Leaf (Japanese company)

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TypeBrand of Aquaplus
IndustryComputer games
GenreEroge & Visual novels
FoundedOsaka, Japan
(1995; 26 years ago (1995))
Area served
Key people
Naoya Shimokawa

Leaf is a Japanese visual novel studio under the publisher Aquaplus, and has offices in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, and Tokyo. It and its competitor Key (to which it is often compared) are two of the most popular and successful dedicated visual novel studios operating today.[citation needed] It was launched out of obscurity by its early release To Heart.[citation needed] Leaf used the XviD video codec in several games: Aruru to Asobo!!, Tears to Tiara, Kusari, and ToHeart2 X Rated. Since XviD is free software, released under the GPL, Leaf was obligated to release the source code to those games under the same license.[1][2][3] One still requires the game data to actually play the games with the source code.[4][5] In addition, a free software game engine, named xlvns, was developed soon after Leaf released its first three visual novels.[6][7] Characters from Utawarerumono, Tears to Tiara, To Heart, and Kizuato are playable in Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match, a fighting game developed by Aquaplus featuring characters from various Leaf games.[8]


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  1. ^ "弊社製品のムービー再生にxvid.orgのムービー展開ライブラリを使用していた件について。" [Announcement Concerning Our Company's Use of Xvid.org's Video Codec Library for Video Playback in Products] (in Japanese). Aquaplus. 2005-12-22. Archived from the original on 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  2. ^ "Leaf Forced to Release Game Source Code". Anime News Network. March 1, 2006. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  3. ^ aquaplus-sources on github.com
  4. ^ おしらせ
  5. ^ http://ja.wikinews.org/wiki/Leaf、一部作品のソースコード公開へ
  6. ^ Leafbsd Readme
  7. ^ xlvns on github.com
  8. ^ "Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match" (in Japanese). Aquaplus. Retrieved December 24, 2012.

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