The official Twitter account of Dropkick On My Devil series revealed on Saturday that the anime’s crowdfunding project has raised 60,800,166 yen (about US$446,900) from 1,326 supporters. It is around 200% of its 30 million yen (about US$220,600) goal.
The campaign has 26 days more remaining. The funding achieved its goal of raising 30 million yen in just 35 minutes of its start. The campaign started on November 30 and will end on January 13, 2023.
The aim of the crowdfund was to raise enough revenue to make an entire 4th season. The staff said that to make a one-cours (quarter of a year) anime, the production cost is about 300 million yen (about US$2.153 million).
They further explained that they do not have “the power to raise that kind of capital,” and thus their first goal was to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a new OVA episode.
It takes 30 million yen (about US$215,000) to produce one episode. And with each 30 million extra the staff will add more episodes. After which the episode(s) will be streamed.
The end goal for Dropkick on My Devil! NEXT project is to produce enough episodes to make an entire fourth season of the series, as well as to hold the largest in person/online event, “Jashin-chan Festival”. The festival is set to take place on May 4, 2023.
They have also mentioned that the funds will be used for various animation expenses, such as main production costs, promotion costs, and other expenses related to animation.
Previously, Furano city, who had decided to aid the production of Dropkick on My Devil X anime (season 3) in exchange of getting a special episode that will be set in the city, froze 33 million yen on grounds of having included inappropriate content in a special episode of the anime, which could tarnish the image of the city.
Third season of the anime was also crowdfunded.
Dropkick on My Devil! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yukiwo. The series began serialization in Flex Comix’s Comic Meteor web magazine in April 2012. Nineteen volumes have been released as of June 2022. An anime television series adaptation by Nomad aired from July to September 2018, with an additional episode streamed online in October 2018. A second season aired from April to June 2020, and a third season aired from July to September 2022.