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While we're talking new dubs, I've been watching that Alice & Zoroku show, and aside from Naito Ryu, I'm loving the dub so far.
Cross-posting from the chatter box thread:
Funimation Anime Expo Announcements:
edited 2nd Jul '17 8:52:13 AM by Lionheart0
Funimation announced the remainder of their dubs for the summer:
Wasn't expecting the gal show to get dubbed.
They dubbed Seven Mortal Sins for the Spring Season, so they're no strangers to trashy shows.
"Gal" = ganguro?
Those early rumors have came into fruition: Sony Pictures has purchased a majority stake in Funimation.
edited 31st Jul '17 4:06:30 PM by Lionheart0
... I'm gonna go ponder life in the corner over there....
I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing. Ignoring the typical misinformed hysterics, I will say one potential plus out of this is I can imagine Funimation making an even bigger push with their Streaming service.
Maybe with Sony as their parent-company, this means Funimation will have the funds not just to produce simuldubs, but also sub-license streaming rights English dubs from other Distributors? We kind of see that now with Funimation streaming Lupin the Third Part IV from Discotek. So maybe Funimation is able to get more English Dub licenses to stream?
I'm not really sure how this'll be a good thing considering I can't think of Sony as anything other than the company responsible for a certain recent movie that's come out...
However, that's their film division and we're talking about their TV division, yes? So I'm not going to say anything further.
Funimation made a blog post with some answers.
, So I got a theory; I'm thinking Sony's endgame is they want to create a new premium anime channel. In their official statement they were very specific in grouping Funimation with Animax and Kids Station.
I'm thinking Sony is trying to build a large catalog of anime they can have access to to create a "premium channel" they can then license out. Create an Anime "Add-On Channel" that they charge like $8-10 for to add to your PS Vue, or Sling TV, or Hulu Live subscription.
Ugh....yeah this is kinda the worst fucking thing ever (outside politics) I don't think I've been more depressed by any other piece of news outside of politics in the past year.
Sony are just the worst. They were the worst long before the Emoji movie came out. I don't know if I can think of any company I'd want buying Funimation less than Sony that are in the business where they'd have any reason to buy them.
Say what ever you will about Funi (I've always had positives and negatives about them and the work they do) but at no point do I look at them and go "You know who should own them? The guys who run Crackle aka the shittier, ad-funded version of Netflix where they take off large swaths of their movies after a month even if they themselves have the rights to them! Because those are the guys I want in charge of one of the companies that dubbed damn near everything that comes out of Japan these days."
I'm not going to lie, after hearing this I've actually made plans to speedup my progress watching some Funi-dubbed properties on more than one streaming service before they get yanked or something because that is honestly how little I trust Sony these days.
As for that press statement. It couldn't be less useful. It just said "There are no plans for any change at this time" . Every company that isn't going to roll out changes immediately is going to say that. They are never going to say "oh yeah, all that content you love and pay for? It will be going away or becoming more expensive in the near future". As Magneto once said: "Nobody ever says they're going to do these things....they just do it."
There will be change in the next year or so and I believe (and clearly a lot of other people believe) it will be a negative change.
edited 1st Aug '17 12:50:39 AM by MainManJ
The FAQ mentions there will be no changes in management, location, and pricing/availability of services/physical goods. I don't see much changing for the foreseeable future.
I thought I already covered that in my post, but to reiterate: corporations lie. And Sony is, and has been for a long time been, a greedy, dishonest, and condescending corporation.
Funimation gave the FAQ, but they also might not have any say in if Sony meddles in their affairs in the future. Funi could be telling the truth from their point of view and still be wrong if Sony changes their mind down the line.
My only thoughts right now are "we'll see what happens."
Reminder that Funi's President and CEO cofounded and manages a studio with Rick Santorum, and as I recall, that led to nothing other than cheap laughs at the fundies' expense.
Until shit actually happens, maybe tone down the doomsaying.
We're being assured that things won't change, so I'll take their word for it.
However, what is changing is the status of one of their best ADR directors — Christopher Bevins just announced he's moving to LA along with Rachel Robinson. It's probable he'll still do some voiceover there from time to time, but Bang Zoom and Studiopolis just gained a solid new addition to their directing roster. Funi's has greatly expanded in the last year, so they'll manage.
A bit funny considering that RR moved to Texas after some of her VA career is spent in LA.
Opinions from the Answer Man from ANN.
Sony announces a Funimation Cinematic Universe. :V
Netflix just announced a slate of TWELVE ORIGINAL ANIME TITLES they'll add. ... my theory is that all the anime services knew about this months ago and are making these drastic changes to compete with them. Netflix has 100 times the subscribers as Crunchyroll, for example, but that's moreso because Netflix doesn't focus exclusively on anime.
It's less extreme then it sounds. At least four of them Netflix had announced a while back (Devilman Crybaby and B, which had been called Perfect Bones before, Kakegurui and Fate/Apocrypha) and the others appear to be primarily CG animed things, which Netflix almost always goes after. They're also kind of spread out in terms of release and they mostly appear to have major funding from Netflix, even in Japan. So it's less Netflix snapping up a ton of licenses and more Netflix doing their usual thing and funding a bunch of properties in a genre/medium that does well for them. I'm pretty sure at least one of the other eight is a Polygon Pictures thing, which Netflix pretty much always grabs anyway, and most of the others are CG.
It's a little strange to announce the slate this early, but I don't think it's a very big deal. It might well be their whole planned slate for 2018 (plus at least the first of the anime Godzilla movies).
edited 3rd Aug '17 9:41:37 AM by Zendervai
Netflix always gets the normie animes which appeal to other people outside the anime community, it's no real shock to anyone on those.
Worry when they start grabbing more than that.
Crunchyroll is going after heavy weeb stuff like it got itself on Renai Boukun's production committee.
Funi is solidly in the middle and working more on dubbing Crunchy's subbed stuff as well as banking on nostalgia with DBZ.
edited 3rd Aug '17 10:21:21 AM by Memers
More Funimations animes are constantly being migrated exclusively to Crunchyroll's site, typically once they're released on home video.
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