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Funimation celebrates 25 years of anime success with Funko partnership

The anime specialist – and subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television – is kickstarting a year-long celebration to mark 25 years in the field, with a new partnership with the pop culture experts Funko.

Funimation was originally founded in 1994 with the purpose of bringing Dragon Ball Z to North American audiences. Over the past 25 years, the operation has grown in to a global distributor for anime that provides SVOD, home entertainment, theatrical and broadcast distribution, as well as merchandise licensing for the anime scene.

The company now offers a catalogue of more than 600 titles with audiences across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand through its subscription service Funimation Now.

As it now celebrates is 25th year of service, Funimation has partnered with Funko for a collection of six silver chrome Pop figures based on characters from currently licensed titles. These figures will be revealed one at a time over the course of the year. It will be lead with the launch of Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul.

“Funimation’s 25 years of success would not have been possible without our employees, licensors, partners and most especially, our fans. Fans are at the centre of everything we do,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of Funimation.

“It is my greatest source of pride that Funimation has been able to impact so many millions of fans and enrich their lives with anime. Our original fans are now parents and passing on their love of anime to a whole new generation. I am excited for the anime industry and Funimation’s next 25 years.”

As part of today’s announcement, Funimation has launched a 25th anniversary microsite at funimation.com/25years where it will release additional news, event details and special fan content throughout the year.

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