A team of Legend of Zelda fans, collectively called Aeipathy Industries, have taken to Kickstarter to proceed with plans for a animated series based on the beloved games.
The project, officially titled The Zeldamotion series, has already produced its first episode prior to resorting to crowdfunding. Based upon the A Link to the Past manga series, the project has already raised $5,407 of its $24,000 goal after only two days. Raising this minimum amount will allow the team to produce a second episode of the series, with an ultimate goal of $298,000 needed to complete the entire series with a 90 minute film.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the project has been ongoing for two years without being shutdown by Nintendo, according to comments by project animation manager Jarom Smith on Reddit. Nintendo have a history of being overly protective with their properties, with the company only recently reversing their decision to claim all ad revenue for Nintendo content posted to Youtube with an affiliate program. Smith believes Nintendo may be taking a wait and see approach, allowing them to continue before giving their content an official green light, while he also stated his bewilderment that the project has been allowed to continue this long.
The project's Kickstarter page features concept artwork, as well as a breakdown of the entire team. Notably, the voice cast Aeipathy have assembled, with the four principle actors experienced with renowned anime series such as Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist (and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Dragon Ball, and Soul Eater.