Nozomi Entertainment has launched the Let’s Dub the Dirty Pair TV Series! crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, aiming to finally produce an English-language version of the 1985 series in HD on Blu-ray. A lack of resources (specifically, the isolated music and effects track) stifled attempts to produce a dub sooner. With those resources in hand, it can finally happen. The campaign is trying to raise US$275,000.
The project will be directed by Joe DiGiorgi at Headline Studios. DiGiorgi has experience directing dubs for classic titles like Record of Lodoss War and Ikki Tousen, and has worked with Nozomi on several dub titles in the past. More staff will be announced later — but so far, we know that the team behind the dub is made up of “seasoned anime pros.”
The lineup of goods for backers ranges from standard to one-of-a-kind. You can get art cards, shout-outs, autographs, and other such expected rewards. But at higher tiers you can also get a custom Kei or Yuri costume, a light-up standee, and even a chance to audition to sing in the dub. Backers who donate at least $1 during the campaign will be able to purchase select reward items during a “slacker backer” period during production.
But you don’t have to back the campaign to get the new Dirty Pair Blu-ray. The newly-dubbed release will go on sale to the general public a few months after backers receive theirs. Plus, new Blu-rays of the rest of the Dirty Pair franchise will be released. Nozomi specifies that these will not be re-dubbed, but will contain earlier English-language tracks — more than one, in some cases.
The Kickstarter campaign ends on October 31, 2021. As of this writing, the campaign has raised US$66,014.