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Clannad Kickstarter Project Reaches Manga Stretch Goal

posted on 2014-12-31 19:30 EST
Sekai Project to release brand new manga in the West, before Japan

North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced on Wednesday it reached its US$380,000 stretch goal to fund an all-new Clannad anthology manga. Manga artist Yukiko Sumiyoshi drew the above image to mark the occasion.

Backers who want a copy of the anthology need to add US$12 for the digital version or US$15 for the physical version. A US$5 additional charge needs to be added for backers outside the U.S. Anyone who is at the US$1,000 and US$7,000 tiers will automatically receive the manga. The manga will be released in the West before Japan.

The campaign reached its US$140,000 goal after less than 24 hours, earning a digital and physical edition of the game. Stretch goals to release an English translation and PC port of the Clannad Hikari Mimamoru Sakamichi de side stories and HD assets were also reached. As of press time, the campaign has earned US$380,548, and has eight days left to go.

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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