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Old 2016-12-10, 12:29   Link #1
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(Key) Summer Pockets

Popular company "Key" just announced their brand new big work! It's name is...
Summer Pockets
First visual:

"I'll never forget these dazzling days."

Confirmed Staff:
Original Plan: Jun Maeda
Producer: Tohya Okano
Director: Kai
Artist/Design: Na-Ga (Little Busters!, Angel Beats!, Charlotte), Tsubasu Izumi (Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, Mashiro Iro Symphony), Nagayama Yuunon (Hatsukoi * Syndrome)
Scenario: Yuu Niijima (Koi x Shin Ai Kanojo, Majo Koi Nikki), Kai (Clannad, Angel Beats!, Harmonia), Hazama (Kiss Bell, Koishiki Manual)
Music: Shinji Orito, Jun Maeda, Donmaru, Tomohiro Takeshita

Story:
Set on an island in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, tells tale of "one nostalgic summer".
Our protagonist Hairi Takahara has come to the island from town to sort out his personal affairs.

Announced heroines:

Shirowa Naruse - "a girl who forgot her summer vacation."

Height: 155 cm
Weight: 39 kg
Three sizes: 81/56/83
Hobby: Cooking
Favorite dish: Watermelon ice-candy


A calm and shy girl. She doesn't have any friends and the only person she is close with is her own grandfather.
She probably lets her guard down with the protagonist because he's from outside the island.
She was a loner for a bit too long, so she's somewhat socially awkward. Sometimes she completely ignores other people's feelings when she talks.
Hopefully, spending time with the other characters this summer will allow her to laugh and have fun with friends as a herself.
She has a strong longing for the city, but her feelings are complex and mixed with fear.

Word from illustrator Na-Ga:
The original design plan for Shiroha said that she has blank eyes...
Eh? It seems like I put extra stress on her fleeting aura, but I think that she will show us different expressions in the story.
I was wondering if a somewhat old-fashioned hairstyle would fit her character, and while I was worrying about it, somehow ended up with the current look.
Before this, people were saying she looked like an old-lady...
Word from the writer:
I think of Shiroha as a calm, mysterious girl and I've decided to make her seem a bit lonely too.
Her conversations with protagonist are strange in that you're not sure if they're talking about same things or not, and it’s very sweet to write them.
She’s a central girl in the story and she will have to go through a lot, but I'm doing my best so that she will be able to enjoy her summer as a her true self.



Ao Sorakado - "a girl who is pursuing legends of the island."

Height: 160 cm
Weight: 46 kg
Three sizes: 85/59/86
Hobby: Afternoon naps
Favorite dish: Shaved ice


A girl who doesn't care about genders and talks to everyone like they're her friend.
She has a tendency to purposefully ignore everything love-related.
Ao acts like one of the core members of a local boy-scouts-like group. She promptly takes command of any situation.
However, because she is also the first to move on the orders she gives, she is not really suited to be in a managerial position.
By the way, she may not seem like it, but she is a closet pervert. Ao frequently mishears words and misinterprets them in a erotic way, only to become bashful herself.
She works part-time at the island's candy shop, and local kids call her "Teacher".
If she has the time she can sleep anywhere.
She also really loves ghost stories. She frequently talks about ghosts and goes outside at night.

Word from illustrator Tsubasu Izumi:
I've got a character description for Ao and designed her to look lively yet cute... I think I've tried quite a few styles for her bangs.
I think it would be nice if I could balance the charm of her character with my own vision of her in my head.
Now that I think about it, I picture her with her hair braided in a way that would probably be hard to draw.
I can't wait to draw more images of her.
Word from the writer:
At first she looked a bit too energetic and I thought to myself that maybe a ponytail could be a good way to represent her femininity...
Then, what do you know, Tsubasu designed her with a hairstyle that could be changed into a ponytail!
The best points of this girl are her delusions and recklessness.



Kamome Kushima - "a rich girl who is searching for a pirate ship."

Height: 158 cm
Weight: 43 kg
Three sizes: 86/55/85
Hobby: Ships in a bottle
Favourite dish: Triangular shaped sweets with a secret


A mysterious girl who is seen from time to time on the island. She always drags a big suitcase with her.
She uses the suitcase in many clever ways and when it gets annoying, she just rides on top of it.
It seems that, like the protagonist, she came to the island for just this summer.
Kamome chats with the protagonist lighthearted and casually, like he's an old friend.
For some reason, the protagonist also gets a very nostalgic feeling every time he meets her.
She has a bad habit of meddling with things out of pure curiosity and getting herself in danger, so it’s sort of hard to leave her on her own.
It looks like she came to the island to search for something. In her hands is an old map... "This is a treasure map!" she says.

Word from illustrator Na-Ga:
I started drawing this character with the idea of a wealthy girl with good upbringing... but somehow the most difficult part was adding in her suitcase. Well, let’s not talk about that.
Let's talk about Kamome's hairstyle instead. I thought about what was befitting of a rich girl character and tried sketching her with bangs drawn-together, wavy hair, etc., all the while getting a feeling for what she should look like.
In the end I decided on long, straight, black hair.
One of my coworkers commented: "Oh, so this is the rare occasion when you make a character with a big chest?"...It’s not all that rare, right?
Word from the writer:
I want a childhood friend character... but this is the first time coming to the island. But I want a childhood friend character... and so she became that kind of girl.
A mysterious girl who always drags a suitcase while walking around the island with an old map in her hands.
As I see it, this story is going to be about adventuring all around the island, exploring and being submerged in the feelings of nostalgia.
I am giving it everything I've got.



Tsumugi Wenders - "a girl who is searching for herself."

Height: 152 cm
Weight: 38 kg
Three sizes: 78/56/80
Hobby: Collecting knitted toys
Favorite dish: Cotton candy


A calm and honest half-German girl, she decided to use this summer vacation to, "look for things she wants to do".
She loves old things and following the rules. Her personal philosophy is, "Classic books and rules were polished over time to be as rational as possible".
Because of that, she even follows rules that clearly don't fit modern society. She is a bit lenient though, and doesn't try to force others to follow those rules.
For someone who always talks about rules and logic, whenever she loses a debate she moans with a mortifying "Mugyu~".
Even though she is a calm and collected girl and it feels like she can do anything, sometimes she just blankly stares somewhere or starts talking in monotone.
And then there are times when her clothes are frayed like she just rampaged through the mountains.
She unexpectedly has a lot of weak points.

Word from illustrator Nagayama Yuunon:
When I saw the notes on Tsumugi's setting, I was like, "Oh! This is my favourite type of a girl!" and all excited, I started working on her design right away...
But! To tell you the truth, the image that you see here is the complete opposite of the one I did initially!
I think it was requested at first that she would be a short-haired character?
But, as she went through more and more iterations, she somehow ended up cute and honest like she is now! The power of twin-tails!
Word from the writer:
Tsumugi Wenders, an underclassmen heroine. She’s almost seems like small animal... She’s a good girl, lovable, expressionless, and very affable.
She also has a strange pet phrase. Perhaps that phrase is actually her biggest worry.
There is also a minor character whom Tsumugi is close to and their relationship may be another part of the charm of spending the summer together with Tsumugi.
You'll find out who this friend is and what pet phrase Tsumugi has later.


Official Site:
http://key.visualarts.gr.jp/summer/


Translation Credit:
https://kazamatsuri.org/summer-pocke...h-translation/

Last edited by relentlessflame; 2017-01-19 at 01:09. Reason: Added translation credit
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Old 2016-12-10, 13:31   Link #2
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Hmm, they seem to have a thing for white haired female leads.
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Old 2016-12-10, 17:56   Link #3
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Three cheers for the Seto Inland Sea!

And hey ... I am not opposed to white haired female leads. ^^

Although ... somehow I never thought of the possible combination of pirate ships and the story setting's locale....

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Edit: Interestingly, it seems there is indeed a history of piracy in the Seto Inland Seas.

http://webdoc.sub.gwdg.de/ebook/p/20...shapinsky.html

and

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/201...to-inland-sea/

Hmm....

Whoulda thought?
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Old 2016-12-12, 19:35   Link #4
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Seto islands. reminds me of seto no hanayome. that colored illustration with the heroine showing its back, that heroine reminds me of Kanade.
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Old 2016-12-16, 18:43   Link #5
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Whoever is pushing whitehaired heroines....should get a raise.

That being said there isn't much to go on yet, and I hope we might get an English localization sooner due to how much love Key is giving us nowadays.
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Old 2016-12-19, 23:10   Link #6
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So is it safe to assume they've just given up on the rest of the Angel Beats! visual novels now?
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Old 2016-12-19, 23:43   Link #7
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So... which of those girls do you think has Key AIDS?
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Old 2016-12-21, 20:53   Link #8
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So is it safe to assume they've just given up on the rest of the Angel Beats! visual novels now?
No, this is obviously done by different writing team. I believe, that those two projects will simple parallely coexist side to side each other. Angel Beats will just take little more time, as Maeda is currently sick.

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So... which of those girls do you think has Key AIDS?
Shirowa, obviously.
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Old 2017-01-10, 18:25   Link #9
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First post updated with further info regarding heroines.
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Old 2017-01-17, 10:20   Link #10
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So is it safe to assume they've just given up on the rest of the Angel Beats! visual novels now?
I certainly hope not....They can't just give one and leave the rest seeing how big AB! is...
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Considering Maeda isn't really in a very good shape, it is unlikely AB2 will be released any time soon, let alone their 6-games plan to come to fruition.
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Considering Maeda isn't really in a very good shape, it is unlikely AB2 will be released any time soon, let alone their 6-games plan to come to fruition.
What happened to him?
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Old 2017-01-17, 11:06   Link #13
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Maeda's health deteriorated as of late, particularly his heart.
Also, remember he always wanted to retire from writing ever since Little Busters. The fact he wrote AB VN is very likely because of Vava considering AB anime series was successful, regardless of its inherent flaws. For someone who claimed that he was at his wits end in term of creativity, a project requiring him to write 6 games (even partially) is downright suicide.
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Oh right....that....


I somehow thought he was simply focusing on other stuff since he's apparently back to making music
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Old 2017-01-17, 18:57   Link #15
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I certainly hope not....They can't just give one and leave the rest seeing how big AB! is...
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Considering Maeda isn't really in a very good shape, it is unlikely AB2 will be released any time soon, let alone their 6-games plan to come to fruition.
From latest interview:
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Kai: Well, yes. We decided that we needed to release another game, other than the "Angel Beats" series. Because of that, we decided to start a contest for a new game desing....
So probably next Beat after Summer Pockets.
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Old 2017-12-26, 11:03   Link #17
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Ah so it turned out to be June release as hinted by Baba all along
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Old 2017-12-27, 07:53   Link #18
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I hope this one will be on Steam.
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2 male buddy characters in this and if I'm not mistaken, there are 2 non-heroine side female character girls in this one.

Since the MC can choose from 4 heroines ( or 5 if I'm mistaken ), I hope at least 1 of MC's male buddies would be paired with any of those 2 side female characters just to be as fair as possible, right ?
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