Following the deal, Manga Entertainment will become the largest distributor of anime blue-rays and DVDs in the U.K. and Ireland. It will also give Funimation a slew of new titles that it can stream in the regions. These titles will include series such as “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Naruto Shippuden,” “Ghost in the Shell: Innocence” and “Sword Art Online.”
“With this acquisition, we will create a truly immersive anime experience for fans in the U.K. and Ireland,” says Mitchel Berger, vice president, sales and distribution, Funimation. “This begins with providing fans access to Manga’s library of titles to enjoy whenever and wherever they want on FunimationNow. Together with the Manga team, Funimation will bring its fan-first omnichannel approach to serving anime fans–engaging with them directly through the widest array of touchpoints.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary for Funimation. The company’s anniversary has already seen the company work with partners such as Funko.