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Post Reply Funimation is part of Sony now
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
I was not expecting this:
https://twitter.com/FUNimation/status/924059766380466178

What do people think about this?
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
Hmm... typically any contracts survive mergers or acquisitions (minus a clause to the contrary) so the partnership between CR and Funi should continue till that term is up. Otherwise I'm not surprised. It seems the "big boys" have decided to start playing in the anime market. The only real question is who among them is eyeing CR? I can't see Netflix going for CR. Amazon is a possibility as it would give an instant boost to their catalog. Is CR big enough to fend off an acquisition or would they just "take the money and run"?
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
I mean this is old news, they are just confirming that it is officially done.

As for what I think. It won't change how FUNimation operates. In their FAQ they mention SONY won't change anything since SONY trust how they already do things.

So I guess the big change is that they will now cover more territory with the help of SONY.

So far I only see positive things really.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
I don't like it because Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (the new "parent") has a bad history with how they treat anime here. On the flip side, I can appreciate it if it means SPEI can help lessen Funi's simuldub script rewrites (you know, those political ones). Perhaps this buyout can help fix Funi's constant video players problems.

In an unrelated news, next year is the centennial of Columbia Pictures being founded by Harry and Jack Cohn (like many early Hollywood studio founders, they were Jewish) and Joe Brandt. That is, the earliest incarnation of this company was made in 1918 whereas they were founded as "Columbia Pictures" on 1/10/24.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
I don't know how it'll affect CR/Fun partnership but looking at wiki, Sony was the majority stake holder in Funi in Aug 2017.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
Anime should of remained niche.

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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
Next thing you know, they're going to start buying every property they can and then never, ever putting them out. You like animus? No dice, sucker! Fifty Years of Vault! One Thousand Millenniums of IP Squatting!
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
It... might not be terrible.

It might not.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
Well someone pointed out to me that Sony music runs Aniplex, and different parts of Sony operate in different manners, For the most part Sony Interactive Entertainment (Playstation) does a good job, so hopefully Sony Pictures does a good job with Funimation.

Sony Music just generally sucks...remember the root kits on CDs?
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
As much as I like competition, services Anime Strike aren't profiting because they offer an improved service, they are merely forcing a monopoly in an industry was already well serviced to begin with.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
Being in Australia I wonder how this will effect international anime viewers. Funi/crunchy already had some ripple on effect here.

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39 / M / Maniwa Japan
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
I wonder if that means funi gets all the A-1 shows
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I wonder if Sony has any future plans of acquiring Crunchyroll too(?). Funimation does dubs while Crunchyroll has subs, Funimation works, mainly, in NA and some European countries while Crunchyroll covers NA, Latin America and some other countries. As an international fan I'm consern.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
Bit shocked to be honest, but willing to see how it plays out.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/28/17
I hope they leave Funimation as it is. Sony killed the dub industry for Spanish speakers in all South America when they bought Locomotion-Animax. Now Spanish dubbed anime is non-existent besides a few titles from Netflix.
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