Digital Manga Inc.’s Kickstarter campaign to fund an English digital edition of the Kimagure Orange Road manga ended yesterday, having raised a total of $154,097 from 938 backers. It overachieved by tens of thousands on the stretch goals put in place to publish all six 3-in-1 omnibus volumes, after their initial target of $34,900 was reached. The final volume’s marker stood at $119,900.
The campaign launched on March 31st, and Digital Manga Inc. now plans to re-translate, re-edit and re-letter Izumi Matsumoto’s classic romantic comedy series. It was originally serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1984-87, publishing 18 volumes in all and following a high-school kid with secret supernatural powers, as he juggled the quirk, his classes and a love triangle with two schoolmates.