UKA Release Calendar

UKA Release Calendar


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Samurai Champloo to air on TV

Samurai Champloo to air on TV
The series starts airing in August on VICELAND
Kickstarter launched for new ARIA dub

Kickstarter launched for new ARIA dub
Crowd-funding sought to dub the classic series ARIA The ANIMATION
Little Witch Academia Season 2 lands on Netflix

Little Witch Academia Season 2 lands on Netflix
The streaming giant quietly unveils the second season
Channel 4 to show When Marnie was There on August 23rd

Channel 4 to show When Marnie was There on August 23rd
Dubbed screening to be followed one week later by subbed showing
Anime News Network Hacked!

Anime News Network Hacked!
A dark day for anime news
A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion delayed

A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion delayed
No miracles until later in September
Log Horizon S1 and S2 collector's Edition coming Q4

Log Horizon S1 and S2 collector's Edition coming Q4
MVM Entertainment announce a late addition
Macross Delta film greenlit for 35th Anniversary

Sony Pictures to purchase majority stake in Funimation


Sony Pictures to purchase majority stake in Funimation

Posted 01/08/2017


It should be no surprise that a Japanese company should understand the value of anime, so the breaking news that Sony are acquiring the majority stake in anime distributor Funimation shouldn't be a shock.

Bloomberg reported back in May that Sony were considering a move on Funimation, alongside Universal studio. Where the latter decided against making a bid, Sony has now moved forward to acquired the shares.

Bloomberg noted that the DVD box set of Dragonball Z sells for $231, compared to $55 for a series like Seinfeld, so the allure is clear in a shrinking DVD retail market.

Funimation's catalogue includes hits such as Cowboy Bebop, One Piece, Attack on Titan and the incredible theatrical release, Your Name (our review here).

Sony operate both TV station Animax and the streaming service Crackle, so will be aware of the attraction of Funimation's catalogue and the anime market in general.

The agreement values Funimation at US $150 million, and the agreement is to purchase 95% of the company for US $143 million according to Deadline and Variety. The current Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga will retain his position and a minority stake in the company.

How this will affect UK distributors is unkown at this stage.