Anime Limited is happy to announce that we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign designed to bring Mai Mai Miracle, the beautiful animated film by Sunao Katabuchi, to UK and US audiences.
Wait, what? Why do need you a Kickstarter for doing what you should be doing anyway?
Frankly, this is what you’re all thinking isn’t it? It’s pretty simple actually – Mai Mai Miracle is a film we strongly feel deserves a wider, appreciative audience than it has received in the recent past. Coming at the hands of former Hayao Miyazaki protégé Sunao Katabuchi, Mai Mai Miracle is a sweet film that encapsulates the magic and imagination of two young girls in 1950s Japan.
One of our main mission statements with Anime Limited is to bring new, interesting, niche and not easily available anime to UK fans. We see the overlooked Mai Mai Miracle as one of these niche animated gems that need to be watched. However, we don’t just intend to release this film on blu-ray – we want to give you so much more than a blu-ray disc. We want to give you all sorts of goodies, the kind of beautiful packaging it deserves and we want to open up and bring this film to the US too!
Therein lies the difficulty – we’re a small, independent company from the UK thus making it very tricky/expensive/difficult to distribute a film like Mai Mai Miracle in the US. We would have to throw insane levels of cash at this or in the very least, sublicense the film – which in itself is difficult/tricky/expensive to do with a title that doesn’t have the heavy-hitting cache of a huge studio behind it. So we figure: hey! Why not take it straight to the fans, cut out the middleman and make this as special a release as possible? So that’s what we’re doing.
With this Kickstarter campaign, we hope to raise $30,000 (US) to do the following:
Release Mai Mai Miracle in both the UK and the US on blu-ray
Create and add English subtitles for the film
Produce quality packaging to house the blu-ray disc and make it Collector’s Edition worthy
Share some of the truly beautiful artwork, illustrations and behind-the-scenes goodness that comes with the making of such an animated film
We view this Kickstarter campaign as the best way to bring in and widely distribute a small, charming film that should be enjoyed by as many people as possible. And to say thank you for any help, support and love we will give you as much bang for your buck as possible.
So here’s your chance to support something sweet, unique and magical. We love this film and we hope you will too.
Mai Mai Miracle
Mai Mai Miracle is the story of two young girls, their friendship and their unique magical take on the world around them – a view that is only possible in the minds and imaginations of children. When a young girl named Kiiko moves to a small country town, she befriends Shinko, a bright, imaginative girl who has a special way of viewing the world around her and connecting it to the region’s past. With Shinko’s lead, Kiiko follows her on numerous adventures of imagination and time travel finally breaking free of her shell and learning to let go of the grief she carries for her deceased mother.
Mai Mai Miracle does a great job of converting that magic into art in a way that is unique to the film which very much adds to the overall feel of the story. It is a joy to behold and a great film for kids and adults alike. If this sounds like something you’d love to see, or you would like more information and details on the Kickstarter campaign please pledge on our page!