Island of Giant Insects Anime's English-Dub Kickstarter Reaches Goal
posted on by Adriana Hazra
The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the English dub of the The Island of Giant Insects anime film reached its goal of 4 million yen (about US$37,551) on Saturday. As of press time, the campaign has raised 4,186,583 yen (about US$39,303).
The stretch goals for the campaign include Premium Packaging at 4.5 million yen (about US$42,200) and a 5.1 surround sound mix at 6 million yen (about US$56,300). The project has also teased further stretch goals.
The project attempted a previous Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, but fell short of its 8,500,000-yen (about US$80,000) goal. The project launched the "Round 2" campaign last month that has a lower 4 million-yen goal. The new campaign will end on September 1.
Some of the extras promoted in the first attempt are now stretch goals in the Round 2 campaign. The campaign also includes new merchandise such as character goods available as backer rewards.
Backing tiers have been reorganized, with a new tier that allows a backer to potentially voice the female character Nozawa, and another tier for a mixed-gender group of backers to voice extras. Additionally, an existing tier allows a backer to voice the male character Akira.
The previously announced dub cast includes:
- YongYea as Satoshi Oda
- Brendan Blaber as Hiroshi Tsuge
- Elsie Lovelock as Inoha Enoki
- Sarah Wiedenheft as Ai Inō
- Nick Landis as Atsushi Kamijo
- Alejandro Saab as Kazuhiko Kai
- Amber Lee Connors as Mirei Jinno
- Sarah Roach as Mutsumi Oribe
- Lizzie Ray as Chitose Naruse
- Brittney Karbowski as Ayumi Matsuoka
- Kayli Mills as Mami Miura
- Michaela Laws as Emiko Miyazono
The original campaign launched on February 14 and ended on March 15 with US$27,783 in pledges.
Backer rewards include digital thank-you letters, wallpapers, soundtrack albums, design materials, backers' names in credits, promotional items packs, Blu-ray Discs, and T-shirts.
The original OVA shipped in Japan on DVD in a limited-edition bundle with the manga's sixth compiled book volume in June 2019. Crunchyroll screened the anime at the Crunchyroll Expo event in August 2019, and the company is streaming the anime worldwide outside Asia.
The survival horror story begins when Mutsumi Oribe and her classmates are flying for a school field trip, and their plane crashes. They drift onto an island dominated by giant insects. The tagline for the anime is, "On that island … humans are merely insect fodder."
Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, Aki Sora) served as chief director of the anime at Passione, and Shigeru Morita (Arpeggio of Blue Steel - Ars Nova) wrote the script. Takayuki Noguchi (Queen's Blade: Rebellion) designed the characters.
Sources: Email correspondence, The Island of Giant Insects anime's English dub Kickstarter page