The Skip Beat! Kickstarter was a success! Not only did it meet it’s funding goal, but the stretch goal for a blu-ray release as well! This bodes very well for the future of crowd funding campaigns to fund other anime series that have been overlooked or were considered to be tough-sells by big-name licensors. Similarly, the Kimagure Orange Road Kickstarter is going swimmingly as well. When you think about it, it’s already half-way there to reaching the goal required to get the series fully published, and there’s plenty of time left.

As always, I strongly encourage you to support this Kickstarter if you already haven’t. Even if you don’t have a lot to give, any amount you can give can make a difference. Beyond simply getting this classic title published, this Kickstarter will open up doors for similar projects and more classic or obscure manga beyond just Osamu Tezuka’s works to potentially receive crowd-funding campaigns. Both the Skip Beat! and KOR campaigns’ success have set great precedents that should hopefully allow a lot of titles that wouldn’t or couldn’t be brought over through traditional means finally see a western release. These are exciting times, and I’m crossing a fingers a few currently unlicensed favorites of mine will be lucky enough to receive similar treatment one day very soon.

Enough with the pitch, let’s get on with the show! Join your titular Manga Mavericks, Colton and Sid, as we once again dive into the fast-paced and sexy world of manga news! And this episode covers some BIG news, presenting many fascinating questions worth pondering. What are the ramifications of Kadokawa’s partnerships with Crunchyroll and Yen Press? Will the Death Note live-action movie actually be good? When will Colton and Sid finally stop going off tangent and answer the Q&A already?! Plus, rundowns of the latest NYT Top Selling Manga List, the March Bookscan Top 20 Graphic Novels List, and lots of licensing news!

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha. If there’s something you want to ask that’s too big to tweet, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com! Thanks for listening!

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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