Today Tokyo-based developer Âge is hosting its 20th-anniversary “Still Breathing” event, which Twinfinite is attending, and they started strong with Kimi ga Nozomu Eien.
The studio intends to reboot the beloved visual novel that marked the beginning of Âge’s success.
If you’re not familiar with the name Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, the anime adaptation was actually localized in English with the title “Rumbling Hearts.”
Originally released in 2001, it launched over time for PC, Dreamcast, and PlayStation 2.
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is arguably the most well-known visual novel by Âge in Japan, while in the west the studio is likely better-known for the Muv-Luv series.
Incidentally, it’s also pretty much the prequel of the Muv-Luv series itself, with quite a few of its characters appearing in Muv-Luv Alternative as well.
Here’s a brief description of the original game from VNDB:
At first, Takayuki Narumi is befriended by Mitsuki Hayase only because Mitsuki’s best friend, Haruka Suzumiya has a crush on him; however since then, Takayuki, his pal Shinji Taira, and Mitsuki have grown to be the best of friends. Then one day, Haruka confesses to Takayuki her love for him. Not wanting to hurt her feelings, Takayuki agrees to go out with her.
After a few incidents, their relationship gets intimate, even while Takayuki and Mitsuki begin to realize their feelings for each other. But suddenly, when tragedy strikes, things are never the same for these four friends again.
Today’s event was rich with announcements, including the announcement of a Muv-Luv Alternative anime, the reveal of a sequel titled Muv-Luv Integrate, an action game code-named Project Mikhail, and an update on Muv-Luv Unlimited The Day After and on the Android version of the original trilogy
You can also read my review of the most recent western release by Âge, Muv-Luv Photonflowers.