So, today was pretty eventful for folks following the Aria Kickstarter…

Earlier today, Right Stuf published a new update to their ongoing Aria the Animation Kickstarter. In the post, the team announced that they acquired the license to Aria the Avvenire, and intend to produce a dub… if the next big Kickstarter stretch goal is met.

Right Stuf continued, noting that, if the ongoing Kickstarter reaches $360,000, the company will produce English dubs for the following:

  • Aria the Origination
  • Aria the Origination Episode 5.5
  • Aria the Origination Picture Dramas
  • Aria the OVA: Arietta
  • Aria the Avvenire

There is also a goal beyond the $360,000 mark, which will include the Japanese commentary special for Aria the Avvenire as a Kickstarter exclusive extra.

As of press time, Right Stuf has raised $293,353 across 1,747 backers, with an average contribution of $167.92 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. The campaign reached its $180K milestone, which funded a dub for the first thirteen episodes Aria the Natural, on August 25.

Previously confirmed dub cast members include:

  • Jessica Calvello
  • Lisa Ortiz
  • Michelle Knotz
  • Veronica Taylor

Headline Studios’ Joe DiGiorgi is directing 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?

All dub cast members confirmed to date have released videos to celebrate their cast reveals. You can check these out below:

Michelle Knotz

Jessica Calvello

Lisa Ortiz

Veronica Taylor

Joe DiGiorgi

Source: Kickstarter