Dual-language visual novel Karakara is now available on Steam. The new studio combines the art of artist p19 and the storywriting of Kio Nachi under the direction of Shiihara Jun to create a game with seemingly lovable characters. They teamed up with Sekai Project to reach a larger audience and successfully funded their campaign on Indiegogo back in March. Now, to celebrate its release, there’s a 7-day 20% off introductory discount for the all-ages version of the game. And according to the game’s official website a R18 patch should be available on Denpasoft shortly, although it doesn’t seem to be up just yet.
Update: The patch is now available here. A standalone R18 version is also available here.
Karakara’s script is written by Kio Nachi, a name you might know from Yumiko’s route in Grisaia or his work in sprite’s Aokana.
“Let us live on this land so arid.”
KARAKARA. It is the sound of aridity. It is the sound of dry asphalt and sandy winds. It is the sound of relentless sunshine, as well as the sound of a withering race.
The “Age of Dusk.” It is a time of senescence for the human species, during which hybrids known as the “Others”—those who are human, yet not—exist in great numbers. On the windswept barrens of a land without moisture, a small gathering of people make their living in a world they no longer know. Down a stretch of highway and far from the heart of the town are two such people who run a small diner. To them, the circumstances that reshaped their world is of far less concern than the number of lunch boxes they can load into their delivery vehicle. After all, leaving customers hungry is not good for business, and business keeps them fed. Day after day, they occupy themselves with the endless work of their store. However, the comfortable monotony of their daily lives is turned on its head when they discover a large suitcase by the roadside on their way home from deliveries. Lying on the suitcase, unmoving, is a young girl with pink hair…
Though parched, they keep each other company,
and while hollow, they fill each other’s voids.
So shall they live
on this land so arid.
Obtaining the game
The Steam page is available here.