Vic Mignogna Headshot 001 - 20160330Funimation’s in the final stretch in their first Kickstarter campaign!

Last night, Funimation announced that Vic Mignogna (Dragon Ball Z, Ouran High School Host Club), Felecia Angelle (The Devil Is A Part Timer!, Rebuild of Evangelion), and Michelle Rojas (Date A Live, Assassination Classroom)are joining the cast of the company’s updated Vision of Escaflowne dub.

Mignogna was tapped to play Folken in the adaptation. Angelle and Rojas will fill the roles of Eriya and Naria, respectively.

The new cast members join six other confirmed cast members, including:

  • Van Fanel: Aaron Dismuke
  • Hitomi Kanzaki: Caitlin Glass
  • Merle: Alexis Tipton
  • Allen Schezar: Sonny Strait
  • Millerna Aston: Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Dilandau Albatou: Joel McDonald

Sonny Strait was tapped to direct the new English dub

Funimation also used the update to preview the artwork that will be used on several of the releases, which you can check out below:

Kickstarter Edition (Standard)

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Standard Edition

Escaflowne Blu-Ray Standard Edition Artsheet 001 - 20160330

Collector’s Edition (Standard)

Escaflowne Blu-Ray Collectors Edition Artsheet 001 - 20160330

Funimation’s Kickstarter to re-dub Vision of Escaflowne officially launched on February 27. In an interview with Anime News Network’s Zac Bertschy, Funimation brand manager Jennifer Fu explained the need for a new dub on the series:

So basically there was the original dub that came out and it’s based on SD materials that, as you’re aware, the director’s cut, the HD Japanese version that was released on Bluray more recently, has scenes that were not in the original materials that the original English dub was based on. So because of that it’s not possible for us to put the subtitled HD material which is what we’ve just received from Japan, on the same disc as the original dub, because otherwise it doesn’t line up correctly and there are some points where the dub just won’t have any dialogue or anything in it and it’d just be kind of strange.

Funimation noted that the $150,000 goal wouldn’t cover the full cost of a new English adaptation.

The campaign reached its goal on March 1, and passed its first stretch goal of $200,000 on March 10. The second stretch goal was hit earlier this week.

As of press time, the campaign stands at $299,779 donated across 1,931 backers, with an average contribution of $155.25 per backer.
Three stretch goals are currently in play:

  • $200,000: Behind the Scenes featurettes and interviews (Funded)
  • $250,000: Upgraded box art, and art book added to Kickstarter Edition copies (Funded)
  • $500,000: Backers-only Escaflowne party at a major US anime convention, with director Kazuki Akane in attendance as a guest.

Source: Kickstarter