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 April 30, 2021 within 42 minutes of its launch. As of this writing, the campaign has surpassed its first two stretch goals with 1,319 backers pledging US$114,748.
The company had earlier announced that the campaign would launch on April 30, 2020, aiming to raise US$50,000 within 30 days.
AnimEigo had wanted to release the OVA in HD for years, but was unable to 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.
If the project reaches the second stretch goal, the company will also perform a digital restoration pass on the film, doing additional color grading, dust and scratch removal, image stabilization, camera flicker reduction and splice removal. Both the original transfer and the digital restoration will be included on the Blu-ray Disc. All additional work will be supervised by the OVA’s director Shinji Aramaki. Other stretch goals include a new commentary featuring Aramaki and a “Madox Redux,” in which AnimEigo will hire Aramaki to fix any scenes with animation mistakes.
Metal Skin Panic: MADOX-01 premiered in December 1987. The OVA was AnimEigo’s first anime release in 1990. RetroCrush is currently streaming the anime.