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Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Kickstarter Campaign Ends With US$253,834

posted on by Karen Ressler
Both seasons, art book will still be available for preorder for backers

Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance ended on Thursday with US$253,834 from 1,615 backers. The project already met its initial US$110,000 goal for an English dub of the first season as well as its US$180,000 stretch goal for an English dub of the second season.

Right Stuf's Shawne Kleckner explained in a live stream video that anyone who has backed the project in any way will still be able to add items through its slacker backer period, which will begin after Kickstarter sends out surveys. Right Stuf will add the items to its retail website at high prices and distribute coupons only to those who backed the project. Backers will still be able to preorder season one, season two, and the artbook in this way until the items are ready to ship. The art box will not be available through slacker backer.

The company will hold back the regular edition retail release for six months or longer after the rewards ship.

Joe Digiorgi (Aria, His and Her Circumstances, Comic Party, Boogiepop Phantom) is directing the dub at Headline Studios. Rhiannon Ross has joined the dub staff as an adviser for recording sessions to ensure the authenticity of English dialects, and Jim and Carolyn Johnson of AccentHelp are also consulting on the script adaptations and auditions.

The cast includes Jessica Calvello as Eleanor and Wayne Grayson as William's father Richard Jones.

The release will be the first time the anime will be on Blu-ray Disc, as it has not had a Blu-ray Disc release in Japan.

Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment describes Emma: A Victorian Romance:

In 19th-century London, class lines are sharply drawn, and the social standing to which people are born dictates the path their lives will follow. Emma, an honest and hardworking young maid, never felt her place in life to be a burden. But then she met William, a member of the gentry and the eldest son of a wealthy family. His warm smile and earnest affection threaten to capture her heart... but can love truly conquer all?

Emma: A Victorian Romance adapts Kaoru Mori's Emma manga. The first 12-episode season debuted in 2005, while the 12-episode second season debuted in 2007. Nozomi Entertainment released both seasons on DVD in 2008.

Source: Emma Kickstarter campaign

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