AnimEigo Kickstarter Project: Bubblegum Crisis Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Boxset

Having been drafted over for a few weeks now, one half of AnimEigo founder; Robert J. Woodhead has finally gone live with the Kickstarter project for an ultimate edition blu-ray boxset of the 80’s anime cult classic, Bubblegum Crisis.

Although the original 80’s OVA series has already been released on blu-ray format in Japan, the lack of English subtitles and extras on the Japanese release is probably what’s been holding many English speaking fans from importing the set.

I was considering on importing it but when I discovered that a Kickstarter project was under way for a US release of the series on BD with a boat load of extras and fan participation, it was easy to decide which one I wanted to get.

Link to the Kickstarter project

It’s only been about three hours in since the project went live, but over 300 backers have already made pledges to the project with over $25,000USD raised so far out of the main basic goal of $75,000USD. Many of the limited top-tier pledge slots were all taken during that time (including the highest top-tier “Super Boomer” $1000USD pledge!). This is looking very promising and hopefully the project is successfully funded. The Kickstarter project is running for a month from the 25th of October til the 25th of November, 2013.

I’ve already made my pledge as one of the Patron supporters that will receive a copy of the ultimate edition blu-ray boxset and an original production cel of Largo, as well as having my name listed as a supporter when the disc loads up.

In case you were interested in all the pledge support levels and what benefits you get, the list is below:

  • Pledge $5 or more

    Omake — you will receive access to the downloadable Omake Archive, be listed on the disc as a supporter, and be able to participate in CrowdProduction discussions (but not vote).

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014

  • Pledge $10 or more

    PenPal — you will receive access to the downloadable Omake Archive, be listed on the disc as a supporter, receive the Postcards, and be able to participate in CrowdProduction discussions (but only vote on issues related to the postcards).

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $20 or more

    Challenge — you will receive access to the downloadable Omake Archive, be listed on the disc as a supporter, receive the Postcards and Challenge Coin, and be able to participate in CrowdProduction discussions (but only vote on issues related to the postcards and coin).

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more

    Early Adopter Basic — will receive one copy of the final product (Blu-Rays, Omake Archive, Postcards and Challenge Coin), and be listed on the disc as a supporter. In addition, you will get to participate in the CrowdProduction process.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more

    Basic — will receive one copy of the final product (Blu-Rays, Omake Archive, Postcards and Challenge Coin), and be listed on the disc as a supporter. In addition, you will get to participate in the CrowdProduction process.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $90 or more

    Early Adopter Premium — all of the benefits of Basic, plus part of your contribution will go into a special Premium production budget that you will help allocate to create special rewards! See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more

    Premium — all of the benefits of Basic, plus part of your contribution will go into a special Premium production budget that you will help allocate to create special rewards! See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more

    Patron Pillowcase – all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the “Night Night Knight Sabers” Satin Pillowcase and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more

    Patron Figures – all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the set of Metal Figures and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $175 or more

    Patron Garage Kit – all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive a Nene Garage Kit and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Lisa1 — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the Lisa-1 original production cel and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Largo2 — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive one of the Largo2 original production cels and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Largo3 — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive one of the Largo3 original production cels and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Lisa2 — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the Lisa-2 original production cel and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Mason — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the Mason original production cel. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Boomer+AD Police — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the Boomer+AD Police model and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Largo1 — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive one of the Largo1 original production cels and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more

    Patron Lisa3 — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the Lisa-3 original production cel and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more

    Patron MotoSlave+Priss — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the MotoSlave+Priss model and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more

    Patron MotoSlave+Linna — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the MotoSlave+Linna model and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more

    Patron MotoSlave+Nene — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive the MotoSlave+Nene model and be listed when the disc loads. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $1,000 or more

    SuperBoomer — all of the benefits of Premium, plus you will receive my favorite Largo original production cel and be listed on the packaging. See the main description for details.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US

The crowd production process basically gives all the people who have pledged to the project a say in what kind of extras they’d like to see put into the set to make it worthwhile for the fans (if it’s successfully funded of course). A forum has also been setup for this. Backers can also submit in materials they’d think would be great as bonus extras, making it an even more worthwhile fan participation project.

Even though all of the early adopters and special limited top-tier pledge slots have been taken, there are still the $5, $10, $20 pledge levels to help fund the project while the $50 and $100 pledge levels will get you a copy of the boxset itself. I really do hope the project reaches its main goal of $75,000USD as it would awesome if Bubblegum Crisis is finally released on blu-ray in the US in the most fancy and worthwhile edition fans are craving for.

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