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Funimation Ends Its Partnership with Crunchyroll and VRV

Some things are just too good to last. Two years after anime streaming services Crunchyroll and Funimation joined forces, the two have announced that they will be separating. As a result, both services will be losing a significant number of shows licensed through the other company, and Funimation will no longer be part of VRV’s bundle. However, not every shared show will be disappearing, and there’s also some good news as well.

In a statement to fans on their official forums, Crunchyroll explained that the final list of shows to remain on each service is still being decided, but some big names are here to stay. Crunchyroll revealed that “Currently-airing simulcasts and series that premiered during the partnership will continue to be available on Crunchyroll, including favorites like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia.” Meanwhile, Funimation assures fans that “Fan-favorite shows like Attack on Titan, Dragon Ball Super, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, and Tokyo Ghoul among many other great titles will be available in both subbed and dubbed episodes on FunimationNow.”

The partnership between Funimation and Crunchyroll will officially end on November 9th, and Funimation will also end its partnership with VRV at that time. In its place, VRV has announced that Hidive, another anime streaming service, will be added to their package. Hidive is home to “over 500 titles, including exclusives like Bloom Into You and Legend of the Galactic Heroes.”

The decision for the partnership to end was made by Funimation – or perhaps more accurately by Funimation’s parent company, Sony. Gen Fukunaga, Funimation’s president and CEO, says that Sony plans to make additional investments into Funimation to make it into “a global sub[titled] and dub anime brand.”

Source: Variety

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My Hero Academia Movie Gets its First English Trailer


The fantastic anime adaptation of
My Hero Academia is building up towards the conclusion of its third season, and it’s also gearing up for its first big movie. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is headed to select theaters from September 25th through October 2nd. Ahead of this limited time theatrical event, Funimation has just released the first English dubbed trailer for the film.

Additionally, Funimation took the time to introduce some of the new English cast members. The new talent includes Erica Mendez as Melissa Shield, Ray Chase as David Shield, and Keith Silverstein as the villain Wolfram. You can hear them all in action by clicking the trailer below!

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Rumor: Nintendo Switch is Getting Funimation App

Nintendo Switch has been out for over a year now, and it has been a massive success thus far, but it’s surprisingly lacking in the app department. Hulu was recently made available on the platform, but there’s still no word on a Netflix app. Today we finally got word of another streaming service making its way to Switch, and it’s great news for anime fans!

C2E2 just kicked off in Chicago, and Funimation is one of the groups hosting a panel at the convention. During the panel, Funimation revealed that they’re working on a streaming app for Nintendo Switch. There’s no word yet on when we can expect the app to drop, but when it does Nintendo fans will have access to tons of hit anime shows like
Dragon Ball Super, My Hero Academia, and Attack on Titan. We’ll keep you up to date as more information is officially announced.

Update: Funimation has since issued the following statement to clarify this issue:

“Fans, you may hear news announcing our FunimationNow streaming app on Nintendo Switch. To clarify, we haven’t made an official announcement. When there’s anything official to announce, you’ll hear it from us first. Thanks for your enthusiasm as we work to get on the platform.” — Funimation

The phrasing suggests that Funimation is actively working to get their streaming app on Nintendo Switch, but there is no “official announcement” at this time. It’s possible that the either the app has not yet been fully approved by Nintendo or that Nintendo is not yet ready to make the app’s approval public knowledge. Either why, we’ll keep an eye out for the official announcement, which Funimation suggests is a matter of “when” rather than  “if.”

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Funimation Asks Nintendo to Put Goku in Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo recently announced that Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch, and Splatoon‘s Inklings were revealed as playable fighters. More newcomers are sure to be announced in the coming months, and if Smash on Switch is anything like its predecessor, there could be some surprise third-party characters. If popular anime studio Funimation gets their way, one of those characters will be none other than Dragon Ball‘s Son Goku.

Goku has been one of the most frequently requested Smash characters for years, and fans have even modded him into Brawl and other games, but the Saiyan warrior has never made it into an official Smash release. Funimation has decided to back Goku for Smash, tweeting the request to Nintendo in response to the recent Nintendo Direct.

I’m not holding my breath for a Nintendo response, but it never hurts to ask. In the meantime, I’d settle for Dragon Ball FighterZ on Nintendo Switch. That’s a cause even Prince Vegeta can support.

Source: Funimation

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The Voice Actors of Goku and Vegeta are Facing Off in Dragon Ball FighterZ Right Now

What began as smack talk between prolific voice actors quickly spiraled into one of the most highly anticipated brawls in fighting game history. On this, the eve of the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ, famed Dragon Ball VAs Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat are throwing down tonight to finally settle the score as to who is the superior Saiyan: Earth’s mightiest hero, Goku, or Vegeta, the Prince of All Saiyans.

The “Super Saiyan Showdown” kicks off right now, featuring matches between players Perfect Legend, Nakkiel, Tatsu, LordKnight, NerdJosh, and Bardock Obama, building up to the final confrontation between the two Dragon Ball stars.

Will Schemmel come out on top and live up to Goku’s reputation, or can Sabat claim victory in the name of Vegeta and the glorious Saiyan race? Find out right now by watching the livestream above, and sound off in the comments below with who you’re rooting for!

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