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Kud Wafter Anime English Crowdfunding Page Launched

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VisualArt’s has launched the international crowdfunding page for the Kud Wafter anime movie. The initial project ran in Japan from July 19 until the end of September and raised 78,047,044 yen, securing a 40-50-minute theatrical release, animated by Little Busters! anime studio J.C.Staff. This new project, hosted by Tokyo Otaku Mode Projects, will run until mid-December and aims to raise 3 million yen for a worldwide distribution and English subtitles, with a 15 million yen stretch goal to extend the movie to 60 minutes.

Full details, including the available rewards, can be found on the crowdfunding page, or in the press release below:

Kud Wafter Anime Crowdfunding Launches for International Backers

Worldwide Version of a Japan-Only Campaign that Raised ¥78,047,044

Tokyo, Japan -Oct. 25, 2017- Key/VisualArts and Tokyo Otaku Mode (incorporated in Delaware, U.S.; representative: Tomohide Kamei; CEO: Naomitsu Kodaka; herein referred to as TOM), announce the launch of international crowdfunding to create an anime movie based on the Kud Wafter visual novel. The campaign starts at 11:00 am Oct 25 (JST).

The original Japan-only crowdfunding campaign ended on Sept. 29, exceeding all stretch goals for a total of ¥78,047,044. Now, with the long-promised launch of the international crowdfunding campaign, fans around the world can contribute to the creation of the Kud Wafter anime film—and potentially even increase its length.

The international campaign will take place on TOM Projects, a crowdfunding and product development platform created by Tokyo Otaku Mode to help bring fans closer to popular IPs and creators.

[Campaign Title] Kud Wafter Anime Movie: A “Little Busters!” 10th Anniversary Spin-Off Project (International Version)
[Campaign Page] https://otakumode.com/fb/8CP
[Duration] 11:00 am Oct. 25 – 11:59 pm Dec. 14 (JST)
[Initial Goal] ¥3,000,000

Kud Wafter is a spin-off of Little Busters!, a visual novel released in 2007 by game maker Key, also the creators of popular franchises Angel Beats! and CLANNAD. J.C.STAFF later adapted Little Busters! into an anime.

Fan-favorite character Kudryavka “Kud” Noumi became the main heroine of her very own game, Kud Wafter, in 2010. Players have clamored for a Kud Wafter anime ever since. Now Key/VisualArts has teamed up with J.C.STAFF in hopes of making this dream project a reality together with fans worldwide, via the TOM Projects platform.

Goals & Rewards
Based on the results of the Japanese crowdfunding campaign, the Kud Wafter anime movie project is already guaranteed to culminate in the production of a 40-50 minute theatrical film. The international campaign launches with a goal of ¥3,000,000. Achieving this goal will enable an English translation for the movie as well as worldwide distribution of crowdfunding rewards.

Initial Goal
Amount: ¥3,000,000
Objective: Add English subtitles & worldwide distribution

Stretch Goal
Amount: ¥15,000,000
Objective: Extend the film to 60 minutes in length

Nearly all rewards available to Japanese backers are also being offered to fans outside Japan—including extremely rare rewards that got instantly snapped up during the Japanese crowdfunding campaign. A special reserve of these have been set aside for the international campaign.

Available reward packages feature perks like special Kud Wafter merchandise, a crowdfunding-only edition of the movie Blu-ray, the opportunity to list your name in the end-roll credits, invitations to exclusive parties in Tokyo with the staff and cast, and much more.

About TOM Projects
Tokyo Otaku Mode has managed a worldwide ecommerce site since 2013. Through its crowdfunding and product development platform, TOM Projects, the company collaborates with popular IPs and creators to support international crowdfunding and create original products.  As the Projects lineup expands, TOM will consider more ways of bringing forth new creations together with fans around the world.

Kud Wafter Anime Crowdfunding (International Ver.) on TOM Projects: https://otakumode.com/fb/8CP

About Tokyo Otaku Mode
Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) shares Japanese pop culture with the world including the latest news on Japanese anime and manga, event reports, products, and more through its Facebook page that has 20 million likes (as of October 2017). TOM also operates a global ecommerce site called Tokyo Otaku Mode Shop through which it offers Japanese pop culture products through working directly with manufacturers to guarantee authentic products, as well as its own line of original products created in collaboration with independent creators in Japan. To date, orders have been delivered to customers in over 130 countries/regions worldwide. Using its overseas business know-how cultivated to date, TOM also offer services to support the expansion of businesses overseas and inbound projects in Japan. Under the vision of “bringing happiness to the world with otaku culture,” TOM strives to enrich the lives of fans of Japanese pop culture the world over and offer new value to the worldwide entertainment market.

Chris Melchin
Chris is a computer science student who has been gaming ever since he knew what to do with a Super Nintendo controller. He's a fighting game player, with a focus on BlazBlue and Under Night In-Birth games. His favourite games include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Persona 5, and Little Busters. He started watching anime in high school, and his favourite series is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. He also writes Vocaloid music for his personal YouTube channel, and has a (slight) obsession with Megurine Luka.