The campaign to raise funds for Dropkick on My Devil! X (Jashin-chan Dropkick X), the third and latest season of the Dropkick My Devil! anime series, has officially passed their goal. The crowd funding campaign ended on December 31st at 11:59 pm Japanese local time and raised 36,181,238 yen (equivalent to $351,100 USD) from 2,880 unique backers. The campaign for the third season originally launched in September of last year and had reached its initial goal in 33 hours, after which the staff excitedly announced the series’ third season.
Dropkick on My Devil! X is set to premiere in 2022, falling on the 10th anniversary of the original manga’s release.
Among many notable backers was a single anonymous donor who pledged 1.1 million yen (equivalent $10,000 USD) to choose the name of the new season. The donor explained the title expresses affection for the hope that “Yurine and Jashin-chan will continue to cross each other and fight forever.” Several backers went on to pledge 220,000 yen each (equivalent to $2,000 USD) to name each one of the season’s 10 episodes. Furthermore, roughly 20 campaign backers pledged the same amount of 220,000 yen to voice various background characters. The anime franchise will also have collaborations with the local tourism boards of three cities in Hokkaido – Obihiro, Kushiro, Furano – and one city in the Nagasaki area – Minami Shimabara.
Production Will Take at Least a Year to Complete and Air
The website for the series previously announced that the production of Dropkick on My Devil! X will take at least a year to complete and be aired. Staff members have expressed concern to fans that they wish to keep providing content for fans leading up to the release of the new series, but at the present time do not have the promotional budget to do so. The staff stated that the crowdfunding campaign prioritized raising the funds to secure the production of the series first with promotional material second, aiming to provide content to fans every month or so before release.
The series is based on the manga of the same name by Yukiwo. The series centers on Yurine Hanazono, a university student who summoned the demon known as Jashin-chan from the underworld. Now, Yukiwo and Jashin are roommates in a dilapidated and dingy apartment in the Jinbocho district in downtown Tokyo. If Yurine dies, Jashin-chan gets her freedom and to return to the underworld, so Jashin is in a constant battle to try to kill Yurine.
Yukiwo originally released the manga in Flex Comix’s web magazine Comic Meteor in April 2012. The series is ongoing to this day.
The first season of Dropkick on My Devil! originally premiered in July 2018 and streams exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, both in and out of Japan. Amazon Prime also premiered a final bonus episode in October 2018. The second season, Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash originally premiered in April 2019 with an 11-episode run. This time, Crunchyroll streamed the entire series worldwide.
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