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Can it work? Should it work? Is a crowd-funded anime that much different than an OAV? And if Tom could Kickstart a dream anime, what would it be?

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NickyCharismaon June 6, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.
Whoa! You just released a video yesterday. Tom... have you taken hurt of the absence of Sam and put it into Vice Pit? Anyways, I completely agree that a faithful redux of Akira might top the film. I would rather see a 6 part OVA series with each release covering one volume of the manga, similar to what Hellsing Ultimate did. Also I want a sidequel to Redline. I say sidequel because I think we can agree that JP and Sonoshee's arc is complete. Set it in the future when Redline is even more of a fringe hobby then it was this time. Maybe Frisbee is near retirement but has to mentor one young racer and guide him into the winner's circle? Just a thought. I would watch anything set in that universe.
Donwunon June 6, 2013 at 4:39 p.m.

Thanks for answering my question Tom. I can actually agree with an Akira TV series as well but i may prefer a battle angel alita one that ignores the story continuation in the ongoing (and yawnful) last order manga. I think these would generate revenue in no time

I see your point about crowdsourcing not being a new thing with OVA’s but I believe that the 2 tied components that make anime crowdsourcing a more successful venture today is both the growing fanbase of anime with the coming generation and (more importantly) the advancement of technology which has not only made it easier for people to actually fund these projects centrally to the creators / licensors but just making the project itself widely known around the world…again thanks to the internet.

In general I would agree companies are generally starting to give the fans exactly what they want anyway but I think that is mostly because the people in the business are original fans themselves, using Joss Whedon / JJ abrams as examples pretty much solidifies this belief what is considered “geek properties” can turn a major profit - lump the latest DC and marvel ventures in there while your at it.

So am I saying anime and manga are generally perceived how comics and cartoons where in the past….well, in my own opinion, yes exactly

I would have also said Cameron’s live action take on Alita could have also opened the door to more seriously focused / considered anime / manga movies (til he changed his mind) but as far as Akira is concerned, in that right I’d say Chronicle did a pretty good job of what could have been Akira. I no longer have the same desire to see a live action Akira movie now

Anyhow, my whole faith in anime crowdsourcing / live action adaptations lay with current / next generation fans growing up on these mediums today taking the helms in future as directors or promoters – the way things stand right now it’s still admittedly a niche medium even though it has been around for a long time - which is something you did mentioned yourself as well

I’m still interested to hear Sam’s wished crowd sourced title…..something tells me another pokemon show would probably be more than he could handle :oP

sickVisionz moderator on June 7, 2013 at 4:43 a.m.

I probably wouldn't support crowd sourcing for the creation of anime. I'd rather take a wait and see approach. Artistic things like anime, games, movies, etc would always make me pause. Someone seeking crowdfunding to make a pure product seems less likely for the end result to be crap than something artistic where the artist is going to go off on any whim or tangent they want to.

I would crowd source a license though. Something like the Time of Eve one where this is funding to get a known quantity released rather than something you have no info about and hoping it won't turn out crappy. You can go on Crunchyroll and judge for yourself if this is a series you want to see released on blu-ray. I like that a lot more than say, "Help fund the creation of a series by the Time of Eve creators and hopefully it won't suck, but who knows? Can't bat a thousand forever." There are a lot of series I'd pitch in money to get released. 17 to be exact.

zaldaron June 7, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.

A good version of Akira yeah if I had the money (give me four years) I would put money to that...sickVisionz have any video games that got funded through kickstarter been finished yet? I always here about a lot being put out (a new planescape sequel for example) but I then never here about the game being released.

Daniel_Newton moderator on June 13, 2013 at 3:12 a.m.

I feel like a Pokémon anime aimed at older audiences would be a perfect anime project for Kickstarter. There are LOTS of older Pokémon fans out there who want something with a little more depth and a lot less repetition. Not that the current anime series is terrible (what I've seen is actually quite good, in my opinion) but a more daring show with a kick-ass story and less constraints could be something special.

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