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Name: Baka-Tsuki
Dates: 2006 - current
Fandom: light novels
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Baka-Tsuki or BT is a fan translation community that hosts translations for light novels in Wiki format. It was founded in 2006 by Thelastguardian.


Thelastguardian began a translation of his favorite novel series, Suzumiya Haruhi, on November 11, 2005. He loved it so much that he wanted to share it with others, and published the first translated chapter by December 24, 2005, to a silent reception. Unfortunately, time and personal commitments forced him to put that work aside.

In April 2006, when KyoAni aired an anime based on the Suzumiya Haruhi novel series, Thelastguardian moved his work to the still-new wiki format and, in order to encourage new people to help him bring this series to the world, formed the Baka-Tsuki Translation Group. Soon afterwards, Baka-Tsuki expanded to include numerous other light novels.

In 2008, Baka-Tsuki's two largest projects at the time, Suzumiya Haruhi and Spice & Wolf, were licensed by English publishers. As per Baka-Tsuki policy, the licensed material was removed from the site and the projects were declared abandoned. Since 2010, Baka-Tsuki has experienced an extensive administrative shift due to the number of retiring staff, and has evolved from a formal Translation Group to a decentralized Translation Community. Today, Baka-Tsuki is a vastly different body than the original core group of Haruhists.