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A shining and gripping visual novel all about the idol industry - from the creators of the Sunrider series!
A shining and gripping visual novel all about the idol industry - from the creators of the Sunrider series!
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Shining Song Starnova: Idol Anime Themed Visual Novel!

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(Warning: Both the Steam and Denpasoft versions of the demo include some partial nudity)

Sekai Project and Love In Space are teaming up to bring you Shining Song Starnova, a mature game all about the Japanese idol industry. Readers will experience first hand the myth and the reality of working as a professional idol, in this story of seven girls in search of their shining moment against the realities of the entertainment business.

Through the gracious generosity of their Patreon supporters, Love In Space have completed the first part of the game. Now, we're joining forces to take Starnova to the finish line! The funds raised from this campaign will be used to fund the rest of the development of the game, including art, voice acting, and of course, the production of some cool physical merchandise - some of it Kickstarter-limited!

Once it's complete, Shining Song Starnova will be available on Steam, with the adult version and a free 18+ mod for the Steam version being carried by Denpasoft and Nutaku. Each "Digital Game" reward will include both Steam and Denpasoft keys!

About the Game:

HOW LOW WILL THEY GO TO REACH THE TOP?

The girls of STARNOVA signed on to become idols thinking they will become the shining stars of their own fairytales.

Instead, they found themselves trapped in a cutthroat business where only the strongest could survive. In this messed up world where sex and drama are the only two things that sell, the girls quickly realized the idol business was nothing like what was shown on television.

YOU are MR. PRODUCER, and find yourself newly in charge of these seven hopelessly flawed would-be idols. Will the eight of you successfully navigate the industry and become the greatest idols in the nation? Or will everything come crashing down in a BAD END?

This is the story of STARNOVA! A grand pageant of idols! A beautiful comeback story of how seven washed up idols challenged the greatest idol unit in the nation!

There are seven different routes - one for each heroine. The full game clocks in at around 500,000 words. It'll be available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The Denpasoft and Nutaku versions of the game will also feature animations for... certain images.

 The Shining Song Starnova Netshow is a netshow hosted by three of the of the voice actresses from the game! With weekly episodes, tune in for special news, announcements, and skits from some of the girls. Episode 2 has an exclusive look at some of the Kickstarter merchandise!

Please Note: All designs here are placeholders or mockups, and subject to change before final production.

Backerkit Access - Backerkit is a 3rd party site that will let you modify your pledge even after the campaign has ended, or purchase add-ons.

Digital Game Copy - Receive both a digital copy of the game on Steam and Denpasoft.

Physical Copy - The full version of the game on a disc in a DVD case. The physical copy will contain the Denpasoft version of the game.

Digital OST - Contains all of the background tracks composed for the game.

Digital Vocal Collection - Contains the vocal tracks from the game, with songs from both Starnova and their rival, Quasar.

Limited Collector’s Edition – This special physical collector’s edition includes a copy of the game, physical copy of the OST, a special artbook all in a limited edition collector’s box.

Waifu T-shirt - Proclaim your support (and love) for your favorite Starnova idol with one of these shirts. Choose from one of the seven heroines! Sizes available from S to XXL (American sizes).

Dakimakura - Show your devotion with a double-sided body pillow of the Starnova girl of your choice. Printed on high-quality 2-way tricot.

Fanclub Set - For the ultimate Starnova fan. This collector’s set memorializes Starnova’s RADIANT GALAXY tour, featuring a tote bag, glowstick, hand towel and tour T-shirt all with the RADIANT GALAXY tour logo, as well as a physical copy of the vocal collection. Standard equipment for any eventer at idol concerts.

Custom shikishi - A hand-drawn, black and white shikishi by Love In Space Lead Artist Ashton Wilson! Limited to only three for this crowdfunding campaign, choose your favorite Starnova idol to complete the centerpiece for those celebratory idol shrines. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

A sample of shikishi drawn by Ashton Wilson
A sample of shikishi drawn by Ashton Wilson

Add-Ons

In addition to the tiers listed above, there are a select number of items that can also be selected as add-ons via Kickstarter or BackerKit. Concerned about not having enough funds during the campaign? Not sure which idol you support? Or maybe you are just a DD? Just select the add-ons you want in BackerKit! Pledge at least $1 and you will gain access to customize your own Starnova package. The stars are the limit! 

Almost all items from the tiers are available as individual add-ons for the prices listed below. Please note that the custom shikishi will not be available as an add-on. The rest of the items below aren't included in any of the tiers by default, so please add the corresponding extra amount to your pledges if you're interested! You'll then be able to select which items you want in Backerkit once the campaign ends. Please note that the prices below do not include the cost of shipping for the add-ons, which will also be applied in Backerkit. Also, your country may apply additional tariffs or customs fees, which are not covered by the shipping fees. Some items are cheaper if you get them as part of the tiers on Kickstarter!

Keychains – Beautiful acrylic keychains which each feature one of the seven heroines from Starnova! ($6 each or $30 for the set)

2D Mousepad - Two designs to choose from: Aki and Mika. Flat is okay too. ($15)

3D Mousepad - Keep your wrists comfy with this oppai mousepad. Available in Mariya and Nemu versions. ($40)

B2 Tapestry - A gorgeous tapestry featuring the whole cast of Starnova. ($30)

Happi Coat - Features the full cast for maximum comfort. A super premium item! (unsigned) ($300) 

Digital Game Key (Steam or Denpasoft) ($25)

Digital OST ($10)

Digital Vocal Track Collection ($10)

Digital Artbook ($10)

Physical OST  (includes digital copy) ($20)

Physical Vocal Track Collection (includes digital copy) ($20)

Limited Collector's Edition ($70)

Double-sided Dakimakura ($120)

Waifu T-shirt ($50)

Glowstick ($40)

Hand Towel ($30)

About Love In Space

Love In Space are a visual novel development team based out of San Diego, CA. Their first major project was the critically acclaimed “Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius.” This was followed by the spinoff “Sunrider Academy” and the sequel to Mask of Arcadius, “Sunrider: Liberation Day.”They’re known for their engaging and thrilling storylines, as well as their expressive character designs. All their games are currently available on Steam.

About Sekai Project

Sekai Project is a media publisher located in Los Angeles which focuses primarily on localizing visual novels for the English-speaking market through platforms such as Steam, PSN and mobile. Previous works include The Fruit of Grisaia (Frontwing), CLANNAD (VisualArts/Key), and NEKOPARA(NEKOWORKs). As well as other genres of games, Sekai Project currently has more than 30 games on Steam, along with a manga publishing branch.

Risks and challenges

As you probably know, we at Sekai Project are veteran Kickstarter users. We're experienced with the good and the bad sides of it. We'll be working closely with Love In Space to help development go as smoothly as possible. Of course, game development is always about estimation and there is the possibility of delays or of schedule changes, but like always we'll do our best to keep backers informed and in the know.

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    Waifu Set

    When it comes to your waifu- err I mean the idol you want to support, choice is important. Show your support with the waifu set which includes a t-shirt and dakimakura cover of your idol of choice! Also includes previous rewards from the $90 tier.

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    Fan Club Set

    Do you consider yourself an eventer? Do you make sure you have the right gear for every concert? Are you familiar with the wotagei art of the namaste snake? Then this tier is for you!

    This tier includes the Starnova Fan Club Set which contains:
    -Tote bag
    -Tour pamphlet
    -Tour shirt
    -Vocal track album
    -Starnova Glowstick
    -Hand towel

    An absolute necessity when Starnova goes on tour. Also includes a copy of the Limited Collector's Edition of the game, plus the digital collection!

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    Waifu Oshi + Eventer Super Set

    Need just a bit more to show you are a dedicated fan of Starnova? Not about the kuso DD way? Then this tier is for you. Get your Waifu T-Shirt and Dakimakura Cover, the Starnova RADIANT GALAXY Fan Club Set and the Limited Collector's Edition, plus the digital collection. The collector's edition will be signed by the director of Love In Space! You'll be shouting "ietaiga!" like you mean it!

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    Starnova Ultimate Set

    Only for the most discerning Starnova supporter. This tier includes all digital rewards, Limited Collector's Edition, Waifu T-Shirt, Dakimakura Cover and a custom black and white commission from the character designer! Plus, the limited collector's edition will be signed by the director of Love In Space! Limited to only 3 slots so do not hesitate. We'll break some UOs and cyclone in support!

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    Autographed Idol Oshi Set

    Clearly you are someone of distinguished taste. Not only do you want to support your waifu you want to show the world that you are the #1 Starnova. And this tier makes it happen with a Starnova happi coat signed by the Starnova cast! On top of that you get the Limited Collector's Edition, Starnova RADIANT GALAXY Fan Club Set, Waifu T-Shirt and Dakimakura Cover, as well as the digital collection. Plus, the limited collector's edition will be signed by the director of Love In Space! Go ahead, you can cry tears of joy now.

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    #1 Fan

    You're the number one Starnova fan in the whole radiant galaxy! Get one of each keychain, one of each waifu t-shirt, and one each dakimakura - the shirts and dakis are signed by the respective voice actresses! Plus, get a happi coat signed by the entire voice cast, a Limited Collector's Edition of the game signed by the director of Love In Space, and a custom shikishi drawing signed by the lead artist! Also includes both designs of both mousepads, and two Starnova glowsticks! And, of course, the digital collection.

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    (Early Bird) Digital Game

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    Starnova Net Show Autograph Set

    Here's something truly special. Receive an Aki dakimakura cover and mouse pad, both signed by her VA, Hayase Yayoi and a Julie T-Shirt signed by her VA, Ayane Mako! On top of that, receive a copy of the Limited Collector's Edition, Starnova RADIANT GALAXY Fan Club Set, Waifu T-Shirt, and Dakimakura Cover, plus the digital collection. Plus, the limited collector's edition will be signed by the director of Love In Space!

    This tier is limited to only one so do not miss out!

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    • Signed Aki Mousepad
    • Signed Julie T-Shirt
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