The official Twitter account of Neko Works and Sayori’s PC visual novel Nekopara has announced that production on the upcoming OVA has been completed. The anime itself was funded via a Kickstarter campaign, which had over $1 Million in crowd sourced funding.
— NEKO WORKs Official (@nekopara_pr) November 20, 2017
The Nekopara OVA holds the record for the highest Kickstarter campaign for an anime project with $963,376 of its initial $100,000 goal (beating previous record holder Under the Dog‘s $878,028). It even beat its initial $100,000 pledge within hours of the Kickstarter launch. The project continued its campaign on Slacker where it has now earned a total of $1,047,741, over 10 times their original pledge.
The OVA will be adapting Vol 1. of the adult visual novel of the same name. The game is set in a world where Cat Girls live side by side with regular humans. The OVA is due to be out this December.
Here is the promotional video for the OVA that gives us a sample of what to expect and previewing the theme song Baby→Lady LOVE by Ray:
Here are the character design sheets for the OVA’s main cast:
- Kashou Minaduki
- Shigure Minaduki
The talent producing the OVA has yet to be revealed, however the staff that produced the above PV consists of:
- Animation Directors: Yuichi Hirano (Overlord, GJ-bu) and Chie Mishima (New Game!, Plastic Memories)
- Storyboarder: Hiroki Hayashi (3D Magical Play and Burn-Up Scramble Director)
- Scriptwriter: ixtl (Schwarzesmarken, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse) x FelixFilm
- Art Director: Kenichi Kurata (High School DxD BorN, Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance)
- Coloring Coordinator and Designer: Chiharu Tanaka (Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass)
- Theme Song Composer: Akihiko Yamaguchi (Seitokai Yakuindomo OP, Infinite Stratos ED)
In part of the highly successful campaign, many stretch goals were set up and subsequently reached. The initial goal was set up for a 20 minute OVA, however each $100,000 earned would increase the length of the OVA by 10 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes for the $500,000 goal. This of course was matched.
The $600,000 goal introduced additional subtitles for Russian, French, Spanish, Korean, German and Portuguese languages. The $800,000 goal will have a side story featuring characters Chocola and Vanilla put into a game. The $1,000,000 stretch goal was to turn that sidestory into animation.
Nekopara is an adult visual novel developed by Neko Works and Sayori and published by Sekai Project. The visual novel is split up into multiple parts with Volume 1 releasing on PC in December 2014 and Volume 2 releasing on PC in February 2016, and a Volume 0 in August 2015. Volume 3 has been announced and is scheduled to release on April 28th, 2017. As of May 2016, over 500,000 copies of the VN were sold. The games are also available on Steam along with a free demo for Vol 1.
Here is the synopsis for the VN:
What’s NEKOPARA? Why, it’s a cat paradise! Kashou Minaduki, the son of a long line of Japanese confection makers moved out to open his own shop “La Soleil” as a patisserie. But upon moving out, hidden amongst his things were two of the catgirls, Chocola and Vanilla, that the family had been raising. When he tried to send them back, they begged and pleaded until he gave in and now they’ve opened La Soleil together. With two catgirls who really, REALLY love their master trying their very best and occasionally failing — a heartful comedy opens for business!
The Nekopara OVA, funded via Kickstarter, has wrapped up production and is set to release to backers this December. Updates and further details about the OVA will be revealed in the next few weeks.
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