Syosetu 101


Now that I’m fully getting into translating Can’t Leave This Room Until I Get First Place on Syosetu, I think I should make a basic (really basic) explanation of how Syosetu works. (just the relevant stuff)

I’ll be updating as the novel goes on.

Syosetu.com is the url, and Shousetsuka ni Narou/小説家になろう/Let’s Become a Novelist is the name. If anyone’s wondering, syosetu is just a different way to romanize shousetsu/小説/novel.

Comments/感想/Kansou:

More literally translated as impressions or thoughts, but I’m going with comments.

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comment page

Anyways, the commenter’s (right above the comment) info:

(from left to right) name, date (year, month, day, hour, minute), age, and gender (男 = male, 女 = female)

Comment contents:

Comments are arranged into 3 possible bodies of text:

  1. 良い点/Good Point
  2. 気になる点/Bad Point (more literally point that is worrying)
  3. 一言/One Statement

Kinda obvious what each one means.

How to get here?

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That menu will appear on each novel page.

|Home|Novel Info|Comments|Reviews|Vertical Writing PDF

Comments is circled and Reviews is highlighted.

The large bolded text is at the top of the comments page and says, “comments at a glance.” The hyperlink with the triangle next to it says, “write a comment.”

Reviews/レビュー/Rebyuu:

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Do I really need to explain this?

The big Japanese letters at the top say, “reviews at a glance,” and the hyperlink with the triangle next to it says, “write a review.”

Rating a novel:

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Small Japanese text basically says what you think it says. (rate what you think of the novel and rate when you finish reading)

The hyperlink sends you to a “how the system works” page.

The first is for how well the author writes.

The second is how good the story is.

This box only appears on the last chapter released, and a comment box is directly under it. (so you can comment here instead of going to the comment page)

Bookmarking:

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When on a chapter, that icon appears on the top menu.

It does what you think it does.

Points:

A combination of factors that determine the popularity of a novel.

No clue how it works (don’t care either), but the novel claims that a bookmark will give 2 points and a review will give however many points you rated it as.

Tueee.Net

A sister site of sorts of syosetu that shows the points that a novel has.

Rankings:


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This is the top menu on the front page of syosetu.com.

TOP|Site Info|Official Blog|Question Form|Rankings (circled)|Let’s Read Novels!|User Registration|Log In (note that this button never changes, even if you’re actually logged in)|Help

Now that you know how to get there, here’s the rankings page:

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The first line says, Rankings|Other Genres|Combined|Isekai Reincarnation/Transmigration

Yep, isekai reincarnation and transmigration have their own little section…

The second line reads, Daily|Weekly|Monthly|Seasonly|Yearly

It refers to the daily rankings, weekly rankings, etc.

Let’s start with Other Genres rankings.

Other Genres refers to anything other than isekai transmigration and isekai reincarnation.

A list of genres, left to right, up to down.

  • Isekai (Romance)
  • Real-World (Romance)
  • High Fantasy (Fantasy)
  • Low Fantasy (Fantasy)
  • Pure Literature (Literature)
  • Human Drama (Literature)
  • Historical (Literature)
  • Mystery (Literature)
  • Horror (Literature)
  • Action (Literature)
  • Comedy (Literature)
  • VR Game (Sci-Fi)
  • Space (Sci-Fi)
  • Fantasy-Science (Sci-Fi) [with titles like: Our Dungeon War, Galaxy Alliance Japan, and Akimu Software Magic Story]
  • Panic (Sci-Fi) [and I see “DON‘T OF THE DEAD!!” in third place…]
  • Fairy Tale (Others)
  • Poetry (Others)
  • Essay (Others)
  • Others (Others)

Each genre has a “BEST5” for daily, weekly, etc. Click on the hyperlink at the bottom of each BEST5 to see the full list.

Okay, here’s the Isekai Reincarnation/Transmigration genre list.

It’s in the same format as the “Other Genres” list, but it’s less cramped.

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List:

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Literature/Sci-Fi/Others

Short, isn’t it?

Now, let’s look at the Combined section.

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No genres, just a list of daily, weekly, monthly, seasonly, yearly, and the addition of cumulative.

You guys should’ve at least heard of some of these, right?

  1. Mushoku Tensei
  2. Arifureta
  3. Kenkyo Kenjitsu (maybe Reika-sama rings a bell?)
  4. Slime datta ken
  5. Hachinan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou!

Because they’re the top 5 novels of all time in syosetu.