WORLD END ECONOMiCA is a 3-part kinetic visual novel series authored by Isuna Hasekura, better known for his debut light novel Spice & Wolf. The music, art, and overall development was accomplished by Spicy Tales, an independent Japanese doujin circle. WORLD END ECONOMiCA follows the personal growth of a young boy known as Haru, who is a runaway teenage boy pursuing his dream to be the first man to set foot somewhere beyond the moon he was born in. To accomplish this lofty aspiration, Haru intends to become a financial magnate via the stock market.
Contains 3 episodes. Episode.1 was Greenlit and released on Steam for Windows on 5 May 2014, with a Linux/OSX beta release in 19 June 2014. Episode.2 and Episode.3 were funded as WORLD END ECONOMiCA -Complete- on Kickstarter, gaining well over its original $22,000 goal, and will tentatively be released in May 2015.
Episode 1 introduces the series' protagonist, Kawaura Yoshiharu (Haru or Hal for short), a young runaway with the ambitious dream of setting foot where no man has reached before. Somewhat grounded in the economically disparate reality of the moon in which he lives, Haru realizes he'll need unprecedented amounts of wealth to accomplish his dream. In spite of being a teenage boy, Haru is gifted with a natural talent for stock market speculation and trading. His intentions are to game the stock market until he is able to find his way to the upper echelon of the financial society in the moon and earn the wealth he needs to accomplish his childhood dream. As he pursues his dream, however, he meets and ultimately moves in with a religious, humble, but lower-class church caretaker named Lisa. Also living with them is another runaway, a precocious and socially awkward math genius named Hagana.
While he tries to keep his stock trading a secret from the ladies of the church, Haru eventually becomes aware of and involved in the ladies' financial troubles, forcing him to reveal his means.
Still being a young teenager, Haru must decide how to balance his long-term ambitions with the livelihood of the church. In Episode 1, Haru begins a long journey of challenge and personal growth as, in his youthful naivete, he begins to experience and cope with first-hand the brutality of economic inequality.
- media: DVD-ROM
- OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 (32bit,64bit)
- CPU: Pentium4 2GHz or more
- Graphics: TrueColor (24bit) or more
- Memory: 512MB
- HDD: 2GB or more
- Sounds: DirectSound
- Graphics: 128MB VRAM
- DirectX: DirectX 9.0