Sony and Aniplex Announce Global Anime Streaming Merger

Sony Pictures Television and Aniplex have announced a merger for several anime streaming platforms, worldwide.

The US-based Funimation, France’s Wakanim, and Australia’s Madman Anime Group are all now under one roof under Sony proper, and will be owned by Aniplex and Sony Pictures Television. The new venture will be led by Funimation’s General Manager, Colin Decker.

Under the new organizational structure, Funimation will continue to pick up and distribute anime content from Japan across their global portfolio of brands.

The first project from this new merger is Funimation getting exclusive home streaming of the latest from the Fate/Grand Order series, for one month. Beginning October 5th, Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia will be simulcast in the US via FunimationNow.

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  1. Osama Bin Goomba
    Osama Bin Goomba
    October 4, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I’m pretty sure FUNimation Blu-Rays will still remain under $100 unlike AoA Blu-Rays. I mean, AoA BDs being REALLY expensive is because American and Japanese BDs have the same Region Letter.

  2. CDan
    October 4, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Wonder what does this mean for Aniplex USA. Their releases are expensive, but I quite like them.
    Awesome video quality, top packaging, removable subtitles. Aside from the price, my only complain is they dont seem too fond of rereleasing old licenses, missed my chance to own ROD and Baccano BDs.