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planetarian VR Video Debuts With 5 Episodes

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
VR video funded through crowdfunding campaign

Visual Art's/Key's official YouTube channel began streaming a clip from the 3D virtual-reality anime video for planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume on Saturday. Visual Art's/Key released the VR anime in the Anime VR SCREEN section of the 360 Channel website on Saturday with five episodes.

The 360-degree virtual-reality video features "Yumemi Hoshino's starry sky explanation" scene from the net anime. D & D Pictures, which produced a special planetarium project for the anime that debuted in March, returned to produce the new anime video. The anime utilizes the latest 3D motion capture technology to create Yumemi's facial expressions and motions.

The VR video was funded through a Campfire crowdfunding campaign in Japan, which reached its goal in two days. The campaign ended on January 18.

The planetarian anime project includes a five-episode anime planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume (planetarian: The Dream of the Small Star), which premiered in July 2016, and the planetarian: Hoshi no Hito (planetarian: Star Person) anime film, which premiered in September 2016. The net anime adapts the main game's story, while the film is "another story" about what happens to Kuzuya afterward.

Funimation streamed the net anime and with an English dub. Funimation will release the anime alongside the film in a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital HD release on August 14.

Visual Art's/Key (Clannad, Rewrite, Angel Beats!) originally released the planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ "kinetic novel" in Japan on personal computers in 2004 before porting it to the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable consoles. The story takes place 30 years after a world war put a halt to space development. The protagonist, simply known as "the Junk Hunter," attempts to restore a planetarium's projector after meeting a robot.

Sekai Project licensed the PC version of the game and released it on Steam. VisualArt's also released an English version for iOS.

Source: Visual Art's/Key's YouTube channel

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