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Funimation Acquires FMA2 and Streams Seven Toei Animation Titles

by dtshyk
Apr 3, 2009 8:26 AM | 81 Comments
Funimation announced the acquisition of the license of "Fullmetal Alchemist 2" and will stream the programs with English subtitles on www.funimation.com/video within days of the airing in Japan. According to MyCom Journal, the episode 1 will be streamed at noon on April 9th.

Source: Funimation official blog
Source: MyCom Journal

The airing schedule for other areas
Singapore: 8:30 pm April 10th (Animax)
Taiwan: 10:30 pm April 11th (Animax)
Hong Kong: 11:30pm April 22nd (TVB)
France: on the same week i.e. April 5 - 11 (Youtube)
Australia: on the same week (Madman.com)

Funimation also announced that they went into partnership with Toei Animation on April 3rd. The following seven Toei titles with English subtitles will be streamed on www.funimation.com/video for the US users.

Air Master
Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Digimon Adventure 02
Hokuto no Ken
Galaxy Express 999
Pretty Cure
Slam Dunk

Source: Funimation official blog

20 of 81 Comments Recent Comments

Capellabun said:
cyruz said:
Drunk_Samurai said:
Everybody who thinks Funimation sucks has probably never seen anything done by Viz or any other crappy company.
The fact that other companies may suck as well / may suck even more, doesn't change it that Funimation sucks. Lologic.


I have to ask, why and how does Funimation suck? Sadly, I haven't found any reasonable explanation as to why they are hated so much overtime there is an announcement of them licensing a series or plans to stream it.

The only valid complaint I've seen against Funimation is about their DVD's video quality. It seems perfect to me, but some people with really nice set-ups and a lot of knowledge about this kind of thing have noted Funi's quality to be lower than it could be. It's not enough for the average person to care, but if you're super picky...

Apr 12, 2009 4:09 PM by Anomalous

yatsushiro said:
Honestly, I don't hate them.

However, they don't allow us people outside of United States to watch it. I don't blame them though since this is one of their marketing strategy.

Anyway, even if they do allow us to watch the show, I still won't watch it because streaming is eye cancer to me. Not to mention, it will take a while before I can watch the entire episode without any interruptions. My apologies for being selfish since my Internet connection isn't that fast for streaming videos.


I don't think it's a marketing strategy, the reason they don't allow others outside of NA access to the streams is because they can't. They are a US based licensing company which only covers licenses for NA and with licenses already being as expensive as they are it would be incredibly expensive to try and cover every other country as well.

Apr 12, 2009 3:26 PM by CapellaStar

Honestly, I don't hate them.

However, they don't allow us people outside of United States to watch it. I don't blame them though since this is one of their marketing strategy.

Anyway, even if they do allow us to watch the show, I still won't watch it because streaming is eye cancer to me. Not to mention, it will take a while before I can watch the entire episode without any interruptions. My apologies for being selfish since my Internet connection isn't that fast for streaming videos.

Apr 12, 2009 2:57 PM by yatsuslave

cyruz said:
Drunk_Samurai said:
Everybody who thinks Funimation sucks has probably never seen anything done by Viz or any other crappy company.
The fact that other companies may suck as well / may suck even more, doesn't change it that Funimation sucks. Lologic.


I have to ask, why and how does Funimation suck? Sadly, I haven't found any reasonable explanation as to why they are hated so much overtime there is an announcement of them licensing a series or plans to stream it.

Apr 12, 2009 12:58 PM by CapellaStar

It's a Trap!

Apr 12, 2009 10:47 AM by Syb3rStrife

cyruz said:
Drunk_Samurai said:
Everybody who thinks Funimation sucks has probably never seen anything done by Viz or any other crappy company.
The fact that other companies may suck as well / may suck even more, doesn't change it that Funimation sucks. Lologic.


Funimation doesn't suck.

Apr 12, 2009 10:45 AM by Drunk_Samurai

Funimation doesnt suck. They have there problems like the other dubbing companies. but overall they're pretty good. infact Viz, Funi, Bandai, Manga corps...etc. are all better than 4kids. So, yeah.

Apr 12, 2009 9:51 AM by Rail_Man

Drunk_Samurai said:
Everybody who thinks Funimation sucks has probably never seen anything done by Viz or any other crappy company.
The fact that other companies may suck as well / may suck even more, doesn't change it that Funimation sucks. Lologic.

Apr 12, 2009 4:27 AM by cyruz

Everybody who thinks Funimation sucks has probably never seen anything done by Viz or any other crappy company.

Apr 11, 2009 11:40 PM by Drunk_Samurai

mitamaking said:
Pralyn said:
And streaming gives eye cancer anyway.



That's what they said about TV and look at it now


What is TV? D:
You need something else than a PC? OO

Apr 8, 2009 9:38 AM by De-JaY

Pralyn said:
And streaming gives eye cancer anyway.



That's what they said about TV and look at it now

Apr 8, 2009 8:47 AM by mitamaking

I think that this is a great news for all of us. I mean the whole point of fansubs is to get anime out ASAP for free and Funi does that now, but because the quality might not be that good people are complaining. The least we should all do(people in US) is to use Funi's website and watch their commercials, to help the industry. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just an egoistical prick

Apr 5, 2009 11:50 PM by Neji

Good work Funi!

That's really great that they are doing that. ^__^

And they've got some stuff I want to see. Hmm I'd better get on that website!

Apr 5, 2009 11:29 PM by Animegal9215

k-kwadrat said:
I really hope than at least one subbing group will take FMA2. USA is not a whole world. Is it my fault I live in middle Europe? -____-'
Don't worry, it's being ultrasubbed; you'll get to pick.

Apr 5, 2009 12:41 PM by kuroshiroi

I really hope than at least one subbing group will take FMA2. USA is not a whole world. Is it my fault I live in middle Europe? -____-'

Apr 5, 2009 12:35 PM by k-kwadrat

Awesome! I can watch it on Animax! :D

Apr 5, 2009 5:43 AM by suzumehime

Capellabun said:
I don't know if this has been mentioned here at all, but FMA 2 is being streamed in other countries just not by Funimation. I think France and Australia are some of the other countries it is being offered in.

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Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

Lawl... that makes a total of 7 countries. But there are friggin 193 countries.

Well whatever... streams are gay in the first place.

Apr 5, 2009 3:46 AM by De-JaY

I don't know if this has been mentioned here at all, but FMA 2 is being streamed in other countries just not by Funimation. I think France and Australia are some of the other countries it is being offered in.

I don't see why no one can understand that it's not Funimation's fault if it's not offered outside NA. They are a US licensing company and I don't think they can do much about not having the rights to cover certain areas.

Personally, I'm very happy that they are doing this though whether or not it's in HD matters very little to me. As long as the quality is average/good and the subs are fine then it's alright with me :)

Apr 5, 2009 1:31 AM by CapellaStar

FlashFumo said:

Aaaaaaaaand I'm forced to go fansub yet again. Thanks for being jerks, FUNi. <3

They're not jerks, they're a company in the USA and thus are only able to license for release in the USA.

Apr 4, 2009 3:56 PM by Anomalous

well, it was expected from me but not that fast.

Apr 4, 2009 1:51 PM by Kurini