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The definitive Blu-ray release of the influential Anime OVA series, Megazone 23.
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Making its debut in 1985, Megazone 23 ignited the Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) boom. It proved there was a market for direct-to-video anime films, and paved the way for anime to become not just a niche genre, but a world-wide phenomenon.

The team that created Megazone 23 includes a Who's Who of anime legends, including (just to name a few) ISHIGURO Noboru (Macross, Yamato), ITANO Ichirō (creator of the “Macross Missile Massacre”), MIYAO Gaku (Devil Hunter Yōko), MIKIMOTO Haruhiko (Macross, Gunbuster), ANNO Hideaki (Evangelion), YATAGAI Kenichi (Bubblegum Crisis), ARAMAKI Shinji (Appleseed), HOSHIYAMA Hiroyuki (Dirty Pair), ARII Emu (Bubblegum Crash), SAGISU Shirō (Evangelion), MORIMOTO Koji (The Animatrix), YŪKI Nobuteru (Vision of Escaflowne), KAKINOUCHI Narumi and HIRANO Toshiki (Vampire Princess Miyu), UMETSU Yasuomi (Kite), and KITAZUME Hiroyuki (Gundam).

With your support, it will be our honor and pleasure to help create the definitive release of the series: the Megazone 23 Omega Edition.

Synopsis

YAHAGI Shōgo is a young man living in Tokyo in the mid-80s, enjoying life during a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Or so he thinks...

In reality he, and everyone he knows, are living in a carefully maintained illusion. Almost all are blissfully unaware that they are aboard a massive spaceship, Megazone 23. Only a few of the inhabitants of Megazone 23 know the truth -- that not only is the city a ship, but that it is controlled by Bahamut, an AI, and is in danger of attack from the mysterious Dezalg.

When Shōgo stumbles upon the secret of Megazone 23, the military decides that he and his friends need to be silenced before they can interfere with their plans to hack Bahamut. Shōgo only has two things going for him – a motorcycle that is much more than it seems, and an acquaintance who is much less so!

Featured Artists

Two members of the original production team have agreed to provide new materials for this release.

MIYAO Gaku is a manga artist, character designer, and animator, best known outside of Japan as the creator of Devil Hunter Yōko. He worked on the mecha designs for Megazone 23, and is currently working on the charming manga series Cycle Shop Aoba (which has been running for 20 years and shows no signs of wearing out) and Second Life Animator, a time-travel story set in the anime industry.

MIKIMOTO Haruhiko is an illustrator, character designer and manga artist, and in the past has also worked as an animator and animation director. He is renowned for his work on influential series such as Macross, Orguss, Gunbuster, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, and, of course, for the design of Eve, the sentient computer program that runs Megazone 23. Current works include the original character designs for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and the manga Super Dimension Fortress MACROSS THE FIRST and Mobile Suit Gundam École du Ciel.

Contents of the Set

The Omega edition will be a significant superset (with a few minor possible exceptions; see below) of the Japanese Megazone 23 Blu-ray release. The core content (assuming no stretch goals are reached) will include:

  • The complete Megazone 23 saga (Parts I, II and III, using the new Japanese HD transfer) with the original uncompressed Japanese 2.0 and the ADV Films English 5.1 DTS audio tracks. Total runtime: 4h 4m (each is about 80m long).
  • The Megazone 23 Part II International Edition English dub (94m).
  • An assortment of Megazone 23 trailers.
  • The original ADV Films English commentary featuring Matt Greenfield, David Williams and Janice Williams.
  • Multicolored non-SDH and SDH subtitle tracks and SDH captions for the Japanese program, SDH captions for the english program, and multicolored SDH subtitles for the commentary tracks.
  • All backers will be listed on the disc in a special feature and in a 9-panel poster insert in the Amaray case.
  • Expanded Production Artbook containing significantly more content than the Japanese artbook (Premium set only). The Japanese book was about 64 pages, ours will probably end up over 100 pages long.
Sample settei pages from the Japanese Blu-ray Artbook (our version will be translated into English, of course!)
Sample settei pages from the Japanese Blu-ray Artbook (our version will be translated into English, of course!)

In addition, we are planning to include additional content if certain stretch goals are reached. These include:

  • Japanese commentary featuring MIYAO Gaku and our returning champion, SATO Hiroki.
  • Use of MIKIMOTO Haruhiko's outstanding new Eve painting.
  • New artwork created by Mr. Mikimoto for this edition.
  • 8-page Megazone 23 manga created and illustrated by Mr. Miyao.

Finally, there are several items that we hope to include, but which require additional work to ensure that we have the appropriate rights to use them and usable materials.

They include:

  • A series of music videos featuring MIYASATO Kumi that were included in the Japanese release.
  • The Streamline Pictures English dub of Megazone 23 Part I.
  • The Manga Entertainment English dub of Megazone 23 Part III.
  • Other materials being unearthed by our crack team of combat anime archaeologists.

We cannot guarantee that including any these will be possible, so you should consider them to be "icing on the cake".

The Basic set will consist of 2 BD50 Blu-rays and the poster in a dual-disc Amaray case with reversible cover insert. The discs will not be region locked. The Premium set adds the production artbook and a chipboard case. As with our previous releases, the Omega Edition is a limited-edition and there will be only one pressing.

The Basic Set from our Riding Bean project, showing the Amaray case and some of the inserts.
The Basic Set from our Riding Bean project, showing the Amaray case and some of the inserts.
A Premium Set from our Otaku no Video project - includes the Blu-ray in Amaray case and an artbook in a chipboard collector's case
A Premium Set from our Otaku no Video project - includes the Blu-ray in Amaray case and an artbook in a chipboard collector's case

Reward Levels

Bahamut Backup (Digital Production Materials) - $5

Online access to all the art and other production documentation, plus you will be listed on the disc and Amaray poster insert.

Basic - $60 + shipping

The basic set, 2 BD50 Blu-rays + poster insert. Includes all the digital rewards.

Premium - $90 + shipping

The basic set plus the Production Artbook, together in a sturdy chipboard box.

Patron - $200 + shipping

Includes everything in Premium, plus you will be listed as a Patron when the disc loads in addition to your listing in the regular disc feature.

Prominent Patron - $300 + shipping - Limited Reward: 20 Available

Includes everything in Patron, plus you will be listed on the first page of the list of Patrons in a larger, more important font.

Perfectionist Patron - $500 + shipping - Limited Reward: 5 Available

Includes everything in Patron, plus you will receive a set of the production check discs. Note that any bugs in the final discs will be your fault! :)

Portrait Patron - $600 + shipping

Includes everything in Patron, plus you will receive a Magnificent Meter of Mikimoto, a 40x30" (100x75cm) limited edition giclée canvas print of art by Mr. Mikimoto, personally signed by the artist. For backers in the USA, this print comes framed and ready to hang. Due to postal size limitations, international backers will receive the print in rolled form and will have to get it stretched locally.

If a stretch goal results in Mr. Mikimoto creating new art for this release, backers will have their choice of that art or the image he created for the Japanese Blu-ray release.

A smaller (24x18") digitally-signed version of this reward will also be available as an add-on goodie; see below for more details.

Smaller 24x18" test print (Project manager who thinks he's on YouTube included for scale)
Smaller 24x18" test print (Project manager who thinks he's on YouTube included for scale)

Pearlescent Patron - Current Price: $2250 - Limited Reward: 10 Total

Includes everything in Prominent Patron, plus Mr. Mikimoto will create a colorful shikishi based on your request and inscribe it to you personally. It must be related to Megazone 23, and it must be personally inscribed; these are not intended for resale.

The price of this reward may drop occasionally until it sells out or reaches a reserve price. All backers who select this reward will get the same price as the final backer. 

Due to the way Kickstarter works (we can't change the price of a reward after someone selects it), all backers will be initially be charged whatever the price was when the first person selected this reward ($2500), but we will issue partial refunds shortly after the campaign concludes.

Here are some samples Mr. Mikimoto has provided us to give you an idea of what he will deliver.

Purrfect Patron - Current Price: $2250 - Limited Reward: 10 Total

Includes everything in Prominent Patron, plus Mr. Miyao will create a colorful shikishi based on your request and inscribe it to you. It must be related to Megazone 23 or one of Mr. Miyao's manga, and it must be personally inscribed; these are not intended for resale.

The price of this reward may drop occasionally until it sells out or reaches a reserve price. All backers who select this reward will get the same price as the final backer.

Due to the way Kickstarter works (we can't change the price of a reward after someone selects it), all backers will be initially be charged whatever the price was when the first person selected this reward ($2500), but we will issue partial refunds shortly after the campaign concludes (currently $250).

Here are some samples Mr. Miyao has provided us to give you an idea of what he will deliver.

(You will also receive a personal apology from Robert for inflicting the Purrfect pun on you)
(You will also receive a personal apology from Robert for inflicting the Purrfect pun on you)

Important Shikishi Restrictions

Only one character per shikishi. You may make suggestions about situation, pose, clothing, etc., but these are suggestions only; they are not binding on the artist.

Shadowy Junta Leader - Current Price: $6000 - Limit: 1

All the rewards of Prominent Patron, 5 copies of the Premium set, one of each of the variants of the signed Mikimoto giclée prints (if we produce multiple options because Mr. Mikimoto creates additional art, you'll get one of each), and 5 of each goodie (except for the 24x18" giclée prints, since they'd be redundant). Most importantly, you will be listed as the Shadowy Junta Leader on the packaging!

The price of this reward will reduce by $100 per day until it is chosen.

Stretch Goals

$125,000 - Japanese commentary featuring MIYAO Gaku and our returning champion, SATO Hiroki. UNLOCKED on 08/27!

$150,000 - Use of Mr. Mikimoto's Eve illustration created for the Japanese Blu-ray release, with additional tweaks by Mr. Mikimoto (a notorious perfectionist). This is the illustration we used as a test for the giclée canvas prints.

$175,000 - New 8-page Megazone 23 manga created by Mr. Miyao. Will unlock 8 special Portrayed Patron rewards ($900), which result in you being depicted as a background character in the manga!

$200,000 - A new “cell-art” Eve illustration by Mr. Mikimoto. In addition to being used in the packaging, it will be available as a giclée canvas print.

$225,000 - New Secret History of Megazone 23 featurette by the team at Did You Know Anime?

$250,000 - Mr. Mikimoto's new art will be upgraded to a painting similar in complexity to what he created for the Japanese release.

$300,000, $400,000, $500,000: We have no idea! But you have great ideas, so with your help we'll come up with something really cool if need be! 

Detail on 24x18" canvas giclée test print
Detail on 24x18" canvas giclée test print

Social Goals

Use the hashtag #megazone23 on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook during the campaign period to unlock some extra bonus goodies, as follows:

  •  1000 legit mentions: We'll add a Megazone 23 sticker to the set.
  •  5000 legit mentions: We'll add an additional 9-panel poster insert to the set.
  •  10000 legit mentions: We'll upgrade the sticker to a multiple-sticker sheet.
  •  50000 legit mentions: We'll worry about this unlock when we have to! :)

By "legit mentions" we mean real posts by real people that aren't obviously intended just to inflate the count.

To help you out, here's a gallery of images you can use in your postings!

Click to visit gallery
Click to visit gallery

Regional Availability - Currently USA Only

Currently, we only have rights to release Megazone 23 in the United States. We are working with the licensor to expand this to Canada and most of Europe, and may be able to do this during the campaign period. If so, we'll open up ordering outside of the USA.

Shipping Fees

Basic Sets:

  • US: $7.
  • Elsewhere: $20. (if we obtain a license expansion)

Premium Sets / Patrons:

  • US: $9.
  • Elsewhere: $30. (if we obtain a license expansion)

Shipping is flat-rate. If you subsequently add-on additional sets or goodies, there is no additional shipping charge. If we are able to ship internationally, we will use fulfillment warehouses in Canada / UK / EU to minimize customs fees for backers in those territories.

Goodies!

In our Gunsmith Cats kickstarter, we created a variety of little extra goodies that were available as addons. We are doing the same on the Omega edition, but to keep the Kickstarter part as simple as possible, we'll be handling them as post-campaign add-ons.

Most of our goodies have their origins in backer suggestions, so if you have a good idea, please let us know.

Currently planned Megazone 23 goodies include:

  • Embroidered Patch - $5.00
  • Challenge Coin / Keychain - $8.00
  • Pin - $5.00
  • 24x18" canvas giclée print (stretched if shipped to US destinations, rolled if shipped internationally) - $110.00 USA, $130.00 International.
4" Embroidered Patch created for Gunsmith Cats
4" Embroidered Patch created for Gunsmith Cats

With the exception of the giclée print, which is shipped separately, there is no additional shipping fee for goodies since we can include them with the main shipment.

All goodies are limited editions, and are only sold to owners of the Omega Edition.

Multiple Rewards?

Just like with the goodies, you will be able to addon extra rewards post-campaign using a form on our website. The one tricky issue is if you want multiple rewards that are limited in quantity. In this instance, we recommend that you pick the reward you want the most, and message to tell us about the other reward(s) you want. If they are available at the end of the campaign, you will have the opportunity to snag them at the differential cost. So for example, if you selected Portrait Patron and also wanted Prominent Patron, since both provide the basic Patron rewards, you'd only pay the difference ($100) between Patron and Prominent Patron.

Addons from other limited-editions

We will also give backers the ability to addon items from our previous limited-edition sets (while supplies last) via a form on our website. This option is mostly useful as a convenience to minimize shipping cost, and currently it is largely a moot point since that mostly helps non-US backers (and currently we can't ship to them anyway)!

We still have copies available of all our limited-editions except Bubblegum Crisis (which was re-released in single-disc form after the limited-edition went out of print).

More information about our previous limited-editions can be found here.

Shout-Outs

We would like to thank Janice Williams, John Ledford, Jorden Callaghan, and Brady Hartel for their help providing additional materials for this release. You're the best!

Copyrights

Megazone 23 Parts I & II © AIC, Inc. Megazone 23 Part III © Flying Dog, Inc. Eve art © MIKIMOTO Haruhiko. Additional artwork created for this project is © the artist.

Risks and challenges

While we should be able to meet or beat the September 2020 release date, a video production project such as this can suffer unexpected delays. In particular, one side-effect of the excellent feedback we get from backers is that we expect a certain amount of "feature creep" as people come up with great ideas that "simply must be done", and these tend to stretch the schedule a bit.

Our policy is that when a critical-path item causes a delay, we use that extra time to try and improve other aspects of the project. All of our previous projects have ended up shipping a few months late (each time for new and "interesting" reasons), but what we ended up shipping was better than what it would have been if we'd hit our schedule.

The bottom line is that we will take the time to get things right, even if that means slipping the release date, and that we will keep you fully informed every step of the way -- we typically post updates every couple of weeks.

Some people tell us that the stories we recount about things going wrong are one of their favorite parts of our projects, but we promise we don't do it deliberately. We don't have to fake incompetence, it just comes naturally.

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