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Root Letter Mystery Visual Novel Gets Live-Action Project, Smartphone Version

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Game with designs by LovePlus' Tarō Minoboshi shipped in the West last year

The official website for Kadokawa Games' √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") mystery visual novel game announced on Friday that the game is getting a live-action video project. The Chinese company Perfect World Pictures is producing the project, and will use the game as a base for the project. The project is in its initial stages, and Kadokawa Games and Perfect World Pictures will reveal more information by the end of the year.

Kadokawa Games also released an iOS and Android version of the game on Friday. The game has a 65% launch discount, and will cost 500 yen (about US$4) until September 25, where it will then shift to its regular 1,400 yen (about US$12) price.

The game shipped in June 2016 in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Rice Digital and PQube released the game in Europe last October, and in North America last November. Kadokawa Games released the game on PC via Steam on July 6.

PQube describes the game:

Taking place in Shimane, one of Japan's most beautiful prefectures, Root Letter is centered around an investigation into missing pen friend, Fumino Aya, 15 years after she allegedly murdered someone and ran away.

The story is told through the old letters she wrote to you in high school, along with you own investigation, as you probe for clues and witnesses from her old hometown.

What happened 15 years ago? Who was your pen friend? What do her friends know? Did she even exist?

The game is the first in Kadokawa Games' newly established Kadokawa Game Mystery line. The game line features a number of recurring "actress" characters called Mystery Actresses, who will "play" different roles in each game.

The game stars:

  • "Mystery Actress" Aya (voiced by Noriko Hidaka) as Aya Fumino
  • Kikuko Inoue as Yukari Ishihara
  • Keisuke Koumoto as Jun Ōmori
  • Hyo-sei as Misaki Murakami
  • Kazuhiro Sunseki as Shōta Nozawa
  • Hiroshi Iwasaki as Kōsuke Tanaka (a.k.a Glasses)
  • Shusaku Shirakawa as Masaya Watanabe
  • Yumi Touma as Riko Sasaki

LovePlus character designer Tarō Minoboshi planned and designed the characters. Dario Fuji handled the scenario, while Takashi Nitta composed the music. Yoshimi Yasuda produced the game, and Zin Hasegawa directed the game.

Sources: Famitsu.com, Dengeki Online


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