Anime fans rushed to fund this crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. France based Ankama launched on January 20th, the project hit their $80,000 CAD goal on January 21st. Many initial backers rushed in at the higher reward levels with the $1000 CAD quickly being sold out. The campaign is to fund the english version of the award winning animated series WAKFU.
The WAKFU animated series was first shown on French national TV (Channel3) in 2008, with 52 episodes broadcast to date and an additional three special episodes currently in production. The series and its creators have won numerous awards including International Studio of the Year at the 2010 Cartoons on the Bay Awards in Italy. In addition, Season Two of WAKFU was named best non-Japanese animated series of 2011 by the readers of French magazine, Animeland. WAKFU is also a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and a series of comic books. Click here for more information on the WAKFU MMORPG game.
“The trans-media approach is in Ankama’s DNA, but so far we have only been able to deliver the full immersive WAKFU anime and game experience in French-speaking countries. We very much want to offer the same opportunity to our English-speaking community,” said Olivier Comte, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Ankama. “A high-quality English adaptation needs a big commitment, so we’re asking anime fans everywhere to support the Kickstarter campaign to make it happen. With your help, the English-dubbed version can reach the level of quality every fan deserves.”
WAKFU is a multi-media experience comprising an animated series, online and console video games, and comic books. The campaign will cover the financing of part of the dubbing and the creation of the various backer rewards including the DVDs and related content (episodes subtitles and bonus content, as well as creation of specific campaign bonuses). Dubbing will be done by a specialized studio; it will include more than 11 hours of dubbing (for Season 1) corresponding to more than 30 characters in the Wakfu series.
Founded by Anthony Roux, Camille Chafer and Emmanuel Darras in 2001, Ankama is an independent French group and a leader in the entertainment industry that builds its development around a trans-media strategy: online games, animation, publishing, press, music, merchandise, toys, games for next-generation consoles and mobile devices.
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