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Library

Japanese
English
Notes
文豪
bungou
Lit. "literary master", "great author". The characters used to purify books.
転生
tensei
Transmigrate
May also be understood as "reincarnate".
潜書
sensho
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).
装備
soubi
Here you can manage your Writers and their various equipment like Memoria Cards or Rings.
有装書
yuusousho
Lit. "book with clothing/equipment inside". A special kind of ensouled book (有魂書), which allows to transmigrate writers, but also summon special outfits and Memoria Cards to equip the writers with.
有碍書
yuugaisho
Tainted book
Lit. "book with obstacle(s)." Defeat Taints to purify the book.
封蔵書
fuuzousho
Similar as Tainted Books, a collection of sealed books from foreign countries.
開花
kaika
A process of strengthening a writer with different kind of souls and gears. Unlocking certain nodes in the Writer's Path unlock new alternate outfits or voice lines that can be heard in the library.
召装
shousou
Literally to "summon equipment" - this feature is meant to capture images of the past, present and future. In a sense, it is remembrance. Basically the game's gacha feature.
散策
sansaku
You may spend time with the writers on selected locations and give them gifts here using Coins to obtain various items and alternate outfits.
研究
kenkyuu
Fulfilling the requirements will yield rewards. Divided into Main (主要), Daily (毎日), and Weekly (週間).
手紙
tegami
Contains letters from the Chief Librarian and the Cat to the player, letters from other writers to the assistant, and resources.
司書室
shisho shitsu
View the register, battle records, tools and decor; and change assistants here.
図鑑
zukan
An illustrated catalog of the writers' information, voice clips, CG sprites, and recollections. Contains sub-categories Recollections Register (回想図鑑), Writer's Register (人物図鑑) and Ring Index (指環図鑑).
戦績
senseki
Summary of player information, achievements and other useful sets of data.
道具
dougu
Also known as "Items". Obtained items are stored here. Also accessible through the Shop (購買) menu at the Library.
内装
naisou
Various office furniture may be purchased here using Coins (金貨).
助手
joshu
Assistant
The writer in your library menus. Cannot be used to transmigrate new writers.
結成
kessei
Assemble parties for tainted book delves here.
会派 
kaiha
Party
Party is a standard term for a group or team that fights together in gaming.
筆頭 
hittou
Leader
Lit. "brush tip". He cannot die in battle, but the party will be forced to retreat if he breaks down.
購買
koubai
Purchase resources, items, extra shelves and beds here. Imperial Tickets bought with real money are required to make purchases here. Also accessible through the Tools (道具) menu at the Office.



Battle

Japanese
English
Notes
侵蝕者
shinshokusha
Lit. "Those who corrode". The enemies of the game. They can taint books, but also the minds of writers and other living beings.
侵蝕
shinshoku
(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.
浄化
jouka
Purification
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.
耗弱
koujaku
Weakened
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.
喪失
soushitsu
Breakdown
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.
降臨
kourin
Epiphany
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
Desperation attack
Lit. "secret technique - death by pen".
双筆神髄
souhitsu shinzui.
Dual attack
Lit. "Double pen essence," denoting some kind of collaboration.



Resources and Items

Japanese
English
Notes
錬金糸
renkin ito
Alchemy Thread
Needed to strengthen writers' outfits. Auto-Delve (自動潜書), Research missions and event rewards are main source for this resource.
洋墨
inku
Ink
Needed for unlocking the levelcap of writer's outfits. Main source for this resource are letters, Auto-Delve, Research missions.
調速機
chousokuki
Governor
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.
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 jewels upgrade Technique, which affects Attack and Defense
  • Yellow jewels upgrade Talent and Realism, which affect Defense
  • Red jewels upgrade Aesthetics and Theme, which affect Attack
精錬ノ霊薬
seiren no reiyaku
Elixir of Refinement
2x experience gain for 10 delves.
探求ノ霊薬
tankyuu no reiyaku
Elixir of Pursuit
2x drop rate for souls for 10 delves.
賢者ノ大霊薬
kenja no daireiyaku
Philosopher's Great Elixir
2x experience gain for 7 days.
ネコの手
neko no te
Cat paw
2x event points obtained for 10 delves.
金のネコの手
kin no neko no te
Golden cat paw
3x event points obtained for 10 delves.
装像
souzou
These are images which you can equip to your writer teams, which affect their stats.
召装石
shousou ishi
Memoria stone
Needed to perform Memoria in order to obtain writers, memoria cards, special outfits and rings.
指環
yubiwa
Equipping this changes the weapon type of the writer and also brings back old memories or brings forth hidden feelings.
異彩ノ薬液 / 異彩ノ秘薬 / 異彩ノ結晶
isai no yakueki, isai no hiyaku, isai no kesshou
Unusual Medicine, Unusual Secret Medicine, Unusual Crystal
Needed for unlocking the level cap of rings
  • Yellow tubes are for Blades.
  • Green tubes are for Guns
  • Red tubes are for Bows
  • Blue tubes are for Whips
金貨
kinka
Coin
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
Decor license
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
Exchange Token
Exchanged for various item sets. 7 of these can be redeemed for an Outfit Exchange Coupon. Obtained from some events.



Weapon Classes

Japanese
English
Notes
yaiba
Blade
Hits twice per turn, high damage and defense, but high repair costs. Favors attacking enemies with the lowest remaining HP.

jyuu
Gun
Highest damage, second hit has a higher chance of landing a critical hit.

muchi
Whip
Hits twice per turn, attacks all enemies at once but damage is lowest. Cheapest repair cost.

yumi
Bow
Hits 3 times per turn, lowest attack, but highest critical hit rate. Cheap repair cost.



Stats

Japanese
English
Notes
攻撃
kougeki
Attack

This stat determines the amount of damage dealt by the writer.

防御
bougyo
Defense

This stat determines the amount of damage received by the writer.

回避
kaihi
Evasion

This stat determines the rate at which attacks on the writer miss.

技術
gijutsu
Technique
Increases ATK/DEF/EVA (All Classes)
天才
tensai
Talent
Increases ATK/DEF (All Classes)

bi
Aesthetics
Literally 'beauty'. Increases ATK (Bows) or ATK/DEF/EVA (Sword/Gun/Whip)
主題
shudai
Theme
Increases ATK (All Classes)
真実
sana, sane, shinjitsu
Realism
Literally 'truth', 'reality'. Increases DEF (Sword/Gun/Whip) or ATK/DEF/EVA (Bow)
精神
seishin
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:
  • 安定 Stable
  • やや安定 Somewhat stable
  • 普通 Normal
  • やや不安定 Somewhat unstable
  • 不安定 Unstable
 



Factions

Japanese
English
Notes
アメリカ
Amerika
America
Instead of being an actual school or a literary movement, this faction purely consists of writers originated from America, as opposed to the majority of Japanese writers.

Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway are part of this group.
アララギ派
Araragiha
Araragi School
This school is comprised of writers for 'Araragi', a literary magazine established by Itou Sachio in 1908.[1]

Saitou Mokichi is part of this school.
無頼派
Buraiha
Decadent School
The common trait of this school's writers is that their novels portray the changing lives of postwar Japanese people - the anxieties, despair and confusions - and describe characters who overtly disregard social conventions. These writers are also known to lead a 'decadent' lifestyle.[2]

Dazai Osamu, Oda Sakunosuke, Sakaguchi Ango and Dan Kazuo are part of this school.
イギリス
Igirisu
England
Instead of being an actual school or a literary movement, this faction purely consists of writers originated from England, as opposed to the majority of Japanese writers.

Lewis Carroll and Conan Doyle are part of this group.
フランス
Furansu
France
Instead of being an actual school or a literary movement, this faction purely consists of writers originated from France, as opposed to the majority of Japanese writers.

Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Baudelaire are part of this group.
ドイツ
Doitsu
Germany
Instead of being an actual school or a literary movement, this faction purely consists of writers originated from Germany, as opposed to the majority of Japanese writers.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is part of this group.
北原一門
Kitahara Ichimon
Kitahara Clan
The famous national poet Kitahara Hakushuu is the leader and namesake of this clan. Its definition is unknown, but seems to include Kitahara as the central figure and his close contemporaries.

Kitahara's disciple Hagiwara Sakutarou and close friend Muroo Saisei are part of this clan.
余裕派
Yoyuuha
Leisure School
A romantic school formed by Masaoka Shiki that aims to capture the 'leisure' in life, essentially rejecting mundane affairs and enjoying nature and art.[3]

Natsume Souseki and Mori Ougai are also part of this school.
正岡一門
Masaoka Ichimon
Masaoka Clan
This school includes Masaoka Shiki and his disciples.

Kawahigashi Hekigotou and Takahama Kyoshi are members of this clan.
三田派
Mitaha
Mita School
This school is comprised of writers for 'Mita bungaku', a literary magazine launched in May 1910 by Keio University Literature Department.[4]

Nagai Kafuu, Satou Haruo and Miki Rofuu are part of this school.
明星
Myoujou
Morning Star
This school includes writers for the Myoujou, the magazine for the New Poetry Society organized by Yosano Tekkan in April 1900. The magazine's style is inclined towards a sensual style in the romantic movement.[5]

Takamura Koutarou, Ishikawa Takuboku and Yoshii Isamu are part of this school. Meanwhile Kitahara Hakushuu isn't listed as part of this group in the game, he's officially a member and listed under this group in various Print Publications.
夏目一門
Natsume Ichimon
Natsume Clan
This school includes Natsume Souseki and his disciples.

Suzuki Miekichi and Uchida Hyakken are members of this clan.
新興芸術派
Shinkou Geijutsuha
Neo-Aesthetic School
A school formed in around 1930 by a group of literary students in opposition to the rise of Materialist philosophy and proletian literature, which was gaining popularity at the time.[6]

Hori Tatsuo, Ibuse Masuji and Kajii Motojirou are part of this school.
新思潮
Shinshichou
Neo-Thought
Late-Taishou era Pure Literature writers for the third and fourth revival of the literary journal Shinshichou, founded in 1907.[7]

Akutagawa Ryuunosuke, Tanizaki Junichirou, Kikuchi Kan, Kume Masao, Yamamoto Yuuzou and Matsuoka Yuzuru are part of this school.
新感覚派
Shinkankakuha
New Sensation School
A lyrical school famous for their effects on startling images, mingled sense impressions, and an abruptness of transition, derived from both Japanese haiku poetry and a jumble of European influences.[8]

Yokomitsu Riichi and Kawabata Yasunari are members as well as leaders of this school.
尾崎一門
Ozaki Ichimon
Ozaki Clan
This school includes Ozaki Kouyou and his disciples. At the time, Ozaki Kouyou was the leader of the literary scene and many aspiring young writers studied under him.[9]

Izumi Kyouka, who continued to write in Ozaki's style, and the Naturalist writer Tokuda Shuusei are part of this school.
プロレタリア
Proletaria
Proletariat
A movement rather than a literary circle, Proletarian literature became popular from around the late Taishou era to early Shouwa era. Its writers sought to portray discontent with social and gender inequalities within the framework of the working classes and working-class life. In other words, literature with a political agenda.[10]

Nakano Shigeharu, Kobayashi Takiji, and Tokunaga Sunao are part of this group.
ロシア
Roshia
Russia
Instead of being an actual school or a literary movement, this faction purely consists of writers originated from Russia, as opposed to the majority of Japanese writers.

Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky are part of this group.
白樺派
Shirakabaha
White Birch School
A school whose members were mostly of the propertied or aristocratic class. As a result, Shirakaba members were among the few Japanese of the time to whom an almost complete freedom of thought and action was permitted. They highly valued the development of idealism, humanism and individualism.[11]

Shiga Naoya, Mushanokouji Saneatsu, Arishima Takeo and Satomi Ton are part of this group.



Old Content

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.

Japanese
English
Notes
有魂書
yuukonsho
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.
食堂
shokudou
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. Writers eat here and gather together to cook at times.
補修
hoshuu
(n) Repairs
(v) repair, restore
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. Mori Ougai and Saitou Mokichi have been noted to work in the infrimary and tend to writers in need of help.
食糧
shokuryou
Food
The hungrier the writer, the higher the stat penalties, and the more misses they will make.

shiori
Bookmark
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
Herbal medicine
Lit. Chinese medicine. Needed to relieve fatigue.
賢者ノ石
kenja no ishi
Philosopher's stone
Equipping this will prevent the writer from dying in battle once.
絶筆
zeppitsu
(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).

References

  1. Araragi
  2. The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature, Joshua S. Mostow, 2003
  3. 余裕派
  4. Mita Bungaku
  5. Myoujou
  6. Encyclopedia of Literary Modernism, Paul Poplawski, 2003
  7. Shinshichou
  8. Introduction of Yokomitsu Riichi's Machine, Edward Seidensticker.
  9. Ozaki Kouyou
  10. Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature, Rachael Hutchinson and ‎Leith Douglas Morton, 2016
  11. Shirakabaha
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