About this project
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As you already know, this Kickstarter is a mandate to gauge how much widespread demand exists for a new dub—it’s not just a fundraiser. If the project doesn’t meet its goal, Funimation will still create a release based on the materials we have access to. We still want to showcase the HD, but because the HD materials don’t match up with the current English dub, this will likely be a subtitled-only Blu-ray uncut version. A separate release of the original English dub on DVD may follow.
We won’t start casting until we get a sense that there’s a demand for the new dub. If and when we hit our goal, we’ll start casting and will reveal the actors soon after.
Of course! If the project meets its goal, you’ll be able to buy the Escaflowne series and movie on Blu-ray or DVD once it’s released, or stream it with a FunimationNow subscription. The Collector’s Edition in the $175 and up tiers will also be available for purchase. There will also be digital video download options as well. However, the special Kickstarter version of Part 1, with the exclusive chipboard box and art cards, is only available to backers only.
The original dub episodes will be available as bonus DVDs in the Collector’s Edition on the $175 and up tiers (using the original SD materials rather than the uncut HD materials). As for a potential separate release, the answer is: possibly. All of our focus is on the new dub right now, so there are no plans to release the original dub. However, it may come at a future point.
Think of this Kickstarter as more of a way to gauge interest. Because Funimation doesn’t often go back and redub a series that was already on market, we want to know if there is demand for a new dub in the first place. Also, because this Kickstarter was inspired by an influx of fan comments, we want our fans to be more involved and share a dialogue with us, so we can better understand your preferences in a way that a traditional pre-order usually does not. This is also your exclusive chance to pre-order your copy and see some behind-the-scenes looks into the production process, marketing, packaging design, and more!
We do not have any concrete plans for another Kickstarter at this time, but the success of this one can possibly open the door to future projects down the road!
Yes, the Escaflowne movie will receive a new matching dub to the series. The movie release will feature the original dub and the new one as different audio track options.
What countries do these rewards ship to? Will the releases be available outside of the United States and Canada?
Funimation only holds the rights to The Vision of Escaflowne in the United States and Canada, so we are unable to ship any rewards outside of these two countries. The retail releases of The Vision of Escaflowne will also only be available in these two countries. If you are overseas, please support your local official release!
Per agreement with our licensor, we are required to apply a stationary English subtitled track when the Japanese audio is selected on the Blu-ray discs. This also affects the ability to enable subtitles when selecting the English audio. This requirement does not affect the DVD discs.
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