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Skip Beat! Anime's Dub Teaser Previews English Opening Theme (Update)

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kickstarter-funded English dub to have four dubbed songs

Pied Piper, Inc. began streaming a short teaser on Thursday for its Kickstarter-funded English dub of Skip Beat!, including the English version of the opening theme song "Dream Star," performed by Mela Lee and Cristina Vee. The video features Caitlin Glass, the voice of the protagonist Kyoko Mogami.

The staff recorded English versions of the anime's two opening theme songs, two ending theme songs, and two insert songs, and the new versions will be included on the English dub track. The company was initially unable to get approvals to dub the two ending themes, but updated the Kickstarter page to say that they will be able to dub them: Robbie Daymond and Raj Jain will perform the first ending theme "Namida" and Vic Mignogna will perform the second ending them "Eien."

The dub cast includes:

The Kickstarter campaign had set an initial goal of US$155,000 to fund a DVD release. The campaign reached its US$185,000 stretch goal on April 14 to offer a Blu-ray Disc release in addition to the DVD release. The campaign ended on April 16 having raised US$224,546.

The company is accepting additional and upgraded pledges through the BackerKit service through December 15. The DVD and Blu-ray Disc is slated for 2017.

Pied Piper had originally launched an Indiegogo campaign for the franchise on March 1, but then relaunched the campaign on Kickstarter on March 17.

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.

Update: Pied Piper will be dubbing the ending theme songs. Thanks, FlamingFirewire.

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