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Why should I care about Funimation?
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Posted 1/1/14 , edited 1/1/14

Insomnist wrote:

This was also my impression, but I think the OP is from the UK so that does change a few things. But still, it's a simple cost-benefit analysis. It's not Funimation's fault that licensing all their stuff in the UK isn't economically feasible.


It does change a few things, but there are always more legal alternatives. Such as what DalekCaan posted - purchasing a region free player and importing. I'm not aware of what all that Hulu provides but you can watch what Funimation licenses on there as well as another pointed out. There's also Youtube (which was pointed out too). It just... irritates me.



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Shrapnel893 wrote:


Insomnist wrote:

This was also my impression, but I think the OP is from the UK so that does change a few things. But still, it's a simple cost-benefit analysis. It's not Funimation's fault that licensing all their stuff in the UK isn't economically feasible.


It does change a few things, but there are always more legal alternatives. Such as what DalekCaan posted - purchasing a region free player and importing. I'm not aware of what all that Hulu provides but you can watch what Funimation licenses on there as well as another pointed out. There's also Youtube (which was pointed out too). It just... irritates me.

Hulu is only in the US, isn't it? I'm not sure if Funi has region-locked what they have on Youtube.

I don't consider buying anime blind to be an option, so you can get a region-free player but there's still the question of deciding what you want to purchase to play on it. And from what I can tell, streaming options in the UK are limited.

My stance in a nutshell is,

If the OP is complaining about not having free stuff, that's a self-defeating argument because you need an industry with enough cash flow to support the free stuff. If you're just being a leech, you're not helping anyone and deserve nothing.

But if he wants to buy stuff, and can't legally do so, that's different. But in either case, being angry with Funimation because they have a limited catalog in the UK is dumb since that's just them keeping their business in the black.

Even if it does suck for UK anime fans, I don't think it's unlike where the US was at very recently.

It might be a completely separate situation, but then again it might also just need time.
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They release physical copies, put so much effort into their dubs, some of which surpass the original
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Insomnist wrote:
It does change a few things, but there are always more legal alternatives. Such as what DalekCaan posted - purchasing a region free player and importing. I'm not aware of what all that Hulu provides but you can watch what Funimation licenses on there as well as another pointed out. There's also Youtube (which was pointed out too). It just... irritates me.


Importing can get REALLY expensive, though. A lot of people can't just do that, especially since anime from Japan is already way too expensive for minimal content. Funimation gives a relatively cheap alternative to actually OWNING the anime.

I also can't understand the hate on Funimation, either. What? Do people want things for free? If that was the case the anime industry wouldn't even exist. People should be trying to SUPPORT the industry, and the best way to do that is to own some legal copies of series they want. I own 40 different anime with over 60 volumes of DVDs myself. A modest collection that I plan to grow. (Stein's Gate is next, another good series Funimation licensed.) All their dubs aren't that bad, either. Baccano! is hands down the best dub I ever heard, and I can still only watch YuYu Hakusho dubbed to this day because of how some of the voices rub me the wrong way in Japanese. They also don't tend to rip off the customer as much as, say, Aniplex does with their completely unreasonable prices, and their questionable practices to not sell any of their titles on most other sites just so they can control the price more. :/
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I have a collection of 150+ animes and 75-80% are from Funimation. I have no complaints, except that I can't buy stock in the company. I love the selection available and buy as many as my modest income allows (fixed income, disabled vet). Even tho I vehemently disagree with the individual, everyone is entitled to their opinion.
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MonkeysxMoo35 wrote:

Because they aren't 4Kids


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seriously though, I like Funimation because they do an awesome job at voice acting, and from my limited time on crunchyroll...offer me stuff that I cant find elsewhere due to where I live. (It's seriously hard as hell being 3 hours from the nearest city and trying to buy hard copy anime)...
That and Caitlin Glass is awesome.

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I like Funimation because if it weren't for them, I would never of heard of anime. Their dubs are pretty good and I can actually afford their DVD's! (Unlike some companies... Not pointing at a company called Aniplex) I can't access their website and stream their stuff either, but their YouTube channel can be very nice to me at times. Heck, I even ended up watching an anime that I never thought I would like on their channel, and I liked it!

Yes, some countries have it hard on streaming anime. But you can't blame a company doing their job and providing us what we pay for. Plus, they're not 4Kids...
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I would say because they bring a lot of "gateway" anime to america. I hate most dubs because they are usually emotionless compared to the Japanese versions. But if it werent for the dubbed animes i probably wouldnt have watched anime in the first place. The idea of reading while watching a show is usually a turn off. So funimation brought some good tastes to what people are missing
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They release physical copies, put so much effort into their dubs, some of which surpass the original

Umm no... Geion is the one usually that makes the good dubs if its a funimation title.. Black Lagoon, GITS SAC and Cowboy Bebop mostly were not done by the Funi actors(no need to metions that FUNI did not do those) and they stand HEAD and shoulders above the funi ones. Also strangely many non Funimation dubs are better too. Gundam 00, Gundamn UC.... and others that come state side through everyone else besides Funimation have this high quality feel.

Maybe its because they don't rush it like funimation does. I found out they pretty much hammer it out in one recording session if they can. Cause time is money and funi does make a good buck but they also price things pretty well too. It comes with the business I guess.


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PsychoGamer8229 wrote:

Seriously, give me a reason to actually care about these guys. Please.


Well, they license, sub, dub and distribute anime here in North America. They may be old-fashioned but they help strengthen the industry as a whole. 5 of the 12 anime airing on Toonami are licensed by them. They have DBZ airing on Saturday mornings too. They are still a pretty big ambassador of anime.
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Reading through the comments and seeing how people says they watch anime illegally. "Chuckles"
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Insomnist wrote:
It does change a few things, but there are always more legal alternatives. Such as what DalekCaan posted - purchasing a region free player and importing. I'm not aware of what all that Hulu provides but you can watch what Funimation licenses on there as well as another pointed out. There's also Youtube (which was pointed out too). It just... irritates me.


Importing can get REALLY expensive, though. A lot of people can't just do that, especially since anime from Japan is already way too expensive for minimal content. Funimation gives a relatively cheap alternative to actually OWNING the anime.

I also can't understand the hate on Funimation, either. What? Do people want things for free? If that was the case the anime industry wouldn't even exist. People should be trying to SUPPORT the industry, and the best way to do that is to own some legal copies of series they want. I own 40 different anime with over 60 volumes of DVDs myself. A modest collection that I plan to grow. (Stein's Gate is next, another good series Funimation licensed.) All their dubs aren't that bad, either. Baccano! is hands down the best dub I ever heard, and I can still only watch YuYu Hakusho dubbed to this day because of how some of the voices rub me the wrong way in Japanese. They also don't tend to rip off the customer as much as, say, Aniplex does with their completely unreasonable prices, and their questionable practices to not sell any of their titles on most other sites just so they can control the price more. :/


People here often lack any real incite into the business world. Every time funimation gets a title they instantly assume that it was 'stolen' from CR and that CR would have definitely gotten licenses to it. Obviously thats spurious at best and out right retarded at worst, so they then some how think having competition is bad. No doubt this'll get hate even though its true.

They are a bit awkward for EU/UK residents like myself, but are slowly starting to expand through mangauk and are starting a streaming service for the UK soon. These things take time and I would far rather have a properly thought out business than another AoD
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MonkeysxMoo35 wrote:

Because they aren't 4Kids


^This^
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eightcar wrote:


leetshoe wrote: Funimation makes the best dubs


That is like being the best car after a demolition derby! (It's still garbage!!!!!!)


But if you don't care about dubs, that's not a strike against Funimation, it just turns the dubs from an advantage to a neutral.

Funimation still has Railgun, Noir, El Cazador de la Bruja, Afro Samurai, Akira, Appleseed XIII, Baccanno!, Black Lagoon, Casshern Sins, Cowboy Bebop, Deadman Wonderland, Eden of the East, Ergo Proxy, FLCL, FMA, Galaxy Express 999, GitS:Arise, Heat Guy J, Ho5L, Kaleido Star, Last Exile, Level E, Mushi-Shi, Princess Jellyfish, Psycho-Pass, RIN~DoM~, Serial Experiments Lain, Shangri-La, Spice and Wolf, Summer Wars, Galaxy Railways and Welcome to the NHK, among many others ...

... pretty much any anime fan will be able to find something in Funimation's catalog to enjoy.


Insomnist wrote: Hulu is only in the US, isn't it? I'm not sure if Funi has region-locked what they have on Youtube.

Funimation has typically set region access on Youtube streams based on what streaming rights they happen to hold. They may only request North American rights, but the way that some licensors break things down sometimes means that Funimation ends up with "English Speaking Country" rights (which means US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, not all countries where English is one of the official languages).

Funimation has shown that they are perfectly happy to sublicense their derivative works to UK & Australian home video distributors, so it seems likely they'd be willing to sublicense simulcast subtitles as well.

Almost all of that sublicensing and distribution under license in Australia has been Madman (Siren seems to pick up their own independent licenses), so for Australia/NZ residents wanting to get access to more of the series that Funimation simulcasts, they ought to be talking to Madman about that. And UK/Erie residents wanting the same thing should be talking to Viz Media Europe and AnimaxUK about that.
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I started watching and buying anime in 1996 and back THEN it was super expensive and really harsh to find the good legal stuff. Funimation had some of the worst dubbing for DBZ and other shows of the late 90s that they came out with. Like a silly person I was and still am, I bought all the VHS releases and even the DVD releases when they became available. It was not until after 2005+ that they started to step up their game and really came when they did the Full Metal Alchemist dub, which I still think is pretty darn good.

The BIGGEST problem with Funi is that while the rest of the world moved onto digital, they stuck with physical and are now playing catch up. I did 6 months of the elite service last year, mostly 2013, and I even bought the app for my tablet on android. They are still far far away from the quality and consistency of crunchyroll. I say in maybe 2 or 3 years they could really start to embrace more digital and stop putting so much money into physical since the internet HAS to get faster and cheaper in the USA. (Thanks Google)

So overall Funimation is amazing for physical distribution and spreading around anime for those that want it on DVD and Blu-ray. Right now as I type this, I am a firm believer that Crunchyroll is light years ahead of ANY anime digital online service.
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