Spice & Wolf VR Anime Crowdfunding Campaigns End With 72 Million Yen
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Kickstarter and Campfire crowdfunding campaigns for independent development circle Spicy Tails' virtual reality anime based on Isuna Hasekura's Spice & Wolf novels both ended last Saturday. The Campfire campaign raised a total of 41,479,064 yen (about US$382,600) from 2,228 patrons, while the Kickstarter campaign raised a total of 30,978,009 yen (about US$285,700) from 1,629 backers, for a combined total of 72,457,073 yen (about US$668,300).
The Campfire campaign launched on November 25 last year, and met its 8,000,000 yen (about US$70,700) goal in its first two hours. The Kickstarter campaign launched on December 1 last year, and similarly met its US$70,485 goal within two days.
The anime is slated for release on HTC VIVE, Oculus Rift, and other platforms in early 2019. The anime will also be viewable on PC without a VR headset, and it will have English subtitles.
The television anime's voice actors Ami Koshimizu (Holo) and Jun Fukuyama (Kraft Lawrence) are returning. Hasekura is writing the anime's scenario and the novels' illustrator Jū Ayakura is credited with the character design. Keisuke Sakikibara is providing the 3D modeling and motion, and n-buna is composing the music. Yō Shimizu provided the concept art pictured at right and Masatoshi Sekai designed the logo.
Spicy Tails also developed Project Lux, Hasekura also wrote. The PC game with VR support had an English release from Sekai Project on February 2 via Steam. Sekai Project announced in December that Limited Run Games would release a physical edition.