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Post Reply I Hate Funimation and I Don't Even Know Why
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Here are their mispronunciations:
- They use BOOLMA instead of BLOOMA. You see, Bluma is the correct way to say and write it because the name in Japanese is spelled as Buruma which in English, would be pronounced as "Bluma".
- They say SAY-en instead of SYE-ahn.
- They say UHR-zah instaed of AIR-za
- It is Lunch not Launch.
This is why I prefer to use the original Japanese terms. For example, to refer to Goku's magic cloud, I use Kinto instaed of Flying Nimbus.
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Posted 4/15/14
I just wish their website and mobile app sucked a little less. Otherwise, they're indispensable anime providers and I'm glad they're around.
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well i have a few reasons i hate funamation. The first has to do with their horrible dub jobs. While they are better than things that used to be in the 1990s, they tend to use the same VAs over and over and over again and their VAs tend to "take" liberties with the material so much so that things change too radically to make much sense. secondly, Their streaming service is awful. This is a personal story from back when i was subbed to them, it took me 5 months to deactivate my account not to mention that their android app costs money on top of the sub fee you are already paying. Its also horribly designed with this stupid drag style UI that makes no sense what so ever. And last, they take tons of shows from CR and other streaming sites and brand their mark on them, which in turn stops these other streaming sites from streaming their content. This last one isnt so bad, i understand business, but their Website/Platform for streaming is such a horrible experience that theres no reason to watch any of the shows they try to take on funamation its self.

Now, I live in japan, speak and understand the language and I could watch all of the anime on television (some i do), but the reason i stay subbed to CR rather then Funamation aside from the lack of selection on the side of funamation, is how straightforward, simplistic and hassle free CR is in comparison.
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Posted 4/15/14
I also have an odd dislike of Funimation, it's probably based mostly around the fact that they won't share all of their Anime rights with CrunchyRoll.
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Posted 4/15/14
Well I hate Funimation for their streaming (not giving CR titles, crappy website, Hulu)

But I love Funimation for their home video releases. They actually make one of the best blurays and dvds as they do l.e packaging. Sentai just started their premium releases but it's only for one title at the moment and their releases are bareboned and crappy...
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Posted 4/15/14

Balzack wrote:

You should only ever use their service if you have a Roku.


yes another roku user!
how do you like it?
i have no problems watching funi on my 60" big screen in 1080p with no lag whatsoever
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Posted 4/15/14

Insomnist wrote:

Well, it is true that for every dollar you give them they take a little piece of your soul.

But it's only a little piece. Hardly worth worrying over.


Thank you for making me laugh, sir.

My biggest gripe with FUNimation is when one of their releases has a defect and they run and hide from their customers rather than address the problem. I bought the Psycho Pass LE box set and the original art box was defective for everyone; it was lopsided. They did make a replacement batch, but the replacements had an even worse defect. The space to fit the cases was too short and the cases would not fit in the box properly. Now I have two defective boxes. I emailed FUNimation about the issue, as did many more upset customers, yet they straight up ignored our emails. That was several weeks ago and no one I know who emailed them has received a reply.

The FUNimation website is still horrendous even after the "upgrade." It's still buggy as hell and lags at times. You'd think after many months of promising to fix the website issues they'd have figured out how to make a stable website. I guess it's less glitchy than before, but still not in proper working order for paying members.

Other than those issues, I like FUNi, and think they do a good enough job bringing anime to North America. They have an impressive catalog of anime titles and certainly make the North American fandom better for it. I just want them to fix their issues when they arise and not shirk responsibility. Many people pay for their products and services, so they should not be defective.
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Posted 4/15/14
You got problems.
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Its Bulma because there is literally no Ls in the japanese alphabet.
It comes out as Bulma because of the pacing and the close proximity of bu sound to ru slurs into a psudo L
Thats why in metal gear they refer to the illuminati org as the la li lu le lo because in its original japanese version it doesn't exist.

Also from the opposite side of things. I happen to have a friend who works at Funimation fairly high up there on the list of things. His feelings are pretty much the same as everyone here except that it happens to be his job. Hes passionate about what he does as much as some people might like to believe that they're just a company printing money they're not. They're just people who love anime professionally. Dubs will never be how you want them because well critics will be critics and they know that too. They put them on there for the people that want them.

At the end of it though they are doing good work on the fact that they're giving tons of people the chance to watch/own content legally.
The service to the community comes first.
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Posted 4/15/14
I think Team Four Star does the best dub for Attack on Titan lol. As far as Funimation goes, I'm just happy that they are bringing more anime to the states and making it easier to get. I'm not a fan of the dubs but like everyone else said, you can select the subs on the dvds. The only dub version I prefer is Cowboy Bebop.
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The only thing I would have against Funimation is they price everything too dang high if it's a very popular anime. I mean, I can understand it here and there (AoT for example, extremely popular so it will be worth more) But for most part most series that are not even close to being popular are charging $40-$60 a pop. That's my only complaint. Other than that, they're pretty awesome.
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My only problem with funimation is that they got too little simulcast and their streaming menu and things is pretty awkward. In the long series, you have to find do a lot of clicking to find the episode you want to watch. I just wish they put all the episode of a series into one big long list instead of needing to click view all episodes and stuffs.
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Posted 4/15/14
I only hate them because they don't let people in Australia use the website :@.
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Posted 4/15/14
I'm indifferent. All I hated about Funi's releases were the unskippable ads on their DVDs. Do they even do that anymore?

And I would add that I hate that Mushishi lacks a blu-ray release, but that isn't really Funi's fault. Can't really put out a lot of cash for product that won't move too much.
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Posted 4/15/14 , edited 4/15/14
Just to let you know, they pronounced Mikasa correctly. The reason they use a lot of the same voice actors is for convience -- it's a lot cheaper to hire a voice actor/actress from inside the state they're doing the dubbing work than outside. And, even if there are a lot of hopefuls in said state that audition, face it they're going to want quality over quantity. Thus, they hire their regulars and/or known recurring individuals, while also picking up a newcomer or two along the way.

Of course, this also has to do with how niche the voice acting community is in regards to anything other than DC universe cartoons or something similar. The experienced voice actor pool is too small and the inexperienced is too big, though still rather small in comparison to most other voice over jobs out there. Plus, not too many dubs are done in California now-a-days, so there's another reason.

A lot of factors play into dubbing, least of all the voice acting itself.
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