Monday, February 29, 2016
Kick Start This Double Bill: 'Escaflowne Collector's Edition & 'Samurai Lone Wolf'
The issue is that a director's cut of the series has been released in Japan that was never released in English. This means that the original dub no longer fits with the new version, which means that they either need to record a whole new dubtrack or release the director's cut as subtitled only. Funimation say that the Kickstarter is to see if their is sufficient demand for a director's cut dub or not.
The decision to go this route has been attracting controversy in some quarters. The argument goes that Funimation is a big enough company to take the risk (as they do with every other release, to be fair) and that Escaflowne is a popular enough franchise that this is unnecessary. The counter-argument to people who object to crowdfunding is always pretty simple: if people don't want it, they won't pay for it. However in this case, some have expressed concern that this could set a precedent for future releases from the company.
The campaign has already nearly met it's goal of $150,000 at time of writing- despite having only launched at the weekend. Bear in mind that it's a pricier prospect than a normal Funi release, as the full set will cost a whopping $125. The less flush can plump for the part one only, but $65 for a half-season is also asking a lot. Mind you, that's chump-change in comparison to the Five Grand one fan has already paid out to visit Funimation's studios and appear in the dub.
The campaign runs until March 31st. Visit the campaign page for more.
Meanwhile, another campaign has launched that will be of more interest to fans of manga. Samurai Lone Wolf is a new version of the classic Japanese Samurai graphic novel series better known in English as Lone Wolf and Club. Hifumi Kono, creator of the Clock Tower video game series wants to bring the series (created by the legendary Kazuo Koike, and illustrated by the late Goseki Kojima) to life as a 'motion comic'.
For the uninitiated 'motion comics' are created by taking original comics and adding motion, limited animation and sound to create an experience that is somewhere between reading a comic and watching an animated film. The goal is to create a motion comic collection of stories from the manga's first five volumes, spanning around 300 pages. It will be available as a digital download or on a blu-ray disc. The campaign will run until March 26th. Visit the campaign page for more info.
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.