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#1 Jul 09 2013 at 9:34 AM Rating: Good
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So back in April a small Japanese studio (Trigger) released what is basically a 1-ep OVA called "Little Witch Academia" (which you can watch with Eng subtitles here).

As a young girl, Akko was fascinated and mesmerized by Shiny Chariot’s magic show. Determined to become a witch just like Shiny Chariot, Akko enrolls in the prestigious witch academy, Luna Nova. Contrary to her expectations, the classes are unexpectedly boring. Akko struggles to keep herself in high hopes and spirits, but the reaction from her peers remain indifferent. In the previous episode, Akko became the school’s hero by slaying the dragon that appeared from the underground dungeon, but her fame is short-lived. The new episode will be a sequel with new characters to the previous episode.

The response was quite positive, and now they've opened a kickstarter to get funding to produce a second episode. The Kickstarter opened yesterday, and has already reached its funding goal. It will be immediately subtitled in several languages, and the studio seems to really be aiming for Western support with this Kickstarter.

Why Kickstarter?

The first episode of Little Witch Academia was created under the “Anime Mirai” project by Yoh Yoshinari and studio TRIGGER.

The episode was made available to be viewed on the internet shortly after the premier, and many support and comments were given. To answer to these voices, we have decided to create a sequel to the episode. We also found out about Kickstarter through the comments given by the fans oversea.

Being a new studio, we felt the Kickstarter system to be innovative and fitting to our studio’s taste. Making a series “with” the fans is definitely what we were looking for. With the support from our fans, we believe that we can definitely develop on this new foundation.

I haven't watched the first ep yet myself, but am definitely interested based on the interest I've seen from other people for the Kickstarter.
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#2 Jul 09 2013 at 11:19 AM Rating: Good
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Using crowdfunding for anime is a really good idea and wish the bigger production companies would use it more. If they go into it with some of the cost already covered the willingness to take on works increase more so the ones that are outside of the norm. There are a few manga titles that if a kickstarter opened up for I throw down $5 to $10 for.
#3 Jul 09 2013 at 3:39 PM Rating: Good
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They met their funding goal of $150K USD in under 5 hours, with ~1.5k donors, so an average of about $100 dollars each. I know at least one person claim to give $10,000 and another $1,500. Makes sense considering the industries current blue ray market model.

I saw the first OVA when it came out. It was enjoyable, and I think as a project designed to help train and showcase young animators it succeeded well. Character designs were somewhat novel and the animation was solid. The story was likeable, but fairly predictable.
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