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Guide to Purchasing VNs From NetRide

This is a draft of a guide to purchasing digital versions of various visual novels (in particular, some of Liarsoft's) through a digital VN distribution site called NetRide. Visual novels that are affordable and potentially worth buying from this site include but are not limited to:

from Liarsoft's NetRide page:
 ・Sekien no Inganock -What a Beautiful People- for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
  Amaterasu's translation patch works on this version
 ・Forest for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
  Amaterasu's translation patch works on this version
 ・Kusarihime ~Euthanasia~ for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
 ・Souten No Celenaria ~What a Beautiful World~ for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
from age's NetRide page:
 ・Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Latest Edition~ for 4,980 yen (about 60 USD)
from Xuse's NetRide page:
 ・Saihate no Ima - Full Voice Edition [with Soft Denchi] for 2,680 yen (about 33 USD)
from Nitro+'s NetRide page:
 ・Steins;Gate Nitro The Best! Vol. 5 - Download Edition [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
 ・Chaos;Head Nitro The Best! Vol.4 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
 ・Zanmataisei Demonbane Nitro The Best! Vol.3 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
 ・Saya no Uta Nitro The Best! Vol.2 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
 ・Phantom Integration Nitro The Best! Vol.1 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)

If you see an affordable and worthwhile VN on NetRide that I have not listed, please tell me so I can add it.
For those VNs listed above which have translation patches, please tell me whether or not the patches work on NetRide's download versions so I can add that information as well.

You will need a debit or credit card from Visa or Mastercard to make any of these purchases using the method detailed in this guide. Note that NetRide works best with Internet Explorer, though at the moment it seems to work fine for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as well.

If you choose to buy a VN from this site, please leave a comment telling us what you bought. Knowing how many of you are willing to pay real money for VNs is crucial if we ever want the official translation business to improve.

Buying a Visual Novel from NetRide

First, open the appropriate company's NetRide page (links are in the list at the top) in your favorite browser. I'll be using Google Chrome. You should see a page like this, possibly with a different company logo at the top:

Click the button I circled in red to start making a new user account. You should see this page:

Scroll down until you see this:

Click on the radio button I circled in red to agree to the various terms and conditions. Scroll further down until you see this:

The fields I boxed in red are:
In the top left: Username (6-12 alphanumeric characters)
In the top right: Password and Confirm Password (6-12 alphanumeric characters)
On the bottom: E-mail Address (enter it in both boxes)
Also make sure you click the right-hand radio button at the bottom to stop them from sending you a newsletter.

The radio buttons I boxed in green are, from top to bottom: NetRideCash, Credit Card (VISA or Mastercard) and Bitcash EX. I am going to assume that, like me, you want to use a (Visa or Mastercard) credit card for this, so be sure to click that radio button.

Click the button I've circled in red to tell NetRide you want a guest account. In this case "guest account" does not mean temporary account--you'll always be able to log back in with it and get at the download links for what you bought. It just means an account with less personal information that can't use as many different payment methods. You will be sent to this confirmation screen:

Scroll down:

Click the button I've circled in red to confirm you want to create this guest account.

Now it's time to actually buy the VN. I will be purchasing Sekien no Inganock. First, reopen the company's NetRide page. Obviously, you should see something like this again:

If you want to buy Sekien no Inganock, click the button I've circled in red. If you want to buy a different VN, scroll down until you see the one you do want and click on a similar button next to it. You should see a screen like this:

Click the button I've circled in red to proceed to payment. It will send you to this login screen:

Enter your username in the top textbox and your password in the bottom textbox, then click the button I circled in red. It might send you to the page from the previous screenshot, in which case click the circled button in the previous screenshot again. You should see this page:

Scroll down:

Click the button I circled in red. Your current window will go back to NetRide's main page (where it asks if you're over 18 or not) while a new window appears on the side. When I tried doing this a few years ago, the new window never appeared, but somehow it works now! If it doesn't appear, retry using Internet Explorer instead. The new window should look like this:

Now, finally, we're at the part where you enter credit card information.

The fields I boxed in red are:
Card Number (put four digits in each of the four boxes)
Expiration Date (month then year)
Family Name in English Letters (WARNING: you must enter this in all caps)
Given Name in English Letters (WARNING: you must enter this in all caps)
CVC Code (this is the three digit security code on the back of the card)

Once you've filled this all in, click the button I circled in red to make the actual payment. If it doesn't work, the page you end up on will have the same gray background color but far less text. You'll have to go back (do this by scrolling down and clicking on the left-hand button) and try to guess what went wrong. If it does work, you'll see a page like this:

If your payment was successful, all that's left now is to actually download the VN to your computer. As mentioned earlier, your main browser window goes back to NetRide's main page during the payment process (for some reason), so it should look something like this:

Click the button I circled in red to go to your download page. Only one more step!

Click the pink "download" button I circled in red to finally start the actual download.

If the VN does not use Soft Denchi (see next section if it does), your browser should begin downloading a file called "downloadfile.lzh". For me it takes forever to download VNs from this site, so prepare to have this download going on in the background for a while. Once it's done, use WinRAR or some other archive software to extract the VN from the .lzh archive. You should now be able to run it by simply double clicking on the extracted .exe. You can redownload the .lzh whenever you want, and there should be no DRM.

Downloading and Running a VN with Soft Denchi DRM

If you buy a VN with Soft Denchi, the download page will look more like this:

Again, click the pink "download" button I circled in red to start the actual download. In this case, your browser should begin downloading a file called "downloadfile.exe". This download should also take forever to finish. Obviously, run the .exe when it finishes downloading. It will start the installer, which like most Japanese installers you should be able to guess your way through without much trouble.

In order to actually run this VN, you need to use what I will call the authorization code (which I circled in green above) on Soft Denchi. First, go to this page, click the giant blue Download button to get "sdrt4285j.exe" and run it to install the Soft Denchi client. Locate a new program in your Programs menu called ソフト電池メーター and run it. It should look like this:

In this screenshot you can see I've already authorized my copy of Saihate no Ima. To do this yourself, choose "File", then "Charge by the number", then type in the authorization code on your NetRide download page (I circled in it green earlier) and click "charge". You should now be able to run the VN you bought.



Please post a comment telling us what you bought. Also tell us if some part of this guide doesn't work, or is needlessly confusing, or if the site appears to behave differently for your favorite browser.


Translation Quality Experiment

Those of us who know Japanese, or work with someone who does, tend to care pretty deeply about "translation quality." But it's hard to convince a monolingual English speaker that translation quality is even an issue, much less a serious one. Thus we continue to see people trying to "translate" (lol) visual novels despite not knowing the language well enough, or worse yet, by using a machine. The only real way to prove that this does in fact matter would be to have them read an entire VN multiple times with different translation qualities, but of course this is unfeasible. Instead, I used some machines and asked a number of humans with varying skill levels to translate a pair of brief excerpts from MuvLuv Alternative. And the results do seem to convincingly show everything I wanted to show.


Superluminal 13. Futari no Kiss

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 13

Our Kiss

木漏れ日の中 輝いてるね
The path we once walked along.
When I look behind me, I see lots of memories.
The light flowing through the trees makes them glimmer.
I remember each and every one of our precious kisses.


Superluminal 12. Mousou-mou Superliminal

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 12

妄想網 Ж Superluminal
Delusion Net Ж Superluminal

 超光速 超光速 キラリキュルリラ 超速通信
 妄想網 妄想網 1・2・4・8・・・∞!
 Faster than light, faster than light, twinkle twinkly, high-speed communication!
 Delusion net, delusion net, 1, 2, 4, 8...infinity!

いつの間にこんなに 大きくなったの
妄想力学 見えないパワー
When did it all get so big?
The study of delusions, the unseen power.
The lives born from thoughts and doodles
make up our worldwide content.


Superluminal 11. LOCAL JESUS

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 11


My love is still aimed toward you.
This feeling never ever wavers.
I don't know how many years it'll last,
but just thinking about you makes me feel dreamy.


Superluminal 10. Yuriseijin Naoko-san

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 10

Naoko-san the Yurian

ゆりゆりゆり ゆりゆりりりー
ゆりはいいね いいよねー(もぴゅーん)
Yuri-yuri-yuri, yuri-yuri-ri-ri~
Yuri is nice, isn't it nice? (mopyuun)

Everywhere you go, Naoko-san.
Willful and selfish, Naoko-san.
Weaklings don't get to talk back, ba-ba-bam~
Can't help but stare, Naoko-san.
It's total anarchy, Naoko-san.
If she gazes back at you, your personality could change.


Superluminal 09. Yuriseishiki Oyuugi Uta

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 09

A Yurian Song of Friendship

悪と戦うはいぱーようじょ 頭脳明晰天才ようじょ
半人前です魔法のようじょ +万ン才妖精ようじょ
Hyper little girls fighting against evil. Genius intellectual girls.
Incompetent little witch girls. Also long-living fairy girls.


Superluminal 08. Love Cheek?

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 08

Love Cheek?

Look, a girl's face changes
when they fall in love.
Even my makeup's different.
For some reason I'm in all pink today.


Superluminal 07. Ai no Kojin Jugyou

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 07

Private Love Lessons

(ドキドキ ウキウキ トキメキ ナウ!)
(heart racing, on cloud nine, time for some excitement!)

「教えて あ・げ・る☆」
"I'll show you how it works☆"


Superluminal 06. New Style Online

Superluminal Ж AKIBA-POP Track 06

New Style Online

Ryun-ryun♪ Ryu-ryu-ryun-ryun-ryun-ryun-ryun♪ Ryun-ryu-ryun-ryun♪
Nyun-nyun♪ Nyu-nyu-nyun-nyun-nyun-nyun-nyun♪ Nyun-nyu-nyun-nyun♪ (Yahoi!)

あなたのためなら どこまでだって
きらきらりん きらきらりん 輝くっ♪ 準備はいつでもOK!(ちゅるるん♪)
あなたのなまえも しらないけれど
ふわふわりん ふわふわりん わたしはほら いつでも一緒♪(ねっ♪)
For your sake, I'd do anything.
Sparkle sparkle, sparkle sparkle, I'm glowing♪ And always ready! (Kiss kiss kiss♪)
Although I don't even know your name.
Fluffy fluffy, fluffy fluffy, look, I'm always with you♪ (Aren't I♪)