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Funding a second figurine in the Swords of Edo visual novel game and graphic novel series.
Funding a second figurine in the Swords of Edo visual novel game and graphic novel series.
62 backers pledged £6,030 to help bring this project to life.
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SoE: Asumi Visual Novel & Figurine

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As we have exceeded the stretch goal the game and the figurine and other Swords of Edo items are now available for those who wish to pledge via PayPal instead of Kickstarter. All funds from the figurine will go towards the stretch goals.

Click here to visit the ajtilley.com shop to select rewards via PayPal
Click here to visit the ajtilley.com shop to select rewards via PayPal

Update #8: We have now released our latest Justicar cute and ecchi posters. Available as add-ons or individual rewards.

Update #6: Our first major stretch goal reached, Trading Card, Postcards now included and cheaper 'Tracked' delivery option.

Update #5: We have released the first images of the clay prototype currently being sculpted for alteration suggestions.

Update #3We have reached our primary goal in just 4 days, thus ensuring the production run of Asumi will go ahead.

Introduction

Welcome to our latest Swords of Edo campaign, the primary aim is to raise the funds needed to create a new figurine of the character Asumi, the protagonist from the visual novel game and graphic novel series.

To help fund the campaign we have a variety of rewards ranging from copies of the game to one of the unique figurines we will be producing...

Figurine Design

The figurine was designed based on my spec by Kouson33 an exceptional artist that has created poster designs, graphic novel covers and profile art for us previously...

This figurine will include optional outer clothing, so you can display the character in underwear or battle damaged armor as you prefer. In addition you will have the option to replace the swords with handguns as well.

The figurine has been designed to show Asumi mid way during a battle with her armor damaged as occurs during the graphic novels.

Prototype Development

The prototype is already in production where it will be constructed and hand painted; Images of this process will be included below as well as in the campaign updates as the campaign continues.

Closeups of the original design
Closeups of the original design

We have now released images of the base sculpture of the figurine version 1 and the updated version 2 are below, the prototype is now being cast to create the full production molds.

Sculpture of Asumi - Version 1
Sculpture of Asumi - Version 1
Sculpture of Asumi - Altered Version 2
Sculpture of Asumi - Altered Version 2

We have already begun the prototypes development, with the aim to complete the prototype around the end of the campaign, this will ensure that as soon as the funds clear we will go into full production, which will bring the figurines to our backers that much sooner.

Goal Breakdown

Our primary goal ensured we could produce a minimum order quantity of figurines, have them shipped to us for quality checks before being shipped to our backers. Here is a rough breakdown of where the funds will be allocated:

With the primary goal now reached we can start to look towards our stretch goals...

Our first main stretch goal has been reached which adds the below trading card to the special edition figurines as well as a new Asumi postcard. In addition 'Standard Edition' backers can increase their pledge by just £10 to receive Tracked delivery of their figurine.

About the Game

Although this campaign is focused on delivering the Asumi figurine, if any funds are left over when the campaign ends those will go towards additional polish for the visual novel game.

Characters from the visual novel game
Characters from the visual novel game

The game itself focuses on Asumi as the protagonist, a wannabe Justicar of Edo (the game is set as a prequel to the graphic novel series) and she must infiltrate a samurai academy to find a rebel, during which she will find conflict, new friends and have to make major life altering decisions. 

Main Menu from the latest Beta Build of SoE: Asumi
Main Menu from the latest Beta Build of SoE: Asumi

Decisions which might even affect the greater world of Edo. The game includes an assassination sub plot, investigations, dating sim aspects with male and female romantic possibilities and multiple endings.

Poster Add-ons

We now have a selection of posters some are ecchi, censored and cute designs. The image below is of two of the designs, for all the designs you can visit the gallery on the link below the image.

Bathing Design & Sleep Over Design
Bathing Design & Sleep Over Design

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/z6btxodpr9tqoax/AABJwjZQdLrCez4TxCBSHCwca

Add-on costs for these poster rewards are detailed below:

Past Figurines

This final section is a showcase of images of some of our previous figurines that we have developed alongside HK-Gensen for the Swords of Edo series.

8" Lifelike Rei Figurine
8" Lifelike Rei Figurine
Asumi 4" chibi figurine
Asumi 4" chibi figurine

Remember more details of the new larger 8" Asumi figurine will be posted above and in updates as the campaign continues to grow...

Risks and challenges

We have now created five different figurines with HK-Gensen, this experience gives us a good understanding of all the costs and requirements involved in producing quality figurines.

With the main artwork already produced and the prototype already in development we are in a great position to be able to run this campaign without it affecting the development of our other games and products.

Thanks to the experience of our past campaigns and figurine production runs we have been able to give this campaign the best possible reward levels so that our backers each get the best possible rewards for their support.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 7

    Wallpapers

    Receive a variety of digital wallpapers from the graphic novel series at the campaigns conclusion.

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    Digital Graphic Novel

    Receive a Digital PDF copy of the Swords of Edo Anthology 240 page Graphic Novel.

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    SoE Game

    Receive instant access to the Swords of Edo: Asumi visual novel game at the campaigns conclusion.

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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 39

    Standard size Poster

    Choose any of our ecchi, adult or cute posters announced in update 8 and shown on the campaign. The poster will be sent at the campaigns conclusion and will be a matte 43.9cm x 28.6cm. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    Pledge £35 or more About US$ 45

    Game & Graphic Novel

    Receive instant access to the Swords of Edo: Asumi game as well as a PDF copy of the complete anthology graphic novel.

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    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 52

    Medium size Poster

    Choose any of our ecchi, adult or cute posters announced in update 8 and shown on the campaign. The poster will be sent at the campaigns conclusion and will be a matte 60.1cm x 42.6cm. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 64

    Large SleepOver Poster

    Choose either the ecchi, adult or yukata version of the sleep over poster announced in update 8 and shown on the campaign our largest available poster. The poster will be sent at the campaigns conclusion and will be a matte 84.7cm x 60.1cm. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    Pledge £85 or more About US$ 109

    Standard Figurine

    Receive the standard edition figurine, with standard parcels post shipping included. Base figurine only, no bonus rewards included at this level.

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    Pledge £125 or more About US$ 160

    Special Figurine

    Receive the special edition figurine, which will be dispatched in the first batch expedited delivery, with tracking numbers provided. Figurine includes signature, production numbers and stretch goal rewards.

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Funding period

- (35 days)