It looks like the Undines will set sail on Mars once more.
Earlier today, Right Stuf’s Kickstarter to produce an English dub for Aria the Animation reached its $110,000 funding goal. With the goal met, Nozomi Entertainment will produce a dubbed adaptation of the series, which will be released on Blu-ray in 2018.
As of press time, the Kickstarter stands at $110,356 across 999 backers, with an average contribution of $110.47 per backer. The campaign is still ongoing, with an end date of September 11. Pied Piper, Inc. confirmed that they are assisting with the adaptation.
Two dub cast members have been revealed, though specific roles have yet to be named as of press time:
- Michelle Knotz
- Jessica Calvello
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?
Staff reveal videos for Calvello and Knotz have been revealed, which you can check out below:
Update 8/17/2017: Right Stuf unveiled the first stretch goal for the campaign. At $120,000 in funding, the publisher will produce a 5.1 surround sound audio track for the English dub.