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Yeah, FUNi is actually pretty cheap. :/
But that's just in the US, licensing in other countries probably does suck.

I only really agree with their dubs being bad.
I'm actually a fan of well dubbed anime, but I haven't seen a single FUNi dub that is any better than mediocre.

I'm also just sitting around, trying to figure out who Vic Mignogna will voice now that they have the rights to Attack on Titan.
It would be nice to see more actual talent there. Most their actors are one trick ponies, who don't have the versatility to play so many parts, and who don't really continue to grow as actors, despite all their years in the industry. These parts are monotonous, and bland.

But I'm probably a little more bitter because my home con only ever gets FUNi actors as guests, doesn't invite anyone else, so they obviously have a contract with them or something. :/
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SuniMoon wrote:

Yeah, FUNi is actually pretty cheap. :/
But that's just in the US, licensing in other countries probably does suck.

I only really agree with their dubs being bad.
I'm actually a fan of well dubbed anime, but I haven't seen a single FUNi dub that is any better than mediocre.

I'm also just sitting around, trying to figure out who Vic Mignogna will voice now that they have the rights to Attack on Titan.
It would be nice to see more actual talent there. Most their actors are one trick ponies, who don't have the versatility to play so many parts, and who don't really continue to grow as actors, despite all their years in the industry. These parts are monotonous, and bland.

But I'm probably a little more bitter because my home con only ever gets FUNi actors as guests, doesn't invite anyone else, so they obviously have a contract with them or something. :/


I'm curious what you think is a well dubbed anime.
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waverat81 wrote:


SuniMoon wrote:

Yeah, FUNi is actually pretty cheap. :/
But that's just in the US, licensing in other countries probably does suck.

I only really agree with their dubs being bad.
I'm actually a fan of well dubbed anime, but I haven't seen a single FUNi dub that is any better than mediocre.

I'm also just sitting around, trying to figure out who Vic Mignogna will voice now that they have the rights to Attack on Titan.
It would be nice to see more actual talent there. Most their actors are one trick ponies, who don't have the versatility to play so many parts, and who don't really continue to grow as actors, despite all their years in the industry. These parts are monotonous, and bland.

But I'm probably a little more bitter because my home con only ever gets FUNi actors as guests, doesn't invite anyone else, so they obviously have a contract with them or something. :/


I'm curious what you think is a well dubbed anime.


I adore the Hellsing dub, Ergo Proxy is pretty solid from what I remember, contrary to a lot of opinions I rather like the Death Note dub, while character interpretations differ from from the japanese, and Ryuk is kind of eh, the rest of it is well put together... Black Lagoon...
Oh, Baccano is pretty great for a FUNi dub.

I really don't the majority of their dubs are actually BAD, but they're very generic. You recognize the same voice actors, because they have no vocal range. They feel like they're playing the same characters over and over again... Because they are. They're being type cast, most of the time. It really doesn't lend itself well to the overall quality of these dubs, when FUNi obviously favors some actors over others.


And I only really call myself a "fan of well dubbed anime" because of the immense hate that dubs usually get. I'm not sure what the general vibe of the Crunchyroll forum community is, but I know dubs are often regarded as the WORST POSSIBLE thing among certain anime fans. It's amazing how many people think that an english language track on a DVD "ruined their favorite anime", haha. XD

Honestly, I think the original casts of many anime are mediocre, so to find a truly amazing japanese cast is just as much of a gem as a truly amazing english cast is. The only japanese cast that I think particularly sticks out to me is Gankutsuou. Now, in contrast, the Gankutsuou dub is not bad. It's not great, but it has a few shining performances, and no english voices that really grate on the viewer, and make them want to shut it off... But while Jamieson Price plays a passable Edmond Dantes, Jōji Nakata is able to truly own the role.

Speaking of Jōji Nakata, and bringing us full circle to the Hellsing dub, I would say his Alucard is right on par with Crispin Freemans Alucard, and they both deserve praise for the role.


But I digress... I mentioned Attack On Titan earlier, and I really feel like I can HEAR that dub in my head already, like, actor for actor. If the dub sounds nice in the end, sure, that's fine. But it's just disappointing knowing that FUNimation won't really bring in new blood, and when they do, it isn't for long. :/
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I love funimation I hope they continue getting better.
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I hate the fact that they censor anime...

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I hate the fact that they censor anime...



If you're not an elite member chances are it will be censored.. kind of obvious. They always get uncensored when it comes out on DVD. Sometimes even before that for elite members.
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My only problem with them is that they won't even release subbed episodes of Detective Conan, yet latch only their license so no one else can sub it either. Other then that, don't really care one way or another about them.


This is the only problem I really have with them as well. I have purchased dvds of all of the episodes they have released legally but they wont even release the rest of the episodes subbed therefore I have to watch the rest of the 500+ episodes in a less than legal manner which I really hate to do. I would have gladly purchased the rest of the series even if I could only purchase the subs. Also I agree with what others have said there website has some major issues that they need to work out.
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My main problem with funi is that they no longer use their own player to stream vids instead they use Hulu which sucks it completely defeats the purpose of watching stuff online why do I have to sit through 8 effing commercials!!!!!! That's more than on tv at times
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SuniMoon wrote:

I adore the Hellsing dub, Ergo Proxy is pretty solid from what I remember, contrary to a lot of opinions I rather like the Death Note dub, while character interpretations differ from from the japanese, and Ryuk is kind of eh, the rest of it is well put together... Black Lagoon...
Oh, Baccano is pretty great for a FUNi dub.

I really don't the majority of their dubs are actually BAD, but they're very generic. You recognize the same voice actors, because they have no vocal range. They feel like they're playing the same characters over and over again... Because they are. They're being type cast, most of the time. It really doesn't lend itself well to the overall quality of these dubs, when FUNi obviously favors some actors over others.


And I only really call myself a "fan of well dubbed anime" because of the immense hate that dubs usually get. I'm not sure what the general vibe of the Crunchyroll forum community is, but I know dubs are often regarded as the WORST POSSIBLE thing among certain anime fans. It's amazing how many people think that an english language track on a DVD "ruined their favorite anime", haha. XD

Honestly, I think the original casts of many anime are mediocre, so to find a truly amazing japanese cast is just as much of a gem as a truly amazing english cast is. The only japanese cast that I think particularly sticks out to me is Gankutsuou. Now, in contrast, the Gankutsuou dub is not bad. It's not great, but it has a few shining performances, and no english voices that really grate on the viewer, and make them want to shut it off... But while Jamieson Price plays a passable Edmond Dantes, Jōji Nakata is able to truly own the role.

Speaking of Jōji Nakata, and bringing us full circle to the Hellsing dub, I would say his Alucard is right on par with Crispin Freemans Alucard, and they both deserve praise for the role.


But I digress... I mentioned Attack On Titan earlier, and I really feel like I can HEAR that dub in my head already, like, actor for actor. If the dub sounds nice in the end, sure, that's fine. But it's just disappointing knowing that FUNimation won't really bring in new blood, and when they do, it isn't for long. :/


I'm very impressed by your response. Not a lot I can say.

However, I do think one could argue that all the N.A. dubbing studios are guilty of using the same V.A.'s over and over. For example, if you're watching a Viz anime or anything by Bang! Zoom, you're likely to hear Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Spike Spencer, Tony Oilver, Crispin Freeman and Troy Baker, Mary McGlynn and Wendee Lee. It also doesn't help that these V.A's have such distinct voices, you can guess who they are at first listen without the need for end credits.

I think Sentai is even worse when it comes to their V.A's. I honestly think they only employ 5-6 at the most. Everything they dub is Tony Matranga, Luci Christian, Greg (Man-child) Ayers and Andrew Love, even if the voices don't necessarily match the characters.

I could go on, but from what I've noticed Funimation at least attempts to bring in new talent. I haven't necessarily witness that same effort by the other dub companies.
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Funimation is an amazing company. Their anime is some of the cheapest you can get, their dubs are great, their packaging doesn't suck like other companies...*cough cough* Sentai *cough cough*. And their translations make sense. Also with the promised update on their site, we will soon have a great source of streaming with a huge selection of anime.

As for your issue with being in Europe, that isn't Funi's fault entirely, it's a licensing issue.
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My main problem with funi is that they no longer use their own player to stream vids instead they use Hulu which sucks it completely defeats the purpose of watching stuff online why do I have to sit through 8 effing commercials!!!!!! That's more than on tv at times


They do use their own player if you are EVS.
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so if you dislike what they are doing watch shit illegally

also why are people only bitching aobut dubs having the same actors in alot of anime they do it in subs aswell im pretty sure yuki kaji is in 90% of anime
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Rito2Ru wrote:

So...reading from the above posts, I'm assuming their website still isn't "fixed" yet

I kind of hope they change their mobile app policy to something like CR's. So far its more like TAN's app where almost every thing is locked out if you aren't a member. And even if you are an elite member for Funi, I think you still have to get the paid app ($10 last I checked) to watch all the shows and episodes.


Yup, they are still using their painfully slow Drupal 6 install. A little part of me dies every time i use their site. Well, I should say "try to use" anyway. Thankfully, as noted previously they say they'll be pushing a new site toward the end of summer. Let's hope it materializes.

Now to be fair, it's not exactly hard to make Drupal 6 run slower than molasses in winter. I made a simple guide-style website with it. It had fairly static content, no more than 300,000 pages, and certain operations brought that poor server to it's knees. Edit: Drupal can be fast, but for any serious deployment a lot of planning (and a fair bit of luck sometimes) is required.
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Wish they would let CR simcast the animes they simcast too, or at least One Piece.
FUNI don't care that much for the streaming, they seem to mostly care about releasing dvds and blurays, dubbing and such.
Seeing as FUNI works so hard against piracy, they should allow CR to simcast everything, when FUNI's streaming service sucks and whe they can't open it up for people outside of USA.
FUNI's region lock is one reason why people pirate One Piece.

But oh well, Daisuki has One Piece. And In better quality I think
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Wish they would let CR simcast the animes they simcast too, or at least One Piece.
FUNI don't care that much for the streaming, they seem to mostly care about releasing dvds and blurays, dubbing and such.
Seeing as FUNI works so hard against piracy, they should allow CR to simcast everything, when FUNI's streaming service sucks and whe they can't open it up for people outside of USA.
FUNI's region lock is one reason why people pirate One Piece.

But oh well, Daisuki has One Piece. And In better quality I think :P


The reason they dont like to let others simulcast their stuff is simple. A simulcast on their end brings traffic through their website, this does 2 things.

1) Gives them direct advertisement, and if you're logged in lets them target newsletter offers etc at the shows you enjoy and similar shows

2) More traffic makes any advertising on their site more expensive thus earning them money.

As for the region lock ,its not funi's fault its that of the maker. Japanese companies are renown for being.... stupid. There is completely free money to be had all over the world in releasing liscenses slightly cheaper to get legitimate anime over here and bring the market larger audiences and then sell us DVD/BDs but they simply wont do it. Require absurdly high liscense fee's so that the smaller regions cant afford it, leaving no legitimate means of watching things in many parts of the world. IE they literally turn away all business and force people into piracy so that they can...... I dunno, feel smug?

Just look at the sort of retarded stuff nintendo are pulling right now to see how out of touch Japanese companies are. SSBB is a game released several years ago, it had a story mode which was condemned for being boring to play but with brilliant cut scenes. They are called brilliant because the game brings together characters from many different universes and the cut scenes show these characters interactions, some of the cutscenes were uploaded to youtube by various people and because of that in the next SSB game nintendo are simply removing the feature all together. So when gamers take time out of their lives specifically to check out the work you created your response is 'well clearly we should remove this all together'. I should note here that SSBB is 100% a multiplayer game, noone buys that game to play it on their own and as such theres is no issue here with reducing sales. Its just the company being completely out of touch with reality on every level.
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