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Hello, guys. In this, my very first topic, I'm going to debate something. Since Funimation and Crunchyroll are in a partnership, I hoped that some series will be accesible to Latin American countries but, in the Winter season, those hopes are deader than dead. For example: Akiba's Trip was bypassed, Koro-sensei Q too. But that's not the case.

Today the debate is centered in 3 series that Funimation has "master license" rights or had paid the most. Those series are: Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia and Dimension W. Why aren't those series available for Latin American countries, and those are my arguments:

1. Attack on Titan
This anime is one of the most popular franchises in the world, like Naruto and SAO. Its made by WIT Studio, subsidiary of Production I.G., one of the most famous animation companies in Japan. I know that Latin America didn't get the first season since Funimation has exclusive rights in that time. But, FYI, Funimation actually got the live-action movies. Movies that us Latinos haven't see in our region.

Furthermore, I replied that CR should bring AoT to Latin American audiences, but I think that wouldn't be possible. So, what are the obstacles for it?

2. My Hero Academia
This anime is a different story. According to some forums and other anime-related people, it was the anime that Funimation paid the most, and they only received the "English-speaking territories only" rights.

NOTE: Confirmed. My Hero Academia won't be for Latin America. http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-985789/my-hero-academia-boruto-naruto-next-generations-is-coming-to-crunchyroll-this-spring

Crunchyroll, the company that try to license anime for as many territories as possible and they can't bring one of the franchises with respectable fanbase to Latin American countries? No way! Is the same as the bitrate-fiasco weeks ago. But, let's continue...

3. Dimension W
This is the same as Attack on Titan. Funimation is in the production comitee and has global rights for it. Selecta Vision made an agreement with Funimation to license for Spain and Portugal, but Crunchyroll, that has a partnership with Funimation, can get it.

One of two things: Funimation only receives rights for English territories, or Funimation hates Latin America.

After said this, please tell us: which are the obstacles for Crunchyroll, the company that tries to license anime in as many territories as possible, can't get those titles for Latin American users? Its Funimation's thing? Japan's thing?

Well, that's all. Discuss, please!

P.D.: Automated replies like "license restrictions" and stuff are out of this topic. Please, real FACTS only.

P.D.2.: Sorry for my problematic English. I'm not a native English speaker.
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deadFreak781 wrote:

Hello, guys. In this, my very first topic, I'm going to debate something. Since Funimation and Crunchyroll are in a partnership, I hoped that some series will be accesible to Latin American countries but, in the Winter season, those hopes are deader than dead. For example: Akiba's Trip was bypassed, Koro-sensei Q too. But that's not the case.

Today the debate is centered in 3 series that Funimation has "master license" rights or had paid the most. Those series are: Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia and Dimension W. Why aren't those series available for Latin American countries, and those are my arguments:

1. Attack on Titan
This anime is one of the most popular franchises in the world, like Naruto and SAO. Its made by WIT Studio, subsidiary of Production I.G., one of the most famous animation companies in Japan. I know that Latin America didn't get the first season since Funimation has exclusive rights in that time. But, FYI, Funimation actually got the live-action movies. Movies that us Latinos haven't see in our region.

Furthermore, I replied that CR should bring AoT to Latin American audiences, but I think that wouldn't be possible. So, what are the obstacles for it?

2. My Hero Academia
This anime is a different story. According to some forums and other anime-related people, it was the anime that Funimation paid the most, and they only received the "English-speaking territories only" rights.

NOTE: Confirmed. My Hero Academia won't be for Latin America. http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-985789/my-hero-academia-boruto-naruto-next-generations-is-coming-to-crunchyroll-this-spring

Crunchyroll, the company that try to license anime for as many territories as possible and they can't bring one of the franchises with respectable fanbase to Latin American countries? No way! Is the same as the bitrate-fiasco weeks ago. But, let's continue...

3. Dimension W
This is the same as Attack on Titan. Funimation is in the production comitee and has global rights for it. Selecta Vision made an agreement with Funimation to license for Spain and Portugal, but Crunchyroll, that has a partnership with Funimation, can get it.

One of two things: Funimation only receives rights for English territories, or Funimation hates Latin America.

After said this, please tell us: which are the obstacles for Crunchyroll, the company that tries to license anime in as many territories as possible, can't get those titles for Latin American users? Its Funimation's thing? Japan's thing?

Well, that's all. Discuss, please!

P.D.: Automated replies like "license restrictions" and stuff are out of this topic. Please, real FACTS only.

P.D.2.: Sorry for my problematic English. I'm not a native English speaker.


The fact is they are not available on CR in certain regions, either because it's been licensed by another company for that region; FUNimation holds the license, and only acquired rights to the regions they serve; or the rights simply weren't made available for CR to acquire by the Japanese rights holders.
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Attack on titan season 1 for example has been using a Funimation license since about 5 months after it ended. http://www.crunchyroll.com/publisher/funimation With the possibility it was Funimation on simulcast but kept a secret. :p
Since it's only NA and UK/IR (Australia and New Zealand being on a different service) so it would be clear that they didn't get any additional regions. Otherwise why not use it specially when the partnership launched?
So it would be like eyeofpain says CR wasn't able to get the any regions themselves. Maybe they had a term that they weren't able to meet eg a tv broadcast type of thing.


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One of two things: Funimation only receives rights for English territories, or Funimation hates Latin America.



Many years Funimation have been going after the English territories just like Sentai Filmworks does. Which are United states, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Then sub licensed the show to the local distributors for that area. Manga UK Madman Australia etc.
Unless it's mandatory there would be no point paying for regions that you aren't able to do anything with. As it would cost money for no return and that is bad for businesses.
Are there any local anime distributors in Ecuador? If there is it could have something to do with them. If there isn't then the line above likely applies.
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If Funimation does not have Attack on Titan license to LA, who has it?
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Are there any local anime distributors in Ecuador? If there is it could have something to do with them. If there isn't then the line above likely applies.


If I had enough money, I'd make my own anime distributor in my country, but no. Some mexican distributors do their job for the entire region, and I forwarded the suggestions to those companies.
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If I had enough money, I'd make my own anime distributor in my country, but no. Some mexican distributors do their job for the entire region, and I forwarded the suggestions to those companies.


Any chance you could name a few as I would like to see what is available. As I may be able to find out if they sub license or direct license too.
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deadFreak781 wrote:

If I had enough money, I'd make my own anime distributor in my country, but no. Some mexican distributors do their job for the entire region, and I forwarded the suggestions to those companies.


Any chance you could name a few as I would like to see what is available. As I may be able to find out if they sub license or direct license too.


Of course, we have the following (in Mexico and other countries in Latin America):

- Televix (television)
- Towers Entertainment (television)
- Arcade Media (cinema and, recently, television)
- Madness Entertainment (cinema)
- KEM Media (cinema)
- Anime Latam Group (its Genco LATAM-branch)
- Zima Entertainment (cinema, for Mexico only)
- Team Loco (television)
- ETC TV (television, for Chile only)
- AEDEA Studio (television and music, for Chile only)
- Sato Company (television and cinema, certain stuff are for Brazil only)
- PlayTV (television, for Brazil only)
- Panini Comics (manga, for Mexico only)
- Editorial Kamite (manga, for Mexico only)
- Ivrea (manga, for Argentina only)
- OVNI Press (manga, for Argentina only)
- Utopia Ediciones (manga, for Argentina only)
- Larp Editorial (manga, for Argentina only)
- JBC (manga, for Brazil only)
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Has Attack on Titan ever had a TV broadcast anywhere in LA?
No local home video rights that I could find either. If you know of either then please let me know.
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Has Attack on Titan ever had a TV broadcast anywhere in LA?
No local home video rights that I could find either. If you know of either then please let me know.


No, never. Only manga editions were published in Mexico and Argentina. Ditto with My Hero Academia, but in this ocasion, its only available in Mexico.
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