Funimation Acquires UK Anime Distributor Manga Leisure

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS/LONDON, ENGLAND — Funimation, a subsidiary of Sony Footage Tv, has introduced the acquisition of Manga Leisure Restricted (“Manga”), a distributor of anime within the UK and Eire. Manga is a long-term accomplice of Funimation and at the moment serves anime through Blu-ray/DVDs, broadcast, theatrical and digital (EST-electronic sell-through). Following consolidation, Funimation’s UK house leisure and Manga would be the largest distributor of anime Blu-rays/DVDs titles within the UK and Eire. Over the approaching months, most of those titles will turn into obtainable for streaming on FunimationNow. These will embody hit collection like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Naruto Shippuden, Ghost within the Shell: Innocence and Sword Artwork On-line.

Funimation’s vice chairman of gross sales and distribution, Mitchel Berger, commented, “With this acquisition, we are going to create a very immersive anime expertise for followers within the UK and Eire. This begins with offering followers entry to Manga’s library of titles to take pleasure in every time and wherever they need on FunimationNow. Along with the Manga staff, Funimation will carry its fan-first omnichannel method to serving anime followers, participating with them straight by means of the widest array of touchpoints.”

“On behalf of Manga Leisure, we’re thrilled to affix Funimation and their increasing world enterprise,” added Jerome Mazandarani, Manga’s managing director. “We’re excited for the brand new alternatives that lie forward and to serve anime followers within the UK and Eire in an even bigger method than ever earlier than.”

Funimation at the moment gives streaming, house leisure, theatrical and broadcast distribution, and merchandise licensing in lots of worldwide territories. Its subscription service, FunimationNow, serves customers within the U.S., Canada, U.Ok., Eire, Australia and New Zealand with a listing of over 600 titles. In November 2019, FunimationNow turned the primary Sony Footage Tv service to launch on Amazon Prime Video within the UK.

‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.’

‘Sword Artwork On-line.’

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