You know, in my 15 years of anime writing, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cast reveal like this before… and that’s pretty rad.
Earlier today, the Aria the Animation Kickstarter page revealed that Jessica Calvello will join the English dub cast for Aria the Animation. The publisher released an introduction video from Calvello, which appears to be shot at Chuck E. Cheese’s, and is, well… it’s pure Jessica Calvello, in a good way.
Calvello joins Michelle Knotz, who was confirmed to be in the cast at the time of the Kickstarter’s announcement. Knotz also appeared in a reveal trailer, which went live yesterday.
The campaign, which launched on Saturday, aims to raise $110,000 by September 11 for the release, which has an estimated ship date of February 2018.
As of press time, Right Stuf has raised $105,669 across 946 backers, with an average contribution of $111.70 per backer.
Pied Piper, Inc. confirmed that they are assisting with the adaptation.
Aria the Animation adapts Kozue Amano’s Aria manga. The 2005 series was helmed by Junichi Sato (Kaleido Star, Slayers Premium), who also handled series composition for the project at Hal Film Maker. Makoto Koga (Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy’s Calling Me!) provided character designs for the series.
Right Stuf describes Aria the Animation as:
In the early 24th century, Mars has been terraformed by mankind into a sparkling planet covered in water. Akari Mizunashi, at the age of 15, has left everything behind to travel to that reborn world, now known as Aqua. More than anything, Akari wants to be an “undine” – a female gondolier who navigates the canals of the Aquan city of Neo-Venezia. As she begins her training with the prestigious Aria Company, will she be up to the challenges that await her on the path to achieve her dream?