Pied Piper’s Skip Beat! Blu-Ray Set Targets August 2017 Release

It’s been a long, hard fight, but finally, Kyoko’s Revenge™ is about to be unleashed upon the world.

Yesterday, Pied Piper, Inc. announced that their upcoming Skip Beat! Blu-Ray release has cleared the QC process. In a backers-only Kickstarter update, Pied Piper revealed that their DVD/Blu-Ray manufacturer has “tentatively committed to shipping the products to the [Right Stuf] warehouse by July 28th,” and that initial shipments should reach backers in August.

Additional items, including the “Jackets, t-shirts, and most of the Swag Set (all items except for the bookmarks)” are already manufactured and ready-to-ship at Right Stuf’s warehouse.

Pied Piper offered previews of the menus, which were created by designer Gary Swarer and Media OCD’s Justin Sevakis. You can check these out below (Images used with permission):



Skip Beat! is based on Yoshiki Nakamura’s manga of the same name. The 25-episode series originally hit Japanese TV in the Fall 2008 broadcast season. Kiyoko Sayama (Princess Tutu, Vampire Knight) helmed the project at Hal Film Maker, with Tetsuya Kumagai (Log Horizon Season 2, Slayers Premium) providing character designs. Mayori Sekijima (Saber Marionette J, CLAMP School Detectives) was in charge of series composition, while Akifumi Tada (Tokyo Underground, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki) scored the soundtrack.

©YOSHIKI NAKAMURA-Hakusensha / Skip Beat! Production Committee

The English dub cast for the series includes:

  • Kyoko Mogami: Caitlin Glass
  • Sho Fuwa: Grant George
  • Ren Tsuruga: Robbie Daymond
  • Kanae Kotonami: Erica Lindbeck
  • Yukihito Yashiro: Vic Mignogna
  • Lory Takarada: Richard Epcar
  • Maria Takarada: Mela Lee
  • Takenori Sawara: Keith Silverstein
  • Shoko Aoki: Karen Strassman
  • Kuniko (ep 1): Dorothy Fahn
  • Kimiko Kamio (ep 4): Dorothy Fahn
  • Matsushima (eps 2-3, 8, 14): Kaiji Tang
  • “Love Me” Male Voice: Kaiji Tang
  • Nakazawa (eps 2-3, 5): Joe Zeija
  • Seiji Shingai (eps 5-7): Todd Haberkorn
  • Shinichi Ishibashi (eps 10-12): Todd Haberkorn
  • Ruriko Matsunai (eps 5-7): Kira Buckland
  • Eiko (eps 8-9): Erika Harlacher
  • Yoshimi (ep 9): Dorothy Fahn
  • Yusei Ishibashi (eps 10-12): Bryce Papebrook
  • Hikaru Ishibashi (eps 10-12): Kyle McCarley
  • Erika Koenji (eps 12-14): Cristina Vee
  • Ushio Kurosaki (eps 10-12): Jason Charles Miller
  • Imai (eps 12-14): Nathan Sharp
  • Nao (eps 12-13): Lauren Landa
  • Yumiko (eps 15-16): Lauren Landa
  • Funada (eps 12-14): Kyle Hebert
  • Tecchin (ep 14): Kyle Hebert
  • Mimori Nanokura (eps 17-19): Christine Marie Cabanos
  • Haruki Asami (eps 17-19): Kate Davis
  • Hiroko Iizuka (eps 21-23): Erin Fitzgerald
  • Hiroaki Ogata (eps 20-25): Chris Patton
©YOSHIKI NAKAMURA-Hakusensha / Skip Beat! Production Committee

In October, Pied Piper revealed that the show’s openings and insert songs will receive English adaptations:

  • Dream Star (OP, Episodes 1-19)
  • Renaissance (OP, Episodes 20-25)
  • Burnin’ Down (Insert Song, Episode 11)
  • Prisoner (Insert Song, Episode 19)

Two months later, in December, the team reported that they would also produce English versions of the show’s ending themes Namida and Eien.

All of the songs received new vocal recordings, as well as new instrumental tracks by western musicians. The crew on each song is as follows:

Dream Star

  • Vocals: Mela Lee (feat. Cristina Vee)
  • Guitar: Michael Fish Herring
  • Drums: Neal Daniels
  • Bass: Dan Antunovich
  • Synth/Keyboard: Dan Antunovich
  • Add’l Keyboards: Alexander Burke


  • Vocals: Magnolia Memoir with Erica Lindbeck
  • Backup Vocals: Mela Lee
  • Guitar: Michael Fish Herring
  • Drums: Neal Daniels
  • Bass: Dan Antunovich
  • Synth/Keyboard: Dan Antunovich
  • Add’l Keyboards: Alexander Burke

Burnin’ Down

  • Vocals: Nathan Sharp
  • Guitar: Michael Fish Herring
  • Drums/ Bass / Keyboards: Dan Antunovich


  • Vocals: Nathan Sharp
  • Guitar: Michael Fish Herring
  • Drums/ Bass / Keyboards: Dan Antunovich


  • Vocals: Robbie Daymond & Raj Jain
  • Guitar: Michael “Fish” Herring
  • Drums: Dan Antunovich
  • Bass: Dan Antunovich
  • Keyboards: Dan Antunovich
  • Programming: Dan Antunovich


  • Vocals: Vic Mignogna
  • Guitar: Michael “Fish” Herring
  • Drums: Neal Daniels
  • Bass: Dan Antunovich
  • Keyboards: Dan Antunovich
  • Programming: Dan Antunovich

Dan Antunovich will produce Dream Star, Renaissance, Namida, and Eien. Nathan Sharp will be the producer on Burnin’ Down and Prisoner. Mela Lee and the dub team collaborated on the lyric rewrites, which were approved by TV Tokyo’s music division.

In December, Pied Piper published a 60-second dub teaser for Skip Beat!, which shows off Caitlin Glass’s performance as Kyoko, and offers a preview of the English version of Dream Star:

Source: Kickstarter

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