While I’m personally not keen on seeing a ton of Kickstarters out there, there are plenty of projects where there’s a legitimate reason for it, especially when it comes to older titles where newer audiences have little interest and you don’t want to be bound by retailer restrictions and problems. So, Digital Manga Publishing looking to exercise their 2014 license pickup of the Kimagure Orange Road manga beyond digital form and into print omnibus releases is definitely ideal.
This release will be re-translated, re-edited and re-lettered for both new print and digital runs and the initial plan is to get the first omnibus funded – which it will by the end of the weekend if not sooner – and then expand from there wit stretch goals to cover the rest, up to six volumes.
Basic Specs For Omnibus Vol.1 :
-Antique Natural paper stock—(For that classic retro feel!!)
-Size: (5-1/8” x 7-3/16”) (B6 size)
-Language: Localized (translated) to English
-Right to Left Manga reading format
-Pages: avg.~550pgs ea. omnibus
-Release date: Omnibus 1 ~Aug.-Dec.2016 ; Stretch Goal: Omnibus 2-6 ~Dec.2016
-Re-localized for Omnibus Print Editions
Check out the full details, tiers, and more at the official page below.
The eighteen-volume series has long been sought after for a full and officially translated release since the anime was picked up in the 90′s by AnimEigo where it got VHS, LD and DVD releases for the OVAs, movie and TV series.
The series is written by Izumi Matsumoto and was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. It gained fame with the anime adaptation that was produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by veteran animator Osamu Kobayashi with character designs by Akemi Takada and scripts by Kenji Terada.
Plot Concept: Teenage romance meets fantasy in this series as a love triangle develops between the main character, an indecisive esper named Kyōsuke Kasuga, Madoka Ayukawa, a mercurial and enigmatic girl with a tough past, and Hikaru Hiyama, Madoka’s ditzy and energetic best friend. Kyōsuke falls in love with Madoka, and Madoka wants to return those feelings, but can not because of Hikaru’s involvement with Kyōsuke.