Back in 2013, before I took a
brief lengthy hiatus writing things here, I mentioned two very interesting Kickstarter campaigns. One was for the western release of the original Bubblegum Crisis OVA on Blu-ray and the other was for SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works, a fancy book dedicated to well, the Sega Mega Drive.
As you might know, not only did those successfully finish their fundraising, but also the actual products as well. Neato!
As I don’t have too much experience with crowd funding, and while I can see the same problem as everyone else, it does feel like a fresh way of doing things, and also a way to vote with your money to get what you want. When that works….that is.
If we tackle the book first, it’s a really cool book. It’s big, chunky and absolute eye candy if you have…feelings for Sega’s 16-bit system.
I regret to say I haven’t read the whole book yet, as in with the words, but I’ve looked through it multiple times and it’s just a matter of me finding time to properly wind down with this sleek read.
With that, we’ll move on to the BGC Blu-ray which, unsurprisingly, is just delicious. I never owned the DVD release or had a high quality rip on my PC, so this was a real step up. No matter how much I love to have the show on LaserDisc, this is just better. Not the biggest fan of the multi colored subs, as they are rather too saturated, but there’s also non-colored subs available so it’s a non-problem really. Video and audio is, as expected, stellar. There are also some interesting extras, such as the Knight Sabers Holiday in Bali, which I can’t watch without cringing uncontrollably – but that might just be me.
Also getting access to a high quality scanned PDF version of BGC manga Grand Mal, among a few other things, is definitively a nice touch.
Wrapping it up, I’m looking forward to whatever future projects might be next from the creators of both. Robert from AnimEigo seemed quite interested in maybe doing another kickstarter…
Here’s to hoping! /o/
might just as well post this here kickstarter too:
The “SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works – The ultimate retrospective of the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis. A documentary art book by Read-Only Memory.”
Sounds really cool to my ears. Actually, there’s been a lot of cool kickstarters recently. I joined kickstarted in order to back Mighty no.9 but with this, the BGC blu-rays and some other fun stuff, I’m quite happy I did. Of course, none of the things I’ve back so far has been made yet – but I’m fairly sure they will. One way or the other…
It’s a bit late now, only 12 days to go but I just thought I’d mention this really swell kickstarter that aims to release the classic Bubblegum Crisis OVAs on Blu-Ray.
Japan already got a BD release (and this one’s based on that one), but as expected it’s rather expensive to import – and, well, there’s probably not any subs or anything on there. Now, I love BGC enough to get it on LaserDisc, so obviously I had to get in on this. But for those of you who yet haven’t and are interested – well, here’s your chance : )