Libra of the Vampire Princess Kickstarter Ends After Reaching 1st 3 Stretch Goals
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The international licensing and translation group Mikandi Japan and XERO reached the first three stretch goals on Monday for their Kickstarter campaign to localize the Libra of the Vampire Princess (Kyūketsu-hime no Libra) visual novel. The campaign then ended on Wednesday, raising US$183,106 of the US$125,000 goal. The stretch goals will allow the companies to include a "mini story" that takes place before the game's main story, a new English theme song performed by Shindo Mayumi with a new opening movie, and a second "mini episode" centering on Aoi and Lycoris set before the main game's story.
The campaign had two more stretch goals listed: at US$210,000, the developers would have ported the game to the PlayStation Vita and Android devices, and at US$222,000, the developers would have released a third "mini episode" centering on Iris set after the game's main story. The companies launched the campaign on December 13 and reached their initial goal last Thursday.
Mikandi Japan announced the plan to localize the game after its successful campaign on Steam's Greenlight program. Under the Steam Greenlight program, developers advertise their game or software, and community support decides which titles will be selected for distribution.
Mikandi Japan and XERO describe Libra of the Vampire Princess' story:
Shuma Kusanagi was just an ordinary boy…
Until the day he is suddenly abducted by a mysterious girl named Iris who reveals to him a hidden secret about his birth.
Coursing through his veins, Shuma has a special kind of blood – vampire blood – passed down from his progenitors. Iris is known as a "ringleader" vampire who also has this ancestral blood, too. Her destiny: to "awaken" Shuma.
In his attempt to flee her clutches, Iris pounces on him to finish the embrace! Luckily, at the very last moment, the keepsake ring given to Shuma by his mother emits a blinding light that interrupts her vicious attack. Shuma breaks free and escapes from Iris, but soon realizes something inside him has gone amiss. Could he have become an odd, partially-turned vampire?
Now, many girls are entering his life from different directions and complicating the situation. To make matters worse, he is plagued by an overwhelming impulse to suck… their blood.
Mikandi previously streamed the game's opening movie with English subtitles.
Onomatope* released Libra of the Vampire Princess in Japan on October 30, 2015. Mikandi Japan and XERO hope to release the visual novel in English this fall.