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Sekai Project preparing Kickstarter for WAS translation

Though we have yet to see the fruits of their Kickstarter labor, Sekai Project is now preparing to launch another funding drive – this time in conjunction with SPACETIME・RESEARCH・LABORATORY (S.R.L.) to localize their visual novel WAS –The Hourglass of Lepidoptera– (WAS) as a remastered edition with added voices for the characters.

Sekai Project is currently preparing the Kickstarter proposal on Prefundia, where you can comment on the pitch while they work on it. Regarding reward tiers there’s currently five suggested price points, ranging from 12 dollars for the early bird special to 50 dollars for the all-inclusive package. The current proposed goal for translation and programming is 10,000 dollars, while proposed stretch goals are as follows:

  • $10,500: Specially made postcards will be given to all backers.
  • $30,000: physical editions of the Game + Soundtrack as well as A1-size posters, illustration books, limited quantity of autographs from seiyuu, and having voices (event and scene replay only) unlocked.
  • $46,000: customized shikishi tier will be unlocked and full voices for all characters (expect for the protagonist).
  • $65,000: Original goods such as mugs, fans, and dakimakura addons will be unlocked and we will do an Android port.

Even if the Kickstarter campaign should fail S.R.L. still plans to finish the translation over time, though that means neither voices nor extras of any kind will be added.

WAS released in Japan this August and is the first game in a planned series of games meant to promote tourism to the Tottori Prefecture through entertainment. The game takes place in a dystopian post-war 1950’s Japan, where we follow the characters around on their travels as they meet new people, experience dramatic events and uncover mysteries in this very different version of Japan. Read more about the game and the reasons why the creators wants to promote Tottori over on the Prefundia page, where you can also watch the game’s OP.

This article was written by hotsauce2000.


Writer of irreverent VNTS commentaries, shadowy Fuwanovel string puller, Swedish, ambivalent toward meatballs. Brave Fuwanovel Skype Group memeber (rip), technically a reviewer, chronic everything staller. I am all these things and more, but mostly I'm really lazy. Loves yuri, reading, chocolate, and quality sugar-free colas. Hates VNs with too many choices and long walks on the beach.

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9 years ago

Looks quite interesting! I give my support for this Visual Novel coming to the West. Wish you guys the best of luck! 🙂