Age 12 Shōjo Manga Gets New 3DS Game in August

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Game featuring new original character Cocona ships August 4

Shogakukan and Happinet Games opened a website on April 28 to announce 12-Sai ~Koi Suru Diary~ (Age 12 ~Loving Diary~), the second Nintendo 3DS game inspired by Nao Maita's 12-Sai (Age 12) manga and anime. Happinet Games streamed a promotional video with the announcement.

The game will tell two different stories. In Hanabi's story, titled "Kirakira Days" (Sparkling Days), Hanabi and her friends end up having to put on a play. Lots of things happen as she practices with Yuzuki, Inaba, and the others. In Yui's story, titled "Dokidoki Days" (Heart-Beating Days), Yui and her friends participate in a camp for kids. There, they meet Cocona, who looks exactly like Kokoa.

Both stories are told over the course of seven days. The choices players make will change certain parts of the story. Players must use their in-game diary to guide themselves to one of three endings: normal, good, and happy.

Players can also spend time after school in Marin's room or Kokoa's room, and can also go to Eiko & Friends' Symposium. A voice card lottery system also exists, allowing players to draw one of 300 voice samples from the characters at random. These cards can be drawn in exchange for Usapanda cookies, which can also be used for fortune-telling.

The cast includes:

Ai Kakuma (Aldnoah.Zero 's Nina Klein) as Hanabi Ayase, a bright girl with a strong sense of justice.

Juri Kimura (Queen's Blade: Grimoire's Sorceress of the Mirror Snow White) as Yui Aoi, Hanabi's best friend.

  • Mayuki Makiguchi as Marin Ogura
  • Sayuri Hara as Kokoa Hamana and Cocona
  • Sōma Saitō as Yuuto Takao
  • Shun Horie as Kazuma Hiyama
  • Ayumu Murase as Yuzuki Shindō
  • Kaito Ishikawa as Shinya Takechi
  • Tetsuya Kakihara as Ayumu Tstutsumu
  • Shinnosuke Tachibana as Inaba Mikami
  • Takumi Watanabe as Eiko
  • Keisuke Akiho as the Class Chairman

The game will ship on August 4, and the package edition will retail for 5,815 yen (about US$54) and the downlload edition will retail for 4,630 yen (US$43). Those who pre-order will get a love charm, and early purchasers will get an extra scenario and a QR card for five cookies. Certain retailers will also have clear bookmarks with different designs.

The story of Maita's original manga begins with Hanabi, a sixth-grade girl who is neither an adult nor a child. She deals with issues such as accidentally witnessing her homeroom teacher kissing, and worrying about experiencing physiological changes before her friends. The manga depicts a 12-year-old girl's innocent worries and first love.

The manga inspired two original video anime series, with the first debuting in April 2014, and the second debuting last July. A television anime adaptation premiered on April 4. The manga has also inspired a live-action adaptation, which was distributed on two DVDs bundled with the Ciao magazine last year.

Maita launched the Age 12 manga in Ciao in 2012, and Shogakukan published the ninth compiled book volume on April 27.

Source: MoCa News

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