Funimation is an anime licensing company founded in Houston, Texas back in 1994. The company was majority acquired by Sony in 2017, with founder Gen Fukunaga keeping a 5% stake.
They used to be a great anime dubbing company until they’ve gone downhill since 2015, due to shady tactics such as putting agendas into their dubs and for infamously firing Vic Mignogna for unconfirmed sexual harassment allegations.
Why They Suck Now
- They've added political and SJW agenda in some of their dubs starting in 2015 with Prison School.
- One such example was Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. In fact, Jamie Marchi, voice director and voice actress of Lucoa in the show, intentionally rewrote one of the lines by her demands. The line was, "Oh, those pesky patriarchal social demands were getting on my nerves, so I changed clothes". The original line she was supposed to read was as follows: "Everyone was always saying something to me, so I tried toning down the exposure. How was it?"
- They later did the same thing with My First Girlfriend is a Gal, in which they altered certain lines in order to insult anyone who reads visual and light novels, calling them "misogynistic incels" who "hate women" and are "horny losers with mommy issues". When their fans called them out on this, Funimation refused to apologize and instead posted a statement about not condoning harassment.
- Poor customer service, such as when they claim it’s the internet connection or episode, but it’s actually a site problem. They can also forget to fix a broken video as well.
- They still haven’t fixed glitches, with one example being you after watching an episode. On the main page, it won’t recognize that you already watched that episode and thinks that you’re still watching the episode you’ve already completed. The other infamous one is when you try to access your account, it will redirect you to the main page.
- They support corrupt voice actors and actresses such as Monica Rial and Jamie Marchi.
- Their site in 2017 was very buggy and had video player issues when a huge chunk of cookies are being used.
- The current controversy they’re receiving from fans makes them look even worse than how fans depict 4Kids Entertainment.
- When people started unsubscribing from Funimation, they tried to stop this by briefly removing the “cancel subscription” button, while claiming that it as a bug.
- They’re very hypocritical. They side with SJWs, but they are still licensing anime that violates their agendas and ideologies.
- For example, when Fire Force aired on Toonami, they censored a scene involving the character Tamaki Kotatsu's breasts and butt getting grabbed, but not a scene when she sat on another character's face. It's very possible, though, that this was a decision made by Adult Swim, which generally has looser censorship policies compared to the normal daytime Cartoon Network (the Funimation dub for Attack on Titan has aired with the word "shit" uncensored).
- Another example of hypocrisy is how Funimation made a video celebrating pride month with LGBT+ voice actors on their YouTube channel, yet Christopher Robin Sabat, one of the lead executives of the company, made his own rendition of Dragon Ball Z involving homophobic jokes and along with other #KickVic voice actors, made homophobic remarks about Vic Mignogna.
- They fired Vic Mignogna over sexual allegations without any evidence, yet other voice actors like Monica Rial and Chris Sabat get off scot-free.
- They are now removing Vic Mignogna's name in their credits. Similar to the above, they claim it to be an error.
- Their Dragon Ball Z 30th Anniversary set received a ton of fire before its release.
- Very toxic workplace environment where infighting and gossip are rampant.
- There is also no policy regarding sexual harassment or misconduct and nobody was punished for it.
- Some of the voice actresses even slept with the directors for roles in projects, which shows the blatant nepotism going on in the company.
- They are also now dubbing over Vic’s lines in the anime dubs he was in. For example, he was replaced by Ian Sinclair in The Morose Mononokean II, Austin Tindle in the Free! franchise, starting with the Dive to the Future OVAs, and Johnny Yong Bosch in One Piece, starting with the Stampede film, and in Dragon Ball, as of the FighterZ video game.
- Their online delivery services are not very good.
- The voice actors that support #KickVic were ironically discovered to have recorded rule 34 porn, including underage characters, incest, and also using very offensive terms from the N-word to the other F-word.
- Their awful Dragon Ball Z DVD releases. They keep on cropping a 4:3 image to 16:9 and using digital noise reduction, which ruins the image.
- They just recently abandoned one of their dubs known as Interspecies Reviewers because that series they licensed was hentai, leading some to believe Funimation licensed the series without researching the content, kinda like the 4Kids dub of One Piece.
- Even after Scott Freeman was arrested for possessing child pornography, Funimation kept him employed for at least a year before firing him.
- Some of their Blu-ray releases have glaring technical issues, such as 2-channel mono audio on Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, out-of-sync dub audio on Re:ZERO -Starting Life In Another World-, flickering subtitles on My Hero Academia, and the inability to disable subtitles on any release from 2014 to 2018 if the Japanese audio is chosen.
- They still have dubs that don’t have political agendas or SJW agendas pushed inside them.
- They still haven’t removed anime that violates or goes against SJW and political agendas.
- People can still legally watch their movies and shows without directly supporting them on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Adult Swim.
- A good percentage of their dubs are still high-quality, such as My Hero Academia, Dr. Stone and Tokyo Ghoul.
- With their partnership with Aniplex of America, they've remedied the latter's expensive Blu-ray prices starting with a priced-down re-issue of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.