Sekai Project Launches Clannad Crowdfunding Campaign
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project launched its crowdfunding campaign on Monday for the English release of the Visual Arts' Key game Clannad. Sekai Project is asking for US$140,000 to release the game both physically and digitally via Steam.
As of press time, the project has earned US$48,260 from 664 backers with 59 days to go.
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.