Manga are comics created in Japan. The problem for most people is, as they're made in Japan they're only produced in Japanese; someone has to translate them to English! Is one man able to accomplish this? Is there more to his team's relationships other than business? Can everything in a translator's life be simple and clear?
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Release Date: Jun 20, 2014

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Manga are comics created in Japan. The problem for most people is, as they're made in Japan they're only produced in Japanese; someone has to translate them to English! Is one man able to accomplish this? Is there more to his team's relationships other than business? Can everything in a translator's life be simple and clear?

  • Girls in swimsuits. Everyone likes girls in swimsuits!
  • Unique graphics, story, music. All was made especially for this game.
  • Four endings: 2 bad endings, one normal and one good.
  • Two languages: English and Russian.
  • Achievements: To get all 12 achievements you need to play about an hour or two.

System Requirements

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    • OS: XP/Vista/7/8/10/12
    • Processor: 700MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: 10.10
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Processor: 512 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
One Manga Day is a visual novel and as visual novels have choices this on does too but in most the choices matter but in One Manga Day every one (1) out of ten (10) questions matter. The only questions that really matter are just the first few in the game for what you want to learn and then the one you choose which still dont have that much affect to the story. Aswell as there being no questions that have a huge impact on the story, the actual story is terrible nothing feels accomplished and there is no point really in the story and the questions not being that impactful could have been overlooked with a really good story but as I said the story is terrible. All in all the story is terrible, questions have almost no impact on the story and the game is hard to stay for because of the story meaning a score of 2/10 Two out of Ten .
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I downloaded this game just for the achievements, but I finded it really fun. My favorite part is when u undress that rabbit girl

+ Easy achievements. That is good for perfect gamesand achievement collectors
+ Can save every part of the game, another tool for making achievements
+ It's free
+ It doesn't require a good pc to play it
- Bad graphics. If the game would had a better graphs, it would be more popular
- Some jokes are not fun, like the day in the space or the pink-haired fool.
- Music... Eh...
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192 of 227 people (85%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
Never has a game polarized my opinion quite so immediately and so completely.

"One Manga Day" is a greenlit Visual Novel about the trials and tribulations of Scanlating (ripping and translating) manga. How the game approaches this, however, is more in the 'image' of scanlation teams, rather than trying to systemize the individual steps themselves, which is understandable due to the limited range that engines like Ren'Py can offer.

What is harder to forvgive, however, is the irony that is a horrendous translation. It feels like this title was given a translation and three passes by a non-english speaker, who then delegated the proofreading to someone who did not understand the Russian language, and thus missed the tiny little idiosyncrasies that translating a language as accurately as possible comes with. There are censor bleeps on lines of dialogue that contain no curse words or anything that would imply a need for such a thing.

The inter-character dialgue is what suffers the most from this, as their are moments of actual, genuine humour, that get lost in the sea of cliché anime tropes. Moments of actually hilarious bait and switches are peppered throughout an experience that overall forces you to perceive it as a low-effort cash in on easy jokes and the usual sexualization of women. And when I say cliché, I mean cliché aplenty, with such corny dialogue lines as "It's not as simple as you think!" when referring to one of the many jobs available, or choosing an option and having a character literally tell you "It doesn't matter". Which is odd, seeing as how the game's depiction of manga translation is actually fairly accurate.

Starting off, the game lets you talk to various 'teachers' (really just the other people in the group who do various jobs, e.g. Scanning, Translation, Typesetting, etc.) and decide which job you'd like to do for yourself. This is the title's first major misstep- it presumes you'll know your first time through what experience you'll require to do any given job. In general Visual Novel style, you'll get the bad end first, and then have the information available to take the route your actual interested in your second time through- which you might not actually do, as the game patronizingly prods you on after a game over to see what the rest of it has to offer. Let me tell you something, "One Manga Day", if I wanted to keep playing, I'd do it on my own; your needy-sounding justification to see the other endings just comes of as desperate rather than a selling point.

After you restart the game 4 times and eventually get a job on the team (which doesn't even effect anything in the long run), the 'game' proper begins, however I hesitate to call the length of this story a 'game'. Choices in "One Manga Day" are very vapid and shallow, with most choices throughout the experience being a 'what one line of dialogue would you like to see differently?' and the rest of the big ticket choices amounting to whether or not you'll get an impromptu Bad End or one of the two Good Ends. You'll come to find that the various characters (who have the most ridiculous names ever, by the way- what kind of parent names their baby girl 'Laiby', 'Lin', or 'Lap'????) are all pretty much the most low effort stereotypes you'd see in babby's first anime- there's about 3 tsunderes, a computer geek, a creeper nerd (which, by the way, I feel deserves mentioning is the developers self-insert), and and they're all pretty prone to violence (generally on the nerd) as the immediate go-to solution.

The various members of the team seem to have trouble with the basic functions of their jobs. For instance, the translator apparently has no idea what Esperanto is (also according to the game, 'Ne, ne' is now an Esperanto phrase), and does not know what function Lorem Ipsum serves, even though the game uses it at several points for example purposes- they missed a free opportunity to at least teach you something, but completely miss it. When you first meet the cleaner, he is complaining about FreeBSD and servers, just so you know he's the 'smart one'. It doesn't effect his 'story' or 'arc' at all, he literally talks almost exclusively in computer jive and that's his entire character. By the way, I feel it's worth noting once more that the scene that introduces this character is case-and-point proof that the foreground and background assets look absolutely horrendous on top of each other- this game was clearly made with prefab assets, which wouldn't be a bad thing in itself, but it's haphazardly thrown together at best. There seems to be no consideration for any sort of artistic direction, and when your game is text-based, you should likely try to get in ANY kind of flavour you can.

The music is functional and sounds decent- it never got on my nerves in any serious way, and a few tracks I actually enjoyed. It's a shame then, that they're all used for the most banal scenes ever. There's a nice little track (I use the word 'nice' sparingly) they use for a party to celebrate your addition to the team which has 3 whole frames of animation, all the while your terrible new 'friends' are running around in the background trying to kill each other. For at least every single scene in the game that will make you crack a small smile, there will be at least two or three that are guaranteed to make you want to quit playing then and there- which is where the skip function comes into play.

You'll play the game once for real, and after you get a good or bad ending, you'll find yourself hovering on the skip button almost out of instinct. Most visual novel games employ this, because nobody likes reading the same text over and over, which is why most games offer differing paths with changed dialogue to keep you interested. "One Manga Day" however has no such interest, and would rather change one response line that a character will parrot off to you and then continue on, exactly the same as your last playthrough- even for some of the more important, ending-altering choices! Speaking of choices, there seems to be something not explicitly told to the player. While you're contextualized as someone seeking to join a (School?) club for manga, you don't really 'say' your choices, rather than direct the other characters with them. More often than not, your choices aren't actual speech that you say, but stage directions that the other characters perform with each other, which makes the experience wildly inconsistent and a bit hard to get a grasp of.

I'd love to continue talking about this game, but I've really been writing an essay on something that does not want to be taken that seriously. If you're a die-hard Visual Novel fan such as myself, then you might get some entertainment out of it, the occasional joke that makes you actually laugh made it able to sit through for me. If you're however not one of those people, the game still holds value in that you can laugh at it with some buddies for a few minutes for the low, low price of free and then uninstall it at your leisure. I really think this game has a huge 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000' appeal in that regard, it's ripe Retsupurae material. With a little more time in translation and maybe a more serious effort, it could have been one worth remembering. "One Manga Day" is a game with a fantastically interesting premise that fails to deliver on almost all fronts.

And no. You don't translate any manga. You're better off searching on POOGLE for that.
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94 of 112 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
Pretty horrible attempt on visual novel genre that doesn't work even as parody of scanlation groups.

Art is very amateurish here. What's more, everything is like on fast-forward, things are coming and going without any reason. Characters are bad and lack some depth, and you don't care for them at all. And story.. well, there is no story, just random events. Yes, there are some choices, in fact abundance of them, but it hardly matters. Protagonist is not really protagonist here. Nothing is funny and few attempts on fanservice are horrible.

The only positive is that this is free and that you can complete the game in about an hour. But in the end, that's one hour of the time you have wasted.
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49 of 61 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
I... I don't even know what to say. I'm so confused. The story was fragmented, disjointed, and really didn't have that much to do with its premise. You don't even do any actual manga editing at any point. I would have forgiven that if the writing was good or the characters were memorable, but you hardly get to know any of them and your choices make zero difference. And this is coming from someone who got the good ending on their first try and typically really likes visual novels, even the silly ones.

At least it was free.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2015
Confusing, N/A
So Bad It's Bad

PROS: There's actually some reasonable information here about making manga translations. There are plenty of save files so that getting all the achievements is a breeze.

CONS: This game is supremely awkward. Weebery aside, the character sprites are stiff and strange looking. They're also full-body but do not adhere to the environment they are in, which looks awful. Things disappear and reappear on different emotes like an unfinished product. The writing is an absolute mess, and the plot has sloppy side scenes that only serve to confuse.


OVERALL: Funny how a game all about graceful translation and quality work looks and behaves like this. My standard for enjoyment on free games is very low and enthusiastic. Even then, I could not enjoy One Manga Day; while the dialogue has been cleaned up a bit, it's still utterly incoherent.

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48 of 60 people (80%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
You can see the world through the eyes of the anime developers, writers, drawers and manga makers. Which is good to see how does it works.

But, basically they came from another twisted dimension, i mean there's:

- A Half-Dragon Girl.
- A Half-Cat semi gay dude.
- A girl that got undressed just because you order it (you unlock an achievement for that).
- A sargent girl that makes you repeat the game again if you're not as weird as them.

Another weird stuffs, as you can see a screenshot (not mine) here:

For achievement collectors you can get the achievements using a community guide in less than an hour. Only recommended to get achievements if you're not an anime fan.

I'm not an anime guy, nor haven't played some before, i have to admit that it was the weirdest half an hour of my life.

I'm not sure how to score this.

? / 10
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
One Manga Day is a Visual Novel both Developed and Published by DeXP. The game appears to have been made using a combination of default models from Manga Maker ComiPo! and some other Visual Novel creation software. The game advertises a couple of hours of gameplay and unfortunately I can't even confirm or deny this fact since I stopped playing after only 15 minutes.

One Manga Day's story is completely random and quite frankly difficult to follow at all. First, you're randomly approached to work for a company that specializes in translating manga and then 2 minutes later you are officially trained in your profession of choice and ready to work. Follow this up with an unaesthetically pleasing user interface and a mash up of weird/cringeworthy scenes and the result is One Manga Day.

To be honest, the game is free so you can easy download the 100 or so megabytes and play it for yourself, but don't expect much because the quality of this game appears to have been lost in "translation".
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99 of 149 people (66%) found this review helpful
173 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
More like "I overdid my weed and saw hell" simulator.
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41 of 56 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
The game is cute, funny and straight forward as far as achievements. There is a personality you can relate to in these characters yourself. The novel offers you a few giggles for free since the game is free to play and you do not need to dlc for get them.

The girls in this game are somewhat violent but in a funny way, the men themselves are funny and all have a big personality.

For achievement hunters I also recommend this game since it does not require you to go around in circles for achievements. The game is simple enough to complete in just a few runs of the game and there are some good guides already out that can assist.

Overall if you are looking for a fun manga without any weird stuff happening just a good story this is a good start for you!
Expect a few giggles and some interesting views on One Manga Day! Experience love, friendship and loyalty in a new way!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 13
One Manga Day is a sloppy, awkward mess of a visual novel.

I cannot name one of the characters, do not feel like I grew closer to any of them, and have a folder of screenshots of dialogue I felt needed to be preserved for future generations.

The story is nonsensical, one of the characters seems to be ripped from "Lucky Star: Comic A La Carte", the sprites are strange photos of 3D models and the entire game just sort of ends out of nowhere after a little over a half hour of pressing enter.

That said, this game made me laugh.

It might be the pure lack of logic, or the cringe-y jokes that fall flat, then stagnate as they are repeated over and over and over again. Every now and again, something will happen out of nowhere that just works, and it's a moment of unexpected joy. The game is clearly one giant joke, and I can kind of commend that, at least for a free-to-play VN.

So yeah, Manga fans should give it a shot. Everyone else should hit "Not interested", block the devs on all social media, uninstall steam and live out the rest of their days somewhere far away, where this game can't hurt them.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 7
Seems like a teenager bought a manga game maker and randomly added characters and lines to the screen. The game is around 20 minutes long; double that if you want to try the different paths. The story makes no sense, and a lot of it is the dev trying to be funny with random 1 liners. I know it is free, but your time is worth something - pass.

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King Leonard
0.2 hrs
Posted: October 5
poop poop bum lol
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 30
One Manga Day is too cliché of a game for it to truly be enjoyable. It offers a very predictably generic story line and the choices you make have no actual effect on the plot. A hughmungus no.
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i pro ganjo
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 16
One Manga Day is a visual novel about Scanlating Mangas.

I installed this since i'm really interested in and curious how the scanlating group/community works. I thought it'd have a good story. But man, this game is just confusing. It doesnt have a proper plot. It just consists of random events. The choices you make doesnt matter. The characters are stereotypical.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who value their time.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 4
Easy guide let me finish quick
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 4
There is one major reason no give OMD a positive review despite it being a spectacular mess - later the same guy made Winter Novel that is infinitely supreme to OMD in every aspect and is actually a solid VN with unique (in a good way) graphic design. Every thing has a precursor, everything needs to start somewhere. If WN is a classic car, then OMD is the very first wheel crudely carved from a boulder. It may not seem like much, but definitely has a place in history, so to say, and good things eventually came out from this experience. Nice to see how far a person can progress with enough effort poured in.
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