I’m assuming all of you have at least heard of the term “anime” once or twice before, right? If not, I’ll give you a basic definition, anime is the term normally used to describe a cartoon from Japan or a cartoon based on a manga which is pretty much like a comic book. If you are already a geek and have been to a convention, you might see people “cosplaying” as their favorite character…
You might not believe this but the largest company in the U.S. anime industry, FUNimation, is actually based in Fort Worth, Texas!
FUNimation has a notch for launching and advancing brands they have a spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.
You may also recognize various voice actors that dub these animes, like Vic Mignogna and Todd Haberkorn. This company is (almost) always first to license a show as soon as it comes out, every time that you look for an English version of an anime you are almost positive to see that it has been licensed by FUNimation.
Their most popular (and loved) property is Toei Animation’s action series Dragon Ball Z, but you can find small treasures like Steins; Gate dubbed as well. Do not fret if you do not like the voices of the English voice actors, in their box sets they make sure to include the Japanese subtitled version as well.
I bet you didn’t know this well-known company was just right next door!
– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)