Sony has had a long standing foot in the anime world and is now set to acquire the anime giant, FUNimation, for $143M with a 95% stake in the company.
FUNimation was founded in 1994 by Gen Fukunaga and houses some of the most popular animes of all time such as Cowboy Bebop, Attack on Titan, Dragon Ball Z, and One Piece (which is getting its own live action movie.) Fukunaga will remain as CEO of the company and has assured fans that this acquisition will not hinder the production or broadcast of any of the beloved animes. The Funimation statement reads,
FUNimation will always strive to honor the intent of the Japanese creators in our productions… There will be no changes to our translation, script writing, voice actors or production staff. We will be keeping our production facilities in Texas so we can continue to bring SimulDubs to you within two weeks of the Japanese broadcast date.
The acquisition doesn’t come as much as a surprise as Sony already owns Animax, an anime TV network, Kids Station, a Japanese children’s channel, and Crackle, a streaming platform. Crackle doesn’t house very many animes currently, but now with the addition of FUNimation, it will probably give CrunchyRoll a run for its money.
With Sony owning FUNimation, we can perhaps expect a more seamless way to watch a lot of the popular animes. FUNimation has been working on its simulcast and it really seems to be paying off having animes air very quickly in the US after they air in Japan. Now with Sony behind them, we hopefully will experience a refined system making anime watching easier than it was before.
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