JAST USA Adds School Days HQ Visual Novel Software
posted on by Egan Loo
The game localization company JAST USA announced on Tuesday that its new JAST Densetsu brand is collaborating with the Japanese game maker 0verflow and the localization group Sekai Project to release the adult visual novel software School Days HQ in English this year. School Days HQ is the software and graphics upgrade — with new scenes — to 0verflow's original visual novel that inspired the anime of the same name. According to JAST USA, the English release will be uncensored and will have over 20 endings, including the harem endings and the sometimes violent bad endings.
In the story, a love triangle develops when a boy enlists his close female friend to help him attract the attention of a girl in their same school. The 2007 School Days television anime series adaptation gained unexpected media attention when its final episode was preempted by a real-life axe murder in Japan. Instead of the final episode, the television stations aired a series of unrelated scenery images and the following text: "The programming has changed due to certain circumstances." The substituted boat scenery images led to the "nice boat" catchphrase that has spread throughout the overseas anime fandom and even into Japan.
The media-distribution website Crunchyroll began streaming the anime in North America in 2009.