Yesterday, Sekai Project launched a KickStarter drive to fund the publication of Frontwing’s “Grisaia Trilogy” of visual novels. The trilogy, which consists of The Fruit of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia, and The Eden of Grisaia, had a 45-day drive, and a $160,000 goal.
Within the first 13 hours, the series hit its funding goal.
In under 24 hours, the project crushed the $200,000 mark, which would ensure the release of a fourth game: Idol Magical Girl Chiruchiru ★ Michiru.
The reaction to this has been nothing short of remarkable. $200,000 is a goal that many project aspire to reach in their lifetimes, let alone crush in under a day. There is a definite, tangible excitement behind the project that isn’t seen very often in the KickStarter world as of late. Backers are eager, they’re spreading the word, and letting everybody know that this is something worth a bit of attention.
At the same time, the goals are realistic, the stretch goals are truly desirable, and the delivery dates are realistic. At the same time, it doesn’t hurt in the least that The Fruit of Grisaia has a well-received anime adaptation that’s currently running.
That said, if conditions remain favorable, we could see the trilogy close at well north of $400,000, when all is said and done.
That’s not an inconsequential sum.
So, kudos to the folks at Sekai Project. You’ve successfully captured a genuine interest in your customer-base, and reached what many see as an impossible goal in just under a day. With luck, this momentum will continue through the rest of the drive, leading to a final result that many regard as truly enviable.