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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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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 04/10/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    -> 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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:06 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    04:04 here. i missed a comma: ''PLS DON'T HARASS US, FANS, BY ASKING US (Funimation) TO STOP HARASSING YOU''

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 04/10/2017 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    you fucking loser no one cares. Ero LNs are for losers. That's shit that you should feel ashamed of. Getting made fun of very lightly for such a minor thing doesn't give you the right to REEEEEE all over the keyboard. go outside.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Never go outside. It's full of bees.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    when was the last time a girl talked to you who wasn't a blood relative?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You should be the one to go outside and get hit by traffic so that tue world is rid from barfbags.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It appears the same antifa fag that penned a few other posts has a lot of time on his/her/it/them/ze/zat/draginkin/zippyittydodaa hands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 07/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, they wanted to make a "deep commentary about social justice" in Prison School...?

    The series where a chick is obsessed with seeing a dude piss, a snobby girl wants to lick her childhood friend until she's dry, and a flat goth chick gets into S&M to get a fat guy to notice her?

    Hah....

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    02:51 04/10/2017 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Shitting on your fan base. The right way to do business, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.7)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 04/10/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Let me add that many of these people buying their discs are collectors, specially because they are cheaper and include subs.

    Calling anime fans pirates is pretty much ignoring all the customers who helped and keep them successful on this market
    Remember: Anime is a niche, and the disc buying base is also even more niche. Have you still not learned what happens after companies screw up with their niches even after so many examples from Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Copyright infringement losses are fake news
    http://www.rieti.go.jp/en/publications/summary/11010021.html

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    But this is fucking over those who did acquire this. They are the ones getting insulted. Not the ones who got this subbed by actual fans, or at least competent people.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Considering how much of you asstards watch anime for free or download it, I think they as a company are within their rights to distribute anime series as they please.

    We anime fans are the evil pirate fuckers, watching it on illegal sites then somehow feeling we can bitch it about without contributing any money toward the industry.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Copyright infringement disagrees with you. :^)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    @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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    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.

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    Comment by Aardbark
    11:51 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who shit on the fanbase?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 05/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous

    People who watch shit like GAL are not their fanbase. It's like you people never saw Shin Chan's dub. You're pathetic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.9)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 04/10/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Probably the dumb bitch who voice Lucoa helped write the script. She's been super vocal over putting her view points into the dubs she works on. She ruined Lucoa as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 04/10/2017 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Jamie Marchie is one of the few good VA's Funimation even has remaining, she does do a crap ton of lead writing so it may be her fault but she has struck gold many times as well such as with the English dub of Hetalia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.8)

    So, does this merit her overwriting what the fans and the original source have? We want VA's to breathe life into these characters but AS BEFITTING THE STORY, not their agenda. It's bad enough we get it almost everywhere but moralfagging way out of place is insufferable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 05/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's a good voice actress, and if she can write script, that's a bonus. Odds are funi is probably pushing people to do all that since all the downsizing going on, forcing people to work more then one job.
    Now poking fun at the fanbase is one thing, after watching Kobayashi, the 'offending' script was on some throw away dialouge anyway, and that was more of a poke fun of thing. THIS... goes WAY fucking out of bounds on several levels.
    The fact that Funi isn't even admitting there's a problem, is... a problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Funimation is going to find out that defending a few people instead of simply delivering what hundreds of anime fans want is one of the worst business decisions any business can make. Their passive-aggressive non-apology is just another spit in the face. They are telling everyone that they don't care about delivering an accurate dub.

    Anime studios should steer clear of Funimation in the future of be caught in the crossfire.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    We are aware.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 04/10/2017 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Nope.
    They are right, in their belief.
    It's USA, if trhey believe Trump will make america great again, the Funimation will make Anime shit again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Go play in traffic.

    Comment by Anonymous

    8 years, cuck

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 04/10/2017 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    No one who cares about a show like Gal is going to buy the discs anyway.

    No one cares about the dialogue being changed except for scumsuckers with fragile egos with something to be ashamed of.

    Funimation should continue to change dialogue as it sees fit, especially in comedies, because Japanese dialogue is worthless and idiotic so much of the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Why the fuck are you even here?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I guess even Antifa watches the animes

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, and you should shot yourself in the foot and stop watching anime altogether.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    @09:50

    Good shows? Like shounen anime right? Lol.

    Most people complaining about an anime like this most likely are shounen fans. Well, this one surely doesn't suit for kids anyway. Just let mature and adult have some fun.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Or I just watch good shows that happen to be anime, like always, instead of consuming trash and complaining that my trash tastes like trash

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    Comment by ♥Jacky la Mort♥
    03:11 04/10/2017 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Vote with your wallet. Don't support this garbage. They'll notice once their market shares cave in while those who don't pull this will continue doing fine.

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    Comment by No Name
    04:08 04/10/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sad to say there are still people who believe that the only way to get their anime is through these shitty dubbing companies. Especially FUCKUPmation since they dominate 80% of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dub elitist seems to be pretty deaf as a whole.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "dub elitists seem pretty deaf"
    "REEEEEEE all dubs are bad baka americans baka cancer go get hit by traffic"

    lmao

    Comment by Anonymous

    Stealing is not a viable alternative however if it bothers you enough don't watch it. That is the proper response.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 08/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yup! I agree. The studios are getting a percentage of the money but the salary and working conditions of the animators are poor. Until that changes they will get nothing from me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.7)

    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!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 04/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 04/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.






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