What's next? How about everything?
Here's a very important announcement, and one that we hope will be of interest and excitement to the fans and backers!
We continue to blow through stretch tiers. That's incredibly amazing! Overnight we surpassed the most recent tier, where we are adding reversible covers for all seasons and for all backers. This will be exclusive to the Kickstarter backers - those who buy the later retail release will not have this.
It may have been mentioned in the comments, but wading through the many comments each day can be difficult - if you are a domestic customer, you'll receive Season 1 and the merchandise items upon completion. You'll receive Season 2 when all episodes of it are completed
So today, we're going to add another batch of stretch goals. We truly hope that we can reach them - but to do so we are going to need to expand our base and get new backers! Continue to spread the word.
First off, the next stretch goal will add Season 3 (The Origination) to the guidebook that we are creating. As mentioned previously, the guidebook is going to be available to backers as an add-on item. It's going to be a large book with lots of artwork, materials from the limited edition booklets that were in the DVD sets, and much more. It's going to be something that we think you'll be excited to have on your shelf. The page count continues to grow.
We'll have another merchandise stretch goal which will include all of the company mascots. This is a goal to continue to drive you forward. It would be added to all SINGLE sets and above.
By popular demand, we'll add another stretch goal to allow everyone to be able to select the primary color of the subtitle tracks when watching the program. This will add another layer of production (QC will need to occur across all episodes) but this is something that has been requested often.
But wait there's more. If you reach the $360k stretch goal, we're going to give you the entire gondola. Everything. There might even be a kitchen sink in one of the gondola storage compartments.
IF WE REACH THIS STRETCH GOAL YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO IT ALL.
We'll add dubbing of the Arrietta OVA. We'll add dubbing of Aria The Origination. We will add the unbroadcast special bonus Episode 5.5 in Aria the Origination. We'll add dubbing to the Aria the Origination Picture Dramas.
AND, we will include and dub Aria The Avvenire, never released outside of Japan, anywhere. These episodes were made in native HD and the animation and visuals are nothing short of stunning.
Note, we will not make new tiers for this, unless we reach the goal quickly. Thus, what we will do is add the final set as an add-on option, which we will make accessible to all backers and slacker backers.
We have put a couple of extended stretch goals beyond. When you reach the next goal, we will include the Japanese Avvenire commentary - which is 90 minutes of round table discussion including the Japanese cast, the Director, and cast commentary on Avvenire. This is a really amazing piece, and as I mentioned is really long. But worth it to any fan! And if we make it here during the Kickstarter, we will make it EXCLUSIVELY for the Kickstarter backers and will not put it on the mainstream release.
We have a further stretch goal to add more English cast commentary to Season 3. And I will keep coming up with more if you guys keep on going!
I can't begin to tell you how excited everyone is to see this project continue to drive forward. Your enthusiasm for this fantastic series is so very wonderful, and we look forward to being able to work on it and bring it to you, in HD, and in English. And it looks like we will have many months of production work to come.