FUNimation Monthly Magazine



  • I think FUNimation should have a monthly magazine that have a review and/or preview (for example a scene or two, but in frames like in anime or just the first 5-10 pages of the manga.) of the best/most popular/ most viewed anime and episodes of that month. It could also have a review of not so popular anime shows that might also be really entertaining. I just got three magazines that are kind of thick (as thick as a manga) that was by viz media and it was about manga and I liked reading those magazines.



  • Now this is just a flat out bad idea, do you know how many anime magazines have died over the years because they couldn't maintain a reader base? It's a miracle Otaku USA is still in print publication!

    I'm not being anti-print mind you, I'm a huge bibliophile myself. Love a good book/comic/manga/magazine. But Funi doing a magazine would make less sense then a rewards system. Huge waste of time/money/resources.

    Print is becoming a niche market due to the whole "digital is the future" mentality.

    Now I'd all be for Funimation starting a manga divison, at least there's some money in that, heck maybe they could be the company to finally bring the Squid Girl manga to the states. hey I can dream. XD

    But yeah, magazine….not such a good idea.



  • Like Sound said, anime magazines have pretty much died out here. I don't know many people who read magazines period let alone anime publications.

    With the proliferation of personal blogs, there's nothing Funi could really give us that other fans and professional reviewers haven't already. I see it as a waste of their time and resources.

    I'd be interested in a "what we're watching" type blog entry every now and then though.



  • I fail to see what purpose a magazine would have when they can just put everything on the site. And they also have the Funimation Show as well as their booths at conventions.



  • Sadly, I think you probably are wishing for the moon on this one, lucky_frog. I mean, I would love such a thing. I'd subscribe instantly. I still miss when I got a physical monthly Shonen Jump. But even that, which wasn't just articles but flat out had chapters prior to you being able to get collected volumes. Even that eventually just couldn't make it as a physical magazine anymore, and had to switch to an online anthology.

    So basically, while I would love the idea, I just don't think it would happen, or even be a good idea. Now, if they put out something quarterly or so that was like a catalogue of products you could order, and fleshed that out with previews of some stuff and interviews and such, I could see that working maybe. Thing is, we already have the RightStuf catalogue for that though.



  • Well print media is all but dead. I don't think people actually read the email news letter.
    So doing something like that with the Blog is the only way I see it working



  • @visoredavenger:

    Well print media is all but dead. I don't think people actually read the email news letter.
    So doing something like that with the Blog is the only way I see it working

    Not true, People exaggerate that aspect, it's more like Print media is changing to a more niche market like anime. Newspapers still exist, they just have a smaller and older demographic. Comics thrive because they have a well carved out niche of Multiple generations of fans and have gained new ones with the success of the Marvel films.

    But yes I guess in a mainstream sense print is dead, but in an overall sense it's just changing to more of a collectors/luxury item, as most other forms of media are.

    But yeah, obviously Funi doing a print magazine at this point would be ludicrous! A quarterly e-mag maybe, but not a print one



  • Newspapers are dying because the only people reading them are dying

    Former writers have been asked to put more and more of their articles online, and fewer people are actually subscribing to a daily paper because they can get their information on the front page of the Internet. As a result, physical newspapers are getting smaller and smaller, oftentimes collapsing entire columns into one another. The only ones that are staying afloat are the ones that hold cultural significance, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times

    It's not turning into a niche and it's not gaining a cult following. It's literally dying off with its readerbase



  • Well you got me on newspapers, but other forms of print media aren't dying so much as just becoming more niche.



  • I do like phyical media though so if FUNi wanted to do a quarterly print mag for free than I would sign up.
    Hell I even collect the Right Stuf catalogs



  • A FUNimation magazine. Right.

    Because NewType USA was such a RAVING success for ADV. <_<



  • @Soundmonkey44:

    Now this is just a flat out bad idea, do you know how many anime magazines have died over the years because they couldn't maintain a reader base? It's a miracle Otaku USA is still in print publication!

    I'm not being anti-print mind you, I'm a huge bibliophile myself. Love a good book/comic/manga/magazine. But Funi doing a magazine would make less sense then a rewards system. Huge waste of time/money/resources.

    Print is becoming a niche market due to the whole "digital is the future" mentality.

    Now I'd all be for Funimation starting a manga divison, at least there's some money in that, heck maybe they could be the company to finally bring the Squid Girl manga to the states. hey I can dream. XD

    But yeah, magazine….not such a good idea.

    So if it was short, maybe top 3 or top 5 episodes or anime every month and it was online, would it be any better?



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    A FUNimation magazine. Right.

    Because NewType USA was such a RAVING success for ADV. <_<

    I am kind of new to anime, manga, and FUNimation, so thanks for the sarcasm.



  • @lucky_frog:

    I am kind of new to anime, manga, and FUNimation, so thanks for the sarcasm.

    We can tell.

    I suggest researching the anime business abit as well as the print business. Never hurts to learn more about your interests. ANN has some great articles about the anime business. And there's also a fair amount of info about things like copyright/trademark law, print, media distribution, etc floating around the net as well.



  • @Soundmonkey44:

    We can tell.

    I suggest researching the anime business abit as well as the print business. Never hurts to learn more about your interests. ANN has some great articles about the anime business. And there's also a fair amount of info about things like copyright/trademark law, print, media distribution, etc floating around the net as well.



  • Probably that first one. Not your fault though. Everyone takes things waay too seriously online.



  • FUNimation Manga? YES!
    FUNimation Animation? Impossible
    FUNimation Magazine? NO!



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    A FUNimation magazine. Right.

    Because NewType USA was such a RAVING success for ADV. <_<

    If I remember correctly NewType USA was successful, not a raving success but was bringing in a profit for ADV Publishing.
    The downfall of ADV, the bursting of the anime bubble, and a very bad contract with the Japanese NewType publishers were what brought the end to the run.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't believe an anime magazine would survive in today's world, but people are too quick to denigrate the old Magazine.



  • Manga ya that is something I would like funi to pick up. Mag no not so much.



  • As much as I would love to see another anime magazine, it's not going to happen in the foreseeable future. It's pretty much like why anime and many Jgames are niches nowadays: many of the anime companies that went under because they didn't take advantage of online services like iTunes when they began; they didn't do anything to attack illegal fansubs and torrents and when they finally responded, the damage had been done; the general social stigma placed towards anime that still lingered on even after the 1900s (animation was meant only for kids and any animation that wasn't is labeled as pornography, largely due to the decline in American animation (the only thing that kept it alive was the toyetic kids' cartoons, which gave birth to the mentality)), which could also explain why anime releases have self-imposed "ratings" whilst releases from the "big" companies don't; the lack of a dedicated home video rating system to determine which DVDs are appropriate for a kid to buy; and the western gaming community becoming cynical and treating Japanese games as deader than disco ever since Call of Duty.



  • @lucky_frog:

    I think FUNimation should have a monthly magazine that have a review and/or preview (for example a scene or two, but in frames like in anime or just the first 5-10 pages of the manga.) of the best/most popular/ most viewed anime and episodes of that month. It could also have a review of not so popular anime shows that might also be really entertaining. I just got three magazines that are kind of thick (as thick as a manga) that was by viz media and it was about manga and I liked reading those magazines.

    So you want them to send us a magazine of nothing but product advertising? The reviews would be rather meaningless because Funimation wouldn't say anything bad about any of their shows.Plus you get all that stuff in their blog posts


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