This one’s not wafting along the breeze any longer.
Earlier today, Visual Arts opened a page on Japanese crowdfunding platform Campfire for their planned Kud Wafter anime adaptation. Though the campaign hasn’t launched yet, the page features the first concrete details on the project.
Visual Arts seeks 30 million yen ($267,644.46 USD) to fund a 20-minute OVA. Funding beyond the goal will allow the team to extend the length and improve on the overall animation quality.
As of press time, the project is slated for a Fall 2019 release. Planned bonuses include:
- Exclusive Blu-Ray packaging
- Invites to preview screenings
- Invites to a “secret party”
- Signed scripts
- Signed illustrations by original character designer Na-Ga
Game director Sakigake, singer Suzuyu, and Kudryavka actress Naomi Wakabayashi will host a livestream tomorrow to introduce the project. The stream is slated to run at 8:00PM JST (7:00AM Eastern)
Campfire is only open to residents of Japan. Visual Arts will announce a separate campaign for backers across the globe.
Kud Wafter is developer Key’s eighth adults-only visual novel. The title hit Japanese PCs on June 25, 2010. Developer Prototype ported the title to Sony’s PSP and Vita handhelds, with both versions hitting stores in 2013.
Key also produced a manga adaptation with illustrator Bakutendō, which ran in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki G’s Magazine, The series ran from May 2010 through February 2014, and spanned six collected volumes.
Kud Wafter is a spinoff of 2007 visual novel Little Busters!, which revolves around character Kudryavka “Kud” Noumi. The title is set shortly after the original Little Busters!, and focuses on the budding romantic relationship between Kudryavka “Kud” Noumi and Little Busters! protagonist Riki Naoe.
Little Busters! received an anime adaptation, which aired in the Fall 2012 broadcast season. Yoshiki Yamakawa (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Kill Me Baby) directed the project at J.C.Staff, with Haruko Iizuka (School-Live!, Inu X Boku Secret Service) providing character designs. Michiru Shimada (Shugo Chara!, Jewelpet Twinkle) was in charge of series composition for the project.
The team reunited a 2013 OVA, as well as sequel projects Little Busters! Refrain and Little Busters! EX. Sentai Filmworks currently holds the rights to all three titles, which they’ve released in North America on DVD and Blu-Ray.