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Let's revisit the seventh floor and complete this amazing visual novel series and create a new chapter to the world of Narcissu.
Let's revisit the seventh floor and complete this amazing visual novel series and create a new chapter to the world of Narcissu.
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Help us produce the definitive anthology of the Narcissu series!

(このページの日本語バージョンは下の半分にあります。The Japanese version of this description is on the lower half of this page.)

We're Sekai Project, and we've partnered with the creator of the Narcissu series, Stage-nana, to develop and produce the definitive anthology of the games. With your help we will be remaking the older games with new art, re-recorded voices,and we will also be creating an entirely new scenario!

We are in the process of producing 4 games as part of the Narcissu anthology:

  • Sumire - An entirely new chapter in the series.
  • Zero - The origin story of the 7th Floor
  • A Little Iris - A separate side story set in medieval Europe
  • Himeko's Epilogue - A short epilogue for Narcissu 2
  • BONUS - "1980" - An extra short story by Tomo Kataoka
  • BONUS - "1993" - Another extra short story by Tomo Kataoka, along with "1980" they are considered by Mr. Kataoka to be the spiritual 'roots' of Narcissu.

What is Narcissu?

It's a Japanese visual novel series with no choices that explores themes about terminal illness, and the relationship between the living and the dying. The games became known for their high production quality and touching story and were eventually downloaded over a million times worldwide. Numerous spin offs such as a manga, a light novel, even mobile apps were created, and it has been translated by fans into many languages including English, Chinese, French, and Polish just to name a few.

You can find the most recent versions of the games for free on Steam, also published by Sekai Project, as Narcissu 1+2 where it has a "Very Positive" rating with over 1,800 reviews and over 127k downloads.

Why Kickstarter?

Over the past few months, we've been busy investing $60,000 to pay for all the localization work, as well as paying Stage-Nana to start production on the artwork and programming that we need for the project.  Work has already started on all aspects and our production schedule is detailed further down the page.

But now we need the help of Kickstarter to cover the rest of the costs of licenses, artwork, voice work, and programming. We are also paying to support Stage-Nana as they develop this game full time with us.

Who are we?

We are Sekai Project, a company specializing in connecting creators and users through language. We're a mixed band of translators, programmer, editors, and testers. But most importantly, we are all very passionate about bringing interesting media to fans who do not have direct access due to language barriers or other restricting factors.

This will be our second Kickstarter looking to fund the active development of a game title. We've previously run successful Kickstarters to fund localization, such as fault milestone one, CLANNAD, the Fruit of Grisaia Series, and are bringing our experience in working with games to Narcissu.

Who's Stage-Nana

Stage-Nana is a Japanese doujin group that created the original Narcissu  series a decade ago in 2005. The group is led by Tomo Kataoka, a veteran of the Japanese visual novel industry. Kataoka is also a primary scenario writer/director for the Nekoneko-Software brand of visual novels in Japan. Nekoneko-Software had just celebrated their 16th year as a company.

Stage-Nana are providing the writing and their expertise in producing visual novels for this project. They will be working full time with Sekai Project until everything for this Kickstarter campaign is complete.

Message from the creator Tomo Kataoka

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We've got many people contributing to this project. Here's a look at some of the hard-working staff:


We're expecting to have all domestic US shipping costs included in all tiers, for international backers, there's an additional fee to cover shipping (noted in the tiers on the sidebar).

Physical game discs are not expected to have any DRM. Digital distribution will initially be over Steam, other DRM-free options are being looked into.

Reward details

Tapestry/Wallscroll

The Tapestry will be a B2-sized wallscroll printed on high quality cloth, and here's the design we're planning on printing with it:

B2 sized tapestry artwork
B2 sized tapestry artwork

 Mini-novel

This a preview of selected pages from the physical mini-novel which we mentioned earlier in our campaign. It is only available to backers at the $100 tier and higher, and not as an add-on. The Japanese-only version was previously sold in very limited quantities by Stage-Nana at C88 summer comike.   

This novel focuses on Narcissu: Sumire and is a prologue to the VN, and also includes some production pictures and notes. It is approx 96 pages long in Japanese, and will be longer once the English translation is added. This English version is exclusive to this Kickstarter.

All backers can add additional physical items to their pledges right now. Add in the appropriate amount to your pledge, and we will ask you what you would like when the campaign closes. And you'll have a chance to make some adjustments after the campaign closes via backerkit. Multiple add-ons are OK. The shipping fee only has to be paid once if it applies.

NOTE: Digital items are NOT part of the add-on system, and NOT be on backerkit. Because the games are releasing as soon as they are completed, it would cause far too much confusion as to who should get what. So if you want the games plus add-ons, it is highly recommended you at back at least the $20 reward tier.

Additional Shipping for add-on items

  • Backers w/ add-ons of the $1, 20, 30, and 60 reward tiers, please add a one-time $15 shipping fee, this applies to both US and International backers.
  • Backers of the $100 reward tier or higher, there is no additional fee, it is already included in the reward tier.

Items available for Add-ons/backerkit

  • $35 All 4 games on 1 disc
  • $30 Physical soundtrack
  • $40 Physical visual fanbook
  • $40 T-shirt
  • $30 Tenugui hand towel
  • $60 B2 tapestry
  • $200,000: Other platforms. (We're researching what's feasible now)
  • $250,000: Brand new Narcissu opening animation movie.
  • $500,000: A 30 minute ~ 1 hour long OVA.

Planned Production Schedule

Unlike our previous Kickstarter campaigns, we are experimenting with getting completed games into backer's hands much sooner. Translation of the games has already been under way, with "Himeko's Epilogue" and "A Little Iris" having their production prioritized.

With the translation having a head start, the new artwork, voices, and programming/debugging will be the main factors in whether production completes on time. Currently our best estimates for completion are as follows, and we'll be updating regularly as things change.

  • Late November - Digital release: "Himeko's Epilogue"
  • Late December - Digital Release: "Narcissu:A Little Iris"
  • January - Digital Release "Narcissu: Zero"
  • February - Digital Release "Narcissu: Sumire"

Funding Breakdown

The estimated production expenses for the project are as follows (*about 10% goes towards KS and processing fees.):

  • $40k for voice licenses & new voice recording
  • $8k for Himeko's Epilogue, artwork, programming, etc.
  • $17k for A Little Iris, artwork, programming, etc.
  • $20k for Zero, artwork, programming, etc.
  • $50k for Sumire, new scenario writing, artwork, programming, etc.

For a total of $135k.

But why is that different from our $75k goal? Because we knew before this project started that it would take a big effort to get off the ground. That is why we've spent the $60,000 and found an additional funding source before turning to Kickstarter.

 Japanese version of the page follows

ナルキッソスシリーズの翻訳版を一緒に作りませんか?

私たちセカイプロジェクトは、ナルキッソスシリーズの生みの親であるステージななと提携してナルキッソスの翻訳版を制作したいと考えています。 もちろん、ただの翻訳版ではなく、既存のシナリオを新規のビジュアルと新録のボイスで生まれ変わらせ、さらには未発表の新シナリオも追加いたします。 そして、それらを行うには、他でもないあなたの支援が必要なのです。

ナルキッソスの翻訳版は4本に分けてリリースする予定です。

  •  『ナルキッソス すみれ』 : 新規シナリオ
  •  『ナルキッソス ゼロ』 : 『7階』の始まりに関する物語
  •  『ナルキッソス 小さなイリス』 : 中世ヨーロッパを舞台にした外伝
  •  『姫子エピローグ』 : ナルキッソス SIDE2nd のエピローグにあたる小編
  • ボーナス: エクストラショートストーリー『1980』(シナリオ:片岡とも)

ナルキッソスって?

生と死をテーマにしたビジュアルノベルゲームです。 その高いクオリティーと感動的なストーリーで幅広い層に知られており、 世界中でのダウンロード回数は総計100万回以上。 漫画やライトノベルも刊行され、携帯用アプリにもなり、 ファンの手による翻訳版は、英語、中国語、フランス語、ポーランド語などが作られました。 

現在、Steamでナルキッソスとナルキッソス SIDE2ndが無料配信中です。  ダウンロード数は127,000を越え、レビュワーからは1800以上の『非常に良い』という評価を受けています。

どうしてキックスターター?

私たちは、英語への翻訳費用とステージななに新規ビジュアルなどを用意してもらうための資金として、6万ドルの投資を行いました。  この企画は数か月前からすでに始動しており、下記のスケジュールに沿って現在も進行中です。

しかし、ステージななの開発費用を請け負っている私たちにとって 版権費用やビジュアル、音声、プログラムなどにかかる費用は大きなものであり、 残りの制作コストを捻出するためには、キックスターターの支援が必要です。

セカイプロジェクトって?

私たちセカイプロジェクトは、クリエイターとユーザーを言語を通して繋げる会社です。  私たちは翻訳者であり、編集者であり、最初の読者でもあります。  そして、最も重要なことして、私たちは原語を読めないファンの皆さんに『面白いもの』を届けたいという情熱にあふれています。

『ステージなな』って?

10年前にナルキッソスの1作目をリリースしたステージななは、片岡ともさんが代表を務めている日本の同人サークルです。 代表の片岡ともさんは、今年16周年を迎えたねこねこソフトのシナリオライター&ディレクターを担当している方です。 

ステージななは、ゲーム開発を進めることでこのキックスターターに協力してくれています。 このキックスタータープロジェクトが完了するまで、ステージななは私たちのプロジェクトに集中する予定です。 

ナルキッソスの生みの親、片岡ともさんからのメッセージ

ゲーム紹介

報酬

  • $1 : 私たちからの感謝と支援者限定のアップデートへのアクセス権
  • $20 : ゲーム4本のデジタル版(通常価格$33から約40%オフ)
  • $30 : $20の報酬+デジタルサウンドトラック
  • $60 : $30の報酬+ビジュアルファンブックデジタル版
  • $100 : $60の報酬+ゲーム4本のディスク版、サウンドトラックCD、ミニノベル
  • $150 : $100の報酬+限定ディスク版のナルキッソス1+2、ゲームディスクとサウンドトラック(合計3枚)を収納できるコレクターズボックス
  • $180 : $150の報酬+$60の報酬であるビジュアルファンブックの印刷版
  • $280 : $180リーワード+ナルキッソスTシャツ
  • $350 : $280リワード+ナルキッソスタペストリー

さらなる目標

  • 200,000ドル : 別プラットフォームでのナルキッソス翻訳版制作(どのプラットフォームにするかは選定中)
  • 250,000ドル : 新規のナルキッソスOPアニメーション制作
  • 500,000ドル : 30分~1時間のOVA制作

限定

  • $1000 : $350の報酬+片岡ともさんとの食事会(2016年のアニメエキスポに来ていただければご案内いたします。翻訳者付。アニメエキスポ会場までの移動費用は支援者様のご負担となります)
  • $1800 : $350の報酬+秋乃武彦(ナルキッソスすみれの担当絵師)が描いたカラー色紙

追加アイテム

このキックスターターを支援するみなさんは、支援金にそれぞれの金額を追加することにより、以下のアイテムを入手することが可能です。 キャンペーン終了後、発送の前に追加アイテムが必要かどうかのご連絡させていただきます。 追加アイテムは、通常の支援報酬アイテムと一緒に送付いたします。

追加アイテムを選んだ場合の追加送料に関して 支援額が$1,20,30,60の方は、$15の追加送料が必要です(アメリカの方でも、それ以外の国の方でも同様です)。 支援額が$100以上の方は、支援額の中に送料が含まれていますので、$15の追加送料は発生しません。追加アイテムが複数を選ぶ事ができます。$15の追加送料が必要の場合は一回だけが追加が必要となります。

  • $35 : 今回のキックスターターで制作するゲーム。4タイトルが1枚に収録されているディスク版。
  • $30 : サウンドトラックCD(ライナーノーツ付属)
  • $40 : ビジュアルファンブック
  • $40 : Tシャツ
  • $30 : 手ぬぐい
  • $60 : タペストリー

例:

  • $20の支援額+$30のサウンドトラックCD+$40のビジュアルファンブック+$15の追加送料=$105
  • $100の支援額+$40のTシャツ=$140(アメリカの場合。他の国の方は自動的に+$10の送料)

開発スケジュール

私たちの手がけたこれまでのキックスターターと違い、一日も早く支援者の皆様に報酬をお届けするため、『姫子エピローグ』と『小さなイリス』を手始めとして翻訳作業はすでに進行中です。

翻訳をはじめ、新規ビジュアル、新録音声、プログラムやデバッグなどの作業は、進行スケジュールを左右する要素となり得ます。 こちらが現在の開発スケジュールです。変更が生じた際には、すぐに皆様にお知らせいたします。 

  • 11月末 : 『姫子エピローグ』リリース予定
  • 12月末 : 『ナルキッソス 小さなイリス』リリース予定
  • 1月 : 『ナルキッソス ゼロ』リリース予定
  • 2月 : 『ナルキッソス すみれ』リリース予定

支援金の使い方

こちらは開発の費用計画です(約10%はキックスターターの料金などに使われます)

  • 40,000ドル : 音声の新規収録費用、音声の権利関係費用
  • 8,000ドル : 『姫子エピローグ』開発費用
  • 17,000ドル : 『ナルキッソス 小さなイリス』開発費用
  • 20,000ドル : 『ナルキッソス ゼロ』開発費用
  • 50,000ドル : 『ナルキッソス すみれ』開発費用

合計135,000ドル

どうして開発費用と達成目標の間に大きな違いがあるのですか? 今回のプロジェクトを開始するためには、多大な労力が必要だったからです。 それこそがセカイプロジェクトがキックスターターを始める前に60,000ドルを投資した理由でもあります。

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk of the project is the potential for delays, especially in the artwork. The artists, translators, and writers are professionals in the industry with a reputation for getting their work in, but people can get sick or otherwise have life events that slow down their work.

Sekai Project and Stage-Nana are planning for the worst case by having back-up artists and translators on call, ready to lend a hand to get things finished without too much delay. Backers will be informed along the way if any such changes have to be made.

There are also lots of hurdles in producing physical goods, and our previous experience has shown that it can take more than a week of haggling to get a single shipping form filed through proper channels so that we can have a pallet loaded. We'll try to do our best at providing updates on the status of goods, even though we might not have much to say while managing shipments.

リスクと挑戦

今回のプロジェクトの一番のリスクは作業の遅延です。シナリオライター、原画家、翻訳者たちは皆経験豊富なプロですが、病気や避けられない災難などにより作業が遅れる可能性があります。

セカイプロジェクトとステージななは万が一のことを考えて、バックアップの翻訳者と絵師を準備しています。もし、そのような変化が起きた際には、支援者の皆様にすぐお知らせします。

ディスクやグッズの生産には、いくつもの困難が生じることがあります。過去には、税関を通るための手続きに1週間以上要したこともありますので、特に問題が生じていなくても、出来るだけ細かくお知らせしたいと思います。

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