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Sony Pictures Television probably wouldn't be buying Funimation if they didn't like how things were running as it is. This is likely a situation where, as long as Funimation continues to do what they're doing, the things that made SPT happy enough to buy them, then they'll probably be left alone. It'll be like Sega buying Atlus. Everyone thought, "Oh Atlus is doomed. They'll be making Sonic RPG's until Sega closes them down." The reality was that Sega was happy with Atlus and their games, and let them keep doing things as they normally did. So unless Funimation royally fucks up, I'm sure SPT will leave them alone. We'll probably see some Funi dubs on Crackle for free, to give people a taste, and hell, this may open up some doors for for TV deals beyond Toonami. This isn't Aniplex buying Funimation to monopolize and kill the US anime market, this is the people that produce Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune throwing money at some weebs to keep doing what they do best.
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There's always a slim chance that Funi will go global....
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I think it could be a good thing - get the anime of Crackle, Funimation and Animax all under one banner. As for CR partnership? Doubt much will change there nor will this be a threat to them (nor will it be a threat to the deep pockets of Amazon or Netflix). Only hope this means Funimation will no longer continue to have the worst app for anime I've ever used (and that's despite being a paying sub).
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$80 anime...
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I don't want to use Crackle no matter what.
As long they just stay on Dubs things will go fine in CR deal.
Then again why didn't Crunchyroll parent offer to buy it out?
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I'm guessing this isn't going to be something that tangibly affects funi much. However, it is unfortunate that this is what Sony pictures has to do to be releasing good films again.
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
Why is this even surprising except it's Sony / not Universal

Anime wasnt going to be on any NBC channel and with this they have more worldwide potential

I remember back around FEB 2016 I was warning big changes were coming with all the catalog dumps at Hulu / CR / FUNI and most people dismiised my thoughts

Well its even worst than I thought TBH

The bottom line is the anime fan is suffering while all these corps fight for anime which is a niche anyhow
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Fallout322 wrote:

$80 anime...


I agree. I expect physical ownership prices to inflate.

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Bakaneer wrote:

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.


Ok, just to say. If you have ever worked for a business that has been taken over, merged, or just bought out. That is pure lies. Seriously.

The company will operate as it always has is a safety line they put in place, so they have time to solidify the changes they want. Could even be 6 months down the line, but there will almost always be huge corporate changes, usually starting with the top and working its way down. If you see new CEO's or other upper managment changes expect company value/production/operation changes to follow.
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bemused_Bohemian wrote:


Fallout322 wrote:

$80 anime...


I agree. I expect physical ownership prices to inflate.



I'm also afraid this is going to happen . Guess I need to scarf up Gosick before the shite hits the fan ....

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Jeez, I don't really know what to think about this. From a practical standpoint, Sony is a big company and has big money so this could mean very good things for Funimation's business. However, I'm wary if Sony will respect the anime fanbase in the west, and if Gen or anyone tried to object they could easily replace him. I'm not sure if Sony was the right partner for Funi, but time will tell. I'm hopeful that this will work out but I guess we'll have a better idea about how this will go in several months.

Hopefully everything will be ok with Crunchyroll. Things are changing fast.


smokeyjoey8 wrote:

Sony Pictures Television probably wouldn't be buying Funimation if they didn't like how things were running as it is. This is likely a situation where, as long as Funimation continues to do what they're doing, the things that made SPT happy enough to buy them, then they'll probably be left alone. It'll be like Sega buying Atlus. Everyone thought, "Oh Atlus is doomed. They'll be making Sonic RPG's until Sega closes them down." The reality was that Sega was happy with Atlus and their games, and let them keep doing things as they normally did. So unless Funimation royally fucks up, I'm sure SPT will leave them alone. We'll probably see some Funi dubs on Crackle for free, to give people a taste, and hell, this may open up some doors for for TV deals beyond Toonami. This isn't Aniplex buying Funimation to monopolize and kill the US anime market, this is the people that produce Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune throwing money at some weebs to keep doing what they do best.


This what I hope. Sony Pictures seems better run than Sony Music at least haha. Still, I'm wary nonetheless. I don't buy that nothing is going to change, of course it will since they have a new management now and in six months time things could look very different! I hope it all works out though.
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Everyone chill out. It'll be OK!
> I read about this on funimation's twitter. (link) https://www.funimation.com/blog/2017/08/01/funimation-agrees-acquired-sony-pictures-television-networks/
Don't feel like pressing the link? *lazy*
Just read this: "Q: Does this change your Crunchyroll/VRV partnership?
A: There are no changes to our existing partnership or to the content available from Funimation on either service. Crunchyroll will continue to broadcast subtitled simulcasts, and FunimationNow will continue to stream SimulDubs for most titles within two weeks after the shows original Japanese broadcast. "

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InuWhisk wrote
> I read about this on funimation's twitter. (link) https://www.funimation.com/blog/2017/08/01/funimation-agrees-acquired-sony-pictures-television-networks/
Don't feel like pressing the link? *lazy*
Just read this: "Q: Does this change your Crunchyroll/VRV partnership?
A: There are no changes to our existing partnership or to the content available from Funimation on either service. Crunchyroll will continue to broadcast subtitled simulcasts, and FunimationNow will continue to stream SimulDubs for most titles within two weeks after the shows original Japanese broadcast. "



No changes is not good, considering there are missing things from VRV that I really want to watch.
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Posted 8/2/17 , edited 8/5/17
all I can see is more $$$

I first saw it at the Animation magazine article
http://www.animationmagazine.net/features/sony-tv-to-acquire-majority-stake-in-funimation/

...more $$$
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Posted 8/2/17 , edited 8/5/17

iashakezula wrote:

all I can see is more $$$

I first saw it at the Animation magazine article
http://www.animationmagazine.net/features/sony-tv-to-acquire-majority-stake-in-funimation/

...more $$$


How is *more money going into anime* a bad thing *for anime*?

Everyone, I don't know if you've noticed, but anime is getting a lot bigger. More people are aware of it. Anime is on the verge of something big, and it's not a bad thing, and it's not something to be afraid of. It's a good thing. It means more opportunities for everyone and everything involved in anime.

I just wish people would stop being all....ignorant internet conspiracy theorist about everything. ... but, it's the internet, so...

edit:

Here.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2017-08-02/.119577

Read.
Someone who actually knows what they're talking about.

ANN can be horribly annoying sometimes (particularly with reviews) but Answerman is always worth reading.
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