Funimation

Funimation Global Group is an American entertainment organization that specializes in the dub and distribution of East Asian media, most remarkably Japanese anime. The organization was founded on May 9, 1994, by Gen Fukunaga and his wife Cindy in Silicon Valley, with funding by Daniel Cocanougher and his family, who became financial backers in the company, which then relocated to North Richland Hills, Texas. Funimation is one of the main distributors of anime and other unfamiliar entertainment properties in North America.

It has licensed famous series, such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia, YuYu Hakusho, Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Fruits Basket, Fairy Tail, Tokyo Ghoul, Assassination Classroom, Cowboy Bebop, and Code Geass among many others.

Funimation was procured by Navarre Corporation on May 11, 2005; in April 2011, Navarre offered Funimation to a group of financial backers that included Fukunaga for $24 million. From 2017 to 2019, the Japanese aggregate Sony owned a 95% stake in the organization through its Sony Pictures Entertainment division (via Sony Pictures TV), and since 2019, Sony runs the organization through a joint venture between two of its units: Sony Pictures Entertainment (via Sony Pictures TV) and Sony Music Entertainment Japan (by Aniplex). In August 2021, Funimation obtained the streaming service Crunchyroll. The organization’s headquarters are located in Flower Mound, Texas.

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