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Navarre Considers To Dispose FUNimation

by dtshyk
May 27, 2010 6:03 PM | 111 Comments
According to Anime!Anime!, Navarre is considering the disposal of its subsidiary FUNimation having Houlihan Lokey as an advisory bank. The development of the profits and the business of FUNimation has met Navarre's expectation, but the anime business has deviated from the core project of Navarre, which closed its movie and music media section in 2009. Anime!Anime! speculates that Navarre will concentrate its resources on PC related business. Navarre said the consideration of the sale doesn't immediately lead to the actual disposal.

Source: Anime!Anime!, Navarre's press release

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Deleted a few pages of flaming and trolling. I'm not reading the whole thread in detail though, so may have missed some posts quoting the flaming and insults. Such are the woes of such threads when people repeatedly quote morons instead of ignoring them.

Jun 6, 2010 3:30 AM by Asako

Jigero said:
YAY GOOD RIDDANCE!


Lol. I partially agree though. It's got its flips as well as advantages.

Jun 1, 2010 10:46 AM by k0k0

Licensors suck; imports plz.

May 31, 2010 4:15 PM by divito

Maybe. I don't yet know the rules here well, but I'll hazard to say I'm guessing they'll be put to use on some of the flaming.

May 30, 2010 8:07 PM by theclaw

I suggest a permaban or at least spamming supersonic124.

I hate trolls... and even more when they're n00bs >_>"

May 30, 2010 7:02 PM by kirby

garfield15 said:
Just out of curiosity, are we ever going to talk about what the news article is about?

In other words, not about FUNi dying. Cause it seems a lot of people think FUNi is dying for some reason.

Unfortunately the crowd control here well,... sucks. It's unlike crowd control at the ANN forums (I'm not a user there, but I do observe it quite often). The moderators there are very much in-the-know about these sort of things and are moe strict to keeping things on-topic. Though unless I'm mistaken, you happen to have an account there, so I'm pretty sure you of all people know what I'm talking about.

May 30, 2010 5:44 PM by Hypeathon

nmanguy said:
Onibokusu said:
nmanguy said:
I did too for a second, but I think he just used pronouns too much. By "they" I think he meant Funimation. If not, then I agree


FUNi is the only anime company's that C&D's, but to say that the MPAA is going to go the way of the wind...you'd think that anime was all they dealt with.


No, I mean, the way I read "Even so I doubt it, they will probably be torn into pieces and thrown to the 4 winds like ADV." seems like he's referring to Funimation, since ADV was a company similar to Funimation, so he's saying it won't be bought.


I doubt that'll happen, as Geneon USA and ADV died thanks to botched deals, not that they weren't bought at all.

May 30, 2010 5:40 PM by no-thanks

Onibokusu said:
nmanguy said:
I did too for a second, but I think he just used pronouns too much. By "they" I think he meant Funimation. If not, then I agree


FUNi is the only anime company's that C&D's, but to say that the MPAA is going to go the way of the wind...you'd think that anime was all they dealt with.


No, I mean, the way I read "Even so I doubt it, they will probably be torn into pieces and thrown to the 4 winds like ADV." seems like he's referring to Funimation, since ADV was a company similar to Funimation, so he's saying it won't be bought.

May 30, 2010 5:26 PM by mandora

Jigero said:
Oh noez now the anime industry can only make 3 crappy anime a season instead of 5! your preaching to some one who doesn't really give a damn.

I never said I had a right, I just think it's funny how people like you try to interject morals into it when again, I just don't care, anime is one of the many things I pirate.

Oh the MPAA? yea cause they do such a super job against pirating. Even so I doubt it, they will probably be torn into pieces and thrown to the 4 winds like ADV.


This isn't about morals. It's about the insistence to pirate. Even if fansubs were made available legally free worldwide by the anime's owner, without DRM.

May 30, 2010 5:26 PM by theclaw

nmanguy said:
I did too for a second, but I think he just used pronouns too much. By "they" I think he meant Funimation. If not, then I agree


FUNi is the only anime company's that C&D's, but to say that the MPAA is going to go the way of the wind...you'd think that anime was all they dealt with.

May 30, 2010 5:19 PM by no-thanks

Jigero said:
Oh noez now the anime industry can only make 3 crappy anime a season instead of 5! your preaching to some one who doesn't really give a damn.

I never said I had a right, I just think it's funny how people like you try to interject morals into it when again, I just don't care, anime is one of the many things I pirate.

Oh the MPAA? yea cause they do such a super job against pirating. Even so I doubt it, they will probably be torn into pieces and thrown to the 4 winds like ADV.

I wasn't trying to force morals on you or anything, I was just saying that being happy thinking that the cheapest legitimate method for us to obtain high-quality anime is going away, just so it can be easier for you to pirate it, well, that's kind of a dick move.
And the MPAA thing, that's just an example to show that things could be worse, or in your language, I believe the phrase is "Now you'll have to click 3 times to pirate it". I know the MPAA isn't good at stopping all pirates, but it would be a pretty big inconvenience for you to have to jump an extra hoop and have your trackers and peers be less reliable and fast.

Onibokusu said:
Jigero said:
Oh the MPAA? yea cause they do such a super job against pirating. Even so I doubt it, they will probably be torn into pieces and thrown to the 4 winds like ADV.
Honestly?

My brain just fizzled from the sheer stupidity of those sentences.


I did too for a second, but I think he just used pronouns too much. By "they" I think he meant Funimation. If not, then I agree

May 30, 2010 5:07 PM by mandora

Jigero said:
Oh the MPAA? yea cause they do such a super job against pirating. Even so I doubt it, they will probably be torn into pieces and thrown to the 4 winds like ADV.
Honestly?

My brain just fizzled from the sheer stupidity of those sentences.

May 30, 2010 5:03 PM by no-thanks

nmanguy said:


Okay, first of all, the reason American companies issue the C&D's is because they shelled out an easy $500,000 to license a 26 episode show for distribution. Guess who they buy it from. And if they decide not to license new shows because they can't profit, guess who loses out on that $500k...

Secondly, I don't have an issue with you torrenting the shit out of your internet tubes, hell I can even relate to the reasons you guys give, but acting like it's a right is just ridiculous.

Anyway, none of this matters because they're not actually closing, they're just changing ownership to whatever more media-oriented company buys them. Heh, I just realize that, you know what, this thing probably screws you over instead of letting you roam free, since whoever buys them will probably already be an MPAA-backed powerhouse that goes after people just for stealing already-made content that doesn't depend on DVD sales. After all, a movie/TV show already makes its money back before they burn it for mass sale, so everything after that is pure profit, while an anime company starts out in the red with their enormous licensing fees and subbing/dubbing costs.


Oh noez now the anime industry can only make 3 crappy anime a season instead of 5! your preaching to some one who doesn't really give a damn.

I never said I had a right, I just think it's funny how people like you try to interject morals into it when again, I just don't care, anime is one of the many things I pirate.

Oh the MPAA? yea cause they do such a super job against pirating. Even so I doubt it, they will probably be torn into pieces and thrown to the 4 winds like ADV.

May 30, 2010 4:44 PM by Jigero

garfield15 said:
Just out of curiosity, are we ever going to talk about what the news article is about?

In other words, not about FUNi dying. Cause it seems a lot of people think FUNi is dying for some reason.
No, most dub haters in this thread are of the assumption that FUNi is dying.

They haven't actually read the article.

May 30, 2010 4:38 PM by no-thanks

Just out of curiosity, are we ever going to talk about what the news article is about?

In other words, not about FUNi dying. Cause it seems a lot of people think FUNi is dying for some reason.

May 30, 2010 4:37 PM by garfield15

Ugh. What's with the high horse build up among newer self-proclaimed "fans"? Being able to obtain something illegally is not a right. If one must, fine. Then be humble and just admit it bluntly. No making a big deal.

*spoiler warning just in case*

It's not like we shouldn't have been expecting anime/manga would decline either. In a way, the problems both trace back to and are foreshadowed by Urusei Yatsura. The former in inspiring the industry's attempts to push the T&A envelope further*. The latter when you consider Ataru Moroboshi's behavior throughout the series and how its final manga chapter ends.

*The funny part is it hasn't worked, so many babes created for a massive array of series and together they can't make Lum forgotten.

May 30, 2010 2:46 PM by theclaw



Okay, first of all, the reason American companies issue the C&D's is because they shelled out an easy $500,000 to license a 26 episode show for distribution. Guess who they buy it from. And if they decide not to license new shows because they can't profit, guess who loses out on that $500k...

Secondly, I don't have an issue with you torrenting the shit out of your internet tubes, hell I can even relate to the reasons you guys give, but acting like it's a right is just ridiculous.

Anyway, none of this matters because they're not actually closing, they're just changing ownership to whatever more media-oriented company buys them. Heh, I just realize that, you know what, this thing probably screws you over instead of letting you roam free, since whoever buys them will probably already be an MPAA-backed powerhouse that goes after people just for stealing already-made content that doesn't depend on DVD sales. After all, a movie/TV show already makes its money back before they burn it for mass sale, so everything after that is pure profit, while an anime company starts out in the red with their enormous licensing fees and subbing/dubbing costs.

May 30, 2010 12:55 PM by mandora

Question :

Do we really suffer from funi C&D ?

to be honest I'm never forced to stop watch fansubs because this C&D stuff.
name it Nabari no Ou, Shikabane Hime, Soul Eater, and many others and I'm still can watch fansubs back then.

conclusion : we have mininum loss or maybe nothing at all, and Funi have loss because some people mindless hate and people likes me who refuse to buy title which I don't want to collect and still watch it illegally.

May 30, 2010 12:38 PM by fertygo

Leon-Gun said:
2nd of all, C&Ds have nothing do with the Japanese wanting to make money, It's the American companies who send out the C&Ds for their own interests.

3rd of all, They send them out like it matters, they C&D a website or a Fansubber but it does nothing, because there are plenty of other fansub groups, individuals and websites releasing the exact same content.

A) Japanese companies also are irked by fansubbing. It not only affects their international market, but it alsi affects them locally. Ignore the subtitles and there's no difference between it and a regular rip.

B) That just goes to show how the fansub community turned from just providing content unavailable otherwise to plain and simple piracy.



A) no shit ya think? but they aren't the ones that issue the C&Ds. Nor do the American companies issue them at the behest of the Japanese companies, American companies issue them because it's in their own self interest. You completely missed my point.

B) OH NOES PIRACY ON THE INTERWEBS! shit gets stolen, no business is impervious to it, But the Anime industry does nothing to prevent it, only cries about it and drags it's feet when ever possible.

May 30, 2010 12:34 PM by Jigero

2nd of all, C&Ds have nothing do with the Japanese wanting to make money, It's the American companies who send out the C&Ds for their own interests.

3rd of all, They send them out like it matters, they C&D a website or a Fansubber but it does nothing, because there are plenty of other fansub groups, individuals and websites releasing the exact same content.

A) Japanese companies also are irked by fansubbing. It not only affects their international market, but it alsi affects them locally. Ignore the subtitles and there's no difference between it and a regular rip.

B) That just goes to show how the fansub community turned from just providing content unavailable otherwise to plain and simple piracy.

May 30, 2010 11:54 AM by Leon-Gun