Clannad in shiny boxes

Hey y’all, remember when PC games came in boxes?

Well, check this baby out!

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Thanks to the excess of Kickstarter, the English translation project for Key’s megahit visual novel Clannad, run by Sekai Project, was able to produce a limited edition physical box for backers. And it’s really nice feeling, like it’s got a number stamped on the back and it’s got all nice artwork and stuff, it feels super classy.

Let’s open this bad boy up!

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So, inside we’ve got the guidebook/artbook, the game disc, and a soundtrack CD. There’s a nice sort of tray setup to hold it all in place, on fancy printed cardboard. Like I said, this is a super classy feeling package.

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So yeah, guidebook. Inside there’s like concept art and interviews with the staff and some hints on the game.

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The game disc itself is interestingly in a Super Jewel Box case. You don’t see these sorts of cases used often, so it’s an interesting choice. It’s certainly unique at least.

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I love the way the soundtrack CD is packaged as well. It’s like a proper CD release and has classy artwork.

But wait, there’s more!

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Sekai Project was also able to port the Side Stories to PC, which are apparently originally a novel that got turned into an audio drama and released on PSP, or something. I guess it’s extra stories. Cool to have. It’s less elaborately packaged but it’s still in a Super Jewel Box with a lot of really nice artwork.

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Sekai Project also put together this anthology manga. I haven’t really read it yet, the artwork seems a bit… I dunno. But it’s a cool neat little extra.

So yay, really nice physical boxes of visual novels. The translation project of Muv-Luv is releasing soon, and they’re planning a physical release as well, so I’ll be curious to see how that one stacks up.

I feel nostalgic about PC game boxes now.

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