With a $40,000 goal set up for the release of Otaku no Video on Blu-ray in North America, AnimEigo hit it in about sixteen hours or so and is, as of this writing, over $52,000 in support of it with 726 backers – and 22 days still to go. The quick achievement of the project isn’t too much of a surprise considering the overall support that the company gets from its strongest fans, positive word of mouth and being a title that is sought after by a segment of fandom.
The plans are for several stretch goals, which we hope will be hit, as it includes things such as the patch (one was produced for the Bubblegum Crisis set), a premium artbook, artwork upgrades and more.
We’re still wishing for an English language dub stretch goal to be added…
For reference, last December’s new Japanese release, priced at 5,800 yen, included a new audio commentary that brings in Kikuko Inoue, Shoji Murahama, Hiroyuki Yamaga and Yuki Sato. There was also a booklet and a video slideshow that brings out a number of cels and a LaserDisc version trailer included for the two original releases. AnimEigo’s edition would be using the transfer for this release with theirs.
Plot concept: Somewhat based on the real story of how Gainax was founded, Otaku no Video addresses all aspects of an otaku lifestyle. Ken Kubo is a young man living an average life until he is dragged into a group of otaku. Slowly, he becomes more like them until he decides to abandon his former life to become king of otaku —the otaking!
Mixed in are live-action interviews with real otaku, addressing every aspect of hardcore otaku life. Not only are anime and manga fans included, but also sci-fi fans, military fans, and other groups of Japanese geeks.