Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter ends with over $107K, reaches goals


Katabuchi's country life picture on a Blu-ray near you, I hope

With over 1900 backers and over $107,100+ pledged, Anime Limited's Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter ended with all the numerated stretch goals reached. This means the eventual Kickstarter release will contain an English dub, a localized version of the original theatrical pamphlet, and All The Anime will have enough money to produce the soundtrack, licensing agreement pending. A non-Kickstarter edition of the movie will also be made available down the road, Anime Limited has mentioned.

Mai Mai Miracle's licensing situation is probably not as much of a tear-jerker as the movie itself, but it's worth noting. The movie originally did poorly in theaters despite a strong support from a small group of viewers that fell in love with the movie. The marketing originally pegged it as a family friendly film, and it is, but Mai Mai Miracle's magic works more on adults, over kids, in an unexpected way. It's through the perseverance of real fans of the work--those who fell in love with the movie by watching it--that finally, in 2014, the light is green for Mai Mai Miracle's release overseas. 

That an English-language version of the release is going to be produced through an UK publisher goes to show how under the radar this work has been, and its fair success at Kickstarter is a form of validation to just how strongly Mai Mai Miracle resounds in the heart of some, and without much marketing help. You might know what I have to say about it, but if you want a fancy yet mature movie that you can watch with kids, do yourself a favor and track this movie down once it's available.


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