After yesterday's announcement on UKA that MVM were to cease distributing Funimation titles, we now have the full story. There will be a new distributor, and as speculated on the UKA forum, it will be Navarre's existing UK distributor, Revelation Films. Funimation has sent a Press Release through RRP Magazine:
Revelation Films has signed a distribution agreement with FUNimation Entertainment that will see the indie distributing FUNimation's catalogue of predominantly Japanese children's fare in the UK. The deal starts on January1.
What this will mean for distribution remains unclear. In a masterclass of nonsensical marketing language, Revelation released the following quote:
Commercial director Trevor Drane said: "As a best of breed visual home entertainment company we are delighted to be working with FUNimation. Itscommitment to quality when delivering some of the world's most exciting Japanese animation titles on DVD fits perfectly with our own publishing ideals. Their packaging and innovative marketing dovetails with our objective of giving the DVD consumer the best possible ownership experience. We are excited about this tie up and the wonderful way in which FUNimation markets its properties on DVD."
Well quite. Hopefully Revelation will do a better job with Funimation than they did with long dead anime company Kiseki. We can speculate that top seller FMA will continue, due to strong sales and pending volumes. It's likely to be a relief for most people that the series will continue. The only packaging changes will be the removal of MVM's name from the small print, as Funimation themselves provide all the artwork for their own releases.
We now know that this was not Funimation's decision, but that of parent company Navarre, who are simply streamlining operations through one company.
MVM gave us the following comment:
MVM are pleased to have assisted in establishing the Funimation brand in the UK during our agency agreement with them and wish them well with their new arrangements. This does allow us to concentrate entirely on our own licensed titles and our packed 2007 anime schedule of 10 new top series and several stand alone features.
That should clear everything up for all you Funimation fans out there ^^