Funimation “Now Officially Owned By Sony”


Funimation has announced Sony’s arrangement to acquire a substantial majority stake (95%) in Funimation for $143 million has gone through, a turn of events most seem to think could hardly make matters any worse than they already are – short of actual Sony-funded original titles for the US market with explicitly pro-degeneracy agendas ala Netflix.

Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga will still serve as the CEO and will retain a minority stake in the company; his strictly PR boilerplate thoughts on the play:

“With Funimation’s long-established leadership position in anime and Sony’s direct access to the creative pipeline in Japan, it will be a great partnership to take Funimation to the next level.”

The announcement of the deal’s conclusion came by way of Twitter:


Funimation has (unfortunately) ensured that Sony will not get involved in their dubbing:

Will Sony be deciding how things are dubbed?

Sony values our years of expertise dubbing anime and understands that for over two decades, Funimation has been making anime accessible to a wide audience by delivering high quality dubs working with our talented voice actors and directors.

Funimation’s full FAQ on the event is available online now.

Opinions online about this rather major event:

“Will this put the live-action adaptation rights for these franchises in Sony’s hands now?”

“Does this mean we get another crappy live action DBZ interpretation?!”

“People acting like it’s the end of the world when nothing will literally change unless you’re some scrub who actually watches dubbed anime lol.”

“Uh oh, I can smell a monoploy coming our way. That is never good news.”

“Sony has money for acquisitions? I’m surprised.”

“They better not screw over Crunchyroll.”

“This is a bad idea. Sony has failed at everything they’ve done besides Playstation. If they some how ruin Funimation I will never forgive them.”

“Well it’s a low bar. Funimation is pretty terrible at localization.”

“ANYONE is better than Funi. Well, I take it back. 4Kids isn’t.”

“Isn’t Sony a Japanese company? So the Japanese own funimation now huh…”

“I’d like to think Sony won’t mess with an already profitable business, but we’ll see.”

“So this means I should make it a priority to watch all the recently added Funi shows on CR before they’re taken off? Got it.”

“I wonder if this will stop them from putting politics into dubs or make them do it more, I guess only time will tell.”

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    Avatar of SomeDuder
    Comment by SomeDuder
    02:07 30/10/2017 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Meh, it doesn't matter. Nothing matters. Sony's movie division is pushing some awful, horrible garbage into the theaters, so I guess they'll be supplementing it with badly translated cartoons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sony was always pushing out shit movies, it wasn't til Sam Remi directed Spiderman, that they started turning a profit. And since Remi stepped away, they've just flushed it all down the toilet, again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. They have already pushing "Gems" like Ghostbusters 2016, you need to have something even more horrible like cartoon with SJW propaganda dub to compare aside to make it looks nice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 30/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Great now they can hire even MORE left-wing PC SJW's to do the sub/dub tracks on anime they aquire.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:55 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the end, fandubs are still the best option. Shame really, I thought the western front had hope but nah, it went right back where it started.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's hard to type and laugh at the same time but somehow I did it.

    Fandubs. Good one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    DBZ Abridged is the official dub in my opinion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    some dubs are better than others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:40 30/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    we need more degeneracy and less dubs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If there are fewer dubs, that will put people who check 'em out of a job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The real question is if Sony is gonna crack down on Funimation's shit controversy.

    Also it looks like an invisible war. Netflix trying to force the west into eastern Anime and Sony is moving in and taking over the west. Sony now holds Aniplex of America and Funimation in it's palms.

    Next on their list of domination - Crunchyroll, Funimations current "partner." After that the next big fish, Sentai Filmworks.

    Just looking at Sony's setup is something else. Sony -> A-1 Pictures(makes the anime) -> Aniplex Inc.(produces, distributes the anime)-> Aniplex of America (distrubutes). They're keeping all the money circulating within their ranks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We'll probably see in the distant future, not the near future. After all they just bought the company it would make no sense to start changing how they operate so soon. But hopefully Sony gets them to stick to the script and tell them to stop inserting left politics into dubs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "delivering high quality dubs"

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Oh my fucking god. My sides just went into fucking orbit.

    Avatar of ReapReap
    Comment by ReapReap
    03:57 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Time for some Emoji Movie quality...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    God fucking dammit.. do you have to remind us of that shit movie?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sony also makes faith based movies for Bible thumpers as well as the usual action, comedy, and horror flicks. Their just a bunch of businessmen interested in making what the public apparently wants.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pandering. What you're talking about is pandering which in business terms, is called "marketing." Welcome to Economics 101.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck Funimation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Accurate translation
    "I can't go to School today, I caught a cold"
    Funi dub
    "The patriarchy will have to wait, I may be a strong independent wowym but I can still catch a cold"
    Sony Funi dub
    "I was up late last night playing the coolest new video game, God of War™, on my Sony Playstation 4™ Pro the only place to play all the best games at stunning 4K settings, Buy yours now! Oh right, Cold!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actual translation > Sony dub >>>> Funi dub

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What it will actually be like:
    "The patriarchy will have to wait, I was up late last night playing the coolest new video game, [insert title highly approved by SJW/feminazi]™, on my Sony Playstation 4™ Pro the only place to play all the best games at stunning 4K settings. Oh right, I may be a strong independent wowym but I can still catch a cold."

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Won't be long til you see Aniplex on the packaging of ann Funimation releases and a massive price hike too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is this a bad thing?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think it's pretty much irrelevant. Funimation's subtitles are abysmal, and if the only option is Finimation subtitles the only options are to watch a fansub or, if there isn't one, to not watch it at all.

    I think the Funimation Cruchyroll deal was a disaster. Crunchyroll subtitles were okay (apart from the lack of typesetting), but now thee are loads of Funimation subtitles mixed in on Crunchyroll. I prefer to wait for a fansub of everything, but the fansub groups are in rapid decline.

    Most anime is currently unwatchable, so I'm learning Japanese. Unfortunately it looks like it's going to take a long time. Everything that could possibly go wrong with that language did.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't understand the dumbasses on YouTube supporting Crunchyroll or Funimation.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Good for you! Funimation's dubs are meant for lowbrow rednecks like you.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If nothing really changes, it should be fine. I do not enjoy japanese voice acting, and Funi's dubs are just as good as any other animation, so I am at a happy medium.

    I would only hope that they would merge with Crunchyroll, let that part handle all the streaming stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You bet. Look at Sony's past purchases. They assimilate businesses and keep the important stuff and sell the leftovers.

    Sony is just after the Licenses. They will move Funimation to LA and replace the Funimation staff within the next 5 years. The only one that gets away is Gen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    True. Look at all the 2nd party PS1 developers Sony bought and then killed off all of their original titles like Destruction Derby and Wipeout.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Destruction Derby?! Damn!! I haven't played that game since I got my first PC in '95! That was a pretty fun game at the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That wouldn't be a bad thing. I mean Funimation has a lot of shit tier Texas based Voice actors. The better dub actors are in NY or LA. Wouldn't you rather see people like Crispin Freeman dubbing more?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, I'd rather hear than see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, there's nothing you can do to Feminazion (previously called Funimation) as they can shove all kinds of SJW Extremist propaganda inside translation and dubs, you cannot vote with your wallet anymore as it doesn't affect them (Sony), and on every end of the month Feminazion staffs will still get big fat salary pay with multiple month bonus from Sony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    We'll people tend to think things can't get worse... Until they actually get worse.
    Let's wait and see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only thing 'bad' about it is that Sony are even bigger Jews than Funimation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just in, 'Funimation' raises cost of box sets by 4x MSRP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:05 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'd hope they would close down Aniplex of America and allow Funimation to release their shows at a more reasonable price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wait, Funimation is valued at ~150 million!?
    Unless that's in zimbabwean dollars, Sony got ripped off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Given that they waste at least that on one of their shit movies, it's not such a bad deal. Cause now they've got a ton of shit to put on Crackle and that's probably why they bought them. Sony just won't admit they waited too long to try seriously competing against Hulu & Netflix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:41 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is truly some sort of fucking joke, Funimation valued at $150 million? Those who evaluate the value must be either smoke too much horrible crack or Funimation staffs have given them some special service everyday.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't mind if Robert Mugabe actually bought Funimation.

    How much worse can it get?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So, will they stop being such SJW pussies now since the Japanese don't give a fuck about such things?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Buddy, if Amy Paskal is still at Sony, you bet your ass there will be twice as much SJW content in anime dubbed by Funi. They're partially responsible for the 2016 Ghosbusters after all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Omg, they cannot stop being sjw pussies! Because being sjw pussy is america itself. The only difference is, all the money of flthy dub-watchers will go to sony now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Sony has failed at everything they’ve done besides Playstation.
    Failed abortion Millenial trash spotted.

    Sony Walkman, the 3 1/2 inch floppy disk (the first prototypes),and Blu-Ray (with Philips) just to name a few of their past successes. Not to mention their Trinitron televisions and monitors were well liked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw the dubs, just give me Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata S3, SAO's next 2 series, and Granblue already. Sony is doing things right as long as it completes it's monopoly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:26 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have reason to believe that won't happen because two of those series are harem and sony's justice warriors will stem on your list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 30/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Behold, Sony Feminazion (previously Funimation) doing things right:-

    SAO's next 2 series, the first line of Asuna: "Are you one of those dumb-ass Gamergate creepshows?"

    Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata S3, the first line of Megumi Kato: "Are you one of those dumb-ass Gamergate creepshows?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how we're pretending that all anime is being censored by SJW when there's so much shit anime that's filled with empowered women who literally abuse male characters all the time even when they did nothing wrong and it's totally cool because it's a woman. Examples: Nisekoi, Your lie in April, Love Hina, To-Love-RU, etc.
    I know in some cases they are supposed to be a joke but any fucking retard should know not to over use a joke, they constantly have females abusing males throughout each episode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aniplex of America are the worst anime company in the US. Look at how they're selling 6 episodes of Occulitic;Nine on Blu Ray for 80 dollars.

    I wish fags would stop buying their shit so they would close down.

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