I couldn’t do a post about the kickstarter when it started because of personal reasons and because, well, AB was down a lot especially at the end of January. When the site was stable again and I had free time, it keept feeling weirder and weirder to post when there was week left, and then three days left and then 48 hours left, etc. So I feel a bit guilty!
But the kickstarter to fund an english dub was an overwhelming success. If I recall correctly, the initial goal of $80,000 was certainly funded within 48 hours, if not the first day. The end result? $483k. At the time of writing this, the number reflected on the kickstarter is a bit lower as expected when it’s actually time to pay and all.
I was disappointed I couldn’t donate more. I would have loved to, of course. But even at the Adamai tier ($75), it was pushing the limits of what I could afford and I’m sure I’ll regret it in a few weeks. Not in October when the finished product is set to arrive.
Originally it was supposed to be April but as stretch goals were met, the second season was added and within the last 48 hours of the Kickstarter, an additional brand new episode was funded. This is on top of the three new 45 minute episodes that will be included. I believe they’re too take the place of the movie announced a few years ago that ended up in development hell. From what I heard, the reason the movie wasn’t made and the reason season 3 isn’t a thing is kind of lack of funding? That the tv stations that aired it wasn’t happy with some of the content and wanted a more child friendly show, something the creators weren’t willing to budge on. If that’s the case, it might explain why Doofus was of such a different tone.
But as the guys from Ankama state in the final update of the Kickstarter, this may lead the way for a third season. Showing the demand is overwhelmingly there. Though, as much as I want a third season I’m glad they did a kickstarter for the dub and for the blurays instead of a third season. The initial goal was low, under $100k so manageable. I think trying to reach $400k or however much would have been needed to fund another season might have been a really big feat. I know for a fact that there were those who pledged without ever having watched the series (though I’m sure they’ll love it!) and if the KS had been for another season? I kinda doubt that would happen
And the dub offers a new world of possibility. The voices of Eva and Tristepin sounded really fitting and kinda perfect. Which is waaaay different from the test dub released a few years ago. Tristepin sounded like a terrible canadian stereotype and it would have ruined a lot of his more serious scenes later on. If the dub is consistently of that quality, I’ll be beyond happy.
And if it gets released to Netflix, iTunes, Hulu or to TV itself (I could easily see this playing on Teletoon or YTV here in Canada) that could very well generate the extra revenue it needs for the S3 we so covet.
Wakfu is a show I love very, very dearly. I watched this Kickstarter with bated breath from start to finish and couldn’t be happier for Ankama. It’s months away but I’ll be waiting just as excitedly for the finished product and I’ll watched the show for the billionth time. So to anybody who happened to support the kickstarter, Ankama or the show, thank you.