MangaGamer Are Patching Voices Back Into Kara no Shoujo For $5

By Ishaan . July 4, 2013 . 11:18pm

This evening, MangaGamer announced that they’re bringing two very high-profile visual novels—Kara no Shoujo 2 and Cartagra—to the west, at a panel at Anime Expo. Prior to that, however, they’re going to be adding voices to the original Kara no Shoujo.


As you may recall, when MangaGamer localized Kara no Shoujo in 2011, they released the game without its voicework included, citing licensing difficulties. Now, however, they’re officially adding the voices back into the game.


If you already own Kara no Shoujo, you’ll be able purchase the voice patch for $5. According to MangaGamer, “Please note that part of these small sales will return to [developer] Innocent Grey for helping us out in making this happen, and bringing us these great titles how they were meant to be.”


The voice patch is currently undergoing final beta-testing, MangaGamer shared with us.


Additionally, MangaGamer will also be releasing limited edition hard copies of Kara no Shoujo. These, too, will contain voices. Further details on the hard copy edition of the game will be announced at a later date.


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  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    I already have the digital version but I’m willing to pay another 30-35 bucks to get a physical copy and the voice patch.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    So what’s the consensus on this game? I played it a little bit. My verdict: gross.

    • Very melancholic and sad. They just don’t cut back on details on anything.

      • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

        I found it really confusing. A lot of world-building went into it, and seemingly a lot of love for the characters they created. On the other hand, a great deal of ‘love’ went into the gruesome deaths of these characters. I know this is an eroge, but the murder scenes were outright fetishistic.

        I think I probably would’ve found it compelling otherwise?

        • I do not like gore at all and still loved the game.
          Those scenes were certainly hard to get through, but that was the point. It was supposed to be.

          I like media that can make me uncomfortable at times; that evokes a certain emotion in support of a story.

          It was the great story of KnS that pushed me through the tough scenes, and as someone who generally avoids any horror games or movies I think that says something about the quality of the game.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            I also like media that makes one feel uncomfortable at times. But in Kara no Shoujo’s case, I felt it amounted to little more than gorn. This is particularly glaring an early murder scene where we are given view of a female victim’s giant tits and wet vagina, shortly before she is killed. Obviously being an eroge, the game is out to titillate, but I find titillation through torture and murder to be problematic.

            It’s jarring, because some of the writing is startlingly decent (well, except for when Shugo and his pregnant wife talk about sodomy for comic relief).

    • Zoozbuh

      Well yeah it was pretty gross, but it’s a game about a gruesome serial killer so what did you really expect… Also, I never actually got to the ‘true’ end myself, but I’m sure there was a reason for all the deaths being how they were.

      • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

        There are more tasteful ways of handling the topic: say Kamaitachi no Yoru or Corpse Party for example. But of course, Kara no Shoujo is appealing to a certain kind of audience.

  • Christopher DeBono

    Well this is a hard copy worth picking up.

  • pimpalicious

    Is the hentai a big part of this game or is mostly about the plot? I prefer plot-driven than constant porn.

    • Definitely DEFINITELY more plot-driven.

      • pimpalicious

        Alright cool, I’ll look into this more and consider picking it up then. I’ve liked 999, Corpse Party, Steins Gate, and Utawareumono so far.

        • Daru Titor

          I haven’t played 999,
          but I’m playing the sequel on Vita right now.
          Is 999 any good?

    • Zoozbuh

      There is a LOT of bloody gore, and a little bit of sex, but the emphasis is mostly on the thriller/murder-mystery aspects :)

  • Andrew A

    Oh hell yes, they listened!

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Glad for fans, but I’ll be skipping this. Too depressing and sad.

    Didn’t hear much about Cartagra. Is it good?

    • Rytan

      From what I’ve heard, ALL Innocent Grey works are horribly depressing. …Why do I find myself wanting to play them so much?

      • DyLaN

        Morbid curiousity or masochism? XD

        • Rytan

          Probably a little of both. I do have the tendency of playing games like this. See: Zero Escape, Corpse Party, Umineko. Granted none of those are nearly as gorey as Innocent Grey’s stuff. But, they still get pretty damn depressing and fucked up.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            I’m halfway through Kara No Shoujo now and so far I think just about everyone I like (Including the male characters) in the game are going to get a black shell shoved in them after they die. I would be shocked if it haves a happy ending.

          • DyLaN

            It have… In a bitter sweet way.

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Thanks for the heads up. ^^

    • Ladius

      Honestly, I suggest you play the demo and see for yourself. KnS is surely a dark visual novel, but the great art direction, interesting setting (post WWII Japan done right, with lots of background informations), nice characters and mistery makes for a great read. It isn’t for the faint of heart, since you will have your share of extreme violence and sex (it’s an eroge, after all), but overall it’s still one of the best officially localized vns released in the last years.

      • Romancer Ecclesia

        … like Saya No Uta?

        • Ladius

          It is far more tame, imho. Saya no Uta is a fast paced ride to hell where you are put in the shoes of a madman for most of the story (and that’s a vital part of its narrative), Kara no Shoujo is a mistery where you occasionaly glimpse on the victims’ gruesome last moments while having plenty of normal interactions.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            Saya No Uta is also a very short game so all the insanity (Rape, cannibalism, murder, BDSM, etc.) is compressed into 4 hours. Kara No Shoujo haves more realistic death scenes but they are very uncommon due to the length.

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          I think it’s actually darker than Saya no Uta. It’s certainly more mean-spirited.

        • I don’t think I’ve played anything as depressing as Saya no Uta. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s a very well-written game, but it’s sure to send you into depression for a day or two by the time you’re done with it. KnS isn’t quite like that.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            One time I had some friends over and I was accidentally playing Sunset.mp3 from Saya in the background on loop at a low volume. Everybody got kinda upset! I finally realized my error and fixed things with Charlie Parker’s Ornithology.

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Problem is that I’m rather emotional and I get accustomed to characters rather easily. So yeah, I can get depressed fast too, and it would keep me for a day or two, which sucks. But you’re right, I should try it. I love VNs with good written scenes so I should it a shot.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Cartagra is the prequel, with KnS supporting character Shugo as its protagonist. I think it has to do with him meeting the teenage prostitute that grows up to work at Moon World in KnS.

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Ah I see, thank you. When I’m having something aside to cheer me up, I’ll give this a try. ^^

  • “and bringing us these great titles how they were meant to be”

    Wow, wish all Visual Novel publishers had this attitude.

    I’ll happily purchase the voice pack for $5.

  • Ladius

    Why, I’m glad to be able to contribute. BRB, going to give a tip to the nice guys that will make me able to enjoy Cartagra and Kara no Shoujo 2 (yes, I’m still psyched).

  • British_Otaku

    Limited edition with the voices? Sure? I’ll bite.
    It may even still be a pretty good deal if you already had the original localisation.

  • CirnoLakes

    A lot of people bash MangaGamer for their imperfect localizations.

    But at least they try.

  • Göran Isacson

    Aah, are these the dreaded licensing costs I hear about that end so many “dual audio” dreams? letting the fans pay for them if they want to is… perhaps not IDEAL, but better than not having the option at all, I suppose.

  • Slayven19

    Well after the comments below I think i’ll play this since it seems to be a good story. Depressing doesn’t stop me from reading.

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