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Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:48 pm
by ^Ripper
With the tools functional, i need translators to translate all the scenes in the game.
This is where most of the work lies.

Go see the sticky with the demo of my translation tool to see it in action and what you can expect.
I've done it, so you can just easely edit scenes with minimal hassle.

If you are willing, register to the forum if needed and drop a message in this thread or private msg me.
I'm only going to allow editors and translators full access to the online tools.
Everyone is free to discuss all the texts that get translated.
I've made a seperate forum for that.
Also the demo has all the current translations, so you can just casually browse if you want.

I'll make a tutorial on how to use it, how the lines are formatted and the tags needed to make it all work.

I hope to hear from you!


Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:53 pm
by SkyeWelse
Hello ^Ripper,

I'm a big Battle Angel fan and I guess you might say my interest in the series has been renewed since watching the new film. I had only seen the anime (many times) and read part of the manga, but since the film I've just bought the deluxe version of the manga and reading the series in full now. While I was searching for the manga I looked up to see if any games had been released for it and came across the PSX game and your project.

I work on some romhacking projects (mainly for PC-98 and PC games) and I am able to edit graphics if you are in need of someone to help assist with that. I could also be a beta tester since I have a modified PS One and a PSX Classic I could play the ISO on.

Please let me know if you think I would be able to help out in any way?


Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:34 pm
by ^Ripper
Hi there.

Sorry for the late reply.

Thanks for the offer on helping on the game.
We can always use people for beta testing the game.
However we are currently a bit stuck on lack of Jap-ENG translators.
The tools for game modifications are mostly done.
Image-wise the game is pretty much an open book with the .TIM files.

Nice sites btw on the romhacking.
Loved the read about the text encodings and how they used it to format the texts.
A simmilar thing happens here where they used double-byte kanji for texts, and 2x single byte ascii for control characters.
All with a custom image font file and dictionary.


Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:40 am
by SkyeWelse
Hi Ripper,

Sure I would be up for beta testing the game and I certainly understand how getting a Japanese to English translator onboard may be a difficult process. I've had some trouble in that regard with my own project for Wander Wonder, a Compile Zelda clone that I've been working on with a few others for years now. We've entered into a position where we can dump the script, reinsert it and edit the graphics, even make a VWF for it, but due to not having a translator the progress just halted completely for awhile, though that may change soon hopefully!

No problem for the links, though *laughs* that was really just a few links I was including in my signature. I run a romhacker's forum (though quite dead now due to tools like Discord now) such as and I'm the graphic designer for a romhacking group that mainly focuses on PC-98 software, and my main website as it were (though it should be getting a facelift soon) is

Speaking of romhacking though, have you made a post over at forums yet? You could post a thread first explaining a bit about your project and where you currently are at with it, links to your tools and progress or working demos / proof of concept so far and then post a Help Wanted Ad for a translator. I think that now is probably a great time for getting the word out on this since the movie just came out and the Blu-ray release should be coming out soon. The deluxe manga set has also been pretty popular as of late on places like Amazon. People are starting to become familiar with this series again and are probably going to be hungry for more, such as the PSX game.

As for graphic editing, I see that most of the graphic files seem to be in the /TIM directory and are either TIM files or KNJ files. I was trying to convert them to see what was in there when I saw that this had already been done and talked about in one of your forum posts here regarding your tools. So I take in that the TIM files and KNJ files are simply going to be Kanji characters and symbols then? Are there no textures or graphics in the game itself that would need to be translated from Japanese to English?

My last question is, has the PSX game been fully scanned yet and is there a plan to have someone translate and then scanlate that manual into English? I'm a software preservationist and a collector, so if it has not been scanned yet, I'm definitely interested in obtaining a real copy of the game and doing just that.



Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:43 pm
by ^Ripper
Just made a translatior wanted request over at romhacking.
Hopefully someone will reply.

The TIM/KNJ combo is the kanji image library with the knj index file.
I plan to strip the TIM/KNJ of everything not lower ascii.
That leaves room for me to "draw" words on places with limited edit space.
The TIM file format is annoying tho. its 4 layers of monochrome images sandwiched together to 1 layer with each indexed pixel color pointing to what layer has the pixel displayed.
Its very clever since you only need a fraction of framebuffer space, but annoying to edit.
I'm still busy with the editor.

There are some images i believe that have text on it, but i have to look.
Havent been on that subject for awhile.

The download package on my site has all there is to the game and has scans.
But no translations have been made to the documentation.
I own the game itself an can make beter scans if needed.

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:25 pm
by SkyeWelse
Saw your help wanted ad over at I would also consider making a different thread over at the Personal Projects Forum that way you can reference the Help Wanted Ad and provide a URL to it. The beauty of having this Personal Projects thread is that you can share a lot more information about the game and post several screenshots. users can also comment and post and get excited about the game which could potentially put it on more people's radar that this project is out there.

For example, this is the thread that I put together for Wander Wonder. I didn't have as much traction initially as I thought I would for this game, but I bet Battle Angel Alita would get more hits since it's more relevant now that the movie is out / coming out on Blu-ray next month. If anything it gets people talking about it and bumping it up on the first page of Personal Projects every time someone posts.

I checked out the demo btw and loaded it up on my PS Classic. Really liking what I see so far. I'm curious though, whatever happened to the original translator that was working on this steadily as far back as 2017? They seemed very passionate about the project.

In any case, I would love to help on this where I can, which would likely fall into playtesting and graphics. If you have any graphic design edits needed for the game or even a scanlation of the manual, I'd be thrilled to help contribute. I've also ordered a copy of the game which came in today actually. Really impressed with the quality of the color manual. I think that would be well worth scanning and editing into English.


Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:01 pm
by Spectrumal
Hello there,
I hear that you are currently looking for translators for your project.

Since I am a huge Alita fan myself and, if I may say so, pretty good with languages.
The languages I am capable of speaking and writing are german and english.
If you still need people to help you out, feel free to message me.



Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:36 pm
by ^Ripper
This must be my lucky day.

I've got a message on my request for translators on and Spectrumal wanting to help :)
Thanks for the offer on helping out, if the translator works out then we can start on editing the scripts and play-testing.
Would be great to finally get the ball rolling.

Hey Spectrumal, crazy idea.
When the English patch is done how about a German localized version :)
Any localized version will be easy with the tools i made.

Ok, a list of people on the forum who showed interest in assisting in the project so far:

- ^Ripper (me)
- youngred ( old translator and project starter, has dissapeared )
- MagicHp ( script editing )
- Killy ( script editing )
- Yandritos ( script editing / coding php )
- Efriim ( script editing and basic translation )
- SkyeWelse ( graphics editing )
- Spectrumal ( script editing )

( i hope i didn't forget someone )

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:08 pm
by UnlimitedFragworks
Hello there,

I was the one who offered to do the translation for this game after seeing ^Ripper's request for a translator on while casually browsing it.

I hope I can make a translation that does justice to this game and that I can get along well with the rest of the team working on this project.


Unlimited Fragworks.

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:44 pm
by ^Ripper
Welcome aboard!

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:13 am
by Weeniebu11
Hello there, Id like to help out with the translations as well if you are still needing help! I have a modified ps1, ps2, and ps3, psp, and vita as well as pc i could help with beta testing

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:30 pm
by ^Ripper
Hi there Weeniebu11.
We can always use help with the game.
Are you able to translate japanese to english, or wish to help edit/beta test the game?

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:19 am
by Weeniebu11
I can do very very rough translations of a few words, but i could translate through google translate and clean it up, but I would LOVE to beta test as well

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:21 am
by Weeniebu11
Honestly i would just love to help any way i can

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:42 pm
by ^Ripper
See PM :)

Re: Translators and editors needed.

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:26 pm
by Daxin
Hi, the name is Daxin.

I was never really interested in BAA, but everything changed when the fire nation attacked. I was strolling trough my local bookstore when i saw BAA Perfect Edition. Its a german version of the original series in 4 Volumes in really high quality. I didn't buy it but seeing this collection made me curious and i read it online. Three days later i sat at home reading the series a second time, only this time I read it from my new acquired BAA Perfect Edition. I think this was before the movie was released (haven't seen it till now because my body can't handle another bad addaption of a manga/anime). After that, I found Last Order Perfect Edition of which I currenly own 4 volumes with the fifth getting released on September first.

So now I recently discovered that there actually exists a game. I found out the hard way that most anime/manga based games are shit, but this looked really good. I have to play it is what I thought. And now I am here. It seems you are still working on it. Nice.

Ok so the version of your demo I downloaded had "only" translated the first few sentences and the whole menu.
First: I am pretty sure that the guy who translated the game is the same who made this blog You could use the translations from there for the first few conversations. It would be better if you contact him asking about peemission, but seeing that his last acticity was at the beginning of 2017 I doubt there will be any response.
Second: I would like to help. I am not really good at programming (had a exam in c programming in my univerity) and my japanese skills I got from watching anime and my 116 day streak at duolingo.
Third: There is a facebook group called Ultima: Square Enix + JRPG's. The creator is the youtuber The Night Sky Prince. Yeah there are mostly FF fans in the group but I assume there are also many anime/manga fans in. Maybe posting there will help you find some help.

Keep up the good work.