be dropping this project.

I only found out about JLPP having picked up “Colorful” after I had already finished translating the first chapter, so I have posted this chapter, but that will be the last of the translations for this title. When JLPP does find an overseas publishing company to publish this title in its English glory, please support them and buy a copy!

End with good news!

Since I hate to leave things off on a sad note, let’s wrap up this post with some good news! Since I’ll be dropping “Colorful” that’ll allow me to pick up another series to translate.

My next project will be: “Soap Bubble” by Nonami Asa. It’s a heartwarming comedy about a delinquent who steals from seniors and women for a living somehow ending up in a remote countryside town where an elderly woman mistakes him for her grandson! Cue chaos.

Well then, until next time!

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4 Responses to UPDATE: Colorful by Mori Eto

  1. Greg says:

    I JUST finished reading A Soap Bubble last week. It’s really funny, and pretty darn good.

    Really good choice.

    • Hey Greg,

      It’s great to see you back =) What a coincidence! (I hope you didn’t read this title in English? XD I seem to have a knack for choosing already-translated titles lately). Do we have the same reading list? Haha. Which novel are you currently reading? Did you finish reading “Girls’ Blue 2”?

      I’m currently chugging through “Fuyu no Tabi [A Winter Journey] by Tachihara Masaaki. It’s probably the longest Japanese novel I’ve ever read (it clocks in at 700 pages)! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it =) It’d be a nightmare to translate what with it being so long & the extensive use of prison argot.

  2. vanillaeiri says:

    hi. i was looking for raw scans/pdfs of colorful…where exactly can i find the dl link for that?

    • Hi vanillaeiri,

      thanks for posting. I purchased my copy of “Colorful” in Japan, so I’m not sure where you can find the pdfs–sorry. It’s a fantastic novel so it’s well worth your $$ to purchase a copy =) Thanks!

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