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Post Reply Sony Pictures TV aquires Funimation
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Just picked this up on Anime News Network:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-31/sony-pictures-tv-to-acquire-majority-stake-in-funimation/.119575

So, what happens to the Crunchyroll partnership now?
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DarkNovaSC wrote:

So, what happens to the Crunchyroll partnership now?


Probably nothing. The partnership probably benefits Funimation more because home releases probably make more money than streaming. Plus they'd have to start bidding against Crunchyroll, Sentai, Amazon and Netflix and probably wouldn't get a lot, especially since Crunchyroll is really starting to push into funding anime which Funimation has dubbed some of (Resturant to Another World and The Reflection from this season for example.)

Sony is also listed as one of Crunchyroll's partners (http://www.crunchyroll.com/en/about).
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I... don't... see why everyone's jumping to the conclusion that this is bad?


Doublethree1 wrote:


DarkNovaSC wrote:

So, what happens to the Crunchyroll partnership now?


Probably nothing. The partnership probably benefits Funimation more because home releases probably make more money than streaming. Plus they'd have to start bidding against Crunchyroll, Sentai, Amazon and Netflix and probably wouldn't get a lot, especially since Crunchyroll is really starting to push into funding anime which Funimation has dubbed some of (Resturant to Another World and The Reflection from this season for example.)

Sony is also listed as one of Crunchyroll's partners (http://www.crunchyroll.com/en/about).




Also this.

If they're keeping the same staff, it will probably just mean licensing and communications will be easier, and their finances will be more secure.

Communications is a big thing. Waiting for materials is a large part of why releases take so long. And nowadays, when dubs don't turn out well, it's usually because they were rushed, which is usually because the Japanese side didn't send the materials fast enough (usually because they had to wait for approval to do anything). This could speed that process up, at least with Sony-involved titles.

And, someone mentioned on the ANN form, Sony Pictures TV and Sony Music aren't really connected, so this has nothing to do with Aniplex (which is affiliated with (owned by?) Sony Music). ... it could affect Aniplex licenses (e.g. Black Butler) but probably only in a positive way, timing-wise (like I said).
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LavenderMintRose wrote:
I... don't... see why everyone's jumping to the conclusion that this is bad?


Sony is incompetent to the point of hilarity when it comes to running everything but their Playstation division, unfortunately. And they like to discontinue products that are still popular, splash out cash on things that lose tons of money, etc. There is a real possibility of Funimation being mishandled here.
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I'm guessing that sooner or later, this will affect the deal they had with Universal for distribution:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-06-23/funimation-universal-pictures-enter-distribution-agreement/.89621

This was mentioned as a "multi-year deal", but I expect Sony Pictures would want to take over distribution when it expires.


As for how (and if) this will affect the partnership with CR, time will tell.
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hm. Nothing to do but wait and see what comes of this.
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Doublethree1 wrote:


DarkNovaSC wrote:

So, what happens to the Crunchyroll partnership now?


Probably nothing.


Well, they...probably don't get the Valkyria Chronicles anime, then, I...guess?
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Doublethree1 wrote:

especially since Crunchyroll is really starting to push into funding anime which Funimation has dubbed some of (Resturant to Another World and The Reflection from this season for example.)

Sony is also listed as one of Crunchyroll's partners (http://www.crunchyroll.com/en/about).


Is there a list, a page or a forum where we know what animes CR has funded and been a staff for production? The only animes I know of is Kiznaiver, Luluco and probably the upcoming Ancient Magus Bride.
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paulchaested wrote:

Is there a list, a page or a forum where we know what animes CR has funded and been a staff for production? The only animes I know of is Kiznaiver, Luluco and probably the upcoming Ancient Magus Bride.


I found a list on anidb but it seems incomplete listing Kiznaiver, Luluco, Magical Girl Raising Project and Nanbaka. (https://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=creator&creatorid=43505)
There is one for "Crunchyroll Sumitomo Corporation Anime Fund " as well which lists Masamune-kun's Revenge, The Reflection, A Centaur's Life and Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club. (https://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=creator&creatorid=49763)

I know it's missing shows because Crunchyroll is on the production committee for Kemono Friends and it doesn't list Shelter.
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Lets get that Emoji Anime.
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Funimation has put up a FAQ, and the bottom line is that everything will operate as it always has. At least, that's the plan.
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As long as they fix the app and keep the Crunchy partnership going. Also yay! More money, which means better chance of keeping anime away from Amazon's clutches.
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Well there goes my good mood...

It's hard not to be negative about this but the positive points brought up so far in this thread are soothing.

I think the best case scenario for this will be similar to Blizzard being bought by Activision, with Blizzard effectively being left to their own devices.
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