Dec Update: Funimation adds more Aniplex titles such as Angel Beats

Remember my previous post about how Funimation added Aniplex titles Fullmetal Achemist: Brotherhood and both seasons of Black Butler? Well, I got good news from the people who brought you Dragon Ball and My Hero Academia. It was announced today that Funimation will be adding more Aniplex titles for Funimation fans. The anime Angel Beats!, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Valvrave the Liberator will be joining Funimation. Here are the anime and synopsis:

Angel Beats!:

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Otonashi wakes up in the afterlife to find out he has no memories of his life before death. Desperate to survive in a war that could yield another unfortunate fate, he joins the SSS in the battle against Angel, whose very mission is to destroy all inhabitants of this afterlife. As Otonashi struggles to recover his memory and learn more about this world he finds that not all is as it had seemed.

ALDNOAH.ZERO:

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When an assassination attempt destroys the delicate peace between the humans of Earth and Mars, their fifteen-year ceasefire is over. Armed with advanced alien technology, the Vers Empire of Mars launches an attack beyond measure.

Earth hardly stands a chance, unless high school student Inaho and his friends can rise to the occasion.

Valvrave the Liberator:

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In True Calendar (T.C.) 71, most of humanity lives in “Dyson Sphere”, a city in space. The two main powers are the Dorssia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS)- with the minor nation of JIOR declaring neutrality. High school student Haruto Tokishima gets caught in a military invasion but the world will be shaken when he meets the mysterious humanoid weapon, Valvrave!

Funimation brings back Aniplex anime FMAB and Black Butler

Greetings anime fans! I got some good news for you if you are in the mood to watch a classic or try a series you been wanting to try. Funimation announced today that today, fans will be able to watch two Aniplex anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and seasons 1 and 2 of Black Butler. Black Butler fans will be able to even watch the 7 OVA episodes. All 64 episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist will be available for fans. Both these anime will be in English Dubbed and Subbed. In the past, through a deal, Funimation teamed up with Aniplex and released these anime through the ownership of Funimation. However, once the license to these anime expired, Aniplex took these anime and sold them through their markets. If you want to watch these anime without having to spend money on the Blu-Ray sets, you can start watching today through Funimation. These anime will be available on 11/20 at 4pm ET.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood synopsis:

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an updated adaptation of the original manga, sticking close to the source material. The series follows Edward and Alphonse Elric on a search for the Philosopher’s Stone after a terrible accident costs Al his human form and Ed his arm and a leg.

The beloved series, which aired from 2009 to 2010, is heralded by fans as one of the greatest anime ever made. On MyAnimeList, it’s the highest-rated series and #4 in popularity, proving its staying power over the years.

Black Butler seasons 1 and 2 synopsis:

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Ciel Phantomhive was born into a life of luxury, only to have his beloved parents brutally murdered before his eyes. Wrought with grief and tortured by the very fiends who killed his mother and father, Ciel summoned the services of Sebastian Michaelis, born of the fires of hell.

Together, they’ll turn merry old England on its ear while hunting the mysterious villains who made Ciel an orphan.

Goku returns to Macy Thanksgiving Parade 2019

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Thanksgiving is an important holiday for us Americans. Not only we carve the turkey and share food with a friends and family, we reflect what are we thankful for in life. After Thanksgiving, it’s the start of the Christmas season. Black Friday and Cyber Monday become the big hitters for Thanksgiving for shoppers who wants to buy gifts for others and buy something sweet for themselves. If you are going to stay home and watch TV on Black Friday or you want to do something fun, we have the Macy Thanksgiving Parade. Last year, Funimation and Toei Animation teamed up together to create a Super Saiyan Blue Goku float for the Macy Thanksgiving Parade. Goku got to experience a parade with other iconic characters such as Pikachu, Spider-Man and even SpongeBob. It’s been announced that Goku is coming back again for this year.

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Crunchyroll

Vic Mignogna appeals case for defamation lawsuit on Funimation

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If you read my past post about Vic’s trial case on Funimation, I wrote that the the judge dismissed voice actor Vic Mignogna’s case against his former co-workers Monica Rial, her fiancee Ron Toye and her friend Jamie Marchi for defamation and alleged accusation on sexual harassment. To make  along story short, the judged dismissed Vic’s case and this means the Funimation employees Monica, Jamie and Ron won the case.

However, it looks like Vic may be able to fight back for a second chance. According to Bounding Into Comics, it was hinted by a YouTuber named Nick Rekieta that Vic was going to appeal and then following this, YouTuber HeroHiei revealed an electronic document revealing that Vic wishes to appeal his case.

He filed the appeal on Oct 24th and Funimation will have a hearing for Nov 21st, 2019. This appeal will be heard by Judge Chupp, the judge who dismissed Vic’s case.

Even though Vic lost the battle, could he win the war or lose it? Now we just wait.

 

source:

Bounding Into Comics

Fans angry about Funimation’s translation towards anime YU-NO

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Funimation is one of North America’s greatest English Dub licensing companies. They are the ones who helped dubbed great anime like Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia and One Piece. They are pretty big for doing their best to get anime get anime popular all over the world. However, it seems like Funimation also knows hot to tick fans off. Besides the Vic Migogna controversy that is still going on and the whole inappropriate behavior in work field , it appears that they are in trouble once again for changing some dialogue in another anime. In recent news, it is announced that Funimation has gained the English Dub license to the anime YU-NO: A Girl Chants Love at the Bounding of this World. This anime stars protagonist Takuya Arima as strange and unexplained phenomena lead him to travel between parallel worlds in a search for his father, who had supposedly died years ago. It is based on 1996 visual novel and now in 2019, this anime is getting an English Dub thanks to Funimation.

You would think that this is good news for both visual novel and dub fans, but what happens when instead of translating the each dialogue to match up to the original, you instead add something based on your socialopinion or statement. According to news sites Bounding Into Comics and One Angry Gamer, Funimation decides to change the translation by adding a feminist dialogue. This occurs in the first episode where the protagonist Takuya Arima is having a conversation with his friend Mio Shimazu. Here is what is said in the original subtitled version:

Yuki: Wait, boss. You sure know a lot about Shimazu-san. Don’t tell me…

Arima: No way in hell do I want to date that ice queen.

Yuki: Yeah, that’s right! But you know, Shizamu-san’s nice to everybody else, but she’s really mean to you. Ah! Shimazu-san!

Arima: Hey. Milday.

Shimazu: Stop calling me that, please.

Arima: Then how about “Mio-chan, the school idol!”

Shimazu: Why do you make me so mad?

Arima: Not sure. That time of the month?

Shimazu: How crude!

Here is the English Dub version created by Funimation:

Yuki: Wait a minute…why do you know so much about Shimazu? Fess up!

Arima: Calm down. I’d never date that ice queen.

Yuki: That’s good to hear. It is kinda weird though, because she’s nice to everybody. It’s only you who really seems to set her off. Ah! Shimazu!

Arima: Hey. So, what’s up sweet cheeks?

Shimazu: Don’t call me that. You know I hate it.

Arima: Sorry, do you prefer “Queen of the World”?

Shimazu: I’ll never understand how you can get under my skin so easily.

Arima: Good question. Maybe it’s just that time of the month?

Shimazu: Ah! You’re such a misogynist!

It may not be a big issue to some people but some hardcore anime fans may find this offensive because it shows that Funimation would rather meddle with original dialogue and add their own contemporary politics. I like English Dub anime myself but I prefer anime companies focusing on trying to match the original Japanese Dub dialogue. I don’t like it when something original gets changed for the sake of fulfilling one’s goals or message. This isn’t the first time Funimation changed an original dialogue for their own political message. Besides this anime, they tampered in anime such as Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon, Prison School, Interview With Monster Girls and My First Girlfriend is a Gal.

  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon: dialogue referencing Lucoa’s appearance in a hoodie in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid was altered to chastise “pesky patriarchal societal demands
  • Prison School: the dub of Prison School was changed by voice actor Tyson Rinehart to directly accuse a character of being a “GamerGate creepshow.
  • Interview With Monster Girls: bullies negatively accusing a character of being a “social justice warrior” for standing up to them.
  • My First Girlfriend is a Gal: featured embarrassing references to speeches made by President Trump and ‘strawman’ rhetoric which equates those who enjoy anime fan service to “jailbait” loving “freaks who hate women.”

Besides this news, are you interesting in watching YU-NO?

One Angry Gamer

Bounding Into Comics

ICYMI: Judge dismisses Vic Migogna trial. Vic tells fans to stay positive.

What started in late January and after the success of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, it looks like the battle is over, but the war is not over.

If you are not aware of the Vic Migogna debacle, there was controversy of the voice actor of getting accused of harassing his fans and coworkers. These voice actors who accused him was his coworkers from Funimation such as Monica Rial and her fiancee Ron Toye and her friend Jamie Marchi. Despite not having any credible evidence, Vic got fired from Funimation and he lost his role in the series RWBY. In results, Vic later sued them for defamation. This whole storm has divided the anime community and even revealed dark secrets within Funimation such as Chris Sabat and his “casting couch” auditions in which it is still a rumor. Chuck Huber even released a affidavit stating dark secrets about his coworkers and even how they treated Vic. There are also speculations that Chris Sabat even had a hand to firing former Funimation voice actor Stephanie Nadolny. Besides all this, the court is finally over and the results may be good and bad.

According to news site Bounding Into Comics, the judge assigned to this trial, Judge Chupp, dismissed Vic Migogna’s case. Monica Rial, Ron Toye and even Jamie Marchi are excused from this case and they won. Here is what Judge Chupp stated:

“The Court FINDS that Defendants have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that all causes of action against all Defendants asserted by Plaintiff Mignogna are based on, relate to, or are in response to the Defendant’s right to free speech, the right to petition, or the right to association under the TCPA.

Additionally, the Court FINDS that Defendants have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the communications related to Plaintiffs causes of action relate to a public concern, and the communications involve allegations of conduct by Plaintiff that relate to health and safety, environmental, economic or community well-being.”

Despite Vic Mignogna losing he did wanted his fans to stay positive and help encourage others. Despite getting fired from Funimation, he was able to go anime conventions and even participate in a Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament. In a interview with Kasanova Podcast, he  mentions he is grateful and blessed.

“I am blessed. I am blessed beyond what I deserve. I’ve always felt such gratitude to do what I do. As I’ve told people many times in many interviews and panels over the years, I didn’t set out to become a voice actor. I didn’t expect that, I didn’t go knockin’ on production doors and sending out demos – you know, beatin’ the pavement. An opportunity arose and I took it, having no idea where it would lead, and here we are. And daily I have to pinch myself mentally to remind myself that even when things are rough, even when things may be tough or bad, or unfortunate, there is so much to be grateful for.”

He also makes a comment about the cancel culture and how there people who seek negative attention:

“There’s a lot of negativity in the world. Don’t let it suck you in. It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s cheap. You may get a quick rush but it does nothing but hurt. And I want to encourage everyone to be voices for good. To sow positivity and encouragement into people.

“There are so many people out there, so desperate just to be acknowledged. Just to feel like they matter to someone. And that desire to mean something is so strong that it literally drives some people to be negative, or to talk garbage, or to do negative things just to get attention. […]

“[…] Everyone single person, wherever they are, you can do enormous things to encourage and make people’s lives better all around you. So be that person. That would be my greatest wish and encouragement to the fans out there.

“And thank you. Thank you so much for your encouragement to me over the years. I’ve never imagined that things would happen that would happen over the years for me, and I’m extremely grateful, most of all for you, your support, and your encouragement over the years. So thank you.”

sources:

Bounding Into Comics

Court dismisses Vic’s case

Vic encourages fans

One Angry Gamer

Funimation obtains rights to YuYu Hakusho OVA

If you are not in the New York Comic Con this year, have no fear because I am here to report what’s going on. From the anime company Funimation itself, they got the rights for a certain classic anime title. It’s been announced that Funimation was able to get the rights for the English Subbed and Dubbed for the OVA YuYu Hakusho. This includes “Two Shots” and “All or Nothing”. It’s unknown when are they coming, but if you love YuYu Hakusho, you might want to keep your eyes out for the OVA.

During a panel, English voice actor Justin Cook made a comment about the OVA and his opinion on coming back to Yusuke.

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Sony announces merging anime streaming services in Funimation for global streaming

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Looks like Funimation is planning to spread anime all over the world thanks to Sony. Sony announced they are creating a new joint venture where they will be combining anime from Funimation with streaming services such as Madman Anime Group and Aniplex’s Wakanim. Madman Anime Group belongs to Australia and Wakanim is from France and they are owned by Aniplex. In under one roof, Funimation is hoping to spread out to further regions of the world and stream anime beyond the US. According to Funimation, they will also be showing some exclusive anime such as the new upcoming anime Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia as part of this unison deal on Oct 5th. This anime will be streamed on FunimationNow, Wakanim and Madman Anime Group’s Anime Lab. Also, according to Funimation general manager Colin Decker, Funimation will now operate in 49 countries spanning 10 languages and will have about 300 employees worldwide. So if you want to watch anime but you don’t live in the U.S., this is deal will solve this problem. Everyone should have access to watching anime.

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Variety

Funimation

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Rumor claim: VA Chris Sabat accused of harassment? VA Stephanie Nadolny fired because of Sabat?

Better late than never. Forgive me for the late post. Just a precaution, this is just a rumor and claim that MIGHT be true. It may be false, but consider the following. Before you jump into conclusions, look at some of the information.

With this Vic Migogna controversy going on for about 9 months, this one act of accusation has caused a great division on the anime fans and even the voice actors. We have IStandWithVic fans who believe Vic Migogna is innocent and believe he was falsely accused for sexual harassment. KickVic fans believe that Vic is guilty and he has caused pain on his fans and friends. Currently, Vic is in trial against his former friends and coworkers voice actors Monica Rial, her fiancee and Jamie Marchi for accusing him for harassment.

I previously shared that Vic’s friend Chuck Huber released his official affidavit in regards to Funimation and the voice actors such as Sean Schemmel, Chris Sabat, Monica Rial and Jamie Marchi. In his affidavit, he mentioned that these four have negative opinions about Vic and even made fun of him behind his back.

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Streaming news: FunimationNow adds My Hero Academia S4 and Fate/Zero!

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Hey anime fans, it’s me Matthew and I am here to give you some anime news for your pleasure! If you have the subscription service FunimationNow, get ready to either start binge watching or get caught up in the anime seasons. It’s been announced that the Aniplex anime Fate/Zero is added to FunimationNow. Fate/Zero is a anime prequel to the hit series Fate/Stay Night. Also coming to FunimationNow is the upcoming 4th season of My Hero Academia. Both these anime will be subbed and dubbed. Fate/Zero is already in FunimationNow, but My Hero Academia season 4 is coming out on Oct 12th.