Nekopara Anime Kickstarter Funded in Same Day

Sekai Project has launched the Kickstarter for an OVA based on the Nekopara series.

While the initial goal of $100,000 was asked to fund a 20-minute OVA, this goal was blasted through by fans within an hour or two of the crowdfunding campaign being published.

Now, every subsequent $100,000 raised extend the OVA by ten minutes, with a cap set at $500,000, for an hour long feature.

The OVA will be produced and released in the expectation of a December 2017 release window. Here are the various reward options for backers:

  • $1: Staff Thanks & Desktop Wallpaper
  • $15: Nekopara OVA digital download via Steam, Desktop Wallpaper
  • $30: Nekopara OVA digital download via Steam, Digital Artbook, Digital OST, Desktop Wallpaper
  • $50: Nekopara OVA Blu-Ray and digital download via Steam, Digital Artbook, Digital OST, Desktop Wallpaper
  • $100: Nekopara OVA Blu-Ray Box and digital download via Steam, Name on Website & Artbook, Digital Artbook, Digital OST, Desktop Wallpaper
  • $150: Nekopara OVA Blu-Ray Box and digital download via Steam, T-Shirt, Set of “Seven Can” Badges, Name on Website & Artbook, Digital Artbook, Digital OST, Desktop Wallpaper
  • $300: Nekopara OVA Blu-Ray Box and digital download via Steam, T-Shirt, Set of “Seven Can” Badges, Chocola & Vanilla Plushies, Name on Website & Artbook, Digital Artbook, Digital OST, Desktop Wallpaper, Name in End Credits
  • $800: Wall Scroll with “Paulownia Box”, Signed Print, plus all rewards at $300 tier (Limited to 200)
  • $4,000: Colored illustration by Sayori, plus all rewards at $800 tier (Limited to 30)
  • $7,000: Custom Catgirl Sketch by Sayori, plus all rewards at $4,000 tier (Limited to 20)
  • $9,000: Custom Catgirl Appearance in the OVA, plus all rewards at $4,000 tier (Limited to 10)
  • $10,000: Voiced Custom Catgirl Appearance in the OVA, , plus all rewards at $7,000 tier (Limited to 1, Sold Out)

 

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  • Helio Ci

    Well, that’s catgirls for you.

  • Mr0303

    People never learn with Kickstarter. Now even a widely successful visual novel needs money for the anime OVA.

  • Zero Eternity

    Why should developers or animators pay to make their own products anymore :P

  • CommanderZx2

    Anime production is a very risky business, frequently companies make a loss. The studios are financed by production committees and whether they give you something to work on is up to them, sort of like work for hire game developers. The production committees also keep almost all the profits so the studios are always reliant on hoping for their next job.

    They make very little from physical sales of the produced anime and most of their profits come from merchandising and manga/light novel adaptations. For further information: https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/5kfh07/anime_and_money/

  • Mr0303

    Oh, don’t get me wrong – it’s an absolutely brilliant strategy for developers, publishers and creators and con artists in general. It is just confusing to me that this many people still don’t realise how flawed the whole system is for the backers and how easily then can be screwed.

  • Mr0303

    So? Does this in any way change the fact that Kickstarter is a flawed system and that a popular series like Nekopara likely won’t need the crowdfunding process at all to create this OVA?

  • CommanderZx2

    The production company, sekai, is not flush with cash and cannot afford to take the risk to bankroll an Anime on their own. If it didn’t make a ton back in sales then it may bankrupt them.

    This way people get the OVA they want and sekai isn’t risking the company to make it.

  • Fear Me I Am Free
  • Leandro Teixeira

    I’m guessing it’s because the VN is sold cheaply, in Japan an high rated VN that eventually wins an anime isn’t sold on store for less than 9000 yen, that’s basicly what you pay for a CE of most PS games. Nekopara doesn’t sell for even half that price.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    Please Lord, let it have boobs

  • Mr0303

    You didn’t answer my question. How does any of that change what I’ve said about the Kickstarter system?

    I highly doubt that a single one hour OVA that doesn’t require much animation would bankrupt the company. They will more than likely make their money back given how popular Nekopara is.

  • Mr0303

    Well, I guess the price is related to the length and features of the VN. Isn’t Nekopara pretty short?

    Either way I find it pretty weird that a successful series like that would need crowdfunding to develop a short OVA.

  • CommanderZx2

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03d23d67699a04e72c7bc2a87cae2136303c8dacd151268fcac071d8a5a3d94d.gif

    Looking forward to it, I backed the Signature pledge, got to have the signed print and wall scroll!

  • Zero Eternity

    I know I was just joking pretty much since I know if I had the money I would support more of the projects themselves. It is the actualization of the voting with your wallet idea. People throw their money into the pile while hoping that both other people will do the same and the creators will follow through on their half of the bargain. Just Kickstarter has huge flaws like you said.

  • CommanderZx2

    I answered your question, but you chose to ignore the answer as you appear to have a grudge against anything Kickstarter related.

  • Mr0303

    I think voting with your wallet is supporting games/projects that you like by buying the finished product. Randomly throwing money into a well hoping that something good will come out is blind faith and wishful thinking.

  • CommanderZx2

    It has ecchi, but not hentai, as you cannot fund a porno on Kickstarter. So there will be nudity, but it will probably make use of convenience to hide private parts.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    In this case I don’t find it that suprising, the price of a VN is normally determined by how many staff it had involved, how successful your last titles were, how much did you sink into it production wise, how popular it is and how popular is your studio/label , in the JP VN market even if you make a sequel to a highly popular title if within a given time it doesn’t sell well it goes down from the 9000yen shelf to the 1000 yen basket, plus a single 30 mins anime episode costs about 10million yen to produce that’s why even if your VN sells well it must make considerable profit before companies decide to dump a big chunk of money into an anime production, you can see this by looking at Rewrite or Ushiwareta Mirai wo Motomete, even tough the VNs did well they only got adaptions years after release

  • Zero Eternity

    Very True. Unfortunately developers/animators feel that style isn’t enough anymore since it costs them money if it fails. It is no wonder they would like this system more where it costs them nothing but time, on a product that they can then sell more copies of for almost full profit even if they develop a half-assed product.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    Here we go again, Rays of divine light protecting us from ourselves

  • CommanderZx2

    Nekopara 0 makes use of steam and soap bubbles for nudity. I think it works really well. NSFW: http://imgur.com/a/9Znzc

  • Mr0303

    No, you didn’t. You said that the company may become bankrupt or that it may cost them too much if they are not careful. This doesn’t in any way change the flaws of crowdfunding, where you don’t know anything about the quality of the final product or why would a popular series like Nekopara that will surely make them the money back would ever need it. This essentially is saying that they don’t want to have any risks creating this and that they have no confidence in the popularity of their product, which is a bit unlikely.

    While we’re at it, let’s crowdfund a Star Wars animation short. Why risk your own money when you can exploit the fanbase?

  • Leandro Teixeira

    I know, I played it, but if they are aiming for a OVA and adapting a game that has hentai (0 being the exception) they should at least give us uncensored boobs, ’cause people are literaly paying for the OVA here

  • Mr0303

    Well, looking at the Steam numbers Nekopara is one of the top 5 selling VNs with about 300K owners. I think it is safe to assume that it is quite successful.

  • Mr0303

    Yeah, crowdfunding is the easy way out for developers, where they have no risks and no responsibility to deliver a quality product. At least in the traditional publisher system someone held them accountable. This is I was expecting the whole Kickstarter trend to die off after a couple of the bigger flops like Mighty No 9 and Schafer’s money drain project, but it is still going strong.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    It is successful, there is no denying it, but assuming everybody bought it at the price of 12 dolars, that makes 3.6 million dolars, which I believe barely covers the production for the next game, because they use e-mote, the reason most companies don’t use e-mote yet it’s because it is really expensive to work with since you have to go trough the sprite animations frame by frame, that’s why the games are so small, if each part was bigger they probably wouldn’t profit. And don’t get me wrong I think crowdfunding in anime is BS too, because if they fuck up the anime, you basicly funded a piece of crap you didn’t like that is why I think it should be either themselves or sponsors funding because that way quality could be ensured

  • CommanderZx2

    You call it exploitation, I call it offering customers to back something they want. If there was a Star Wars animated film covering the Thrawn trilogy, I would back that kickstarter.

    You talk a lot about not knowing anything about the quality of the project, but we already have plenty of concept art and some final preview images have been released.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C0xAacjUAAAxTCS.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C0xAb0BVEAEKk41.jpg

    There will also be a teaser released before the kickstarter ends.

  • Mr0303

    “You call it exploitation, I call it offering customers to back something they want.” – you don’t know how the OVA will turn out. Could be good, could be bad. There is no way of knowing if you would want it.

    “If there was a Star Wars animated film covering the Thrawn trilogy, I would back that kickstarter.” – well, good for you I guess. I’m sure Disney will be very thankful for your existence.

    Oh, my! Preview images. That surely means that it would look like that in the end. 100% guarantee. There has never been a dip in quality when the final product is released.

    http://www.gameranx.com/img/15-Jul/mighty-no-9-concept-art.jpg

    Nope. Never.

    Also you know nothing about the plot, setting or the voice acting. So, saying that you have no idea about the quality of the final product is a pretty fair statement I’d say.

  • CommanderZx2

    If this was a company with no track record or a bad track record then you may have a point. Such as I would think twice about backing a game from Tim Schaffer.

    As I’ve previously noted they’ve done 12 previous Kickstarters and all of those titles have fairly high ratings on Steam.

  • Mr0303

    “If this was a company with no track record or a bad track record then you may have a point.” – I’m afraid that the points I raised still stand no matter of the track record of the company behind the Kickstarter.

    Sure, there are companies, who have earned the trust of the backers with multiple successful projects, but this doesn’t fix all the issues with the system as a whole.

  • CommanderZx2

    There is obviously some inherit risk, but that is the same reason many things that were funded via Kickstarter would never have been funded by elsewhere.

    As backers we take the risks, but we also get stuff that we may have otherwise never have gotten. Such as the resurgence in CRPGs, namely as Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity and Torment: Tides of Numenera.

    I am willing to take the risk to back this OVA and you are clearly not, but that doesn’t mean that the Kickstarter should not exist.

  • Mr0303

    “There is obviously some inherit risk, but that is the same reason many
    things that were funded via Kickstarter would never have been funded by
    elsewhere.” – funnily enough you don’t know that either, if the developer’s first option was to make a Kickstarter.

    “As backers we take the risks” – that was my point from the start – the backers take all the risks with no guarantee for the quality of the final product.

    “I am willing to take the risk to back this OVA and you are clearly not,
    but that doesn’t mean that the Kickstarter should not exist.” – I never said that this Kickstarter shouldn’t exist or that I have a problem with you supporting it – it is the nature of the free market if people want it, it will be successful. I’m saying that it is strange that they are doing it considering how popular the series is and that further exemplifies everything that is wrong with the crowdfunding business model.

  • Zero Eternity

    Yeah I don’t think it is gonna go away anytime soon. It is too good of a deal for creators and the very idea of funding something you like is appealing in a lot of aspects. They give goodies, you have a voice basically saying you want this product, and you’re prepaying for a set of items. Even with the blatant risk of losing your money, people are practically inured to that nowadays with various forms of gambling and the knowledge that gambles are a part of life.

  • EroBotan

    there is some porno that is funded in the past. Some of them are even featured in kickstarter blog. Ex: Coming Out on Top & Dizzy Heart.

  • Mr0303

    Yeah, I suppose you are correct.

    “you have a voice basically saying you want this product” -which is why some publishers are now using Kickstarter as market research.

    The gambling bit was a great comparison. No matter how much you explain to a gambler that the odds are against him and that the whole system is rigged so that the casino wins in the end, he would still continue throwing his money away with the hope of winning.

  • CommanderZx2

    I guess that was before pornographic material was added to the prohibited list.
    https://www.kickstarter.com/rules/prohibited

  • Zanard Bell

    I’ll have my fingers crossed that this will be good, but with how Under The Dog turned out, I am still extremely pessimistic about anything Kickstarter-related for the foreseeable future.

  • Unmotivated

    >I highly doubt that a single one hour OVA that doesn’t require much animation would bankrupt the company.

    A standard 20 minute anime episode reportedly costs somewhere in the ballpark of $150,000, and that’s not really an amount of money a small company would feel safe gambling with. It’s not exactly like these big name game developers announcing a kickstarter that fails and then they mysteriously secure third party funding and go through with it anyway.

    Part of the appeal of crowd funding is that it allows you to get a tangible read on the monetary interest in your product before investing in it, if you can’t secure the minimum amount required to justify it in the first place then you don’t do it. There’s nothing inherently scummy about this.

    Your issue mostly seems to be that you think people are stupid and keep falling for incompetent kickstarters without realizing it, but I don’t think that’s true. At this point, I think everyone has had the risks of backing a crowd funding project drilled into their heads, but they still do it anyway because they think the risk is worth the potential reward, and there are plenty of kickstarter success stories out there to justify their faith.

  • Cats736

    Half a million seems a bit much for an hour long ova…

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    Catgirls destructive power is overwhelming

  • EroBotan

    lame … so it’s chuckstarter now

  • ぽっぴっぽー

    Fucking weebs

  • Mr0303

    “A standard 20 minute anime episode reportedly costs somewhere in the ballpark of $150,000” – citation needed. It really depends how much animation is done, if there is any CGI, the amount of voice work and the actors/writers salaries. Even if we accept that number it means that they are already making a profit before even producing something.

    “Part of the appeal of crowd funding is that it allows you to get a
    tangible read on the monetary interest in your product before investing
    in it” – yeah, on the backs of the backers and you secure some extra funding while doing so. I wouldn’t say it’s scummy, it is simply business – as I stated multiple times Kickstarter is great for developers.

    “Your issue mostly seems to be that you think people are stupid and keep
    falling for incompetent kickstarters without realizing it” – no. My issue is with the whole Kickstarter system and how it works.

    “At this point, I think everyone has had the risks of backing a crowd funding project drilled into their heads” – I highly doubt that. Maybe it is hard for me to believe that there are people who know that they may be throwing their money away without any guarantee of the quality of the final product. That being said, you may be right. There are people spending millions on microtransactions, so anything is possible.

    ” they think the risk is worth the potential reward” – there is no potential reward for the backers – the only thing they get is the promised backer goodies. Backers are not investors who may profit from the game. They are just donors.

    “and there are plenty of kickstarter success stories out there to justify their faith.” – there are also plenty of Kickstarter scams and failures for people to realise how insecure and shaky the whole system is.

  • Darkling

    anything else than a Harem Anime with Ecchi would not make sense anyway

  • catazxy

    If they made a hentai then I would understand, but no, it’s some basic bitch ova that they don’t need…

  • Leandro Teixeira

    and due to the erotic content the game already has, uncensored boobs are the least they should give us

  • Grayares Fakcot

    >Sayori, an illustrator living in Japan
    i think s/he’s chinese?

  • It’s going to be released via Steam.

    Steam generally view nudity as being on par with Hitler.

  • Climhazard

    She is Chinese but she’s married to a Japanese man and lives in Japan.

  • John Smith.

    …I feel like crying from the notion that they actually convinced otakus to hand over even more money to procude an anime version of a below average Hentai Visual Game… And by below average I mean: The art in the VN looks good, but the story sucks major ass.

    Christ, I just noticed someone actually paid $10000 to not only get his or her fan character into the game, but to actually voice it as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FjWe31S_0g

  • SuuLoliBoob

    >$10,000 tier
    >Sold out

    Please god, in the name everything holy, DON’T LET IT BE A FURRY!

    But seriously, who fucking has this money to spend?!

  • SuuLoliBoob

    It says “Voiced custom catgirl appearance” not “Voice” so i assume they will use a voice actress that fits his or her taste, and not just let anyone voice in it.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Well, considering how much it is to make 1 23 minute episode of an average anime, it is. But then you have to remember the VA cost and other such stuff.

  • John Smith.

    I hope so, though part of me wants to see them try to fit some weeaboo’s horrid wapanese into their OVA .

  • CommanderZx2

    Found a shakycam preview video of the OVA from the comic market
    https://twitter.com/HRSYO/status/814341974874591232

  • EinMugenTenshin

    Is that the same lady that sings in Steins; Gate?

    It sounds familiar.

  • EinMugenTenshin

    Didn’t the original game have nudity?

    … And they never had issues with the Witcher series. As for more ero-games… I don’t know? Do they?

  • EinMugenTenshin

    That makes her acceptable!

    (joke in here somewhere, I think)

  • Leandro Teixeira

    It will also have a Blu ray release, so I’ll keep dreaming until confirmed otherwise

  • Kaijuu

    This gets funded in one day but the Dies Irae kickstarter is struggling to barely meet its goal despite being a massively successful series in Japan and one of the few titles in the Western VN community to be considered too much work for a fan translation.

    Hopefully this means we’ll get an imouto route for the Nekopara VN at some point, then? Clearly this proves that we’ll pay whatever they want for more cat tits.

  • Fenrir007

    This is not something I would back, but I’m really glad it got backed. The world needs more catgirls.

  • TBH Sayori is too busy snorting high-grade cocaine off her personal male hooker team’s abs to even care about your complaints.

  • Evja

    Damn, someone already took the 10k award.
    I was planning on having the cat girl from BroQuest.