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FUNimation's Parent Company Prepares to Put It On the Auction Block

Don't panic, folks, your DBZ supply isn't going anywhere...yet.


It's no secret that sales of anime and manga are down thanks to the recession, prompting the closure of a handful of publishing houses and distributors. I'm not sure if Minneapolis-based Navarre Corporation never thought there would be lean times when they bought up FUNimation in 2005, but regardless the company began laying the foundation to sell their subsidiary back in May. Now that Navarre has released reports for the first-quarter of the fiscal year listing FUNimation as a "discontinued operation" it seems all but inevitable that its parent company will put it up for sale in the near future. 
 
What does this mean for FUNimation? So far, not a whole heck of a lot. Actually, the company made a tidy profit of over $3 million in the first quarter thanks to strong sales of Dragon Ball Z Kai. While I'm no Gordon Gecko-level businessman, it seems the only way this could go is badly for FUNimation if they're bought out by an interest whose only goal is to liquidate the company's assets by selling off properties, etc.--an idea that seems remote since the company looks poised to expand into the burgeoning sector of online streaming anime. 
 
Whadaya say, folks: if ten thousand of us collectively search our couch cushions for loose change and raid our retirement plans I'm sure we can come up with enough to buy the company out and establish a fan-owned co-op. A man can dream...
hitsusatsu11on Aug. 6, 2010 at 12:36 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt: I don't think its snobbish to want to preserve the originality of a show I like, not in the least. I'm not defending Viz, I'm defending the integrity of the genre as a whole. What of people who are strictly fans of dub anime but expect that the script be un altered?
Jtaylor83on Aug. 6, 2010 at 9:02 a.m.
@hitsusatsu11:  It maybe hard to keep the original Japanese script from being changed, but FoxxFireArt is right. 
 
VIZ doesn't edit the anime, it's Disney who edits the anime. Blame them, not VIZ. 
 
Vitello/Phuuz/Lacey had altered Shin Chan in 1994 with all the name changes of the characters and censorship. Their English dub was cancelled, but the Spanish, Italian, Polish, German, French, Dutch, and Portuguese dubs continued on until 2003.  FUNi's version of Shin Chan was better than the UK version. If FUNi decides to do a subtitled version of Shin Chan, they'll might stick to the original script.
hitsusatsu11on Aug. 6, 2010 at 12:07 p.m.
@Jtaylor83: How is it hard to keep the original script? Just directly translate it instead of making up dialog, simple really. 
Jtaylor83on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:40 a.m.
@hitsusatsu11:  Translation by keeping the original script don't come cheap.
DBZ_universeon Aug. 10, 2010 at 3:10 a.m.
well if FUNimation gets bankrupt it would be good but bad at the same time because they are the ones that make DBZ video games and it would suck...and if they get bankrupt that means that there is a chance DBZ games will not exist in the future.... and i love playing DBZ games...
AnimeMaster101on Aug. 11, 2010 at 6:36 p.m.

What the heck is this??? This company getting sold? I got really mad when Geneon Went out of business!!!
SilverGalfordon Jan. 28, 2011 at 5:11 a.m.

 Saying that Disney has crap voice actors compared to anime  
disney has better actor voices . 

disney has better actor voices . 

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