When things in her life get to be too much to handle, Hana Mizuno transfers to Asagao Academy to start fresh. Once there, she runs into the Normal Boots Club - a group of handsome, competitive gamers, and the most popular guys in school. And they need her to compete in this year's gaming tournament!
Asagao Academy: Normal Boots Club is a free fan-made otome game (romance-oriented visual novel from a female perspective) based on the guys of Normal Boots. It is light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek, affectionately parodying visual novel, anime, and video game tropes, while also incorporating a serious story about a girl's journey through romance and friendship.
This game has been in development since February 2014. The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise enough money to make it feasible to release Asagao Academy for free once it's completed.
Hana, the protagonist of Asagao Academy, transfers to the private boarding school after a series of negative experiences at her old school. Upon reaching Asagao Academy, she discovers the Normal Boots Club - a group of attractive, talented competitive gamers - and takes it upon herself to try to join, though her motives may be less than pure. Shy, awkward, quiet, and a wee bit insecure, she has a truly big heart and genuinely cares about the people close to her.
Mai is Hana's loud, boisterous, and spunky roommate. Although she comes from a rich family, she isn't snobby or conceited. She's obsessed with the Normal Boots Club, Jared in particular, and is known to be a bit blunt. Her excessive energy makes her an ace on the school's volleyball team.
Jon is one of the founding members of the Normal Boots Club. He adores bizarre retro games, and after a traumatic incident involving a thousand piece puzzle, began to play them professionally. He loves his pet bird, Jacques, more than life itself. Jon is charismatic, energetic, and animated, and as such is the head of the Drama Club and in charge of casting for this year's play. Everything seems to be going well for him - that is, until he loses something dear...
PBG, one of the founding members of the Normal Boots Club, is an easy-going, caring, and optimistic guy. He doesn't spend much time on his schoolwork, instead choosing to focus on things that are important to him, like Asagao's soccer team and pinball games. Despite his friendliness, he keeps giving Hana strange looks, and then starts skipping class... just what's going on with him?
Jared is a part-time model, and the first person Hana meets at Asagao Academy. His overall perfection and inherent sense of rhythm make him a formidable opponent in dance battles. Naturally, he is the most attractive person in the school and knows it, often coming off as vain, fickle, and shallow. Despite this, Jared truly cares for his friends, and the confidence he projects may not be as solid as it appears.
Satch is an assistant librarian at the school library. He's currently working on a virtual reality machine, and as such specializes in game design and invention. Satch is intellectual, empathetic, mature and well-read. He's disconcertingly good at reading people, and always thinks of others' feelings before his own. This leads him to keep his problems to himself - a habit that might backfire when Normal Boots is targeted...
Shane is a foreign exchange student from England. Quiet, straightforward, and blunt, he draws a weekly comic strip, but has lately been having difficulty with it. He's a natural with trivia competitions, but instead chooses to challenge himself with Nario Cart. Despite how much the club needs Hana's skills, he has been steadfastly against her joining.
Jirard is an avid collector of Itty Bitty Kitty figurines. Passionate, ambitious, and a bit of a perfectionist, he is the resident speed-runner, though his weak spot is any Pokemon game after the first generation. Perhaps as a result of his need to complete, he does well both academically and socially, being one of the most caring, open, and thorough people on campus.
Paul, Nick, and Josh, while members of the Normal Boots Club, are blood bound under Continue?'s banner. They are almost inseparable, typically found competing among themselves and wreaking general havoc by reenacting the '80s and '90s arcade beat-em-ups they love so dearly. Paul decides to run for student council president, but when a strong rival appears, will the pressure of competition be too much?
- 7 possible routes with 35+ hours of content
- 14 possible endings
- 25 fully illustrated CGs
- Cameos from other YouTubers
- Non-arbitrary choices that affect more than just the ending
- Hidden scenes and subplots
- Original soundtrack
- Beautiful HD artwork
- Characters with personality, including the MC
- A story that is both humorous and sincere
A visual novel is a text-based interactive story, something like "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. You will assume the role of Hana in the story and interact with the Normal Boots guys, affecting which direction the story will go in.
Choices are how you control the flow of the story - different choices can lead to different scenes, and changes in how someone feels about you. Asagao Academy has two endings for every guy and multiple scenes in each route that are only available through navigating different choices. This means it will take multiple playthroughs if you want to see everything there is to discover (but don't worry - you can skip all the dialogue you've already seen).
The art for Asagao Academy will be made by two people - our background artist, Badriel, and our CG/sprite artist, Unico. The high-definition artwork is original and beautifully detailed.
The soundtrack to Asagao Academy will be made of entirely original music contributed by musicians who are also fans of Normal Boots. Some samplings from the OST are featured below:
Lazy Days by Connor Clang:
Ordinary Shoes by Connor Clang:
Asagao Academy: Normal Boots Club is a game that we want to release for free. We've invested hundreds of hours since February 2014 to create a full-length, high quality visual novel that satisfies fans of the genre and fans of Normal Boots in equal measure. However, because we're releasing this game for free, we've had to invest our own money and time in a product we will not be compensated for. In order to make this game according to our standards and keep it free, we need to have the money to pay the artists who are working on the game, and to hire people who have the skills we do not.
Accordingly, we have a $12,000 base goal, which pays for the following:
We want to make this game the best it can be. The base-game is the bare minimum we decided to meet in order to create a full-fledged, satisfying, free otome-game - but there is a lot more we wished we could have put into it. In order to make the game the best it can be, we instituted a system of stretch goals for the game. All money over the initial budget that is contributed to the project will be invested back into the game.
Please be aware that if we reach our stretch goals, it may delay the original planned release estimate of September 2015.
Additionally, you can now support us via PayPal through the link on Asagao's website and vote to add us to Steam through Greenlight!
Although the project is being contributed to by many different people, the core group of people working on Asagao Academy: Normal Boots Club is collectively known as Illus Seed. The individual members are as follows:
Although we have received permission from the Normal Boots crew to create this game, we are not officially affiliated with Normal Boots.
Risks and challenges
Missing Deadlines - The biggest risk for this project is that we would miss our projected deadline of September 2015. Although we overestimated how long it will take to finish the project, in the event that stretch goals get fulfilled or we have unforeseen setbacks, we might not make deadline on time. Two of the three core members currently working on the project are still in college, and one will be graduating in the next year. Many members are still working part-time on top of this. Accordingly, there may be unforeseen setbacks; however, we included that in estimating the project goal. If the game is fully funded, we are also prepared to hire extra people to help us get the game finished on time.
Unforeseen Circumstance - It's possible that something horrendous could happen, like the internet being destroyed, or a giant dinosaur could step on one of our houses and render us incapacitated for months on end. In that case, it would take some extra time to recover or find a replacement.
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