Clannad's English Physical Release to Match Japanese 2004 Edition

posted on by Rachel Mahoney
Kickstarter-exclusive physical release will include fanbook and album

North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced on Wednesday that the physical release of their Clannad English release crowdfunding campaign will look "almost the same as the original 2004 release of CLANNAD first edition."

Sekai Project also said in the update that like the limited-first press edition, all physical copies shipped to Kickstarter backers will contain the CLANNAD MABINOGI Arrange Album and the 80-page Clannad fanbook. The 2004 edition physical release will only be available through the Kickstarter campaign.

The campaign reached its US$140,000 goal on Tuesday, after less than 24 hours. Sekai Project initially listed a physical release of the game as a stretch goal, with a goal of US$100,000 for the Steam edition.

Sekai Project announced its plans in August to bring Clannad to Steam with full voices. Sekai Project said it plans to to release a fully-voiced edition with Mai Nakahara, Ai Nonaka, Mamiko Noto, Kikuko Inoue and others, but will not record an English dub.

The game inspired an anime movie and two television anime series. The series follows delinquent high school student Tomoya Okazaki, who one day meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is a year older, but is repeating her last year of high school due to illness. Tomoya becomes involved with Nagisa and her hopes of restarting the school drama club.

The original game is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is receiving a PlayStation Vita port in Japan. The visual novel has already been ported to PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, and phones.

Key has produced such visual novel franchises as Little Busters, Kanon, and Air — all of which inspired anime and manga adaptations.

Sekai Project is also funding the WAS The Hourglass of Lepidoptera visual novel until November 26. The visual novel includes voices by Rina Satou, Rie Murakawa, Sayaka Ohara, Hiro Unochi, Natsuki Abe, and Aoi Kana.

Thanks to Michael Pollard for the news tip.

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