Skip Beat's English Dub Kickstarter Campaign Casts Christine Cabanos as Mimori
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Voice actress Cristina Vee announced on Wednesday that Christine Marie Cabanos will play Mimori Nanokura in Pied Piper, Inc.'s planned English dub of the Skip Beat! television anime series. The Kickstarter campaign for the show's North American release revealed the voice actress once the campaign hit US$165,000. The campaign reached its US$155,000 funding goal on Tuesday.
The Kickstarter campaign will end on Saturday, April 16. Pied Piper will offer a Blu-ray Disc release in addition to the DVD one if the campaign meets its stretch goal of US$185,000. The campaign is now accepting pledges via PayPal. Pledges made through PayPal will count toward the Blu-ray Disc stretch goal.
The English cast that has been announced thus far also includes Caitlin Glass (Ouran High School Host Club's Haruhi, Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry, new Escaflowne dub's Hitomi) as Kyoko Mogami, Cristina Vee as Erika Koenji, Mela Lee as Maria Takarada, Richard Epcar (Durarara!!×2's Sloan, Lupin the Third's Daisuke Jigen) as Lory Takarada, Vic Mignogna (Dragon Ball Z's Broly, Ouran High School Host Club's Tamaki) as Yukihito Yashiro, Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask, The Seven Deadly Sins' Gilthunder) as Ren Tsuruga, Grant George (Fate/Zero's Lancer, Kill la Kill's Uzu Sanageyama) as Sho Fuwa, and Erica Lindbeck (Coppelion's Ibara Naruse, Magi's Gyokuen Ren) as Kanae Kotonami (Moko)
Pied Piper had originally launched an Indiegogo campaign for the franchise on March 1, but then relaunched the campaign on Kickstarter on March 17. The Indiegogo campaign had a goal of US$210,000, including a Blu-ray release. The Kickstarter campaign's base goal no longer includes a Blu-ray Disc release.
Pied Piper acquired the license from TV Tokyo, and TV Tokyo is requiring the English dub as a condition of release. The company will not be able to release the series on a subtitle-only format. The license covers the United States and Canada only.
The television version of Yoshiki Nakamura's Skip Beat! shōjo manga premiered in Japan in October 2008. The series is available streaming on Crunchyroll. Viz Media publishes the original manga in North America.
Thanks to ravegrl and Nina Davis for the news tips