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ISLAND Visual Novel's TV Anime, English Release Revealed for 2018

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Game about isolated island launched for PC in Japan in April 2016

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Visual novel developer and publisher Frontwing announced during its panel at Anime Expo on Monday that the television anime adaptation of it and Prototype's ISLAND visual novel will premiere in 2018. It also revealed that the release date of the visual novel's English localization is delayed to 2018 to coordinate with the anime.

The game shipped for PC in Japan in April 2016 and for PlayStation Vita on February 23. Naoya Yao launched a manga adaptation of the game on Simsum Media Co., Ltd.'s Cosplay Channel magazine in April 2016.

Frontwing describes the game as follows:

Urashima, an island far from the mainland. The people who live there lead carefree lives. But five years ago, the island's three great families suffered a series of misfortunes, and succumbed to suspicion. The people of the island cut off all contact with the mainland, and began a slow decline. The key to saving the island lies in three girls who belong to the three families. But they are bound by old traditions, and are conflicted. On that island, a lone man washes ashore. The man claims to be from the future, and he begins a solitary struggle to change the island's fate.

In the game's world, the island is closed off to outside contact due to a local disease known as "Baimonbyō" (Soot Crest Sickness) that was transmitted from the mainland. On the island, there is a legend of a tragic love between a boy named Setsuna, and a girl named Rinne. With the appearance of two individuals bearing the same name, the islanders ponder the legend's significance.

Ryuichiro Yamakawa produced the game. Yōsai Kūchū drew the original images and designed the characters. G.O. wrote the scenario.

Frontwing's The Fruit of Grisaia visual novel received a 13-episode television anime adaptation that premiered in October 2014, followed by anime adaptations of The Labyrinth of Grisaia and The Eden of Grisaia in April 2015. Crunchyroll streamed both The Fruit of Grisaia and The Eden of Grisaia series as they aired in Japan, and also streamed the The Labyrinth of Grisaia original video animation.

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