For those of you that may have blinked and missed it, the Unico Kickstarter reached its goal of $20.5k earlier today.
North American publisher Digital Manga reached its goal of raising US$20,500 in pledges for an English-language printing of Osamu Tezuka's Unico manga on Tuesday. Digital Manga had just starting accepting pledges on the Kickstarter website on Thursday.
The manga centers on a unicorn who has the magical power to help those who love him. The titular character travels through time and to different countries to make new friends. The manga inspired a number of anime adaptations, including two films that Discotek Media released in North America last month.
Digital Manga had said that it will release the manga in a single, full-color volume if it receives US$20,500 in pledges by July 21. Those who pledge to provide funding money will receive bonus extras, including six free issues of Astro Boy Magazine for a US$5 pledge, or the six Astro Boy Magazine issues plus a copy of Unico for a US$35 pledge.
Digital Manga previously funded a release of Tezuka's Barbara manga through Kickstarter in January. It also used Kickstarter to reprint Tezuka's Swallowing the Earth manga last year.
On related news, Digital Manga Publishing had promised to another yet another license if funding for Unico succeeded; and since it has, they announced the goal to publish Atom Boy
spin-off, Atom Cat
They're aiming for a goal of $26k this time, and still have 24 days to go (and at this time, they have $22,577).