Well, it's finally happening: WAKFU is invading the United States via Kickstarter. The studio that makes the series, Ankama launched a Kickstarter for the EXTREMELY popular series earlier this week. In just a few days, it has already achieved an English Dub (with the original French audio with English/French/Spanish subtitles) for the first season that will be collected on Blu-Ray here in the US. Here's the official video Ankama posted on the kickstarter page:
So what the heck is WAKFU you ask? It was originally based on a popular MMORG video game of the same name. The best way to describe the animated series from what this reporter knows of it is this: it is a mixture of steam-punk, fantasy, it crashes the same boundaries that Avatar: The Last Airbender did (telling a stellar story in a world filled with memorable characters that can be enjoyed by both children and adults). So if you're a fan of that sort of stuff, you might fancy WAKFU. Here's a video that showcases the best the show has to offer (minus Season 1 "Big Bad", Nox, whose character supposedly I'm told I would very much enjoy):
As of this moment it's at $108,000 and the next goal in sight is the $150,000 goal of Dubbing episode 27 in English along with Orgest OVA. After that if $200,000 is met then all of Season 2 of the show will be dubbed in English. If the goal of $300,000 is met then the 3 OAV made in Japan.
Considering the $100,000 goal has been met here's what to expect for the WAKFU: Season 1 Blu-Ray:
- WAKFU Season 1: 26 episodes of 26 minutes each
- Bonus features with interview of the team and artistic director
- The exclusive storyboard of Episode #0: Goultard Story (never broadcasted on TV)
- A report on the English dubbing with a special French vs English behind-the-scenes video
- A 12 page presentation booklet
We'll keep you informed on this developing story and if the Kickstarter surpasses any of it's set goals.
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Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Character Spotlight, and Cartoon Reviews. He's also an aspiring comic book writer trying to get some of his works published on the Outhouse. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.
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