It’s a clear sign that people want this English-language release to happen, for All the Anime’s crowdfunding campaign for Katabuchi Sunao’s magical「マイマイ新子と千年の魔法」(Maimai Shinko to sen-nen no mahō/Mai Mai Miracle, Japan, 2009) reached its US$30,000 goal within less than a day of the Kickstarter having been announced.
More than that, it’s now steadily heading towards US$40,000 (it’s currently – at 8.42 pm GMT – at US$39,409), which is great news since All the Anime declared its first Stretch Goal (crowdfunding lingo, it seems, this is):
Now, personally I will refuse to see a film if you offer me a dub over subtitles, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting this goal to be achieved (note: if this goal is achieved, the home release will contain both subs and dubs). People have different preferences after all, plus children are part of the audience for this film (though it’s very suited for adults as well). Also, in order for the film to receive a wider distribution – particularly in the US – a dub is essential, hence, fingers crossed that this goal will be reached.
All the Anime has also been trying to keep up with all the questions they have been getting from enthusiastic fans, which you can browse here. They have mentioned that they will be looking into making the gorgeous soundtrack one of the rewards, although it’s a complicated issue (licensing!) and may not be possible. Well, we’ll just cross our fingers and toes and hope for the best…
Katabuchi Sunao (the film’s director) too, we hear, is thrilled about the support Mai Mai Shinko has been seeing and even some Japanese websites have been reporting about the Kickstarter. And this for a film that nearly failed in cinemas when it was first released! Yay for word of mouth and yay for the internet, that can make success of this sort happen!
- Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter website
- The campaign was also chosen as the “Kickstarter Project of the Day” by the way, no doubt because of the campaign’s tremendous success.
- All the Anime/Anime Limited’s Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter for UK/US Release
- Review: 「マイマイ新子と千年の魔法」 (Maimai Shinko to sen-nen no mahō/Mai Mai Miracle)