ChuSingura46+1 - A Visual Novel with Moe Samurai Girls
This is a project to localize and bring the famous Japanese Moe game "ChuSingura46+1" to Steam.
First of all, thanks to everyone who pledged and viewed our Kickstarter. Since launch, we have received outside funds, and as such, we have decided to relaunch with expanded reward tiers and a changed Kickstarter amount.
ChuShingura46+1is a Moe visual novel that substitutes the characters in the story of the 47 Samurai with cute girls. We would like to bring this acclaimed novel to the world!
ChuShingura46+1 is a visual novel adapted from a sound novel based on the actual historical facts of the Ako incident. In adapting the story to visual novel format, most of the main characters of the 47 Ronin have been turned into females, and parts of the core story have been polished into a lighter literary style incorporating fantasy elements.
However, the historical backbone that intimately permeates the story makes one think of it as more than just a gal game. Centering around the historical Ako incident, it takes some of the most well known (but by no means few) of the 47 Samurai, and devotes a chapter to each of them while using comedy as a foil to explore into their personalities. This is a game you can enjoy whether or not you know the story of the 47 Samurai!
For a while after release, this game was not widely known in Japan, but eventually became popular after word of mouth spread from online reviews and the trial version. A story faithful to the historical facts, combined with fantasy elements and the all new element of a love story, Chushingura46+1 is a worthwhile read
Firstly one must know the story of the loyal 47 samurai of Ako...
In Japan there is no one who does not know the story of the Chushingura (lit. loyal retainers). In the peaceful times of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the story of the Samurai who resolved to accept their punishment of Seppuku after taking revenge for their fallen master is known and beloved by many in Japan.
Since the incident, “The Chushingura” story has become integrated into Japanese culture through Kabuki and even now, is passed down through movies and various literary works. Now we would like to see this story which has fascinated Japanese people for centuries, permeate throughout the rest of the world! We had been thinking we wanted to find a way to deliver a work mixed with Japanese Moe subculture to the world, which was when we found Chushingura46+1. The game itself is a visual novel with a charaistic world that includes both original and fantasy elements.
We decided to use Kickstarter in order to bring to the world not just another Moe game, but a visual novel that lets its readers feel the essence of Bushido. The act of using Kickstarter in itself is a huge new challenge for us, but we need your help. Chushingura46+1 is a massive game - over 1, 200, 000 Japanese characters - so the translation will not be cheap. We currently have already began development on the game with permission from the creator, but because of the size of the translation, we simply need more money to start this project.
What we need is a kick start.
Please help support us in bringing this work to a larger audience.
We want to make an English version of the currently released Japanese version of Chushingura46+1 on the Mobage mobile platform. In this, we want to include original content that isn’t in the Japanese version We want to take you back, to the 14th day of the third month of Genroku 14 (1701AD)
Over 50 unique characters!
All physical goods will be newly made! If you help fund this project you will get limited original items!
Thank you for supporting this project! We'll send the following information to you,
so it will be easy for you to follow how the project is going!
"Moe Status Report"
-You will receive information regarding any newly added rewards and stretch goals!
-You will receive the latest information regarding ChuSinGura46+1 the game
・Receive the latest information regarding the English version of ChuSinGura46+1 via email.
・Kickstarter exclusive digital images of the characters from ChuShinGra46+1.
In addition, this pack contains "NEW STUDENT pack"
ChuSingura 46+1 English version Steam download key
In addition, this pack contains "JUNIOR pack"
・You will receive five (5) ChuSingura 46+1 postcards:Ohishi Kuranosuke, Horibee Yasubee, Ohishi Chikara, Yatou Emoshichi, Shimizu Ichigaku
・Receive an A4-size ChuSingura 46+1 clear file
・Receive a PDF art book of the game
In addition, this pack contains items from the "SENIOR pack"
・ChuSingura 46+1 B4 Horibee Yasubee and B4 Yamayoshi Shinpachirou wall scrolls
・Downloadable bonus vocal collection for the game
In addition, this pack contains items from the "CLASS PRESIDENT pack"
・Ohishi Kuranosuke + Ohishi Chikara + Horibee Yasubee B4 wall scrolls
・ChuSingura 46+1 Sports towl
・Receive a letter of thanks from the team
In addition, this pack contains items from the "STUDENT COUNCIL pack pack"
・Horibe Yasubee XL size parker
・Cushion cover Horibe Yasubee
In addition, this pack contains items from the "ASSISTANT PROFESSOR pack"
・Yamayoshi Shinpachirou XL size parker
・Kickstarter exclusive wall scroll
In game credit
In addition, this pack contains items from the "PROFESSOR pack"
・EXclusive to Kickstarter backers: Receive a Ohishi Kuranosuke + Ohishi Chikara drawing
・Avaliable only to Kickstarter backers:
Receive a A3 size poster eXclusive to Kickstarter
In addition, this pack contains items from the "DEAN pack"
・Avaliable only to Kickstarter backers:Receive a personalised character drawing of the cahracter of your choice
・Avaliable only to Kickstarter backers:
Receive a full cosplay of any character of your choice
・Signed autograph from the developers.
In addition, this pack contains items from the "VICE PRINCIPAL pack"
・Avaliable only through Kickstarter:
Receive a personally adressed Character sketch signed
by all the voice actress'
In addition, this pack contains items from the "PRINCIPAL pack"
Producer / Director / Scenario writer:
Localize: Gloczus, Inc.
Publisher/Marketing: JAPAN CONTENT, INC.
System Development: Next Ninja
*Note: Visuals/assets courtesy of inre, Inc.
The promotional trailer shown on this page is from the PC software version released in Japan, and from the official Youtube channel of ChuShinGra 46+1, provided courtesy of Next Ninja, Ltd.
Risks and challenges
We at JAPAN CONTENT INC. have some experience in localizing and bringing visual novel to the West.
The underlying appeal of visual novel is the story and phrases that reflect the character's charm and personality. Therefore, translation will be done by translators who have read over and understood the original Japanese version very well. By having someone who fully understands the character's personalities translate the final story and setting, it will ensure that the final product is something that we can be proud of.
For this project we will have 3 qualified translators fully committed for 6 months to localizing the game.
- (45 days)