AnimEigo‘s Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its Blu-ray Disc release of the Metal Skin Panic: MADOX-01 original video anime (OVA) reached its goal of US$50,000 on Friday within 42 minutes of its launch. As of press time, the campaign has surpassed its first two stretch goals with 1,265 backers pledging US$110,408.
The company had earlier announced that the campaign will launch on April 30, aiming to raise US$50,000 within 30 days.
AnimEigo had wanted to release the OVA in HD for years, but was unable to do so because the company had thought suitable film assets were not available. The original print was actually at Tokyo Genzо̄shо̄.
The release will include a new HD transfer of MADOX-01 with English subtitles and an English dub, a “Weapons of MADOX-01” featurette, color and line art galleries, list of all Kickstarter backers, a six-panel insert with a poster and list of backers, and all bonus features from the 2003 DVD release.
Rewards for various backer tiers include a production art book and a set of the production check discs.
There are five stretch goals for the project, with each goal having a different number of “points” allocated to it. Each time the total amount funded reaches another US$25,000 more than the original goal of US$50,000, backers will get one point toward the stretch goals. Backers will be able to vote for which stretch goals they want after all the points are allocated after the campaign is over. The stretch goals include: new commentary (1 point), new package art (1 point), a digital restoration pass (2 points), an animation scene fix (2 points) and a new trailer (3 points).
The company describes the OVA‘s story:
In the first test of a revolutionary personal battle-suit, the MADOX-01, Ace female test-pilot Kusomoto Elle smashes an attacking tank force and humiliates Lt. Kilgore, Japan’s most-macho tank-jockey, in the process.
Kilgore swears he’ll get even, and he gets his chance when the prototype MADOX literally falls off the back of a truck in the middle of Tokyo.
Meanwhile, the MADOX, which fell off the back of one truck, off a bridge, and into the back of another truck, has found its way into the hands of college student Sujimoto Kōji. Intrigued by the MADOX, Kōji makes the big mistake of fooling with it without reading the manual first, and soon finds himself locked in the suit and zooming around downtown Tokyo.
Unfortunately, the homing signal the now-active MADOX transmits results in a no-holds-barred response by Kilgore; even more unfortunately, even though Kōji doesn’t know how to fight, the MADOX does a pretty good job on automatic (it’s got “Full Self Driving” capability), resulting in a firefight the likes of which the local residents haven’t seen since the last time Gojira hit town.
Concerned about the property damage being caused to some of the world’s most expensive real-estate, Elle dons a second prototype MADOX and tries to find and rescue Kōji before Kilgore’s many minions totally trash Tokyo.
And apart from the attempts to destroy the suit (and it’s driver), Kōji has his own problems: if he breaks his date with his girlfriend, he will lose her forever — and he’s a tad overdressed for the occasion!
The anime premiered in December 1987. The OVA was AnimEigo‘s first anime release in 1990.
Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.