Mind Game Anime Film's Blu-ray Kickstarter Launches, Meets Goal in 1 Day

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Anime Limited to release Blu-ray outside of Japan

Anime Limited and Studio 4°C's Kickstarter campaign to release Masaaki Yuasa's 2004 anime film Mind Game on Blu-ray Disc launched at 12:00 p.m. BST (7:00 a.m. EDT) on Thursday. The project has already met its initially goal and first stretch goal for French subtitles and an expanded booklet.

As of press time, the project has earned £11,637 (US$14,446) of its £4,500 (US$5,599) goal. The campaign lists a second stretch goal for Latin American Spanish subtitles, but has not yet revealed the amount the campaign will need to reach to unlock the goal. The companies are aiming to ship backer rewards by August 2017.

Anime Limited previously confirmed with ANN that it is handling the Kickstarter campaign for Studio 4°C for the rest of the world outside of Japan, and not just for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Based on a manga by Robin Nishi, Mind Game features a variety of experimental visual styles. The story follows Nishi, who wants to become a manga artist and marry his childhood sweetheart, Myon, but Myon is already engaged to someone else. Nishi goes to visit her family and runs into a pair of yakuza, kicking off an adventure that involves meeting God and being trapped in the belly of a whale.

Anime Limited added in its announcement: "While the Kickstarter aims to raise £4,500 [about US$5,700] in funding, Studio 4°C will raise and contribute the remainder. Mind Game has never had a HD release on home video. Backers of the Kickstarter will get their hands on a collector's edition Blu-ray release of the film as well as additional rewards."

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