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UK Anime Distributor Funimation UK Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Anime Industry Discussion' started by NormanicGrav, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

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    "You Should Be Watching"

    Funimation has had a weird history with the United Kingdom and Ireland. They started off with a distribution deal with MVM Entertainment and eventually moved to Revelation Films until finally sticking with Manga Entertainment UK. However as the years go by, Funimation's deal with Manga came to a close and have now started to release their titles themselves after giving Anime Limited some of them.

    This discussion thread will cover all things Funimation related for the UK & Ireland, including their UK streaming service FunimationNow which is still around and kicking in Beta mode. As of October 2016, all new simulcasts will be dubbed only as the subtitled only content will be on Crunchyroll instead.

    Links to Notable Places

    All the Anime - Distributor Anime Limited are selling the titles on Funimation's behalf.
    FunimationNow - Funimation's very own streaming site in Beta mode.
    Facebook - Funimation's official Facebook page for UK*
    Twitter - Funimation's official Twitter page for UK
    Twitter Help - Funimation's official Twitter page for UK that involves asking them for support

    *(to switch to the US or Ireland pages, go to the 'More' button and select 'Switch Regions')

    US counterparts

    Funimation - Funimation's main website for United States & Canada
    Twitter - Funimation's official Twitter page for US
     
  2. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    Home Releases

    -- Now Available --

    Assassination Classroom

    Season 1 Part 1 - Limited Edition - Blu-ray - £59.99 - 30/05/2016
    Season 1 Part 1 - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - 30/05/2016
    Season 1 Part 2 - Regular Release - Blu-ray - £39.99 - 26/09/2016
    Season 1 Part 2 - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - 26/09/2016

    Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!!
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - 10/10/2016

    High School DxD BorN
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - 31/10/2016

    Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
    Complete Series - Limited Edition - Blu-ray - £59.99 - 06/06/2016
    Complete Series - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - 06/06/2016

    Yona of the Dawn
    Part 1 - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - 25/07/2016

    Yurikuma Arashi
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - 31/10/2016

    -- Incoming Releases --

    Absolute Duo
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q4 2016

    Assassination Classroom
    Season 2 Part 1 - Limited Edition - Blu-ray - £59.99 - ETA: Q1 2017
    Season 2 Part 1 - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Attack on Titan: Junior High
    Complete Series - Limited Edition - Blu-ray - £59.99 - ETA: Q1 2017
    Complete Series - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Barakamon
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Brother's Conflict
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Blu-ray - £34.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Daimidaler: Prince vs Penguin Empire
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Fairy Tail
    Part 10 - Regular Release - DVD - £24.99 - ETA: Q4 2016
    Part 11 - Regular Release - DVD - £24.99 - ETA: Q1 2017
    Part 12 - Regular Release - DVD - £24.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Heavy Object
    Part 1 - Regular Release - Blu-ray - £34.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Mikagura School Suite
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Ninja Slayer From Animation
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    No-Rin
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Blu-ray - £34.99 - ETA: Q4 2016

    Noragami Aragoto
    Complete Series - Limited Edition - Blu-ray - £59.99 - ETA: Q1 2017
    Complete Series - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Overlord
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Blu-ray - £34.99 - ETA: Q1 2017
    Complete Series - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Prison School
    Complete Series - Limited Edition - Blu-ray - £59.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist
    Complete Series - Regular Release - Blu-ray - £34.99 - ETA: Q1 2017
    Complete Series - Regular Release - DVD - £29.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Show By Rock!!
    Season 1 - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Snow White with the Red Hair
    Season 1 - Regular Release - Blu-ray - £34.99 - ETA: Q1 2017

    Yona of the Dawn
    Part 2 - Regular Release - Combo - £44.99 - ETA: Q4 2016

    -- Incoming but No Scheduled Release Just Yet --

    Concrete Revolutio
    Dagashi Kashi
    Tenchi Muyo! GXP
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017
  3. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    *to also be updated*
     
  4. NoSurprises

    NoSurprises School Idol

    I had to read this part like 10 times; are they saying that Funimation now will ONLY be hosting dubbed simulcasts, while Crunchyroll will ONLY be hosting subbed simulcasts (so if a show has both options, it'll be split between the services?)? I'm not quite sure I understand why that's the case if so.
     
  5. thedoctor2016

    thedoctor2016 Death Scythe

    Poor Rainy Cocoa, slightly funny tbh as its getting a s2.
    I expect Rainbow days will get the same fate a Sub DVD only (So ill import from US)
     
  6. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    That's correct. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation formed a partnership in September.

    Funimation's entire catalogue will be on Crunchyroll in subtitled form, while select Crunchyroll licensed titles will be dubbed by Funimation and placed on Funimation Now.

    In addition Funimation will also be distributing Crunchyroll licensed titles for Blu-ray & DVD in North America.
     
  7. NoSurprises

    NoSurprises School Idol

    Ah-ha. So if I want to watch a series dubbed I have to subscribe to Funimation Now, and if I want to watch the same series subbed I have to subscribe to Crunchyroll? Or is the partnership likely to entail some sort of unified subscription?
     
  8. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    Subscriptions are separate. CR only accounts to CR. Funi only accounts to Funi.

    In other words, if you want to watch dub and sub, you'll need two subscriptions.
     
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  9. NoSurprises

    NoSurprises School Idol

    Setup still seems a little odd to me, as surely this means Crunchyroll gets everything except the dubs, while Funimation Now only gets the few shows that actually receive a dub, yet the subscription prices are about the same? I like a good dub as much as the next person, but it doesn't seem like a great deal? Maybe I'm underestimating the draw of a dub.

    But thanks for the explanations!
     
  10. Buzz201

    Buzz201 Cardcaptor

    Not sure this thread makes sense. For example, is Assassination Classroom Funimation or Anime Limited. Andrew has seemingly changed his mind, he originally said it was an Anime Limited, now he says it's a Funimation release, but both parts have AL product codes? It's a mess.

    I think keeping them grouped, like Manga Aniamtsu's is, would make more sense.
     
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  11. thedoctor2016

    thedoctor2016 Death Scythe

    Yeah if Kaze had its own thread then this could too but it doesnt so.
     
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  12. Rui

    Rui Karamatsu Boy Administrator

    I agree that it's very confusing at the moment. However, I don't hear that much about the Funi titles (I only realised some of them were actually coming out soon when the reviewers here checked them out!) so they do seem to get completely buried under the usual AoA/Gundam delays/digipak versus steelbook shenanigans in the AL thread.

    One thing I'm always curious about with the Funi titles is differences between the UK and US release as those can directly affect my purchasing decisions, and it's a unique situation when it's a US company pulling the strings for us but with feedback being passed on when we give it - with MVM or Manga the differences are usually completely out of their control. I'm talking about things like PAL mastering (boo), region changes (boo) or changes between the combo/single or standard/special edition offerings. It's not well communicated ahead of release by the companies for obvious reasons but I can see value in a resource for fans, by fans which keeps an eye on the latest news.

    If we can start getting actual information out of Kaze I'd also welcome a Kaze thread. The split between Manga and Animatsu seems to be sort of a non-event now that Manga have patched things up for Jerome.

    R
     
  13. Buzz201

    Buzz201 Cardcaptor

    I suspect the only thing you'd hear is "Holy crap these are expensive!", although AL seems to be working on that.
     
  14. Peachy

    Peachy Bumpkin AUKN Staff

    I really don't see a Limited Edition of AOT: Junior High selling all that well, bit of a risk. Probably would do better as a standard IMO

    Was Concrete Revolutio confirmed?! :D Cause that's an awesome surprise! For me at least cause sadly, I don't see it shifting much
     
  15. Buzz201

    Buzz201 Cardcaptor

    I don't think so, but we know Funimation has UK distribution rights.
     
  16. Blaize

    Blaize School Idol

    What cases are they using for the UK releases? Are they the UK standard with the overly thick cases or more in line with the US which are alot thinner? Also are the UK releases getting slipcovers?
     
  17. Jaysgba

    Jaysgba Hunter

    The UK releases use standard width Elite blu-ray cases, though no slipcover because it would require the SRP to be £5 higher.
     
  18. Blaize

    Blaize School Idol

    So the thicker ones then? That's a real shame.
     
  19. DragonBlaze67

    DragonBlaze67 Stand User

    They're the same ones Funi uses for their series combi pack releases, they have a slight curve to them on the spine. Apart from the slipcover they're not really much different to the USA ones. Going forward most of them will be split releases for blu-ray & dvd apart from those already announced for release before the announcement of split releases so they could be the USA standard like AssClass was but mostly just the UK standard.
     
  20. Lambadelta

    Lambadelta Straw Hat Pirate

    I'm curious. What is Code Geass's license like in the UK. Does Kaze still hold rights over it, or did it return to Funimation?

    Reason I'm asking since I want to know if I can be hopeful to a new and better blu-ray release for it in the UK, or should I look at my importing options?