It looks like the Aria Company’s about to expand in a big way.
Earlier today, Right Stuf unveiled the second batch of stretch goals for their Aria the Animation Kickstarter. A total of twelve tiers have been unveiled, with the most notable additions coming in at $180,000 and $240,000. At $180,000, Right Stuf will produce a dub for the first half of Aria the Natural in 2.0 and 5.1. At $240,000, the second half of Aria the Natural will also receive a dub.
Right Stuf noted that, if both shows are funded in this campaign, the overall overhead would be lower across the board due to economies of scale. If the Kickstarter fails to reach the additional dubbing goals, additional funds will be used to lower the overall cost of a future dedicated Kickstarter for the dub.
The full list of stretch goals is as follows:
- $120,000: 5.1 English Audio for Aria the Animation
- $140,000: All $55+ tiers receive a Himeya Company patch
- $150,000: English cast commentary for Aria the Animation
- $160,000: All $95+ tiers receive a numbered lithograph
- $180,000: Aria the Natural Part 1 receives an English dub in 2.0 and 5.1 Audio
- $200,000: English Cast Commentary for Aria the Natural Part 1
- $210,000: All $5+ tiers receive an Orange Planet Company patch
- $220,000: Neo-Venezia Season 1 Softcover Guidebook
- $230,000: Neo-Venezia Season 1 Guidebook upgraded to hardcover
- $240,000: Aria the Natural Part 2 receives an English dub in 2.0 and 5.1 Audio
- $250,000: Add Aria the Natural to Neo-Venezia Guidebook
- $260,000: English Cast Commentary for Aria the Natural Part 2
The campaign, which launched on Saturday, aimed to raise $110,000 by September 11 to fund an English dub for Aria the Animation. The final product currently has an estimated ship date of February 2018.
As of press time, Right Stuf has raised $136,311 across 1,240 backers, with an average contribution of $109.92 per backer.
The campaign broke its first stretch goal on August 17, which ensures that the dub’s soundtrack will receive a 5.1 surround mix.
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?