New Kickstarter Changes Could Change Anime with More Funding

Kickstarter announced that they are expanding their crowdfunding platform to include projects directly from Japan later this year!

This means that international fans can have more opportunities in contributing to the funding of anime. Also, this gives creators another avenue to fund their projects: from creating a pitch episode to present to a committee or creating smaller indie projects.

There have been some anime projects to use Kickstarter in the past, like Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade and Under the Dog, but they were required to have either a person and a non-Japanese organization representing the project. Kickstarter’s aim is to remove this middleman, which will make it easier for Japanese studios to run campaigns.

Under the Dog
Under the Dog raised a massive $878,028 from the international community.

Japan also has crowdfunding platforms like Makuake and Campfire, but they can limit international contribution.

Committees are still vital to the creation of anime, but creators have been turning to crowdfunding to supplement their production budgets. Some crowdfunded anime include:

  • In This Corner of the World
  • Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade
  • Under the Dog
  • Mayoiga
  • Gakuen Handsome
  • Kick-Heart
Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade raised $625,518 on Kickstarter.

Licensors like Funimation and Pied Piper, Inc have used to crowdfunding to gauge the interest in localizing The Vision of Escaflowne (which received a new HD dub) and Skip Beat! respectively.

Do you think Kickstarter opening up their platform to Japan could help change how anime is funded?

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