Despite what One-piece, Gintama, and Haikyu might have proven, anime sequels are a rare sight with most of us having to come to the sad conclusion that there might not be a second season of Highschool of the Dead or Monster Musume, yet Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san has done the seemingly impossible by not only having a second season premiere a year after its first one ended but also having a VR version announced weeks before its second season ended. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san) is a comedy slice of life anime with hints of romance based on the still releasing manga of the same name created by mangaka Souichirou Yamamoto. The story revolves around middle schoolers Nishikata and Takagi as we see Nishikata try to make fun of Takagi to get even for her making fun of him daily, yet all of Nishikata’s schemes seem to fall apart and end up backfiring on him. The series currently has 25 episodes in total between its 2 seasons and 1 OVA, but recently news broke out that there is a campaign on the Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake to create a VR anime based on the series. The campaign began September 3rd and will run until October 1st and has a goal of 15 million yen (around 140,000 US Dollars). The project has a goal of creating a VR version of the series in which the player will be placed in the position of Nishikata and thus have the ability to interact with Takagi in various situations. The crowd sourcing site speaks about being able to do such activities as walk home from school with Takagi and play volleyball at the beach, the site also boast that alongside already established episodes there will be an original story that the player can experience.
Like any other crowd sourcing project, the campaign offers special rewards to its backers, for 1 thousand yen you will receive a thank you message from the team, stepping up to 3 thousand yen will give you an original badge, stickers, a clear file, and your names in the end credits. The rest of the packages range from 7 thousand yen to 2.5 million yen with rewards like t shirts, an included VR headset, and other great items. If a person were to donate 2.5 million, they would receive the world’s only life size Takagi figure as thanks for donating 1/6 of their entire goal. At the time of writing this article, the project has only received around 8.6 million yen still almost 7 million yen short of its goal thus it maybe be some time before the project comes to life. The team promises to bring the project to PC via the Oculist Rift and there are plans to develop for other platforms in the future. With 2 seasons in under 2 years Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san has proven itself as a fan favourite thus despite the possible under funding of the project it will still find a way to live on through the sheer backing of its vast fanbase.