VR Light Novel Innocent Forest Debuts at Anime Expo

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

MyDearest is collaborating with the Oculus Store and Virtual Gate to release the virtual-reality light novel FullDive novel: Innocent Forest in mid-July. The VR novel will debut at the Anime Expo convention's "Nihon Chara VR Matsuri ~Japan Character VR~" event this week. MyDearest began streaming a trailer for the VR novel on Thursday.

The VR novel is planned as the first in a series of "FullDive novels." The VR novel's official website includes English text that reads, "It is the story of the girl to collect the memories in the birdcages. In the forest of forgetting, you will lose the memories. The bird carries the memories to the forest." The website also describes the experience in English:

Do not just read this novel but Experience!
You are the protagonist in a forest of memories

In this forest, people lose one of their memories...
Visiting on a rumor, he encounters a girl at a forest mansion.
Memories turn themselves into birds
...and take off from the cages of people's hearts.

Why does he want to forget? Why does he want to remember?
This is a story revolving around the memories of a girl and various visitors.

Rina Hidaka (Sword Art Online's Silica, Accel World's Yuniko Kōzuki) is voicing Rukurei, Yūsuke Kobayashi (The Heroic Legend of Arslan's Arslan, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-'s Subaru Natsuki) is voicing Kei, and Mayu Yoshioka (Wake Up, Girls!'s Mayu Shimada, Hundred's Sakura Kirishima) is voicing Passe in the experience. (Note: Character name spellings aren't official.)

The VR light novel will launch through the Oculus Store for Gear VR and through the VR platform Virtual Gate on FOVE devices at internet cafes in Japan in mid-July. A release for Daydream is also planned. The experience will be available in Japanese and English, and a Chinese release is planned.

In addition to debuting at Anime Expo, the experience will appear at a pre-release event for the VR event room cluster. on July 16. The event will feature an Anime Expo report and special guests will talk at panels about VR and characters.

Anime Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will run from July 1 to July 4 this year. In addition, the convention will formally include a preview night a day before on June 30.

Source: Animate Times

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