It isn’t uncommon for video games to inspire anime adaptation but World End Economica is a franchise that had a somewhat unique journey to produce an anime.
The official Twitter account for World End Economica had announced on June 24 that the first promotional video for the anime would begin streaming on their YouTube channel at 21:00 JST.
As promised, the English subtitled trailer for World End Economica began streaming on Spice Trails YouTube Channel.
The anime adaptation of the visual novel game has had a unique journey. Spice and Wolf creator Isuna Hasekura’s Spicy Tails studio had set up various crowdfunding campaigns to ensure the anime’s production.
The Kickstarter campaign for the anime launched on November 14 reached its 5 million yen (about US$45,680) goal on December 28 and wrapped up n January 4, having raised 5,919,682 yen (about US$55,208).
The anime also has a Campfire campaign that ended on January 4, having raised 19,234,500 yen (about US$179,384), far surpassing its 5,000,000 yen goal.
Senkai project released the first visual novel episode of World End Economica on Steam in 2014, then launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, ensuring that the series would be made available in English along with an HD graphic upgrade.
The Twitter account previously announced on June 18 that the series would also receive a comic version by Hashimoto-sensei.
The account has been teasing fans with rough sketches ever since that announcement.
About World End Economica
World End Economica is a visual novel game that inspired an anime adaptation.
SekaiProject describes the story as:
Written by Isuna Hasekura, the author of Spice and Wolf, World End Economica is a three-part visual novel set in the far future on the moon, 16 years after humans have begun to colonize it.
A young boy named Haru has been chasing his wildest dream — to stand where no man has stood before. To do so, he needs capital… a ludicrous amount of capital. What better place to get that much money than by using the stock market?