Now, on to the next set of Stretch Goals! Let's add The Natural to the Mix!
Our original goal for this project was to bring to everyone an amazing English dubbed version of Aria - plus to make it look fantastic with a Blu-ray that you'd be excited to share with your family and friends - and watch again and again whenever you wanted to relax and enjoy the calmness of Aqua. To make it even better, we added the wonderful atmosphere to surround you when watching with a full 5.1 English audio mix.
Both goals were rapidly met, and everyone on the team is so incredibly excited to see how much fans want to enjoy Akari's dream of becoming a undine.
We're adding new stretch goals today that I'm hoping people will be excited about - especially adding the dubbing and Blu-ray production of Season 2 - Aria the Natural to the project stretch goals! Ultimately, if we work our way through ALL of these stretch goals, we'll reveal even more. After all, there are more adventures out there..
Much of the cost in the initial Kickstarter budget was due to the mounting of the production and getting things ready to go. Economies of scale will help us to continue to dub the series with additional episodes at a lower cost. This is why we have decided to add Season 2 as a stretch goal here; as a separate project, we would have to start a new production and the cost would be higher overall. So we certainly hope that we can reach the ultimate goal of funding Season 2 as well as this allows us to bring it to you less expensively! In fact, you'll note that the cost for 26 episodes of Aria the Natural to be added here is not really much more than the initial 13 of Aria the Animation!
If we don't achieve the goal of Season 2, we would use additional funds raised towards lowering the overall project cost of a future Kickstarter project for Season 2 and beyond.
We're going to provide some merchandise additions to tiers as we hit each stretch goal, and the major goals will allow for new tiers to be unlocked so that you can upgrade your pledge at that time for a very reasonable cost to add the additional Blu-ray sets of The Natural.
In addition, we will be able to add great commentaries with the English cast on some episodes to again provide you with insight on the production process and how the voice actors approached their roles.
We also have a stretch goal for a guidebook to Neo-Venezia filled with great artwork and character information; should we raise enough, we will upgrade it to a hardcover book - and there is even a further stretch goal to add Season 2 coverage. We will add tiers to support the guidebook when we reach those goals.
Thank you so much for your continued enthusiasm for our project - we are already getting started with Season 1 since it has been funded, and we look forward to continuing the story with your support.