By Ishaan . May 17, 2011 . 2:18am
MangaGamer’s latest localization project is a little different from what you’re used to seeing them publish — they’ve taken on, as many suspected, Innocent Grey’s Kara no Shoujo, a psychological thriller visual novel set in post-war Japan.
Kara no Shoujo’s story begins in 1956, when Tokyo is beginning to recover, ten years after Japan’s defeat in the war. A series of gruesome murders involving women specifically has been taking place, and private eye, Tokisaka Reiji, is contacted to help out with the case.
Meanwhile, Reiji’s already got another case going on the side. A girl, Kuchiki Toko, at Inokashira Park wants him to look for “her true self”. Circumstances lead Reiji to take on a third case as well, going undercover at the academy his sister studies at, to get to the bottom of the disappearance of two students. As if that weren’t enough, Reiji runs into Toko at the school as well.
Kara no Shoujo isn’t far from release; MangaGamer hope to have the game out in Q2 or Q3 of this year, priced at €24.95. The project’s beta-testing phase has been completed, and corrections are currently being implemented, according to MangaGamer head translator, John Pickett.
Update: We won’t link to it because it’s NSFW, but Kara no Shoujo’s official product page on MangaGamer’s website states that the game has “no voices”. That explains the game’s lower price. You can expect MangaGamer to officially comment on the matter in the coming days.
A thumbs up to Chris Taran for the “no voices” tip!