About this project
Hello everyone and good eeeevening,
Please allow me to introduce to you "Libra of the Vampire Princess," a brand new bishoujo visual novel game by Japanese studio, XERO! We are asking for your support to bring the English version to the West. Join the “Vampire Princess Army” by becoming a backer, and help spread the word as we march into battle!
Thank you and enjoy your stay muhahaha~,
James, Project Manager (turned vampire tour guide)...
“Libra” is a moe love story filled with fun and comedy, wrapped in a chunibyou style, vampire-battling universe. You play the main character, Shuma Kusanagi, as he struggles to uncover a secret about his birth after being bitten by a two thousand year old vampire.
Immerse yourself in a vast world with over 50 hours of gameplay and nearly 1 million Japanese characters (the equivalent of 8 light novels).
Shuma Kusanagi was just an ordinary boy…
Until the day he is suddenly abducted by a mysterious girl named Iris who reveals to him a hidden secret about his birth.
Coursing through his veins, Shuma has a special kind of blood – vampire blood – passed down from his progenitors. Iris is known as a "ringleader" vampire who also has this ancestral blood, too. Her destiny: to "awaken" Shuma.
In his attempt to flee her clutches, Iris pounces on him to finish the embrace! Luckily, at the very last moment, the keepsake ring given to Shuma by his mother emits a blinding light that interrupts her vicious attack.
Shuma breaks free and escapes from Iris, but soon realizes something inside him has gone amiss. Could he have become an odd, partially-turned vampire?
Now, many girls are entering his life from different directions and complicating the situation. To make matters worse, he is plagued by an overwhelming impulse to suck… their blood.
Introducing the eclectic cast of girls surrounding Shuma...
- A posh aristocratic vampire who’s new in town.
- A cunning vampire hunter from the Vatican's Special Service Agency.
- A sassy maid turned werewolf with a “howling” personality.
- A ditsy, scyth-wielding and devilish temptress.
- A devious 2,000 year old vampire ringleader with blonde twin tails.
- A curious classmate who loves a juicy story.
- A caring friend who’s the closest thing to a sister.
Who will you end up with at the novel's conclusion? Which heroine will you 'capture'? Choose from multiple paths and reveal your destiny!
Once you’ve had time to become fully immersed in the novel, the world becomes more complex and complicated. Shuma’s hope... The vampires’ motives... And now, Rubina: the Vatican’s Special Agency. All three collide, becoming further intertwined!
There are a lot of scenes involving battle. Still, during these tense moments, Mari, Calen, Sakurako, and Kaede all have many heartfelt conversations. The unfriendly distance with vampire slayer Aoi begins to change after fighting against her, while “air-headed” Lycoris’s presence become all the more hilarious.
The story is serious at times, but many girls around the hero are comical and cheerful. Overall, the experience should be an interesting balance for every player to enjoy as they choose their own “libra.”
Beautiful and Mysterious Locations
XERO's wish is simple: They want fans from the West to experience the newest Japanese visual novels. To make this a reality, VN makers will need to first consider players from overseas, and then keep them in mind throughout the game production work flow. If they do this, that is how we can all enjoy the latest trends together! In an industry where foreign players get to play the newest games... this will help pull the Japanese visual novel industry into a new future.
Every year there are about 300 new titles released on the Japan market, but international players don't get the chance to experience all the many types of moe. XERO wants to include fans all over the world in enjoying new moe together. That`s a bright future for visual novels, so let's start the journey now with “Libra”!
Here is one of the posters for the Japanese version of "Libra." It just came out in Japan on October 30th, just in time for Halloween!...
- Category: Chunibyo, comedy, highschool romance, moe, vampires.
- Length: 50+ hours of game play
- Story Size: 1.1 million Japanese characters (equivalent to more than 8 light novels)
- Main Paths: 4 / Calen, Aoi, Mari, and Lycoris
- Digital Release for Kickstarter: Steam
- Physical Release: DRM-Free
XERO has partnered with MiKandi Japan to complete this giant task. Together we are working with the original writers, artists, and programmers to deliver a superbly translated game.
Meet the Artists!
Meet the Voice Artists!
Ryouko Teduka 手塚りょうこ - Voice of "Aoi"
Mei Misonoo 御園生メイ - Voice of "Iris"
Sachi Yuzuki 柚木サチ - Voice of "Sakurako"
Karin Azuma 東かりん - Voice of "Kaede"
Meet XERO, the Game Makers!
Ayumu [亜遊夢] - Scenario/Script
Hoshi Kuzu no Yoru [星クズの夜] - Chief Graphics
Yu u u [ゆうう] - Graphics
Momocan [もも缶] - Advertising/Sales
Sugawara Ryo [菅原良] - Chief of Advertising and Sales
Producer MOKA [プロデューサー MOKA] - XERO's President, CEO, and Producer
At nearly 1 million Japanese characters and over 50 hours of game play, "Libra" is similar in size to 8 light novels, a MASSIVE undertaking.
The translation will go through multiple passes over the course of 8 months. Rebuilding and debugging will take an additional 2 months. We plan to release "Libra," in the fall of 2016.
Note: This tier's pillow covers are one-sided. You can upgrade them to double-sided for just $40 (per cover). Double-sided covers are also available as an add-on for $100 (per cover).
We are using Backerkit for add-ons. After you choose your reward tier, please click the "Manage your Pledge" button to add any "add-on" costs to your pledge. You will be able to finalize the details once the campaign ends. IMPORTANT: If your current reward tier does not already include shipping, please add $10 USD for shipping.
- 3D Mouse Pad (1 of 3) $60
- Acrylic Figure (1 of 8) $7
- Acrylic Figure Collection (All 8) $50
- Badge (1 of 8) $5
- Badge Collection (All 8) $38
- Blanket: Iris $120
- Car Sticker (1 of 7) $6
- Car Sticker Collection (All 7) $40
- Cosplay Photo Disc $20 *ADDED 1/14
- Iris shikishi (color-copied) $10
- Mari Key Holder $7
- Mari Long Tapestry $100
- Tapestry $50
- T-Shirt US - L Size / Japan XL Size (1 of 3) $50
- Physical Game ($55)
- Physical Game + Collectors Box ($65)
- Physical Soundtrack ($18)
- Physical Art Book ($10)
- Pillow Cover (One-sided) (1 of 5) 20in x 59in $60
- Pillow Cover (Double-sided) (1 of 5) 20in x 59in $100
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Risks and challenges
"Libra of the Vampire Princess" is a huge game and requires a large budget. It’s also a new game and has not had time to build a huge fan base.
Another challenge is that this is our team's first Kickstarter. XERO has been making games for over a decade, but this is the first time to try crowdfunding.
Technical challenges include the task of translating around a million Japanese characters, and rebuilding the game. Everyone on the team is experienced, but we still have to stay on schedule!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter