It’s a rousing success all ’round the campfire tonight!
Earlier today, the crowdfunding campaign for the Kud Wafter OVA crushed its final stretch goal. The campaign, which launched on July 19, passed 60 million yen ($537,315.44 USD) in funding. The campaign broke its final stretch goal, which was set at 200% of the original 30 million yen goal. As a result, the team will produce a Kud Wafter theatrical film.
The campaign currently stands at 61,715,440 yen ($552,706.10) across 2,899 backers, with an average contribution of 21,289 yen per backer. Funding is slated to close on September 28.
A promo video for the project started streaming on July 19. You can check it out below:
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
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.