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  • #61
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2179987

    May 5 2018

    Post-Campaign Production Progress Report

    Dear Backers,

    It has been almost two weeks since the campaign ended, and so it is time for our first production progress report.

    Topics we will cover today:
    • Preproduction Status
    • Bonus Stretch Goal Prioritization
    • Extra Goodies Discussion
    Preproduction Status

    We actually started preproduction on Gunsmith Cats several months before the campaign launched. Because we were 99% sure that it would meet the basic goal, it made sense to work on the project whenever we had some spare time.

    Currently, our status is:
    • Episode subtitles have gone through several passes and are mostly in the final review stages. This includes SDH captions for the english dub.
    • Japanese commentaries have been recorded and are being timed and translated.
    • Cleanup work on color artwork and settei are well underway.
    • The original english commentary has been timed and captioned.
    • The original english featurette has been timed and is being retranslated.
    • New english commentaries and updated featurette are in early preproduction.
    • Mr. Sonoda's drawing how-to video has been recorded (in which he created the illustrations show above).
    • Initial extra goodies are in the design stage.
    Clearly, there's a ton of work still to do, but we've made a good start. Bonus Stretch Goal Prioritization

    Because the campaign busted through the final $300k stretch goal, we have some extra money we can budget towards improving the set.

    We have developed 4 feasible ways to use this extra budget, and so now it's time for you to prioritize them. Please note that these items are not necessarily mutually-exclusive; depending on how you rank them and how many late signups we get over the next few months, we may be able to implement several of them!

    The items are:

    License additional Peter Erskine Music

    Mr. Erskine has selected a previously created composition that is in the same style as Gunsmith Cats. It would be used as menu music and/or music video music on the Blu-ray. You can preview it on Amazon Music.


    Add More Dojinshi Pages

    More manga for the artbook (would also be available digitally). Speaking of the dojinshi, Mr. Sonoda has told us that KOTOBUKI Tukasa (Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN), UEDA Hajime (FLCL), and TADANO Kazuko (Sailor Moon) will be creating pages for it.


    Include Gunsmith Cats Rubber Straps

    Each blu-ray would also include a pair of Rally/May rubber phone straps, using the new Chibi artwork Mr. Sonoda just drew.


    Upgraded Packaging

    For example, add holofoil to the amaray insert and premium chipboard case.


    To register your priorities, please use this Google Survey (you will have to log into a google account; if this is a problem, you can email your rankings to us at crowdfunding@animeigo.com)

    Extra Goodies Discussion

    We would like to hear additional ideas for bonus goodies in the comments section of this update. In a few weeks we'll run a survey to determine which new goodies are wanted enough to make them worth making.

    Ideas that we already want to explore include:
    • Gunsmith Cats logo t-shirt.
    • Rubber straps (if selected as a stretch goal item above, extras will automatically be available as a goodie)
    The best goodies are things that are light, small and flat, because shipping cost is often the dominant expense.

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    • #62
      Gunsmith Cats Explosive Edition Music Video: https://vimeo.com/268308769

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      • #63
        https://twitter.com/AnimEigo/status/993813839270633472
        Missed out on the kickstarter? No problems! Late signups for the #GunsmithCats Explosive Edition Blu-ray are now open!

        https://www.animeigo.com/gsc

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        • #64
          https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2201599

          Update #18

          June Update

          Subtitle Sausages

          For the last month we've been grinding out translations and subtitles. We've got second-pass subtitles completed for the main program, and first-pass titles done for the original production featurette, the original English commentary and Mr. Sonoda's Drawing Tips. We're also completing initial translations on the two Japanese commentaries.

          Artbook

          A big part of the artbook is on hold pending receipt of new original art from Mr. Sonoda and his Dōjinshi artist friends. However, we've done the graphic cleanup on most of the ~150 pages of settei and translated all the artists notes. So when the final artwork does become available, it'll mostly be a matter of slotting it in the right places.

          Goodies

          Based on the feedback from the goodies poll, we are planning to add both a pair of rubber straps and a logo t-shirt to the list of goodies. We are already in the process of getting samples of the rubber straps made, and they should be arriving in a few weeks.

          We are also working on initial designs for the t-shirt, coin, keychain, pin, squishy grenade and patches. We'll be running those by you in the coming weeks.

          We've decided not to run the Kickstarter Backer Survey until after the designs for the goodies are mostly finalized. This is because you'll be able to make your initial goodie choices as part of the survey, and while you'll be able to change your mind at any time, it'll mean less work for us doing it this way. Same goes with address updates- the later we do the survey, the fewer people will move by the time we ship.

          That's all for this time!

          Robert & Natsumi

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          • #65
            https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2218114

            Hi Everyone,

            Time for another update. Today's topic is the design of the ?Grenade Pin? goodie.

            We've settled on a basic design for the pin, as follows:


            ::: see post :::

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            • #66
              no more updates ?

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              • #67
                https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2240598

                Jul 17 2018

                July Update - Sausage Scrutinizers Wanted

                Dear Backers,

                We are happy to report that preproduction is proceeding at a steady pace. The main episode translations (english, japanese, and japanese caption-style) have passed through all of our internal reviews, and other translations such as the japanese commentaries are at various stages in the pipeline.

                But no matter how many times we check the subtitles, there's always a chance that we'll miss something -- either an obvious mistake or a potential improvement. So it's always a good idea to run the final product past some fresh eyeballs before locking it down.

                If you think you have what it takes to sniff out mistakes in the output of the AnimEigo Subtitle Sausage Factory, send us an email at crowdfunding@animeigo.com. We need 4-6 volunteers - particularly people with deep knowledge of relevant topics (such as music, cars, weapons, animation production, etc.). We'd also like at least one proofreader with non-standard color vision, and another who is deaf or hearing-impaired.

                Before you do, however, consider the pros and cons:

                Pros
                • Get to see things ahead of everyone else.
                • Get a production credit on the disc.
                Cons
                • May have to watch something one time more than you really wanted to.
                • Faith in competence of AnimEigo staff will almost certainly be shattered.
                Please note that you will have to sign a standard non-disclosure agreement in order to be a proofreader.

                Best,

                Robert & Natsumi

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                • #68
                  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2252849

                  Aug 1 2018

                  Kneel before your Supervillain!

                  Dear Backers,

                  As you know, the highest backing level on this project is Supervillain. The Supervillain gets some original Sonoda artwork based on their design suggestions.

                  This artwork has been completed and The Clandestine Czar of Chicago has deemed that it meets their standards. Accordingly, they have forwarded to Mr. Sonoda the instructions on how to remove the “performance inducement device” that was attached to him in his sleep earlier this summer.

                  However, The Lawless Lord of the Loop also gets to decide whether to keep the artwork for themselves or share it with everyone. And as you might expect, someone who has achieved such exquisite heights of criminality is not just going to give it away for nothing!

                  And since they have already attained wealth and power far beyond that of everyone reading this, mere money matters naught to them. No, the only currency that has any meaning anymore is the submission of the masses.

                  Therefore, Kneel before your Supervillain!

                  Grovel at their feet! In the comments, beg them in the most obsequious way to release the artwork for use in the project!

                  If your fawning blandishments are sufficient in both quantity and quality, they might – just might, mind you – deign to share the artwork with you. And as an extra inducement, the finest flatterer will be rewarded with a special bonus.

                  To inspire your truckling, here is an extremely small segment of the artwork...

                  ::: see post :::

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                  • #69
                    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2261460

                    Aug 12 2018

                    All Praise the Supervillain!

                    Joyous news, oh backers. The Supervillain has read your pleas, and deemed you worthy of gazing upon the exclusive Sonoda artwork. Here it is!

                    ::: see post :::

                    By their command, an extra bonus goody will be bestowed upon James O. and FlamingFirewire for "long, good, and rapidly deployed grovelling" and Jason Paul Moon for "his commitment to Zod".
                    Last edited by WTK; 08-22-2018, 07:46 PM. Reason: typo

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                    • #70
                      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2269503

                      Patchwork Progress

                      We have completed the design of the embroidered patches, and are currently having test samples made; these become the "team patches" that members of the production team receive.

                      Assuming everything works well, the final production patches will be identical except that the text color will be different.

                      Production Report

                      The proofreading team is working hard tweaking all the subtitles. We're particularly happy with the results, because every team member has a special skill or two that has already paid off in ways we didn't fully anticipate.

                      Blu-ray menu design is underway; we expect to use a similar style as we have in our other 4:3 Blu-ray discs.

                      The team at DidYouKnowAnime have delivered the rough-cut of their HD version of the production documentary, and they really went the extra mile! In addition to all the HD updates, they did additional research, shot new footage of Radinov's Mercedes, recorded a new interview with series composer Peter Erskine, and Mr. Erskine has kindly provided some home video of the original recording session for use in the documentary!

                      That's all for this month. Thanks again for your support.

                      Robert & Natsumi

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                      • #71
                        https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2305859

                        Oct 4 2018

                        October Update

                        Dear Backers,

                        As you may have heard, we had a spot of bother due to Hurricane Florence. We evacuated inland for a week and were able to return around the time power was restored to our neighborhood.

                        We were very lucky and just lost a lot of trees, with only minor damage to our house. Others were much less fortunate and the cleanup will take many months.

                        Project Status

                        We have completed all of the translation, subtitling, and captioning, and are into final proofreading, aka "Punctuation Wars." Design of the artbook is mostly complete, although we are still waiting for final artwork from Japan. All commentaries have been recorded, and production is complete on the new HD production documentary.

                        During the production of the new documentary, we had to replicate some "felt marker" colored versions of the settei. We think they turned out pretty nicely, and we're probably going to also include them in the artbook. Here's a few samples...

                        Going Forward

                        Natsumi and I are off to Japan in a few weeks for our usual pilgrimage to TIFFCOM. Once we get back in November, we hopefully should have all the materials, and disc authoring will begin!

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                        • #72
                          https://www.kickstarter.com/projects.../posts/2321512

                          Oct 21 2018

                          Report from an Undisclosed Location

                          Dear Backers,

                          As mentioned in our last update, Natsumi and I are currently in Japan on business.

                          One of the items on our to-do list was to travel to the top-secret Sonoda-Sanctum so that Mr. Sonoda could prepare the endpapers that will be bound into the special hardcover artbooks that the Signature and Inscribed backers will be receiving.

                          This arduous task took the sensei over 5 hours to complete - and every endpaper will have a little something extra to make them particularly unique.

                          ::: see post :::

                          "Carpal Tunnel, my old friend..."

                          While we were there, Mr. Sonoda gave us a sneak preview of the final bit of original artwork he is creating for the Explosive Edition...

                          ::: see post :::

                          ...and delivered some of the pages of the dojinshi...

                          ::: see post :::

                          Finally, as a special bonus, he has digitally created a new version of the original artwork that was the inspiration for Gunsmith Cats, based on a scan of the original line art!

                          ::: see post :::

                          The artbook just got a little bigger...

                          That's all for this quick update! As always, thanks for your support of the project!

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