We are still online, 14 years on

Just a quick update post that the site is still here and being maintained. A pandemic can’t bring a good translation project site down.

A friendly reminder that the main site wiki can be found at https://opticalgarbage.com/frontmission/wiki

Lastly if you want to do your bit to help keep the site online for another 14 years then please donate via our sister site here https://projectnemo.net/donate.shtml

Thank you!

6 Years…

Tetsuya Nomura's sketches of Royd, Ryuji, Keith, J.J., and Driscoll.
Tetsuya Nomura’s sketches of Royd, Ryuji, Keith, J.J., and Driscoll.

…is a lot of time for things to change. And change they have!

Back then, the PlayStation 2/Gamecube/XBox era was still kicking around. Japanese gaming hadn’t completely gone mobile, but then again the whole world wasn’t into the mobile scene yet. And for those of us who grew up playing Japanese games (80s kid right here!), you probably are reminiscing about how good they used to be right now. But we digress.

6 years ago, we were a bunch of hardcore, passionate Front Mission fans who really wanted to see Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~ in English. We were also fans who really wanted to understand what defined the franchise, as we believed there was far more to Front Mission than what any of us outside of Japan knew.

6 years later, we honestly can say that Front Mission is truly one of Japan’s best-kept secrets. It’s almost criminal how roughly 80% of the franchise never saw the light of day outside of Japan. There’s so much to like and to learn from about Front Mission that we believe could profoundly change the lives of others like it has for us. It’d be great if we had all the time in the world to bringing the rest of the Front Mission brand out here, but we don’t have that kind of time these days. More resources would be nice as well, but then we’d be in big trouble if we made a Kickstarter project out of this!

Nevertheless, we’re happy that so many of you fans have supported us throughout these 6 years and for that, we thank you! From the emails we’ve received, it’s nice to know that our efforts to educate all of you on Front Mission have worked and are still working. Front Mission never was just a bunch of turn-based strategy (TBS) games, or just some generic mecha-based franchise. If it were, we probably wouldn’t go out of our way to “enlighten” about what the franchise really is! We just think all of you fans should be more vocal about your support for Front Mission online haha!

Six 6-year anniversary tidbits:

Visitors – 794,106
Game Downloads – 241,109 (overall) / 203,788 (Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~) / 37,321 (Front Mission 2)
3 Most Viewed Articles/Analysis Pieces – Front Mission: An Analysis of a Transmedia / An Analysis of the Overseas Handling of Front Mission / The Developers of Front Mission
Most Common Fan Response – “Wow, I didn’t know all of this about Front Mission. I thought it was just a series of TBS games and nothing else!”
Most Common Fan Request – “Can you translate EVERYTHING Front Mission? I’ll donate to you or support whatever Kickstarter you come up with!”
Most Common Fan Question – “Do the Front Mission developers or Square Enix know about your projects?


A Tribute to Front Mission – The Methane Wanzer!

Front Mission 3 may not be the best Front Mission video game in terms of story, gameplay, and/or as a whole. However, it’s got something none of the other entries have…the Methane Wanzer! The pictures below say it all about this hilarious Frankenstein creation!

Is it possible to get the Methane Wanzer in Front Mission 3...?
Is it possible to get the Methane Wanzer in Front Mission 3…?

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A Tribute to Front Mission – Showing off the Video Games!

Today marks the final omnibus release of Front Mission Dog Life & Dog Style…and the start of our tribute special to Front Mission!

To start, head off to our project website and download the video game collages. If you haven’t done so, here’s one of them for all of you to see:

One of the nifty collages showcasing the video games!

We’ll have more updates towards the end of the year, so stay tuned to our tribute special!

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Which supranational union, nation, or powerful entity would you fight for?

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