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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2014 Edition

Bubblegum Crisis Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray Set

Update #1

Oct 27, 2013

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

Wow! I'm speechless... but fortunately, I can still type!

Your support of the KickStarter has exceeded my wildest expectations. We made it to $44,500 (59%) in the first 24 hours, and we're just about to reach the 2/3rds point. And there I was hoping we'd hit $10k in the first 24 hours... shows how much I know!

Many of you have been asking for more pledge levels with bonus items (in particular, the infamous pillowcase!). I spent my Saturday morning ransacking our storage, and while my PillowQuest™ came up empty, I did find some extra goodies: Cels of Daley, Leon, Gibson&Naomi and Sylia&Linna from Hurricane Live. I also found 145 of the original Bubblegum Crisis 18x24.75" posters from 1991, which will be used to create new Basic Poster, Premium Poster and Patron Poster levels.

To give everyone a fair chance to snag them, these items will be added to the KickStarter at 8pm ET on Monday October 28th.

Also, by popular demand, we've just added $95 Double Vision Basic and $145 Double Vision Premium rewards that contain two copies of the set.

Finally, we've asked our Japanese Licensor to see what else they can dig up, and hopefully we will be able to add more items in the coming days.

Once again, thanks for your incredible support of the project -- and please continue to help us spread the word! I am really looking forward to working with all of you to build your Ultimate Edition of Bubblegum Crisis!

Sincerely, Robert

PS: Apparently, KickStarter doesn't display our nice 1080p music video in 1080p. So I've uploaded a proper HD version of the music video (but not my pitch -- nobody needs to see my ugly face in HD!) to Vimeo -- you can watch in 720p or download a 1080p version.

PPS: Some of you have told me that I priced the bonus items too low. Well, from a strictly financial point of view, that's probably the case, but my goal isn't to squeeze out a few extra dollars, it's to build a community that will help me learn the answers to some interesting questions. I know that everyone who tried to snap up one of those rewards is going to contribute to the project in ways that will be much more valuable in the long-term.

That process is already underway in our forums -- for example, right now we're brainstorming new rewards. So if there's something you'd really like -- in particular something unique -- join in the conversation there. You never know -- I might be able to tailor an award just for you!

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Update #2

Oct 27, 2013

Seeing Double... Again

Based on advice from supporters, I've made a change to how the Double Vision option lets you get an extra copy of the product. Instead of specific rewards, it is now available as an add-on.

If you have selected the Basic level or above as your reward, you can get a second copy of the product by simply pledging an extra $45 (US) or $55 (International). For example, if you live in the US and pledge $50+$45=$95, then just select the Basic reward and you will get a second copy. Or if you live in the UK and managed to snag an Early Adopter Premium spot ($90+$10 shipping), then pledging $90+$10+$55=$155 will get you a second copy.

To change your pledge and activate Double Vision, use the “Manage Your Pledge” button on the upper right of the Kickstarter page, then change the amount (in green). Do not change the reward tier. Then click “Continue to Next Step” and finally “Confirm.”

PS: To the person who pledged to get the $1000 SuperBoomer reward, I have retroactively improved it to include 5 copies of the product. After all, you're going to want to give copies to family and friends.

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Section23 Films / Sentai Filmworks February 2014 Solicitations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY SLATE

AKB0048 NEXT STAGE
Available on February 4th

HOUSTON, October 28, 2013 – Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its February slate of releases; including the second exciting season of the epic series AKB0048! Get ready for a battle of the bands with AKB0048 Next Stage which will be available on both DVD & BLU-RAY.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming February 2014


Title: AKB0048 NEXT STAGE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 2/4/2014
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98


SYNOPSIS: The road trip to war has already been brutal for the 77th generation of understudies to AKB0048, the combination singing group and combat squad seeking to bring peace and entertainment back to the universe. However, the competition between the individual candidates, as well as the remaining 75th and 76th generation understudies, is about to get even rougher. With the opportunity to become a successor to one of the original members of the legendary singing squad hanging in the balance, the fights on stage and on the battlefield will become even more cutthroat, and things are only going to get nastier when it turns out that someone has been feeding critical information to the opposing DES forces. Will the revelation of the source of the Kiraras prove to be a deadly misstep in the intricate choreography that's allowed the team to keep dancing out of danger? Will public opinion prove to be more important than actual skill and valor as the squad undergoes a series of grueling trials by fan? The harmony and harmonization that's held this band of sisters together will be pushed to the breaking point in AKB0048: NEXT STAGE!


Title: AKB0048 NEXT STAGE BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 2/4/2014
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98


SYNOPSIS: The road trip to war has already been brutal for the 77th generation of understudies to AKB0048, the combination singing group and combat squad seeking to bring peace and entertainment back to the universe. However, the competition between the individual candidates, as well as the remaining 75th and 76th generation understudies, is about to get even rougher. With the opportunity to become a successor to one of the original members of the legendary singing squad hanging in the balance, the fights on stage and on the battlefield will become even more cutthroat, and things are only going to get nastier when it turns out that someone has been feeding critical information to the opposing DES forces. Will the revelation of the source of the Kiraras prove to be a deadly misstep in the intricate choreography that's allowed the team to keep dancing out of danger? Will public opinion prove to be more important than actual skill and valor as the squad undergoes a series of grueling trials by fan? The harmony and harmonization that's held this band of sisters together will be pushed to the breaking point in AKB0048: NEXT STAGE!


Title: DARK DESIRES
Published by: Switchblade Pictures
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 209 min.
Street Date: 2/4/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98

SYNOPSIS: Onimata Kan is famous for two things: a successful career writing S&M erotica, and hosting the erotic gatherings aboard the Slave Ship, where the main attraction is the auctioning of the services of sexual partners willing to fulfill any desire. But when he learns that one of the frequent auctionees has gone insane, Onimata goes to investigate, and soon discovers that his own writings only hint at the extremes to which some will go in THE SLAVE SHIP! She's tantalizing and irresistible, but those who've had affairs with the beautiful Mari have all expired prematurely. Uemura tries to fight his attraction for her, but he's already in the jaws of a trap designed to suck men dry and spit out the husks. For Mari's husband is all too aware of who's been sleeping in his wife's bed, and what follows will pull Uemura into a world of bondage and depravity in THE CURSE - M! When former sex slave Kumiko joins the editorial desk at a small newspaper, the most deeply kept secrets of the leader of a religious cult suddenly begin finding their way into print. Even more shocking, however, are the repercussions for the paper's sales manager and his elegant wife Shizuyo, who finds herself strung in the rope bonds of twisted lust and inhuman bondage in THE DEVIL'S FEAST! From the pen of internationally acclaimed bondage novelist and screenwriter Oniroku Dan (FLOWER AND SNAKE) come three feature films that dare to explore the darkest secrets of human sexuality in DARK DESIRES - The Oniroku Dan Collection!


Title: MM! COMPLETE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/11/2014
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98


SYNOPSIS: There are twisted tales and twisted tails, but few are as twisted as poor Sado's, who's just realized that he LIKES being made miserable. Of course, knowing that only makes him more miserable, which in turn… Well, you get the idea. Desperate to break the perverse cycle, Sado volunteers for a special club where he hopes he can work through his issues. And though he probably should have expected as much, imagine his consternation when he discovers that the other members have equally… complex… issues to deal with. For example, the hyper-aggressive club president Isurugi not only has a violent fear of cats, but also believes herself to be a god! Then there's Yuno, who's terrified of men; the nurse who forces other people to perform cosplay; and Hayama, Sado's best friend and a compulsive cross-dresser, who's also the girl that Sado is infatuated with. (We did say it was complex, remember?) If you think you've seen EVERYTHING that can happen in an anime, prepare to have your eyes opened to FULL anime size as you enter a whole new paradigm with MM! (it's pronounced "Emu Emu!")!


Title: MM! COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/11/2014
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98


SYNOPSIS: There are twisted tales and twisted tails, but few are as twisted as poor Sado's, who's just realized that he LIKES being made miserable. Of course, knowing that only makes him more miserable, which in turn… Well, you get the idea. Desperate to break the perverse cycle, Sado volunteers for a special club where he hopes he can work through his issues. And though he probably should have expected as much, imagine his consternation when he discovers that the other members have equally… complex… issues to deal with. For example, the hyper-aggressive club president Isurugi not only has a violent fear of cats, but also believes herself to be a god! Then there's Yuno, who's terrified of men; the nurse who forces other people to perform cosplay; and Hayama, Sado's best friend and a compulsive cross-dresser, who's also the girl that Sado is infatuated with. (We did say it was complex, remember?) If you think you've seen EVERYTHING that can happen in an anime, prepare to have your eyes opened to FULL anime size as you enter a whole new paradigm with MM! (it's pronounced "Emu Emu!")!


Title: SMOKEY & THE BUSHIDO
Published by: Switchblade Pictures
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 75 min.
Street Date: 2/11/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $19.98

SYNOPSIS: Nami's still the hottest trucker in Japan, but now there's a new contender for the title of Queen of the Road! Meet Ayano, the toughest highway patrol officer to ever fill out a bulletproof brassiere and Nami's former high school gang rival! However, a certain truck driving mama isn't the only target this smoking-hot smokey has in her sights. There's a deadly drug hitting the market and someone's transporting it across Japan via unwitting truckers. Does that sound like a good enough reason for two ex-delinquents to set aside their mutual differences and put a little pedal and metal up some gangster butt? Maybe, but not all road trips have happy endings, and the payoff at the end of this run could prove lethal. Expect some heavy girl on girl friction ahead as the brakes give out, the undercover action heats up and a crazy string of tips, gas and drugs paves the way for Nami's wildest ride yet! What we have here is some serious disrespect for the law as the whole trucking crew from BIG BAD MAMA-SAN returns in SMOKEY & THE BUSHIDO


Title: HIDAMARI SKETCH SEASON 1 BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 2/18/2014
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Yuno has dreamed of attending Yamabuki Arts High School for years. But now that she's been accepted, there's the scary prospect of moving away from her home and family for the first time! Fortunately, Yuno quickly learns that, even if her new neighbors at the eclectic Hidamari Apartments aren't technically family, at least the majority share the bond of being fellow art students. Between second year students like Hiro and Sae, who try to behave like helpful older sisters, and Mako, her hyperactive new neighbor, classmate and best friend, Yuno will never find herself alone. And that's a good thing since she'll need a solid support network to deal with strange characters like her oddly masculine landlady, her cosplay obsessed home room teacher, her tooth-chattering principal and all of the other odd denizens who inhabit her chosen world of art. It won't be easy, and it won't always be pretty, but with her friends at her back, Yuno's going to reach for her sketchbook in HIDAMARI SKETCH!


Title: TIME BOKAN: ROYAL REVIVAL
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 2/18/2014
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $19.98

SYNOPSIS: The Japanese public goes crazy when it's announced that the beloved and long running classic anime Time Bokan will be remade. There's just one problem: the original show was broken into multiple separate series featuring multiple teams of heroes pitted against multiple teams of almost identical villains, so how to choose which ones will star in the remake? Unwisely discarding the idea of a public opinion poll, the producers instead insanely opt for a race between the bad guys in their favorite mecha. Which might not be a completely bad idea, except for the fact that they're all cheaters and saboteurs, and none of them have ever created a mecha that didn't eventually self destruct in an extremely violent fashion! In a race between these born losers, the only winner is the audience as the villains from Time Bokan, Yatterman, Zenderman, Otasukeman, Yattodetaman, Ippatsuman and Itadakiman compete for the dubious privilege of getting the **** beaten out of them once again! It's Grand Theft Mecha Vs. Super Moron Kart as the baddies slam, bash and dirty trick each other to the finish in TIME BOKAN: ROYAL REVIVAL!


Title: TIME BOKAN: ROYAL REVIVAL BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 2/18/2014
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98

SYNOPSIS: The Japanese public goes crazy when it's announced that the beloved and long running classic anime Time Bokan will be remade. There's just one problem: the original show was broken into multiple separate series featuring multiple teams of heroes pitted against multiple teams of almost identical villains, so how to choose which ones will star in the remake? Unwisely discarding the idea of a public opinion poll, the producers instead insanely opt for a race between the bad guys in their favorite mecha. Which might not be a completely bad idea, except for the fact that they're all cheaters and saboteurs, and none of them have ever created a mecha that didn't eventually self destruct in an extremely violent fashion! In a race between these born losers, the only winner is the audience as the villains from Time Bokan, Yatterman, Zenderman, Otasukeman, Yattodetaman, Ippatsuman and Itadakiman compete for the dubious privilege of getting the **** beaten out of them once again! It's Grand Theft Mecha Vs. Super Moron Kart as the baddies slam, bash and dirty trick each other to the finish in TIME BOKAN: ROYAL REVIVAL!

Title: DI GI CHARAT WINTER GARDEN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 2/25/2014
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $24.98

SYNOPSIS: Things have changed a bit for Dejiko, the alien princess who came to Earth to become a famous idol singer. She's grown up and her teens are practically a memory, though her sidekick Puchiko still has a few years to go before becoming an official "adult." They don't wear their cat ears anymore, and the affectation of sticking nyo or nyu on their sentences got old along the way as well. And the game store? That's in the past as well. Instead of cooking up mischief, Dejiko works in a local bakery. And yet, there's still something strange and mystical about her. But will that be enough to draw the attention of a handsome young man she first accidentally encounters in the park? It had better be, because Di Gi Charat is about to discover the most powerful Earth magic of all. Love hits Dejiko and it's going to hit her hard, as the original saga concludes in Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden


Title: GIRLS UND PANZER OVA SPECIALS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 74 min.
Street Date: 2/25/2014
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98

SYNOPSIS: The girls from Oorai are back in six special episodes! And whether they're shopping for swimsuits, camping out or doing the Ankou Dance, they bring their own special brand of Tankery to the task at hand. There's also a tour of the Oorai school ship, a look at what REALLY happened while Yukari and Erwin were out doing reconnaissance and a team talent contest that's not to be missed! It's a very special collection featuring everyone's favorite Tankery girls: GIRLS UND PANZER Specials!


Title: GIRLS UND PANZER OVA SPECIALS BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 74 min.
Street Date: 2/25/2014
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: The girls from Oorai are back in six special episodes! And whether they're shopping for swimsuits, camping out or doing the Ankou Dance, they bring their own special brand of Tankery to the task at hand. There's also a tour of the Oorai school ship, a look at what REALLY happened while Yukari and Erwin were out doing reconnaissance and a team talent contest that's not to be missed! It's a very special collection featuring everyone's favorite Tankery girls: GIRLS UND PANZER Specials!


Title: LOVE, ELECTION & CHOCOLATE COMPLETE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/25/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98


SYNOPSIS: In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki's going to run for the Student Council himself! And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work. Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC, not to mention Yuki's best childhood friend, and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term? They may savor victory, they may taste defeat, but you're certain to eat up LOVE, ELECTION AND CHOCOLATE!


Title: LOVE, ELECTION & CHOCOLATE COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/25/2014
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki's going to run for the Student Council himself! And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work. Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC, not to mention Yuki's best childhood friend, and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term? They may savor victory, they may taste defeat, but you're certain to eat up LOVE, ELECTION AND CHOCOLATE!

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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2014 Edition

Bubblegum Crisis Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray Set

Update #3

Oct 29, 2013

Mission Accomplished -- And Only Just Begun!

I continue to be surprised and humbled by the level of support this project has attracted. Hitting the goal in less than 4 days? Wow!

But now that we know that the project is a GO, we can start to do some wild and crazy things -- and that starts tomorrow night.

As you all know, one of my personal goals is to involve as many of you as possible in the actual work of the project. Now that the project is funded, I can start that process by offering "Experience Rewards".

Wednesday night at 8pm, we'll start exploring that possibility, with the introduction of a new reward:

Music Video Maestro (6 available):

All the benefits of Premium, plus you will have the opportunity to visit the incredibly non-fancy AnimEigo offices in Wilmington NC, where we will coach you through the process of recutting one of the music videos into HD and subtitling it. You will receive an official production credit and your name will be displayed -- as the editor -- when the video plays on the Blu-Ray. You'll also get 5 copies of the final product, not just 1! Airfare and Hotel not included, but a nice celebration dinner is.

Now my question to you is, what is such a reward worth? Given that every special reward I've posted so far has been snapped up in 10 minutes or less, obviously I don't have a clue!

Let me know by emailing me at [email protected]!
Best, Robert

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Re: FUNimation January 2014 Solicitations

Serial Experiments Lain re-release has been delayed to May 20, 2014.

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New Release Dates for Jormungand & Ikki-Tousen Great Guardians
Posted on: Friday, October 25, 2013

FUNimation has announced a slight delay for the DVD/Blu-ray combo release of Jormungand Season 1. Instead of the December 17 street date, the title will now be available on February 18, 2014.

Also, Ikki-Tousen Great Guardians (Season 3) Complete Series has an updated date of December 31, 2013.

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Update #4

Nov 2, 2013

Weekend Update

This will be a quick update as I am on the road right now with #2 son, who is competing at a Brazilian Jui Jitsu tournament. Let's hope he has more success in his fights than Leon does!

As promised, now that the KickStarter has met the basic goal, I have added a way to use PayPal to sign-up for the KickStarter. Out of fairness to KickStarter, this should only be used by people who can't support the project directly through them.

I am also working hard on some new tiers in the $200-500 range. I should be able to start rolling them out early next week.

The Music Video Maestro experiment continues; the price has now dropped to $2500. My apologies if the changes in the prices don't happen exactly at 8pm/8am this weekend; I will probably have to update them using my phone!

PS: Since we have met the goal, preproduction work is already underway on the project!
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Aniplex of America February 2014 Solicitation

Title: Blast of Tempest DVD -Complete 2nd Season- (http://www.rightstuf.com/i/AOA3202)
Street Date: January 21, 2014
SRP: $74.98
Store Price: $59.98
Listed @ TRSI now with release date of February 25, 2014 instead.
Contains episodes 13-24 plus a 16-page booklet and a reversible mini-poster.

Special Features: Textless Opening, Textless Ending, Trailer.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

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Media Blasters February 2014 Solicitation

Up @ Amazon. Not sure of the accuracy of MSRP. As always (nowadays), release subjected to change...
EDIT: it should be $39.98 (or could end in .99 as TRSI typically does for recent MB titles.

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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2014 Edition

Bubblegum Crisis Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray Set

Update #5

Nov 3, 2013

Sunday Special

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Just a quick update -- I spent the morning scanning in the Bubblegum Crisis Settei (line-drawings), and while they are not yet organized and contain some duplicates, I thought you might like to see them, so I've created a page with >350 thumbnail images. The actual scans are at 300dpi and total over a Gigabyte!

There's also a similar page with the color images.

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Update #6

Nov 6, 2013

Rolling the Odometer!

At about 10:30PM, the KickStarter passed the $100K mark!
Over the past few days, I've been working on a new Platinum reward tier with a special bonus item -- a high-quality polo shirt with a multi-color embroidered Bubblegum Crisis graphic. I hope to make it available by the weekend, but I would greatly appreciate your input before I lock it down.

We've been discussing the idea on the forums, and I want to single out ComSR for a special mention for the work he's put in. He will certainly be getting a production credit for his trouble (not to mention a free shirt!).

Here's his first draft of the graphic, and also an alternate version I quickly mocked up. Let me know what you think -- remember, you're the producers on this project!

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Update #7

Nov 7, 2013

Will you be a member of the FANtastic Four?

We're pleased to announce that at 8pm ET tonight (11/7), a new Patron pledge level will be available!

Bubblegum Crisis Character Designer Sonoda Ken'ichi has kindly consented to create a very special award! If you're a really hard-core BGC fan, you'll want one... but there will only be four!
Patron Sonoda Sketch -- All the core benefits of being a Patron, plus Mr. Sonoda will create and sign a sketch your favorite Knight Saber! Not only that, but if you so desire, he will personally inscribe it to you!

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Section23 Films / Sentai Filmworks March 2014 Solicitations (slated preview)

Here is the list of what's slated for March 2014 from Sentai Filmworks

ANIMAINE
  • Maria Holic Alive (Dubbed DVD & BD)
  • Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water TV (DVD & BD)
  • UPOTTE! (Dubbed DVD & BD)
Bakuretsu Con
  • Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (DVD & BD)
  • The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 2 (Subtitled DVD & BD)
  • To Love Ru: Season 1 (Subtitled BD) < Note: To Love Ru - Darkness was the incorrect info >
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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2014 Edition

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Update #8

Nov 12, 2013

Balancing the Budget

Dear Bubblegum Backers,

As you know, one of the cool things about this project is that half the money raised goes into the production budget, and you get to decide how the extra money gets spent.

While at this point I can only make estimates (because there are some things I don't know, like how many of you are outside the USA, and how many of you will want extra sets), I have done a little spreadsheeting and come up with some very rough numbers -- the real figures could easily be +/- 20%

As things stand now, with about $112k raised from 1,557 backers, the excess budget (more than what's needed to provide what was promised in the KickStarter) is about $9000.

If we get to $125k, it'll be ~$12,300, and at $150k, ~$19,500 -- actually, probably slightly higher because we'll start to get some economies of scale.

Let's conservatively estimate that we'll hit the $125k mark, and you'll have $12k to play with (split between Basic and Premium backers, but for now we'll assume there's just one pool for simplicity). What could you do with that?

Well, one thing that you could do is decide to make it a 3-BD50 set, which would open up a lot of interesting possibilities, like doing some new music videos, putting the Data Archive on the disc, adding alternate subtitle tracks, and upping the bitrate on the OVAs. In all, the extra authoring, replication of ~2000 extra discs, changes to packaging and assembly costs, and possible effects on shipping might run $6-8k.

Another thing you might decide you want is a fancier Challenge Coin -- say a larger one that's also a bottle-opener. That might be about $2500-$3000.

And there are tons of simple and cheap things we could do, like this suggestion of having the cover sleeve printed on both sides, so that you have your choice of two possible covers, or so that when you open the Amaray case, a cool design is visible through the transparent case. This would probably be just a few hundred bucks. Heck, we could even print all of your names on it -- in very, very fine print!

All of these ideas (and more) are being discussed on the forums. Go join the conversation! The way the budget is looking, there is room to make a lot of improvements to the set, both large and small.

PS: We are working on more promotional tiers. Several backers, including Doc Nutron and punkerbikedude, have been photoshopping up candidate embroidery patches like this one...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/...png?1384294871

And one of your fellow backers has generously donated two garage kits to the KickStarter, which I'll add to the rewards list when they arrive at AnimEigo World Headquarters!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/...JPG?1384294958
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Re: Media Blasters February 2014 Solicitation

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Up @ Amazon. Not sure of the accuracy of MSRP. As always (nowadays), release subjected to change...
EDIT: it should be $39.98 (or could end in .99 as TRSI typically does for recent MB titles.
TRSI listing is now up: http://www.rightstuf.com/i/AWDVD1313

MSRP is indeed $39.98. It's marked as subtitled right now though.
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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2014 Edition

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Update #9

Nov 14, 2013

Quick Update

Just a quick note to give everyone a headsup. First, one of your fellow backers has generously donated two Vinyl kits to be used as Patron rewards; they are available immediately.
Second, we are making progress on producing embroidered polo shirts, jackets and fleeces -- one of the first fruits of the crowdproduction process. Here's a photo of the first test article, modelled by my son Alex:

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And a close-up... there are over 25,000 stitches in this embroidery!

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We still have a few hoops to jump through but with any luck we'll be able to add it to the KickStarter in a few days -- and they will ship before Xmas, so you'll be able to strut your stuff at conventions while we slave away producing the final set.
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New Video Group March 2014 Solicitations

Listed @ Walmart.com

Digimon Data Squad: Season Five
- MSRP: $79.95
- Release date: 3/11/14

---EDIT---

Digimon Adventure: Volume 6 single is also up. MSRP like before is $19.95 and release date is also 3/11/14.

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Listed @ Walmart.com

Digimon Data Squad: Season Five
- MSRP: $79.95
- Release date: 3/11/14

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Digimon Adventure: Volume 6 single is also up. MSRP like before is $19.95 and release date is also 3/11/14.
Now up @ Amazon.

- Digimon Data Squad: Season 5
- Digimon Adventure 6 (single)
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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2014 Edition

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Update #10

Nov 16, 2013

Home Stretch

With just over a week to go, we are in the home stretch -- so how about actually having something to stretch for?

Some of you have been encouraging me to add stretch goals to the campaign, and I've been thinking about how to do it in a way that's compatible with the crowdproducing idea.

Then this morning, I was re-reading your comments, messages, and forum-warrioring, and it reminded me that a lot of you want to allocate some of the excess budget to expanding the set to contain a third BD50 disc. Personally, I think that this is a great idea, because it "unlocks" a lot of other possibilities -- more bits means more space for more content, and/or a higher bitrate for the OVAs themselves.

Now, in a very real way, you guys are "putting your money where your mouths are", so it's only fair that I do the same. So if I think the third disc option is a good one, I ought to have some skin in the game. And with that in mind...

Stretch Robert's Wallet!

If the KickStarter tops $130k, and you vote to include a 3rd BD50, I will personally pay for the mastering of the 3rd disc and the AACS content certificate and keys -- that's about $1700.

And if the KickStarter tops $160k, and you vote to include a 3rd BD50, I will personally pay for the authoring of the 3rd disc ($2000 and up, depending on how complex it gets, and somehow I think you'll find lots of ways to make it complex!)

I'm also adding some $500 Patron Inspector rewards. When we master discs, we get a small number of special check discs. Inspectors will get one of the discs to check -- and get to keep the disc as a memento!

Embroidery Update

It is taking us a little longer than expected to finalize the details of the embroidery project, so we are not going to be able to add it to the KickStarter before the end of the campaign.

However, we expect that we will be able to make it available as an Add-On shortly after the campaign ends.

Project Update

Since the KickStarter has made its goal, work has already begun. Over the last week we have started placing the materials orders, and I've been building the custom software infrastructure we'll need to manage and process the shipping of your orders.
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Viz Media February 2014 Solicitations (more)

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via Amazon.com | February 25, 2014.
Blu-ray / DVD Combo (LE) | MSRP: $69.99
  • Complete series on 2 DVD and 2 BD in a BD Elite Amaray case
  • Comes in a chipboard box with iridescent foil covering. It gives the box a nice blue/green shimmer effect under the background art and is really striking.
  • 80 page full color art booklet (perfect bound)
  • Participating specialty retailers will also include, while supplies last, a K vinyl decal set of the HOMURA logo, the SCEPTER4 logo and a Neko face. These are not standard stickers, rather they are made of a nice, sturdy, durable vinyl. Bonus- you'll be able to fit them in the Amaray in the box if you don't want to stick them on things. (Check your favorite retailer to see if they offer this)
  • Special Features: Clean Opengins & Endings, English Cast Interview, VIZ Presents an Interview with KANAME☆, KANAME☆ as Fushimi Photo Gallery, K Events - U.S. Convention Highlights, Next Episode Previews, Trailers and More!
DVD | MSRP: $44.82
  • Standard DVD only set also available. This is just the 2 DVDs in a standard black Amaray.
  • Special Features: Clean Openings & Endings, K Events - U.S Convention Highlights, K Trailers, More from VIZ!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY AND DVD COMBO PACKS FOR THE KINETIC ANIME ACTION THRILLER “K”

A Case of Mistaken Identity Embroils An Easygoing Teenager In A Deadly War Between Seven Infamous And Bloodthirsty Clans

San Francisco, CA, November 20, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, thrills fans as it announces the release of the psychological anime action thriller – K – as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, as well as a standard DVD edition, on February 25th, 2014.

The acclaimed 13-episode series is rated TV-MA and will be offered as a special 4-Disc limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with an MSRP of $69.99 US/CAN. The set also includes a full-color 80 page premium art booklet containing individual episode synopses, character profiles, poster art, translated song lyrics, an exclusive KANAME☆ K cosplay photo gallery, and much more! The standard edition 2-disc DVD set will be offered at an MSRP $44.88 US/CAN.

K introduces viewers to Shiro, an easygoing teenager content with just being a student – until his seemingly perfect life is suddenly halted when a bloodthirsty clan, glowing red with fire, attempts to kill him in the streets. Unbeknownst to Shiro, he is suspected of murdering a member of their clan and will need a miracle to escape their vengeance. Miraculously, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami swings in and aids Shiro in his getaway, only to reveal afterward he's also after Shiro's life. Now a hunted man, Shiro will have to evade the clans of seven powerful kings and desperately try to prove his innocence – before it’s too late!

An extensive collection of bonus material makes this K release a must-see for anime fans. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will come packaged in a luxurious collectible specialty print chipboard box holding the art booklet and disc case. Limited Edition combo pack extra features include: VIZ Presents an Interview with KANAME☆, an insightful segment with one of Japan’s most popular professional cosplayers during his first-ever U.S. guest appearance to celebrate the debut of K at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in 2013; a KANAME☆ as Fushimi Photo Gallery; special K Day Events and convention highlights from Anime Expo including the VIZ Media K panel with cast, staff and special guests; exclusive English cast and crew interviews; the series’ original Japanese and English trailers; and clean opening and ending segments (with English translated and subtitled options), next episode previews and more.

K was developed by GoHands, the noted studio that also created the cyberpunk anime film series, Mardock Scramble, and the enigmatic writers’ collective, GoRA Project. VIZ Media premiered K in North America on its VIZAnime.com streaming service on the same day as the Japanese broadcast debut and the series continues to grow in popularity in rotation on the company’s Neon Alley 24/7 anime channel.

“Filled with gorgeous imagery, attractive characters and an engaging story from GoRa and GoHands, K became a viewer favorite during its simulcast premiere and subsequent runs on Neon Alley,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “With such a fantastic fan response, we're pleased to have K be our first Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack title. With such beautiful packaging and loads of extras, we hope fans will become as excited about this upcoming release as we are!"

For more information on K and other animated titles from VIZ Media please visit www.VIZAnime.com.

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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2014 Edition

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Update #11

Nov 21, 2013

3 Days to Go

With 3 days to go, we're approaching the $130k mark. In fact, we're closer than it appears, since a little over $1K has been pledged via PayPal. In these last few days, anything you can do to generate a pulse of interest in the KickStarter would be greatly appreciated -- so "Tweet, my pretties! Tweet!" **

Over the past couple of days, I've largely completed work on the database that will track all the backers and what they are supposed to receive (the PayPal backers have been my guinea pigs). I've also roughed out a series of questions for the post-campaign survey, but if you have any input on that, there is a thread in the forums asking for suggested questions.

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Update #12

Nov 21, 2013

72, 130 and 160

I'm pleased to announce that a little after 8pm ET, we passed the $130k mark (counting $1250 of pledges that have come via PayPal). This means that the first part of my challenge has been met, and if you decide to expand the set to 3 BD50s, I will personally pay for the mastering of the 3rd disc and the AACS content certificate and keys -- reducing the budgetary impact by about $1700.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to get us over $160K. If you manage to do that, I'll pay for the authoring of a third disc as well!

Fun Facts:
72 is the sum of four consecutive primes (13 + 17 + 19 + 23), as well as the sum of six consecutive primes (5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19).

130 is the only integer that is the sum of the squares of its first four divisors, including 1: 1*1 + 2*2 + 5*5 + 10*10 = 130.

160 is the sum of the first 11 primes, as well as the sum of the cubes of the first three primes.
And of course, 1 is the loneliest number... :)

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Discotek Media February 2014 Solicitations

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Mighty Space Miners DVD February 25th 2014. English dub and Japanese with English sub.
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Lily C.A.T. DVD February 25th 2014. English dub and Japanese with English subs.

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Phase 4 Films February 2014 Solicitation

Tenkai Knights: Rise of the Knights | Amazon.com listing
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • Release Date: Feb 4, 2014
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • UPC: 625828627309
  • Language: English
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