About this project
Please try our full Chapter 1 demo- it covers the entirety of the common route's first chapter:
As a "thank you!" for your support, we'll create extra sprites with a variety of expressions for 2 interesting characters that appear in the game!
4~6 extra CGs to make those special moments all the grander, PLUS special cover art will be drawn just for the soundtrack album!
Extra outfits for all main characters (like dates and other special events). These outfit changes will be integrated into the CGs as well!
We'll create special epilogue sprites and even more new outfits! Supporting character sprites will also get some new threads. Again, you'll see these integrated into the CGs too!
Short stories will be upgraded from picture format to ebook format, along with music accompaniment to set the mood! We will also expand the OST music album with tracks by a new composer joining our team!
Kokorogawari’s characters not only go through the highs of love but the lows as well.
Can their newfound feelings help them overcome their hesitations and insecurities or will they continue playing mind games to hide their vulnerabilities?
Kokorogawari also navigates the intricacies of familial relationships rather than just focusing on romantic emotions alone.
This sets us apart from many otome visual novels as “family” is a theme that is rarely explored- even though it's a significant element of almost everybody’s lives!
Having witnessed her mother's many hardships during the divorce thirteen years ago, our heroine Asami has a cynical opinion of love and marriage. Though she can be untrusting of others, she greatly values the people she shares a bond with.
Asami is good at hiding her emotions, so she turns to art and literature to express herself. She's currently undertaking an internship at Edo Publishing in the editorial department.
Asami's classmate and the charismatic leader of Touzaka Uni's Art Club. Shinichi may be street-smart and shrewd, but he maintains an approachable disposition. His peers respect him for his prowess in art and literature.
A former student of a fine arts university "BiDai", Shinichi is two years older despite being in the same year level as Asami. For some reason, Asami treats him coldly and his jokes(?) always roll off her back...
Yuuya is another intern at Edo Publishing, but he's in the marketing department. As he has never had a girlfriend, his senior colleagues at Edo often try to pair him up with Asami or tease him about other things.
He has poor eyesight and wears glasses on a daily basis. Yuuya is a polite and well-mannered man who is good at his job, but seems to be hiding many secrets...?
Guillam is confident and ambitious, but also a bit of a flirt and may come across as shallow. His Japanese is good enough to carry out everyday conversation without trouble, though he still slips up occasionally.
He initially came to Japan on a business-cum-holiday trip, but ended up staying due to various work-related reasons. Guillam is passionate about art and his career, being a firm believer of mixing business with pleasure.
Chiharu is Asami's direct superior in the editorial department of Edo Publishing. The men in the company call her "Anego" (slang for "female mafia boss", but also a common nickname for respectable older women).
Asami looks up to her; seeing the confident and successful Chiharu as the ideal career woman she strives to become. Chiharu often tells the senior colleagues off when they tease Asami and Yuuya.
...And even more waiting to meet you in the full game!
All character sprites and CGs (event graphics) are illustrated by the phenomenal Shirou Yuki!
The sprites are not only beautiful to look at, but also important to the storytelling. We encourage you to take a closer look at our characters' expressions- sometimes they're truer to their thoughts than what they will actually tell you!
Where do our characters go to study and work... or play?
We’re proud to bring you over 50 lovely backgrounds crafted by our multiskilled artist, Sechiru! There is a background to suit every scene we’ve written in Kokorogawari. Here are just a few of them:
University is a key location for many of our characters, but it’s not the only place you’ll get to visit in our game! Our impressive array of gorgeous backgrounds means that you’ll also get to explore the Japanese office, streets, restaurants, cafés, various entertainment locales and even some special locations you can only visit once you’re on individual routes!
This mini playlist showcases only a few of the amazing BGM tracks our talented composers Array and Ryan Camus have crafted!
Ranging from emotional and complex to light-hearted and funny, there's a perfect track to bring out the emotions of every scene!
We're certain you'll fall in love with our soundtrack as much as we have!
Kokorogawari is far from a fleeting experience with approximately 24~28 hours' worth of playtime, so a user-friendly interface that's easy on your eyes is very important to us!
Sechiru designed the soft pastel aesthetics, while the ease-of-use is thanks to our programmer Haru's computing wizardry! Gentle colours compliment the game's moods and themes, while the translucent text box is collapsible so that you can enjoy the beautiful illustrations at any time.
Here are some brief introductions and screenshots of Kokorogawari's special features!
Expand your knowledge with our Dictionary!
We're committed to delivering an authentic Japanese slice of life setting, but fear not- you'll never be left behind thanks to our in-game Dictionary!
All you have to do is click on any word highlighted in pink and a short description of it will pop up in a translucent box. You can revisit any word at any time through the quick-access Dictionary icon!
Check your progress with the adorable Love Stats function!
Are you the type to enjoy experimenting with your choices or do you just want to kick back for some relaxed reading? Thanks to our Love Stats, it's totally up to you!
Each character will paint a line bit-by-bit towards the goal (like a meter filling up) as you make correct choices. It's accessible any time and never intrusive.
Will you carefully check your choices or dive in completely blind?
Loads of post-playthrough goodies to enjoy in the Extras section!
Prepare to be rewarded for playing Kokorogawari again and again! In the Extras section, you'll be able to revisit the gorgeous CGs, soundtrack and memorable moments to your heart's content!
Not only that, but you can also check your completion progress thanks to the Ending List and Game Completion subsections.
There's an assortment of unlockable bonus content to look forward to, so go for gold and aim for that 100% completion!
Beauty in simplicity: A quick look at our basic functions and settings!
We've included plenty of exciting features, but we haven't forgot about the importance of the basics!
You're able to adjust the game's text speed, text-skipping preferences, music & sound volumes as well as toggling auto-reading on/off whenever you like.
Plus you can also rewind/fast forward through read or unread text, review anything you missed in the backlog and have 30 save slots to make sure you're in complete control of your progress!
We're absolutely in love with these adorable chibi (super deformed) keychain designs and would really love to make them for you!
You can choose to snag all three eligible bachelors Shinichi, Yuuya and Guillam in a set, or maybe you'd like to give your best friend a Rika or Chiharu keychain and keep Asami for yourself! (Plus... we all really want to make that ramen uncle keychain too! XD)
Help us make this a reality by pledging to our limited edition tiers!
Kokorogawari Mini RPG!
- Official name: Kokorogawari Fantasy
- Play time: 45+ minutes
- Playable characters: 5+ main characters with unique skills
- Genres: Main genres- action, comedy; secondary genres- mystery, platformer
With sprite designs and story all crafted by programmer Haru, this is an RPG created with her burning passion!
- Original Kokorogawari character sprites
- 5+ different endings depending on your actions and choices
- Crazy plot twists and a guarantee that you'll laugh at least once!
- Hack-and-slash action battle system (Khas Arcthunder "SAS IV" script)
- Variety of dungeons and villages to explore
- Lots of races! Along with the classics like humans, dwarves and elves, there will be animals, werewolves, mermaids, angels, demons and many more!
- Plenty of hidden items
- Atmospheric music
- Beautiful lightning effects (Khas Arcthunder "Awesome Lightning Effect" script)
Plus, Team Precatio staff will cameo in the RPG with a secret quest for you! Come and look for us in-game and you just might find something worth your while...?
Be sure to back our "Final Varnish" tier or any tier that's "The Masterpiece" or above and secure your copy to enter the world of Kokorogawari Fantasy!
Our programmer Haru has been hard at work developing a comedic little RPG featuring the main cast of Kokorogawari! It's a great way to have some silly fun after playing through the serious main game... But what is it about?
Sorry, but that's a top secret! We wouldn't want to ruin the hilarious surprises Haru has in store for you! ;)
Interested in joining the story with a custom character modelled after YOU?
Our customised Kokorogawari Fantasy experience is only available for our "Masterpiece Auction" and "Gallery Owner" tier backers!
Always wanted to be part of a hero group? Then become a playable main character with an exclusive ending!
Always wanted to be a villain? Then we'll make you the most evil demon you have ever seen!
Always wanted to be a god? All hail you, Lord or Lady! Just don't make the village burn...
Always wanted to be an NPC? You'll get to be a very unique NPC!
...And more that can be left up to YOUR imagination!
If you decide to become a part of this fantasy world, we'll need a description of your desired role, what you want to be and how you'll look like. You'll work hand in hand with our programmer Haru and can also beta test the section you'll be in to ensure 1,000% satisfaction with your customisation!
Some examples of possible story roles:
- Key character of a specific arc
- Damsel in distress
Some examples of available races:
- Half-human, half-animal hybrid (possibilities so far: cat, dog, rabbit - everything else will need verification when requested)
- Animal (dog, cat, rabbit, cow, horse, chicken, wolve, sheep)
- Monster / Elf / Demon / Werewolf / Angel / Fallen angel / Mermaid
What we'd need you to provide so that we can make a beautiful sprite of your exclusive character:
- Gender, Hair colour, Hair length/style
- What you'd like to wear (dress, skirt, pants, bikini?)
- Clothing colours (which colours you want/don't want to wear)
We hope many will enjoy the RPG game and your very own custom route in the RPG! :D
Watch this RPG trailer!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to our RPG engine not being compatible with Linux, Linux users will not be able to play the RPG. However, our programmer Haru will be able to give you information on how to emulate the RPG software on Linux!
For Mac users, software updates and recoding will be required so that the RPG's engine can be made compatible with Mac. For this reason, Mac users will receive their RPG *approximately 2~4 weeks after Kokorogawari's release*. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused!
We know how disappointing it is when a game that you backed ends up getting cancelled due to falling short of the funding goal...
So while we can promise you that Kokorogawari will be completed no matter what, reaching our bare minimum funding goal is a huge help in boosting the game's quality even higher!
We encourage you to help us in pushing Kokorogawari further towards perfection and we'll absolutely make every contribution count!
You will be a part of a wonderful project!
By backing Kokorogawari, you'll not only help in bettering the game and supporting our staff, but you'll also get to see what goes on behind the scenes!
We're looking forward to sharing many (exclusive!) progress updates- some of which will include in-development sketches and screenshots of the game!
Experience how rewarding it is to see your contributions bring life to Kokorogawari, little by little!
To breathe more life into a unique otome visual novel!
Many otome protagonists are "blank slates", designed so that players can easily step into her shoes. We understand the appeal of this, but we also thought, "How about making our heroine Asami as developed as her love interests?"
Asami's response to the characters in the story creates some comedic and insightful moments, but the reasons that contribute to her cynical attitude lie deeper...
Whether you're an otome beginner or expert, we're confident that the maturer, grounded slice of life setting, underused but relatable themes and older cast of carefully crafted characters makes this a story that anybody can enjoy.
If you're after something different from the common high school romances with teenagers, Kokorogawari is right up your alley!
For our team to be able to devote even more time towards perfecting Kokorogawari's art, story and music!
We're very fortunate to have incredibly talented and hard-working staff to bring Kokorogawari to you at the highest standard possible.
To thank them for their hard work and to ensure Kokorogawari maintains its high quality, we need your help!
Our real life commitments make us unable to devote as much time to Kokorogawari as it deserves.
Getting funded means that we can devote much more time and resources towards not only improving Kokorogawari, but also significantly reducing the likelihood of large delays in development and its release!
Risks and challenges
Team Precatio believes that we’ve already proven to you all how much time, effort and resources have been poured into Kokorogawari. Our dedication to delivering you a completed Kokorogawari is unshakeable!
However, like many involved in a large project while working or studying, time is our main limitation. We try to mitigate this by sticking to realistic monthly schedules and regularly updating each other on our situations. We can then foresee and work around potential delays or setbacks far in advance. This quashes poor organisation pitfalls that can quickly complicate development.
Not all setbacks can be predicted, but this doesn't mean they can't be resolved and used to better a project. Some of you may recall our initial artist having to depart from the team due to personal and professional reasons. This was a big setback for a small team with limited resources to find a new artist, but we persevered in our search until we found the perfect person who shares our vision.
Precatio's doors are always open, so please don’t be afraid to ask us about any questions or concerns you have. We'll be more than happy to hear from you and keep you aware of our progress through many avenues: Kickstarter updates, Twitter, Facebook and our official website!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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