Pied Piper, Inc. has announced that they will be holding another crowdfunding campaign following the success of their Kickstarter campaign for Time of Eve in 2013. From March 1-31, 2016, Pied Piper will be holding a campaign on Indiegogo to release the Skip Beat! anime adaptation on DVD and Blu-ray in North America. They have already licensed the series and now need money to cover the costs of producing a home video release. Pied Piper describes the series as follows:
In the 25-episode shojo series, 16-year-old Kyoko Mogami is devastated to learn that her long-time crush Sho Fuwa has been using her as a servant while he waltzes to stardom. She vows to beat him at his own game and joins a rival talent agency, and in the process transforms from a docile people-pleaser to ingenious creative talent. The anime’s riveting story arcs include Kyoko’s discovery of friendship with fellow actress Kanae (“Moko”) Kotonami and her tumultuous relationship with romance-challenged star Ren Tsuruga, who slowly leads her away from revenge and returns her to the path of love.
The company’s goal is to source at least $210,000 USD, which will also cover the cost for a ‘basic’ English dub. The English dub will be produced by Mela Lee, Cristina Vee and Jason C. Miller. There will be stretch goals to enable Pied Pier to hire well-known voice actors, ADR directors and scriptwriters. The Indiegogo campaign page can be found here.