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'The Vision of Escaflowne' USBD announced with New English Dub!


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FUNimation announced earlier today that for Escaflowne's 20th anniversary they'll be releasing The Vision of Escaflowne later this year and it could get a new definitive dub that finally matches the uncut HD content! They've started a Kickstarter asking for $150,000 in an effort to determine fan interest for the project.


About this project:

The Vision of Escaflowne is one of the most prolific classic anime to date—and a pivotal title in opening the door to anime fandom in North America. From its riveting fantasy storyline, gorgeous visuals, a stirring score, romance, and of course, awesome gigantic robots, it's clear that this is a series that has stood the test of time.


The series is beloved worldwide, but there has never been a complete English dub for fans. The uncut HD Japanese version of the show includes scenes that have never been seen in North America, meaning that English speakers have never experienced the show fully in dubbed format. Also, despite the fantastic visuals, the series has not been released in its HD glory on Blu-ray here either. Across forums, social media, conventions, and more, fans like you have voiced endless requests for a new full-series dub that gives this series the treatment it deserves. Team up with us to make this a reality!


We’ve been working hand-in-hand with Sunrise—and legendary director Kazuki Akane and creator Shoji Kawamori—to explore the possibility of creating this new dub for months. We aren’t attempting to raise the entire production costs of a new dub, but rather to demonstrate the extent of fan interest—is it enough to warrant the creation of this dub? If the demand is truly there, then you can think of this Kickstarter more as a pre-order campaign rather than a fundraiser.


If the project meets the goal of $150,000, we’ll be releasing The Vision of Escaflowne television series on Blu-ray and DVD with both the original uncut Japanese HD with English subtitles, and a brand-new English dub matching those materials. This release will also include an exclusive interview with Kazuki Akane and Shoji Kawamori specifically recorded for English-speaking fans, and the Escaflowne movie will receive a new matching dub. Certain tiers of this Kickstarter include Escaflowne Blu-ray/DVD releases as rewards, including a special pre-order of a one-of-a-kind version of Part 1 that includes a beautiful chipboard housing box and art cards featuring illustrations from the series. This Kickstarter Edition of Part 1 is ONLY available to Kickstarter backers.

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This particular campaign seems more like an higher priced pre-order to determine how much interest is there compared to an actual fundraiser for production costs. Some of the previous Kickstarter anime fundraisers wanted several million dollars. $150,000 is a small amount in comparison; and all things considered if you pledge $30 then you get some perks and the movie, $65 then you get the movie and the first half of the series as well as the other perks, $125 nets you the entire series and the movie and all the perks of lesser pledges.

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Yeah well the old dub wasn't uncut, so there were quite a few scenes that wasn't dubbed for the uncut edition, making it so that a new dub would be required in this case. I own the old dvd box set as well. =) I really enjoyed the series back in the day, but the movie not so much.

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so there using donations as a way to guage interest in the dub? what happens if  they dont reach the goal?  is the money returned?  and is this really a good  way of measuring interest in a project?  the data would be skewed with some throwing in more money than others.  kick starter being used for speculation.  i feel like this is bad or something. anybody that can soothe my worries? 

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