Called Blik-0 1946, the visual novel will come with original music from the beloved Final Fantasy composer.
Posted by Jason Venter (July 14, 2013)
If you've been wondering what Nobuo Uematsu has been up to lately, as I have, then you might be surprised to learn that he's been working on an e-book. Called "Blik-0 1946," the project tells the story of a robot that was manufactured with functions that allow him to "emulate the human heart and brain."
"Blik-0 1946" will be available on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting next month, according to a press release from Acttil, the company formed by some of the people who were originally responsible for launching NIS America.
"I wanted readers to recognize the happiness you can find in everyday life," Uematsu said of the forthcoming book, "which you often ignore because they are too close to you, and the importance of kindness and respect to others."
Uematsu is best known to gamers for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise, so perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the e-book will also feature three original music tracks. Two of those will include music written by Uematsu himself. As noted in the press release, you can play those selections in the background while you read, to enhance your experience.
Besides Nobuo Uematsu, the story of Blik-O is also coming to life thanks to the efforts of artist Hiroki Ogawa. I wasn't familiar with the name, so I looked it up and found my way to this article on Siliconera. Apparently, Ogawa is the director of Nobuo Uematsu's recording studio, Dog Ear Records. Their collaboration on "Blik-0 1946" must have been quite enjoyable, since they've known each other for some time.
"Blik-0 1946" carries a "Teen" rating and contains 53 pages with an English text translation. It doesn't seem like the sort of product that would be destined for mainstream success, but it should definitely appeal to a certain niche (made up of people like me, for instance) and it should be something to watch for on iTunes this August.
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