Frontwing's Sharin no Kuni Kickstarter Relaunches on November 21
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Visual novel developer Frontwing announced on Thursday that its Kickstarter campaign to localize and release AKABEi SOFT2's visual novel Sharin no Kuni ~The Girl Among the Sunflowers~ (Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shōjo) will relaunch on November 21 at 9:00 p.m. EST. New rewards for the relaunch include a newly designed dakimakura set, a full graphic shirt, a canvas print autographed by artist Alpha, and personalized shikishi boards. The relaunched campaign will have a goal of US$80,000.
Frontwing launched the original Kickstarter campaign on April 7 with the title Wheel Country, Sunflower Girl, but later canceled the project. Frontwing had said at the time it would relaunch the campaign in August.
The visual novel's story is set in an unnamed "wheel country," where those who are considered criminals are given "obligations" to fulfill before re-entering society. These obligations take the form of absolute rules, and violation of these rules results in the person's transfer to a forced-labor camp. The individuals who can hand down these obligations are "Special High Class Individuals," a distinct stratum of society. The game's protagonist, Kenichi Morita, is undergoing his final examination to be a "Special High Class Individual," which entails that he return to his hometown and rehabilitate three former classmates, reconnecting him with a past that he had left behind.
AKABEi SOFT2 released the game on the PC in 2005, before releasing it on Xbox 360 in 2010, on PlayStation Portable in 2012, and on PlayStation 3 in 2013. Usami Wataru published a manga adaptation of the game in Kadokawa and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine from 2008 to 2011. Kadokawa published three compiled book volumes for the manga.