Lit. "Those who corrode". The enemies of the game. They can taint books, but also the minds of writers and other living beings.
(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.
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.
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
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, but high repair costs. Favors attacking enemies with the lowest remaining HP.
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. Cheapest repair cost.
Hits 3 times per turn, lowest attack, but highest critical hit rate. Cheap repair cost.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).