Lit. "book dive". It can involve transmigrating a new writer from an ensouled book (有魂書) or equipment book (有装書), or purifying a tainted book (有碍書), or delving into ensouled books of storytelling (紡の有魂書).
Lit. "ensouled book weaving stories". The very ensouled books where the writers were transmigrated from, and now they must delve into them again to clear them of the enemy that is threat to their existence. Upon clearing their books, the writers acquire new powers and receive "awakening rings".
Lit. "book with obstacle(s)." Basically books which have have been invaded by Taints are called by this name. Defeat the Taints inside the books to purify them.
Lit. "Those who corrode". The enemies of the game and other BunAl media. They can taint books, but also the minds of the writers. Created and controlled by The Master of Taints (in the game), they are the embodiment of negative emotions. Many Taint types have names like "Longing for Death", "Writer's Block", "Burning Jealousy" and so on.
(n) Corrosion, tainting (v) corrode / taint
The writer's health. If the health goes too low during a battle against Taints, the writer will enter Weakened (耗弱) or Breakdown (喪失), which affect their perfomance during the ongoing delve.
If you manage to make it to the node with the crossed swords and defeat the Taint(s) there, you will have purified a tainted book. You may purify a tainted book as many times as you like.
Usually translated as "diminished capacity". The writer is covered in blue mist and he will often fail to attack, but there's a chance he will unleash his desperation attack.
Originally can refer to either a loss of will to live/go on, or a descent into madness. The writer is covered in purple mist, and can't attack for the rest of the delve.
Lit. "advent". The bottom gauge next to your writer's icon when you go into battle. It fills as a writer sustains damage. When it fills up all the way, two of your writers will perform a dual attack. How fast it fills is determined by a writer's state of mind stat. The fill rate can be further boosted by equipping right kind of Memoria card(s).
筆殺奥義 hissatsu ougi
Lit. "secret technique - death by pen".
双筆神髄 souhitsu shinzui.
Lit. "Double pen essence," denoting some kind of collaboration. An attack that two writers perform when they have filled their epiphany gauges.
Resources and Items
錬金糸 renkin ito
Needed to strengthen writers' outfits. Auto-Delve (自動潜書), Research missions and event rewards are main source for this resource.
Needed for unlocking the levelcap of writer's outfits. Main source for this resource are letters, Auto-Delve, Research missions, events.
Or "speed limiter", a device that measures and regulates the speed of a machine. Here, the governor is used to skip delving and repair times.
魂ノ歯車, 記憶ノ歯車 tamashii no haguruma, kioku no haguruma
Soul gear, Memory Gear
Needed for Blossoming. Soul Gears are common rewards in events and campaigns, which can be also acquired from Auto-Delve (自動潜書) randomly. Memory Gears are more rare items, handed out only in special occasions. Player may get them also from Auto-Delve once they have unlocked book RU-1 "Madame Pearl" in Tainted Books, or from events.
文魂 / 文ノ華, 語魂 / 語ノ華, 想魂 / 想ノ華 fumitama / fumi no hana, kataridama / katari no hana, omoidama / omoi no hana
____ soul, ____ splendor
The "jewels" you pick up during tainted book delves. The blue, yellow, and red jewels are lit. "Literature Souls /Splendor," "Words Souls /Splendor," and "Thoughts Souls /Splendor," respectively. Needed for Blossoming
Blue souls upgrade Technique, which affects Attack and Defense
Yellow souls upgrade Talent and Realism, which affect Defense
Red souls upgrade Aesthetics and Theme, which affect Attack
These are images which you can equip to your writer teams, which affect their stats.
召装石 shousou ishi
Needed to perform Memoria in order to obtain writers, memoria cards, special outfits and rings. Basically the game's main gacha currency. In the anime, the Alchemist is seen to use a memoria stone for communication.
There are two types of rings: "weapon rings", simply called "rings" (指環, yubiwa), and "awakening rings" (覚醒ノ指環, kakusei no yubiwa), which awaken the writer's true potential. Equipping a weapon ring to a writer changes his weapon type, meanwhile an awakening ring changes his looks and he is unable to enter breakdown status during delve (he also fills his epiphany gauge faster).
異彩ノ薬液 / 異彩ノ秘薬 / 異彩ノ結晶 isai no yakueki, isai no hiyaku, isai no kesshou
Needed for unlocking the level cap of rings (both weapon rings and awakening rings.
Yellow tubes are for Blades.
Green tubes are for Guns.
Red tubes are for Bows.
Blue tubes are for Whips.
Required for purchasing office furniture in Decor (内装) menu; also used to buy gifts to entertain your writers on Strolls.
内装許可証 naisou kyokashou
Required for purchasing special office furniture in Decor (内装) menu.
標の有魂書 shirushi no yuukonsho
Ensouled Book Token
Ensouled Book Token can be used to transmigrate a writer out of a selected list of writers.
衣装引換券 ishou hikikaeken
Outfit Exchange Coupon
Exchanged for an outfit out of a set of memoria outfits. Obtained from a limited-time set in Shop.
内装引換券 naisou hikikaeken
Decor Exchange Coupon
Exchanged for a decor piece out of a selected list. Obtained from a limited-time set in Shop.
引換札 hikikae fuda
Exchanged for various item sets. 7 of these can be redeemed for an Outfit Exchange Coupon. Obtained from some events.
Hits twice per turn, high damage and defense, making them the most ideal weapon type. Favors attacking enemies with the lowest remaining HP. Considered the best weapon type as of July 28th, 2021 update.
Highest damage, second hit has a higher chance of landing a critical hit.
Hits twice per turn, attacks all enemies at once but damage is lowest.
Hits 3 times per turn, lowest attack, but highest critical hit rate.
This stat determines the amount of damage dealt by the writer.
This stat determines the amount of damage received by the writer.
This stat determines the rate at which attacks on the writer miss.
Increases ATK/DEF/EVA (All Classes)
Increases ATK/DEF (All Classes)
Literally 'beauty'. Increases ATK (Bows) or ATK/DEF/EVA (Sword/Gun/Whip)
Increases ATK (All Classes)
真実 sana, sane, shinjitsu
Literally 'truth', 'reality'. Increases DEF (Sword/Gun/Whip) or ATK/DEF/EVA (Bow)
State of mind
Literally "mind". This stat does not change. The more unstable the writer is, the more easily he weakens or breaks down, but the faster his Epiphany gauge fills and the more likely he is to execute critical and desperation attacks. The possible states of mind are as follows:
やや安定 Somewhat stable
やや不安定 Somewhat unstable
Please do note that the meanwhile most of the following gameplay features or items do not exist in the game anymore as of 2021/07/28, they still might exist in the stories or are part of the game's lore.
Transmigrate writers here. The writer chosen for the task cannot be your assistant, undergo repairs, go to battle, blossom, or eat. Each transmigration requires ink, as well as an Ensouled Book resource.
This gameplay feature was removed on 2021/07/28, but it still exists as a concept. Equipment Books are special kind of Ensouled Books, which allow also alternate outfits and Memoria cards to be summoned beside writers. Ensouled Books of Storytelling are also ensouled books, and as the books where the writers had been once transmigrated from, lore-wise they bear heavy importance to the writers.
For replenishing stamina. Although "cafeteria" or "mess hall" or "canteen" are all legitimate translations of this word, seeing that dining hall is connotated with higher education and learning, we felt that this was the most fitting term to use for this game.
Even though the Dining Hall doesn't exist anymore as a gameplay feature, it does exist as a concept and even as a location in Strolls (as of November 1st, 2021). Writers eat here and gather together to cook at times.
Also known as "infirmary". A place for restoring HP. These terms were chosen in the vein of common terms used to refer to "fixing" a book, such as "send a book in for repairs," and "restore a book".
Despite the removal of Repairs as a gameplay feature, the infirmary still does exist as a concept and is a location in Strolls (as of November 1st, 2021). Mori Ougai and Saitou Mokichi have been noted to work in the infrimary and tend to writers in need of help.
The hungrier the writer, the higher the stat penalties, and the more misses they will make.
Increases the chances of obtaining a rare writer. Basic bookmark rarities are Gold (金), Silver (銀), and Bronze (銅). At times during transmigration campaigns, there are limited-time bookmarks of special rarity available.
漢方薬 kanpou yaku
Lit. "Chinese medicine". Needed to relieve fatigue.
賢者ノ石 kenja no ishi
Equipping this will prevent the writer from dying in battle once.
(n) Final words
Lit. "cease pen," or a loss of their ability/free will to write, which leads to the loss of a writer's previously transmigrated soul (basically, your writer perishes). Even though this doesn't exist as a gameplay mechanic anymore, the writers are able to die lore-wise.
In real life, many of the writers belonged to a group, or were part of some literary movement. This is the case in Bungou to Alchemist too, where the writers are once again gathering with like-minded writers. See Factions page for more informartion.
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