Dear Incredible Backers,
This has campaign has been more than I could have ever imagined.
We launched this Kickstarter with the 250 or so backers from
We accomplished something pretty darn remarkable!
I am just one person, and the only thing I have is your trust. And that trust enables me to license shows from Japanese rightsholders.
I'd like to thank three organizations that knew exactly how tough it was going to be to rally Skip Beat fans, and I have specific asks for each one:
Righstuf: Shawne Kleckner will be handling the rewards fulfillment, but he went above and beyond the call of duty and shared this campaign via the Rightstuf newsletter and twitter.
Here's my ask: I think one of the things that gets us all hooked on anime is the diversity of stories. It's like entering a world where you can find every possible question about human relationships, power structures, goofiness... but for that magic to happen, we need to have a place where niche titles can find their fanbase. Based on my experience with Time of EVE, and now with Skip Beat, Righstuf is that place. And it is unique. As a consumer, I always thought of Righstuf as a fun place, but interchangeable with Amazon. But, as a producer, nothing could be farther from the truth. Could Amazon help me find Skip Beat fans? Does Amazon care about diversity in anime? I think not. I still sell my titles on Amazon, but my priority is always to work with Righstuf, because Righstuf is critical for the overall health of the anime industry.
Crunchyroll: It's a big company and their app drives me crazy, but I'd argue the same thing. As a consumer, I go to whichever streaming site has the shows I want to watch. But, again, Crunchyroll has the ability to connect shows of all scale and type with their audience. Honestly, without Crunchyroll, Time of EVE wouldn't have found its international fan base, and Pied Piper would never be able to find Skip Beat's fans.
Animeigo: Technically speaking, Animeigo and Pied Piper are competing in the crowdfunding arena. But, Robert has