More on Phantom and More from FUNimation

Topic started by gia on April 23, 2009. Last post by Dream 5 years, 2 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13

TV-MA, eh?
TV-MA, eh?
I shipped off a few questions about FUNimation's acquisition of Phantom ~Requiem of the Phantom~, and here were the results:

1) Has the Phantom deal been in the works for a while, or did it come up at the last second? Can you tell us why FUNi began being able to simul-broadcast the series four episodes in?

Yes, we've been working on the Phantom deal for a few months. We are pleased that we could stream the first four episodes of the series in order to catch up with the current episode airing in Japan.

2) The show actually airs at 2615 on Thursday (aka 2:15am on Friday). Thursday at 10:30am CST is only 12:30am on Friday in Japan-- does that mean that the streaming US version will actually be earlier than Japan's broadcast, or have I miscalculated?

The math! The math! And I said in college "I'll never need math! I'm going to be making TV!" Kids, stay in school and pay attention because I promise you -- it WILL all come up again in the future. Seriously, both TV Tokyo and Media Factory have confirmed that the series airs in Japan on Thursdays at 2:15 a.m. (which is 12:15 pm Wednesday in Dallas, 10:15 am Wednesday in Portland). And we streaming after the broadcast. So 10:30 am in Dallas is 12:30 am the next day in Tokyo, which technically is within 24 hours of the broadcast in Japan.

Right?

(Gia's Note: I hate the way they offer anime timetables in Japan-- it's so confusing. Basically the show airs a day earlier than I thought.)

3) In what countries is the stream available? The same as all the other FUNimation.com videos (i.e Canada too)?

U.S. and Canada.

4) I see the series is rated TV-MA, with a birthday checker. How old do you need to be to get through?

18 years old.

5) Does FUNimation have any more surprises like this up its sleeve for the Spring '09 season?

We have nothing planned at this time but hope to do more same week, even same day, simulcasts in the future. The fans' desire to view them is definitely there!

6) Has FUNimation acquired DVD rights as well as streaming for Phantom? Any other rights we should know about?

Not at this time.
Post by Nebs (106 posts) See mini bio Level 2
According to ANN, the fourth episode did indeed stream on Funi's site before airing in Japan.  I think the Funi rep was confused about the time it airs.  At any rate, it shot my theories to hell. =b
Post by SpaceDrake (11 posts) See mini bio Level 1
I have a question, actually, if you have time to fire it off to them, Gia. Has the streaming been a success for Funi so far? Are they making money off of it? Do they have advertisers knocking on their doors or do things need to pick up a bit more for this to be really viable profitwise?
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Nebs: Yeah, she e-mailed me and is re-confirming the air date-- they may have to adjust their streaming schedule of ANN is correct. I'll let you guys know as soon as I know, and I'll ask your question then too :)
Post by transgojobot (122 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I'm also curious to know how the streaming venture is going for all parties on both sides of the Pacific. Has the honeymoon come to an end? Have licensors and licensees started to see results from their efforts?

As a fans and a consumer, I hope it truly is. However, I've been keeping tabs on how North American TV networks are handling their online portals (i.e. Hulu). Some of the things I've read have been positive, but nothing that's giving the networks reasons to thump their chests. And that's to be expected, as companies wait for someone (anyone) to find that magic revenue pill for online streams.

For the curious, this is where I go: http://tvbythenumbers.com/


Post by transgojobot (122 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I'm also curious to know how the streaming venture is going for all parties on both sides of the Pacific. Has the honeymoon come to an end? Have licensors and licensees started to see results from their efforts?

As a fans and a consumer, I hope it truly is. However, I've been keeping tabs on how North American TV networks are handling their online portals (i.e. Hulu). Some of the things I've read have been positive, but nothing that's giving the networks reasons to thump their chests. And that's to be expected, as companies wait for someone (anyone) to find that magic revenue pill for online streams.

For the curious, this is where I go: http://tvbythenumbers.com/*


*be wary of the comments section and some posts as they may spoiler TV shows for the time-shift crowd here.


Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9
The game (visual novel, released stateside by now defunct Hirameki) was 18+ too, if memory serves -- and that was even after they removed the explicit sex scenes and all that was left was inuendo.  And guns, lots of guns.  (And the killing.)   (and some of the innuendo was pretty damn hot.)
Post by Dream (7,093 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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What I don't get is why the series is tacked on with a TV-MA rating when the content hasn't been at a level like Elfen Lied's? The level of violence looks about on par with Gunslinger Girl and that got a TV-14. In addition, only amount of sexual content is revealing attire from some female characters and a few implied scenes that have nothing explicit shown.
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