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VisualArts to Crowdfund Little Busters Spinoff Kud Wafter's Anime

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
J.C. Staff to animate project planned for theatrical release

Visual novel developer Visual Art's confirmed during its live streaming program for Little Busters! on Thursday that an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter is in the works. Visual Art's will launch a Campfire crowdfunding campaign to fund the anime on July 18. If the campaign is successful, J.C. Staff will animate the project. The streaming program also revealed rough character illustrations for the project.

Reward for backers of the Campfire crowdfunding campaign will include signed illustrated paper boards and the right to participate in special events.

The anime will be the first part of a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of Visual Art's' Little Busters! PC software. A separate image announcing the anniversary project states that Key will have complete supervision over the anime, and the "final objective" of the project is a theatrical release. Visual Art's' English Twitter account confirmed the announcement on Thursday and said that "Overseas plans will be announced later."

Visual Art's English Facebook page revealed in January that the company was "currently (financially) planning an anime of the Little Busters! spinoff 'Kud Wafter'."

Kud Wafter was Key's eighth adult visual novel and Key originally released the game in Japan in 2010 for Windows PC. The visual novel received a PlayStation Portable port in May 2013 and a PS Vita port in December 2013. The visual novel's story revolves around high school students Riki Naoe and Kudryavka Noumi ("Kud" for short) as their friendship evolves into a romantic relationship.

The 2007 PC software Little Busters! inspired a television anime that aired in Japan in 2012, followed by the Little Busters! Refrain television anime in 2013 and the Little Busters! EX original video anime project in 2014. Crunchyroll streamed the two television anime, and Sentai Filmworks released both and the OVA on home video in North America.

Visual Art's also reiterated previously announced plans to release the Little Busters! visual novel on Steam, and said it hopes to reveal more information this spring. Visual Art's also plans to release planetarian on Steam in more languages.

[Via Otakomu]

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