Funimation on Dub Outrage: “We Won’t Do Anything!”

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Funimation has issued a statement regarding the controversy caused by another one of their unnecessarily political dubs (almost an entire week after it emerged), unfortunately delivering a weasel-worded PRese apology similar to the Prison School dub fiasco before condemning fans for threatening and harassing them.

Funimation had recently become the subject of hatred for many western anime fans (yet again) after one particular episode of their Hajimete no Gal dub deviated heavily from the original dialogue.

Funimation’s response, issued through Twitter of all things:

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“We at Funimation want to have an open dialogue with fans. We welcome your praise, as well as your criticism and suggestions for improvement.

As fans and members of the anime community, there will be things that we don’t all agree on and there is always room for discussion and vocalizing those viewpoints.

However, harassment, doxxing, threats, or cruelty of any kind, are unacceptable and will be taken very seriously. There is no place for that in this community, from any side.

We are always listening and always striving to be better. Let’s do it together.”

Naturally this “apology” has only further enraged the community due to Funimation failing to mention the dub controversy directly, not to mention their playing the victim and insinuating that people should stop harassing and threatening them for their alleged crimes against anime.

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    • Funimation: We have acquired by Sony, that means your “Vote with your wallet” tactic doesn’t work! We still get high salary on the end of the month! Haha sucks on you and time to shove SJW Propaganda in all anime!

  • actually im on their side for this one time! not every script have to be 100% FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL SCRIPTS! that can be even risky and can make some dirty jokes fall flat! especially for a raunchy ecchi series like this. and not everyone watches the sub version so they wont get the joke if its faithful.

    the elitists need to chill cause their the reasons why long time VAs are quitting the industry and doing only US cartoons & video games

  • So they only issued that, because a bunch of fucktards out there decided to do illegal shit (doxxing, hacking, etc…) against them and their staff. This is not about the dub at all, it’s about them speaking out against cyber bullying.

  • Funimation just needs to Stop dubbing period. if they want to import anime just release the japanese version with subtitles. whenever they dub anything the context of the series is altered horribly and the actors sound like their phone in every line despite using a Script it just sounds so forced like the actors don’t want to be there either.

  • Funimation just needs to Stop dubbing period. if they want to import anime just release the japanese version with subtitles. whenever they dub anything the context of the series is altered horribly and the actors sound like their phone in every line despite using a Script it just sounds so forced like the actors don’t want to be either.

  • how, what a great idea! piss off people so much that they would rather leave the west and go to Japan to help with their population problem and add more money to their banks. but does it not turn the west to a 3rd world place? oh, well. can’t fix every problem, right?

  • And three strikes you’re out funimation. what a record, probably less than 4kids, but you know the bullshit, fuck funimation. let them go under and be disbanded, and let them receive the harassment they deserve..

  • tbh people this anime was trash to begin with, this is probably the one case where I’ll excuse them doing something like this because the dub actually genuinely makes the show more enjoyable by adding a remote amount of comedy to it where before there was just a dumb, trashy harem show with yet another stupid (but not dense, surprisingly), limp dicked MC.

  • Welp, sure am glad to order directly. All them favors asking people to buy me BD’s when they go to Japan was well worth the buck. Yeah I pirate the shows, so? I list down what I wanna keep per season, ask my middleman to buy me what’s on my list, give him a cut and we’re done.

  • It seems that funimation is really going all full feminism, huh? they are even using the “we are the victim, stop harassing me” cart that we see feminists often use to defend themselves.

  • I remember a time when companies didn’t get involved in divisive matters. I remember a time where the goal was to appeal to everyone. Cast the biggest net. Earn everybodies money. These days companies tend to hire activist fuck tards and place them in the highest positions within their company. When those activists piss off their customers, they respond with a middle finger and double down on their poor business choices. Funimation is one of these companies. After posting their ‘fuck off’ message to their customers, I responded by cancelling my 3 year old premium subscription. Funimation, take your attitudes & platitudes, your ideology, & your arrogance and shove em all up your asses.

  • ‘We are always listening and always striving to be better. Let’s do it together.’
    Then stop restricting access for your youtube trailers. Cannot even laugh on it from Japan.
    Also allow comments and embrace your ‘praise, criticism and suggestions’ 😀

  • People still care about dubs being accurate? I guess maybe if it was still 1998 and the only way to watch anime was on Toonami or some dub-only VHS and something like the Cowboy Bebop dub was something that was venerated, but in this day and age? I can’t remember the last time I voluntarily watched a dub when a subbed option was available. And it’s not like inaccurate dubs are anything new.

  • Never had a Funi sub because I just dont have the dang time to split between it and Crunchyroll. I liked Crunchyrolls service better but it looks like they are heading towards a brick wall.

    Supporting the shows via the US/EU distributors is a very poor way of doing it anyway. If you want to support a show, buy some merchandise or the blu-ray. Thats literally all you can do.

    The JP side of things is not any better in terms of how they interact with the fans, letting places like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu hold shows hostage that they put 0 interest in supporting is just poor practice. They should work with partners who are willing to help promote the material.

    The Little Witch Academia situation on Netflix is prime example enough. Fuck the US/EU distributors and support the shows as closely as you can to the original Japanese content like buying merch only sold in Japan, or blu-rays.

  • They honestly used to have some pretty quality dubs…and then these assholes find their way in to mess things up.

    Just like with other mediums in recent years.

    I swear, it’s like the 90s conservatives gave birth to even more insidious, shitty children who think they’re somehow progressive when all they do and have done is cause society to backslide.

    • Unfortunately, this is the collateral effect of hard working parents who did everything to have a good life and raise their kids properly in a “perfect” environment.
      They ended up raising a generation of spoiled, over sensitive brats who believe the world should shape to their views. Then all it takes is these kids meeting a bunch of Marxists in school/uni/online for the damage to be done.

      As they never had to deal with adversities of life, their brains are empty, making them an easy pray for those in need of useful idiots to promote their agendas.

  • I honestly don’t care about them changing the daiologue because of fact that GALS original dialogue was very boring in comparison to the dub, so I really don’t mind.I don’t see what people are complaining about? As long as the does its intended thing like the original then its fine.

  • Translation:

    We at Funimation don’t care your opinions about us. We welcome your praise, but for your criticism and suggestions for improvement are not welcome.

    We can do harassment, doxxing, threats, or cruelty of any kind, are acceptable but don’t do it to us or else we will be taken it very seriously. There is no place for you in this community, so please shut up.

    We are always not listening and always striving to be more evil. Let’s do it together. Your ass of course.

    People who watch dubs doesn’t know any better and people who pay for dubs are the real idiots.

      • Not just one line and this is not the first time.

        Fact: Dubs watcher like you are loser and so dumb that you can’t even tell Funi shitting on your face with their statement and you still don’t even know what going and still trying to defense them. So dumb lol.

    • PS I think I’ll leave it on Kasumi Utaha. This new image is cropped from a new COSPA shirt amiami just put up as preorder on friday that I preordered. Cost of this shirt without shipping, 6,480 yen.
      Let’s just copy paste my preorder in the mail for what someone who dumps money into the industry looks like.
      Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Original Ver. – 120cm Big Towel: Utaha Kasumigaoka(Pre-order)
      Unit price 4,536 JPY x 1 unit(s) = 4,536 JPY

      Sword Art Online II – Yuuki & Asuna Full Graphic T-shirt / WHITE – XL(Pre-order)
      Unit price 6,480 JPY x 1 unit(s) = 6,480 JPY

      Sword Art Online – Asuna & Asuna Full Graphic T-shirt / WHITE – XL(Pre-order)
      Unit price 6,480 JPY x 1 unit(s) = 6,480 JPY

      Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Original Ver. – Megumi Kato Full Graphic T-shirt Uniform Ver. / WHITE-XL(Pre-order)
      Unit price 6,480 JPY x 1 unit(s) = 6,480 JPY

      Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Original Ver. – Utaha Kasumigaoka Full Graphic T-shirt / WHITE-XL(Pre-order)
      Unit price 6,480 JPY x 1 unit(s) = 6,480 JPY

      Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Original Ver. – Waterproof Poster: Megumi & Michiru & Izumi(Pre-order)
      Unit price 1,404 JPY x 1 unit(s) = 1,404 JPY

      Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Original Ver. – Waterproof Poster: Eriri & Utaha(Pre-order)
      Unit price 1,404 JPY x 1 unit(s) = 1,404 JPY

      Subtotal: 33,264 JPY
      Shipping: To be determined
      Grand total: To be determined

      Shipping method: Air Small Packet
      Payment method: PayPal

      Come at me funimation.

  • Let’s see what Funimation has coming up that I won’t be buying…

    Gosick, I was thinking of trying that one, oh well

    Love Live Sunshine, so glad I stopped with μ’s, knew I couldn’t afford to fall in love again

    Myriad Colors Phantom World, darn that was a must-buy for me, I really liked it, even having an LE edition, oh well

    Your Name, probably worth buying, not now though

    Space Patrol Luluco, another must-buy, not now though

    That’s just from their pre-orders, not their available catalog. I look forward to hearing from others how they’ll screw these and other shows up. It’ll have to be from others because they’ll never get another cent from me. Long Live the Pirates!

    • Go to the anime studios themselves if you can speak japanese. Tell them you will not buy anything they have funimation dub. Tell them why in the most simplest of terms, “Funimation heavily alters the context of dialogue. Their translations are deceitful.” You don’t even need to elaborate further than that. That’s enough to get anime studios attention.

    • Have all pre-ordered. Saw Love Live Sunshine before the original, and while it was good, the story mostly revolved around the main girl who was obsessed with μ’s, so it kept going back to “we need to be as good as them” instead of their own thing…

      Second season should kinda break that, though, glad it is getting a simuldub.

  • -> calls people who enjoy erotic light novels horny losers (and doesn’t consider this harassment).

    -> PLS DON’T HARASS US FANS, BY ASKING US TO NOT HARASS YOU.

    Fuck them.

    Also: ”sex is totally terrible AMIRITE?” fucking christ. Sex is the most normal, basic fucking thing on this entire planet.
    GET. FUCKING. OVER- YOURSELVES. Erotic material is consumed by almost EVERYONE, including said writer. It is consumed to the point where you would be a freak if you DIDN’T have porn somewhere.

    Again, almost EVERYONE likes porn. The difference: the writer is fucking insecure about it… and is probably a sexoffender in the making. With such an unhealthy attitude towards sex and eroticism, a criminal act perpetrated by said writer would come to the surprise of absolutely nobody.

  • The main reason why people are ragging on Funimation for this is that they completely changed the dialogue of the scene and placed their own personal opinions on other topics instead. Funimation is the one at fault for not listening to people and not firing the person/people in charge of the scripts and fucking it up entirely.

      • I gotta use the companies, though, as I have no intention of paying, or even watching without paying, for stuff I do not enjoy, which are japanese vocal tracks… Just find them to be pretty bad on the whole.

        • Honestly, I think we are heading into another Piracy/Fansubbing Golden Age. Look at how Nyaa bounced back quickly and stronger than ever. Funi isn’t handling this right, and with their politics, Netflix’s narratives, Hollywood’s cancer, and Amazon’s double paywall horseshit, I think people are gonna head back to the salty seas of Piracy. Good, it’s the only way we can fight back. Anime becoming more mainstream and diluted has reaped us these horrible benefits, it’s time to go back.

        • Yes, it is viable. Japan doesn’t give a fuck about our opinion anyway and if you think anime goes away if crunchyroll/funimation go out of business, you are wrong. Fansubs will start again and everything will be better like the way it was before crunchyroll started by stealing fansubs that were made by other people and selling them.

  • Fans are stupid. It’s not to criticize what they should do. They evidently don’t care. They should stop buying their stuff until they change their tune. Insulting, threatening, harassing accomplishes nothing, even when they deserve that and more. Now, if you stop their money revenue they’ll STFU and listen for sure to what you have to say.

    • Feminazion (previously Funimation) have bought over by Sony, so no matter how they shove SJW/Feminazi stuff in anime, they still get their pay on the end of month with bonus. Vote with your wallet completely don’t work in this case.

    • They need to be careful doing that. Especially when you consider that a show like Hajimete no Gal is only going to be bought by some people who watched subs and random casuals looking through Amazon or whatever thinking TITS!!! and ordering. Piss off your main fans and they’ll bail.

    • The purpose of a company is to make money.

      The purpose of an employee of a company is not always to help that company fulfill the goal of making money. Some (but not all) of the employees might be trying to use the company structure to achieve goals of their own, in this case, pushing a social/political point of view into material where it was not originally.

      These types of employees do not care if the company goes out of business. Therefore analyzing their actions as if they were supposedly trying to help the company make money, leads to thinking they must be insane or just stupid, because their actions will clearly piss off the customers.

      These employees don’t care about the customers, or getting their money. Indeed for some, pissing off the customers is part of their goal.

      So you see, they’re not stupid. They’re evil.

      • @03:08
        Good summary of business and the realities of internal sabotage or plain mismanagement. Assuming top management is good: if the ratings decrease they will analyse the cause and make changes.

        Shitting on an old stale fan base (who age and die eventually) to create new fans is one of those business decisions companies make at times. For instance, you’ll see restaurants change their menu despite disappointing some return customers.

        Sometimes it pays off, other times it doesn’t.

      • I agree.
        However, as such individuals or groups are “sabotaging” the ultimate goal of company – Earning money.
        They should be considered as a threat, and dealt with accordingly.

        Might be cruel, but finding the culprit and sacking him, while making appropriate announcement, would be a great sacrificial goat, pleasing the mass, as well as bolstering inner discipline of workers to avoid any further mishaps.

        Though, offering such dismissal announcement as they did, can show a thing or two.

      • Gal and Shin-chan are completely different in context. Shin-chan specifically depends on date specific political and social commentary from Japan itself that most western anime fans wouldn’t understand. Gal does not.

  • Good for Funimation.

    They said it right there in the message. They are open for discussion on topics like this, but they arent going to talk to assholes who just threaten them.

    Keep things calm and talk in a civilized manor, and they will treat you with the same respect you treat them. Then you can discuss things and possibly change things for the better.

    Being an ass, throwing around threats and insults and just being nasty… wont get anything done. What else would you expect?

    • We had the discussion already. In a prior anime, a Funimation employee changed completely the English dub dialog from what the Japanese dialog actually said. Many anime fans expressed their displeasure to Funimation. Funimation apparently fixed the dialog in the actual shiny disc release.

      Okay, mistake acknowledged and fixed by Funimation. If that had been that, it would have been chalked up to some rouge employee at Funimation, and Funimation corporate fixed it. Yay to Funimation for listening to their customers.

      But now THEY DID IT AGAIN.

      Discussion, remember, already happened. We’re past that now. Now is the punishment via boycott phase of things. No one cares a fig for what Funimation says. It’s what they do that matters. Apparently fucking around with the dialog is permissible at Funimation. Those of us who don’t want what they’re selling, won’t buy. Simple.

      Yes, there’s no reason to be vulgar or insulting about it. But hey it’s the internet. Par for the course.

    • Edit: Also, I cant understand how people dont get that the words and actions of a character in the show, does not represent the opinions of the Company itself.

      Just because a character says some nasty lines in an anime, do you really think thats what Funimation feels? No, its just what that character feels.

      Come on guys.

  • Good for Funimation.

    They said it right there in the message. They are open for discussion on topics like this, but they arent going to talk to assholes who just threaten them.

    Keep things calm and talk in a civilized manor, and they will treat you with the same respect you treat them. Then you can discuss things and possibly change things for the better.

    Being an ass, throwing around threats and insults and just being nasty… wont get anything done. What else would you expect?

    Also, do you really think that the words of a character in a show, represent the words of the company that makes the show? Its a character, fictional, and hes supposed to be a hateful asshole.

    Some on guys, dont confuse reality with a fictional character. Or do you really think that Anthony Hopkins is a cannibal, and its Universal Studios who made him that way.

    • There’s nothing to discuss. Funimation is objectively in the wrong and has no excuse for their behavior. This isn’t a disagreement between Funimation and fans, this is Funimation doing something unquestionably wrong.

  • Good for Funimation.

    They said it right there in the message. They are open for discussion on topics like this, but they arent going to talk to assholes who just threaten them.

    Keep things calm and talk in a civilized manor, and they will treat you with the same respect you treat them. Then you can discuss things and possibly change things for the better.

    Being an ass, throwing around threats and insults and just being nasty… wont get anything done. What else would you expect?

    Also, to you really think that the words of a character in a show, represent the words of the company that makes the show? Its a character, fictional, and hes supposed to be a hateful asshole.

    Some on guys, dont confuse reality with a fictional character. Or do you really think that Anthony Hopkins is a cannibal, and its Universal Studios who made him that way.

  • Uh if funimation was harassed over this than its disgusting, but sadl given gamergate etc we all know the kind of shitheads are online.

    Poor form from funi not really adressing the controvery though

    • Yes, the anti-gamergate crowd where horrible. The only references they could ever produce, where one persons opinion referenced into a never ending loop with no actual source. On the other hand, gamergate amassed so much actual evidence, including the fact that all the hate messages where from anti-gamergate.

      Too bad the kind of people who where anti-gamergate work at funi to continue to attack people, and cry when held accountable. So yes, poor funi; if only they’d fire them, so they could be a more reputable company.