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Aria's English Dub Kickstarter Reaches Goal to Dub Entire Anime

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Stretch goal also reached to add live-action extras from Aria the Avvenire staff

Nozomi Entertainment's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to provide an English dub for its HD release of Aria the Animation reached the stretch goal to dub all remaining Aria anime works on Tuesday. This includes Aria the OVA ~Arietta~, the Aria the Origination television anime (including the unaired special episode 5.5 and picture dramas), and the Aria the Avvenire original video anime. The campaign also reached the stretch goal to add the live-action extras centering on the Aria the Avvenire staff.

The only stretch goal left for the campaign, at US$370,000, is the addition of English cast commentary for the third season of the anime.

Aria the Avvenire has never been released outside of Japan.

The project met its initial goal of US$110,000 within a week of its launch on August 12. The project has since met its US$180,000 stretch goal to also dub the first 13 episodes of Aria the Natural and its US$240,000 stretch goal to dub the rest of Aria the Natural. Those who wish to receive an HD Blu-ray Disc for Aria the Natural can choose a "plus" tier to add it as a reward, though the reward is already included for those who have pledged more than US$1,000.

The dub will be recorded at Headline Studios in New York. The cast also includes Michele Knotz, Jessica Calvello, Lisa Ortiz, and Veronica Taylor.

Hal Film Maker animated the 2005 television series Aria the Animation, and it later inspired two more television series — Aria the Natural in 2006 and Aria the Origination in 2008 — as well as original video anime (OVAs) — Aria the OVA ~Arietta~ in 2007 and Aria the Avvenire in 2015. Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Princess Tutu) directed all installments in the anime franchise. Crunchyroll is streaming the first series with English subtitles.

Nozomi Entertainment describes the story:

Akari Mizunashi, at the age of 15, has left everything behind to travel to a sparkling planet covered in water, Aqua, formerly known as Mars. By the 24th century, humans have found a way to colonize the formerly uninhabitable planet.

More than anything, Akari wants to be an "undine" - a female gondolier who navigates the canals of the Aquan city of Neo-Venezia. The city itself is a faithful replication of Manhome's (Earth) city of Venice. To make sure that residents and tourists alike get the most from Neo-Venezia's many wonders, companies offering guided tours via gondola were formed, one of which is named Aria Company.

As she begins her training with the prestigious Aria Company, will she be up to the challenges that await her on the path to achieve her dream?

Right Stuf licensed the three television series and the 2007 OVA in North America with English subtitles. ADV Manga released the first three of 12 total volumes of Kozue Amano's original Aria manga series in North America, then Tokyopop released the first six volumes. Tokyopop also released the two-volume Aqua prequel manga in North America.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter and jlaking for the news tips

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