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FUNimation Goes Original

FUNimation is taking a unique step forward.

 And then I'll wiggle my butt around, see, but it's funny because I've drawn eyes on it, so--
 And then I'll wiggle my butt around, see, but it's funny because I've drawn eyes on it, so--
In addition to their recent licenses, FUNimation had a new surprise for us today: they're moving into original content. But we're not talking original manga, we're talking original anime.

It's not at all uncommon nowadays for an American company to involve itself in the production of a Japanese anime-- whether it's the Animatrix and similar collections, Manga Entertainment's somewhat ill-fated Highlander anime, or FUNimation's much more successful Afro Samurai, American money is just as good as any for getting a production done.

FUNi is taking this to the next level by hiring a new Director of Original Entertainment, Chris Moujaes, who will work on "the acquisition and development of a slate of original anime titles based on major intellectual properties." I'm guessing that this means making anime based on, for example, popular novels, comics, and other such things...and I can't wait to see what their first project is. Here's the full press release for your reading pleasure!
 
FLStyleon Nov. 23, 2009 at 5:42 p.m.
An American-made anime based on a live-action Hollywood movie which in turn is based on a Japanese anime which is based on a Japanese manga, which also had a Japanese live-action movie made. 
 
Death Note: The Movie: The Anime. Taking the concept of forcing Zak Effron onto your screens to a whole new level.
AjayRazon Nov. 23, 2009 at 5:44 p.m.
what an image that is.  
i'm not too excited about this, but we'll see where it goes
JJOR64on Nov. 23, 2009 at 5:48 p.m.
That's a neat idea.  I should make an anime about my adventures on Anime Vice and see if FUNi will accept it.
giaon Nov. 23, 2009 at 9:56 p.m.
@JJOR64: I'D buy it!
JJOR64on Nov. 23, 2009 at 11:19 p.m.
@gia: Let's make it then!

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