Nekopara Vol. 3 was set to release April 28. However, due to the hospitalization of Nekopara’s creator and illustrator Sayori, the date was pushed back to May 26.
NEKO WORKs released this statement yesterday.
Notice of Delay for the Release of NekoPara Vol. 3
NekoPara Vol. 3 was slated for an April 28, 2017 release but Sayori, the creator and illustrator of the series, has been hospitalized for a sudden illness. Due to these unfortunate circumstances, the release date is to be postponed till May 26, 2017.
Given the sudden nature of this announcement and how close it is to the original release date, we sincerely apologize for having disappointed everyone who had been patiently awaiting this release.
The entire staff will expend every effort to make sure that without any doubt, NekoPara Vol. 3 will be released on May 26th. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s continued support and patronage.
Recently Sayori tweeted out a sorry to their fans and in a heartwarming display of unconditional understanding the tweet has been flooded by heartfelt messages of support and well wishes from fans all over the world.
— さより@「ネコぱらvol.3」予約中 (@sayori_nw) April 10, 2017
We’d like to emphasize the health and well-being of creators will always take priority over deadlines, so we wish for Sayori to focus on themself for now have a complete and speedy recovery.
The NEKOPARA series has accomplished quite a lot just this year, when they finished their Kickstarter campaign with over 900K in funds to create a 60 minute NEKOPARA OVA. This also covered stretch goals for subtitles in 6 more languages (besides Japanese and English) and a visual novel about Chocola and Vanilla as kids. NEKOPARA Vol. 3 will release this year (having been pushed back to May 26) and focus on the cat sisters Maple and Cinnamon.