The wait is over! Moonchime Studios announced a collaboration with the Japanese publisher Poni-Pachet to bring their latest project to English-speaking audiences, Haunted Obachestra.
In 2020, Haunted Obachestra Vol.1 Awaking was launched in Japan, available on iOS and Android.
Now, Poni-Pachet will publish the game for English-speaking audiences and Moonchime Studios will localize it and be directly involved in the Kickstarter campaign management and other publishing efforts.
Poni-Pachet hopes that this effort will help them connect with the community outside of Japan.
Haunted Obachestra is a fully-voiced joseimuke (game made primarily for female audiences) adventure game for everyone, and will be made available for PC on a date to be announced.
The Kickstarter campaign starts in July 2022.
The focus is on creating an immersive experience for the players by centering them in the story as the human protagonist, with options to select a gender and change the name.
Music – especially rock music – is a pivotal aspect of this multimedia project, and each song is crafted to reflect the characters and enhance the story. Music is by Kimiyoshi Maruyama, producer/songwriter part of the producing crew “project lights”.
The beginning of a fairy tale
It all begins in the outskirts of Tokyo’s Ayakashi Ward, where unbeatable rent prices lure you into sharing a large western-style house complete with mysterious housemates and a rather unsettling basement.
One night, some eerie noises drift up the basement stairs, and your curiosity gets the better of you—you descend into the darkness to check it out. To your surprise, not only are your mysterious housemates playing old-fashioned musical instruments, but… there’s something different about them.
Turns out, they’re monsters—some of many who live all over the world. Those who love music refine their talents in preparation for Melloween, a music festival held once a year in Vienna.
But why are these monsters here in Tokyo, and why are they practicing in your basement?! Befriend your monster neighbors and uncover their reasons for coming to Japan in this heart-warming monster musical comedy.
Top-quality music and in-depth character development are at the heart of this story, so buckle in and get ready for a wild ride!
The project features a total of 14 characters (minus the player) that include vampires, succubus, and werewolves.
With that being said, the full game cast is the following:
- Exnaz von Enterstein – CV. Kent Ito
- Merry Christhrnova – CV. Tomohito Takatsuka
- Gioh von Wolfhart – CV. Makoto Furukawa
- Fumiyomi Hitokado – CV. Seichiro Yamashita
- Henas Meidoh – CV. Tarusuke Shingaki
- Dhyos Meidoh – CV. Tarusuke Shingaki
- Treis Meidoh – CV. Tarusuke Shingaki
- Erlucia Kaketsuki – CV. Toshinari Fukamachi
- Stig klaus-näck Störtebeker – CV. Ryota Takeuchi
- Laynnreix Finistère – CV. Shunichi Toki
- Far Darrig – CV. Kazuyuki Okitsu
- Ukai – CV. Shohei Komatsu
- Subaru – CV. Miki Horiba
- Alexander von Enterstein – CV. Yohei Azakami
- Yukiha Nasu (default name, male protagonist) – CV. Takafumi Ono
- Yukiha Nasu (default name, female protagonist) – CV. Machico
Below is the original promotional for the game when it was released in Japan in 2020.
- Date of release: TBD (ETA for Kickstarter: July 2022)
- Genres: joseimuke, adventure (visual novel)
- Price: TBD
- Platforms: PC
- Availability: TBD
- Languages: English
- Recommended age: 12 years and above.
- Content warning: TBD
- Recommended specs: TBD
- Planning and writing: Yumas
- Planning and music: Maruyama Kimiyoshi (project lights)
- Character design and art: PE-NekoR
- Chibi art: Satoi and Yurino Tsukigase
- Twitter manga: Romo Horita
- Art direction: Amakaraneko and Konoha
- Localization: Moonchime Studios
About Moonchime Studios
Moonchime Studios is a visual novel game publisher specializing in joseimuke games.
Through the Moonchime Localization brand, we publish localized Japanese games to most regions of the world.
While we partner with bigger companies to help them reach their full potential, indies are also part of our vision to give a voice to creators that usually don’t see their works published outside of Japan.