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For Escaflowne's 20th anniversary, join us in creating a new, definitive dub of this classic that finally matches the uncut HD content!
For Escaflowne's 20th anniversary, join us in creating a new, definitive dub of this classic that finally matches the uncut HD content!
2,058 backers pledged $318,784 to help bring this project to life.

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For $150,000, help create a new 20th anniversary experience of The Vision of Escaflowne in its perfect form with a Blu-ray release of a brand-new English dub that finally matches every second of the complete uncut Japanese HD materials!

The Vision of Escaflowne is one of the most prolific classic anime to date—and a pivotal title in opening the door to anime fandom in North America. From its riveting fantasy storyline, gorgeous visuals, a stirring score, romance, and of course, awesome gigantic robots, it's clear that this is a series that has stood the test of time.

The series is beloved worldwide, but there has never been a complete English dub for fans. The uncut HD Japanese version of the show includes scenes that have never been seen in North America, meaning that English speakers have never experienced the show fully in dubbed format. Also, despite the fantastic visuals, the series has not been released in its HD glory on Blu-ray here either. Across forums, social media, conventions, and more, fans like you have voiced endless requests for a new full-series dub that gives this series the treatment it deserves. Team up with us to make this a reality!

We’ve been working hand-in-hand with Sunrise—and legendary director Kazuki Akane and creator Shoji Kawamori—to explore the possibility of creating this new dub for months. We aren’t attempting to raise the entire production costs of a new dub, but rather to demonstrate the extent of fan interest—is it enough to warrant the creation of this dub? If the demand is truly there, then you can think of this Kickstarter more as a pre-order campaign rather than a fundraiser.

If the project meets the goal of $150,000, we’ll be releasing The Vision of Escaflowne television series on Blu-ray and DVD with both the original uncut Japanese HD with English subtitles, and a brand-new English dub matching those materials. This release will also include an exclusive interview with Kazuki Akane and Shoji Kawamori specifically recorded for English-speaking fans, and the Escaflowne movie will receive a new matching dub. Certain tiers of this Kickstarter include Escaflowne Blu-ray/DVD releases as rewards, including a special pre-order of a one-of-a-kind version of Part 1 that includes a beautiful chipboard housing box and art cards featuring illustrations from the series. This Kickstarter Edition of Part 1 is ONLY available to Kickstarter backers.

Check out the list of rewards for supporting this campaign, including several tiers with actual pre-orders for new releases of The Vision of Escaflowne dub.

 *ADDED BONUS: THE WORLD tier also includes a theatrical-sized poster of Escaflowne art.

* SECOND ADDED BONUS: THE WORLD tier will also include an exclusive special edition of the Collector's Edition box with a specialty effect premium print finish, PLUS a replica set of Hitomi's tarot cards from the series!

*ADDED BONUS: THE LOVERS tier also includes a theatrical-sized poster of Escaflowne art. Quantity has also been increased to 500!

* SECOND ADDED BONUS: THE LOVERS tier will also include an exclusive special edition of the Collector's Edition box with a specialty effect premium print finish, PLUS a replica set of Hitomi's tarot cards from the series!

* ADDED BONUS: THE EMPRESS tier will also include an exclusive special edition of the Collector's Edition box with a specialty effect premium print finish, PLUS a replica set of Hitomi's tarot cards from the series!

* ADDED BONUS: THE EMPEROR tier will also include an exclusive special edition of the Collector's Edition box with a specialty effect premium print finish, PLUS a replica set of Hitomi's tarot cards from the series!

 * ADDED BONUS: THE STAR tier will also include an exclusive special edition of the Collector's Edition box with a specialty effect premium print finish, PLUS a replica set of Hitomi's tarot cards from the series!

In the event that this project exceeds its $150,000 goal, here's how this release gets even better:

$200,000 (UNLOCKED!) – In addition to the series' new dub, The Vision of Escaflowne Part 1 will be upgraded to include a special feature of the new English cast, including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. This will be added to the Kickstarter Edition of Part 1, the standard edition available outside of this Kickstarter, and the Collector's Edition.

$250,000 – The Part 1 Kickstarter Edition release will receive a second upgrade—the art cards will be upgraded to a saddle-stitched art booklet, and the chipboard box that houses the release will get special foil printing. Remember that this is only on the Kickstarter-specific release!

$500,000 – You're invited to a VIP backer-only Escaflowne party! We’ll arrange a U.S. visit for original director Kazuki Akane at a major U.S. anime convention, and provide an exclusive VIP party for Kickstarter backers only. (Transport and lodging are not provided.)

Funimation is the go-to destination for extraordinary anime. By combining its integrated in-house studios along with its technology and distribution partnerships, Funimation leads the industry with its omnichannel approach to offering anime to fans—from streaming and home entertainment, to theatrical distribution and broadcast television. The company's next generation streaming service, FunimationNow, provides subscribers with instant access to their favorite sub and dub shows in ad-free HD on the widest array of devices and platforms—from smartphones and tablets to TV's and gaming consoles. For more information about Funimation, visit www.funimation.com.

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Risks and challenges

A redubbing of an entire series can be a daunting task; however, Funimation has over 20 years of English dubbing experience, so we can expect a smooth and painless process. Not to mention we’re working side-by-side with Sunrise and the original creators to make sure it matches their original version perfectly.

In addition to the dub, there’s also the phase of creating posters and packaging, getting signatures from Japan, procuring the original soundtrack, and not to mention obtaining approval from the creators. Fortunately, we’ve already been working with Sunrise to make sure all those aspects are doable.

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    THE HERMIT
    You’re helping make this a reality! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind digital wallpaper featuring Escaflowne art.

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    THE MAGICIAN
    You'll receive the digital wallpaper plus an on-disc credit listing, AND a certificate of participation with reprinted signatures from original director Kazuki Akane and Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga.

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    THE SUN
    You are a true Escaflowne fan. Receive everything in the $15 tier, plus a pre-order of the Escaflowne movie. (Early bird tier, limited to 500 units)

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    THE TOWER
    For supporting this endeavor, you get: Everything in the $15 tier, plus a pre-order of the Escaflowne TV Series Part 1 Kickstarter Edition, featuring episodes 1-13 of the HD complete uncut version of the series in Japanese with English subtitles AND the brand new English dub, all housed with exclusive art cards in a handsome chipboard box not available outside of this Kickstarter.

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    THE HIGH PRIESTESS
    Good things are coming your way! For $125, receive everything in the $15 tier, a pre-order of Escaflowne TV Series Part 1 Kickstarter Edition AND Part 2 (which completes the rest of the series and fits in snugly in the Part 1 Kickstarter Edition box), plus a theatrical-sized poster of Escaflowne art.

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    THE MOON
    We can see you are just as excited as we are. Please enjoy everything in the $125 tier, plus a pre-order of the Escaflowne Movie.

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    THE WORLD
    This is the true collector tier. For your generosity, you’ll receive a pre-order of the Escaflowne Complete Series + Movie Collector’s Edition Box Set, the ultimate collection. This includes the complete series and movie with Japanese audio and English subtitles PLUS the new dub, as well as:
    - a chipboard box (different from the Kickstarter edition) featuring new art from the Japanese release
    - a perfect-bound art book
    - a special exclusive item--to be announced!
    - AND bonus DVDs of the original dub version--the only release that includes this version!

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    THE LOVERS
    This tier is for fans of the gorgeous Escaflowne music, from legendary composers Yoko Kanno and Hajime Mizoguchi. Contribute $200 and you’ll get everything in the $175 tier plus the imported soundtrack from Japan (Lovers Only).

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    THE EMPRESS
    You get everything in the $200 tier and a theatrical-sized poster of Escaflowne art, signed by the U.S. principal cast of the new dub.

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    THE EMPEROR
    This tier is the mark of an ultimate anime fan! You’ll get everything in the $300 tier plus your poster will also signed by three legendary Japanese talents: director Kazuki Akane, original creator Shoji Kawamori, and character designer Nobuteru Yuki.

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    THE STAR
    FOR CONTINENTAL U.S. ONLY – A one-of-a-kind Escaflowne experience. We’ll fly you out to the Funimation office where you’ll get a tour, a bag of Funimation goodies, and you’ll even get to do voice work that will appear in the new Escaflowne dub! And of course, you’ll also receive the Escaflowne Collector’s Edition Box Set and everything else in the $400 tier.

    Tour and recording will be conducted before the end of May; all other rewards will ship in late fall. Flight, transportation to and from airport, and a one-night hotel stay will be provided for one person. You must be available to participate during this time to fulfill this reward!

    No specific role is guaranteed. For this experience you must be 18 years of age or have permission from a legal guardian to travel and have a legal guardian who will travel with you. Prizes subject to signing an agreement with Funimation.

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