Many of you know that I previously worked for FUNimation parent company Navarre Corporation's animeOnline.com during its brief existence back in 2007. I'd always heard along the grapevine they were considering using the domain again, but never actually seen anything come of it.
Now ICv2 has an interview with Navarre CEO Cary Deacon, who manages to avoid saying anything about FUNimation's recent video problems while still talking about the company's video portal:
“This new video portal (that’s up and running right now on Funimation.com) has had significant impact on views and sales on the digital side,” Deacon said this week. “Quite frankly, we think the whole video portal combined with the social network will be a paradigm shift for Funimation over the next 18 months and drive our digital sales.”
Word is that a “full beta release” of the new social networking site is going to be launched within the next 60 days. Though I don't actually know whether they would reuse the animeOnline.com domain, which has sat unloved since the original site's demise. Either way I hope they use better software than they did before! Should be very interesting.
Also noted in the interview: FUNimation has renewed its Dragon Ball license for the next five years, surprisingly approximately no one.