Volume 4 Start!

Yep, chapter 1 is up! I’ve translated the first five six chapters already, so they just need to get edited. A big thank you to my two editors Thomas and msirp for their hard work!

Note: Some of the cultural elements in Hachiman’s book report might be unfamiliar to readers, so I’ve written some detailed notes on my blog.

Edit: Chapter 2 is up as well!

About Volume 3 PDF and Volume 4 Translation Progress

No update today since I wanted to make a few things clear.

First of all, please don’t keep asking when the volume 3 PDF/ePub will be released. It’s long-established policy among Nano Desu projects that the PDF/ePubs will be made after the final edits. Truthfully speaking, I cannot give you an expected time frame for this to be completed. The editing and the PDFs are completely out of the translator’s hands.

The editor for Oregairu, msirp, has been extremely busy with other Nano Desu projects as well as real life-related matters. Unfortunately, this means that the editing for this translation has been slow lately and you probably can’t expect the volume 3 PDF/ePub out soon. We’re prioritising the volume 4 translations, but again I cannot tell you when they will be published on the website.

If you’re curious, I’ve already translated two-and-a-half chapters of volume 4. That’s just over eighty pages altogether, so I’m making good progress. At this stage, it might simply be more efficient to just post the entire volume in one hit. In any case, I fully expect to finish volume 4 before March. So yes, rest assured the project is still on track, even if the site updates are infrequent.

Some people have already asked me about this, but I may as well formally announce it here. After Oregairu volume 4, I will be picking up Qualidea of Scum and Gold Coin. For those who don’t know about this light novel, it’s the collaboration novel between Wataru Watari and Sagara Sou. (Official website here.) Since I’ve translated works by both authors, I feel compelled to give this LN a shot.

Finally (and this may come as a surprise to some of you, in which case I’m sincerely sorry) I will be stepping down from translating Oregairu after volume 4. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. It’s simply not a good investment of my time to re-translate entire novels, especially when I don’t feel my translation would significantly improve the earlier translation. You can read the rest of the series on Kyakka.

In the meantime, we plan to ensure that all the volumes have an English translation by the time the second season of the anime airs.  Spyro/Excorcism plans to eventually translate the earlier volumes as well, so the good news for you readers is that you’ll have the luxury of choice. As for me, I will be translating Qualidea as I mentioned before. After that, my fate is up in the air. I hope you continue to read and enjoy my translations!

The Drama CD is now subbed on Youtube!

Click here to access the playlist on Youtube! Note that track 11 is the character song: “Bright Generation.” It has been translated with a karaoke singalong.

The videos are also embedded in the post below:


Main Content of Volume 3 Completed – Bonus Content to Go

Well, folks. The end of volume 3 is nigh. Chapters 5 and 6 are finished, which rounds off the main story of volume 3. All that’s left is the bonus drama CD. I’ve already finished the script for 7 out of the 11 tracks, so expect it to be released before the year’s end.

Enjoy the two chapters and have a good holiday!

Edit: You might want to follow me on Twitter since I tweet about my translation progress from time to time. I also tweet about anime and stuff.

Chapter 4 done – I’m back in the game!

Great news! My exam period is pretty much over now, so I can focus on translating Oregairu again. I bring you chapter 4, featuring the date between Hachiman and Yukino. There’s plenty of stuff here that wasn’t in the anime, so I hope you enjoy it.

There’s some focus in this chapter on Yukino’s fixation with a soft toy called “Pan-san”. Though he was never referred to by name, Pan-san actually made a brief cameo in the anime. Here he is pictured below:

Pan-san the Panda

Pan-san the Panda

In other news, I initially forgot to upload an image at the end of chapter 2-5. It’s basically Hachiman and his sister having a conversation. You can access the image here.

Sorry for the slow updates lately…

As much as I’d love to work on Oregairu several hours a day, my final semester of undergrad is drawing to a close, so things are getting busier on my end, what with essays, exams and applications for further study. (I totally haven’t been wasting my time playing Love Live! School Idol Festival. Nope, not at all.)

I was hoping to get through volume 3 before the end of October, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen since we’re only a third of the way through of the novel. My schedule should loosen up around in November, though, so I can definitely guarantee volume 3 will be finished before the end of the year. Anyway, chapter 3 is done! Hope you enjoy it.

Volume 2 PDF and ePub avaiable

Hi everyone, sorry for the long wait. I’m happy to announce that Oregairu Volume 2 is now avaiable for download in both PDF and ePub formats! Enjoy!


– Whitesora