Frequently Asked Questions
The basic goal for this Kickstarter is to dub Aria the Animation (Season 1, 13 episodes total). We achieved that goal -- thank you everyone!!! -- as well as the stretch goals to dub Aria the Natural (Season 2, which we have split into Part 1 and Part 2 with 13 episodes each, so 26 in episodes total). We are already getting started with the dub production process!Last updated:
The Blu-Ray created for this project will be Region A. You must have a player capable of reading a Region A disc in order for it to play. If you don't have one now, they are available on ebay and Amazon, amongst other places, pretty cheaply at this point.Last updated:
The Blu-Ray discs, when created, will have both the newly created English dubbed version supported by this project, as well as the original Japanese version with English subtitles.Last updated:
The Blu-Ray discs will come in the normal Blu-Ray sized cases, which will likely be blue in color.Last updated:
As we are looking as part of this project to create a HD release, we are planning only to make a Blu-Ray version of the show. Blu-Ray players are available at this point inexpensively, and the video quality is much improved over DVD (many times even when playing standard DVDs even).
Adding a DVD would require additional production work (authoring) and QC work, and isn't in the scope of our current budget.Last updated:
Season 1 is now streaming on Crunchyroll. http://www.crunchyroll.com/aria-the-animation
It's a great way also to introduce others. They can get the feel of the show, and maybe they can become a backer if they'd like to see it in English and in HD!Last updated:
At the time we reach these goals, new pledge tiers will be added to the Kickstarter allowing you to upgrade your tier to the higher level that will include the additional set. So, you can get Season 1, or Season 1 + Season 2 Part 1, or Season 1 + Season 2 part 1 + Season 2 Part 2. We want to dub as much of Aria as possible, so let's see how far we can take this!Last updated:
You must pledge the PRIMA tier or above to receive the Kickstarter exclusive artbox. This collector's box is being made *specifically for the Kickstarter* and will not be available with the mass market release later on. We are also planning to NOT make the artbox available to "slacker backers" after the campaign.Last updated:
As we have reached the stretch goal to include the first 13 episodes of Season 2 (Aria the Natural) the "PLUS" tiers allow you to receive both the Season 1 and Season 2 Part 1 Blu-ray sets, where the non-PLUS tiers include only Season 1.
The STANDARD group (these are the ones that do not have "PLUS" in their names) includes Season 1 and the various merchandise items, including those reached in stretch goals.
The PLUS group includes Season 1, Season 2 Part 1, and the various merchandise items, including those reached in stretch goals.
The DOUBLE PLUS group includes Season 1, Season 2 Part 1, Season 2 Part 2, and the various merchandise items, including those reached in stretch goals.
The $1000+ tiers will include Seasons 1 and 2 - we can't change/edit tiers after they have backers, and since there are backers for these, just want you to know that you're covered for the additions!Last updated:
We will be using source materials on hand to do our very best to make the quality of the video something you'll be happy with.
If there is a flaw anywhere in the source material, whether it's a banded color or misaligned cel or frame jitter, or whatever, it is magnified when you add 600% more pixels. There's only so much you can get from trying to add pixels that weren't originally there. You'll find that sometimes in order to make this happen that DNR or other filters are applied which may make the image appear more soft, as an example. Most certainly you don't want to introduce noise or blocking. It's a difficult process, and to be honest with you is an art just as much as a skill.
We're going to do the best we can to make the product look as fantastic as possible based on the materials we have in house. Everyone working on this project is a fan of the show, and definitely want the quality of the product to be something they can be proud to have their name on.Last updated:
For the tiers which include multiple seasons (PLUS and DOUBLE PLUS tiers for Season 2, and the upcoming tier for Season 3), you will receive a shipment of all of the merchandise items with your Season 1 Blu-ray. Season 2 material and Season 3 material will come separately.
However, if you are located outside of the US, your full tier pledge will be held and shipped all together versus in part, unless you instruct us otherwise (additional shipping cost may apply.)Last updated:
If you want to get access to the campaign rewards AFTER the Kickstarter ends, you need to need to pledge at least $1 (PASSERBY). Otherwise, it wouldn't really be fair to the other backers. Pledging at least $1 will unlock your ability to get to the items after the campaign ends.
At the end of the project, our backers, and our backers only, will be able to acquire the following a-la-carte:
* The Blu-rays of each Season (up through Season 3+OVAs) [You will be able to buy additional copies if you would like as a backer as well ]
* The Neo-Venezia Guidebook (which will be at a slightly higher cost than during the campaign)
If you didn't pledge originally to a level that would include your name in the credits, buying during the Slacker Backer period will not include your name in the credits.
No other items will be available a-la-carte. No tier changes will be allowed after the end of the Kickstarter. Set the basic tier you want to be at and if you don't have the funds to get the Season 2 part 2 set, or the Origination set, or the guidebook, don't feel bad, we'll let you add it. BUT if you want the mug, the exclusive Kickstarter chipboard box, or the t-shirt, you'll need to have that tier selected at the time of funding. We're going to be strict about this - it's all about fairness for those of you who have contributed.Last updated:
How are the orders after the campaign (i.e. Slacker Backer pledges) going to be handled? How long will the Slacker Backer rewards be available?
All Slacker Backer pledges will be fulfilled using our RightStufAnime.com web store.
Each backer will receive a personal coupon code which is specific to them. It can be used multiple times. It will provide a discount against the a-la-carte items as presented in the store to allow the backer to receive the Kickstarter price. The originally displayed price will be so absolutely ridiculous that if anyone purchases it, then I guess that will be fantastic for us, but it will be incredibly out of line with the Kickstarter pledge price or any mainstream release price in the future. The coupon code will bring it down for the backer to the price you would expect. All payments will be processed by PayPal and will be collected immediately when the order is placed.
The Slacker Backer period will begin shortly after the funding of the project and will last until around when Season 1 is shipped in 2018 so that those of you who didn't immediately have funds available will be able to pick up the Seasons you might not have been able to immediately pledge.Last updated:
You can add on the guidebook by "overpledging" for the tier you are currently pledged to.
So if you are currently backing the PRIMA tier, for example, you would increase your pledge to include the cost of the art book.
The cost of the guidebook (includes shipping)
* $60 for domestic customers
* $80 for non-US customers.
To add this to your tier, go into your account and click the "Manage Your Pledge" button. Then select "change your pledge" and increase the amount beyond the award that you have already pledged. So if you were a domestic backer choosing the PRIMA tier originally ($100) you would select PRIMA but pledge $160.
REMEMBER: The amount you enter will be the total amount pledged at funding. We will verify with you at the end of the project that you want to use this towards the guidebook add-on.
This book will be hardcover and will be expensive to manufacture in small quantities. This book will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers. IT WILL BE NUMBERED.
Each backer can order up to 5 Guidebooks.
The guidebook will be available as an add-on in the Slacker Backer period after the campaign ends but the price will go up (see above FAQs for more info on Slacker Backers).Last updated:
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