Clannad Kickstarter Ends With US$541,101

posted on by Karen Ressler

Sekai Project's Kickstarter to publish the Clannad visual novel in English closed on Friday with 5,819 backers pledging US$541,101. In addition, 178 backers on PayPal brought the total to US$551,881.

The campaign reached its US$140,000 goal after less than 24 hours, earning a digital and physical edition of the game, and also reached stretch goals for an English translation and PC port of the Clannad Hikari Mimamoru Sakamichi de side stories, HD assets, and an all-new anthology manga. As of press time, the campaign has earned US$461,912.

Sekai Project stated that its English release will be "almost the same as the original 2004 release of CLANNAD first edition." The company plans to release a full-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.

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