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  • [TV] FUNimation Channel w/Olympusat to relaunch as TOKU

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    One of the providers has noted the name change from FUNimation Channel to TOKU. It will be interesting to see if there are any other major changes.

    https://frontier.com/helpcenter/Cate...of-programming
    Thursday, December 31, 2015 For customers in Washington, Oregon, Indiana and Connecticut, Funimation is changing its name to TOKU. TOKU will continue to deliver Asian anime shows, but will add more variety including highly-rated Asian movies in the Live Action, Grindhouse and Independent genres. Customers in FiOS locations in OR, IN and WA can find TOKU on Channel 252. FrontierTV customers in CT will find TOKU on Channel 1484.

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    Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

    Wait what?! I hope they still stick with Funimation even if it's just a for their anime releases. Toku is just a weird name.
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      Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

      Originally posted by Chisel View Post
      Wait what?! I hope they still stick with Funimation even if it's just a for their anime releases. Toku is just a weird name.
      I have no idea why, but "Toku" sounds like something you'd eat to me. Like a snack food.

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        Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

        FUNi changing to Toku while not having any actual Toku is pretty funny to me.

        So they're basically including live-action stuff too huh, I guess that's cool though that channel being around after all this time is still surprising.
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          Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

          To be clear, this is the linear channel? Okay.

          Originally posted by WTK View Post
          https://frontier.com/helpcenter/Cate...of-programming
          Thursday, December 31, 2015 For customers in Washington, Oregon, Indiana and Connecticut, Funimation is changing its name to TOKU. TOKU will continue to deliver Asian anime shows (snip)
          I thought all anime was from Japan. Is this political correctness at work?

          Originally posted by WTK View Post
          but will add more variety including highly-rated Asian movies in the Live Action, Grindhouse and Independent genres.
          Aww, no j-dramas. Second, you can only show so many movies so many times. Third, this could mean the end of this channel. It could end up with totally lame original programming and syndicated shows. i remember when G4 was all about video games. The shows looked cheaply made, but it worked. Then the merger happened and G4 is no more.

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            Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

            I'm not exactly sure what to make of this, but I haven't really been paying much attention to this. Toku is such a weird name for this channel.
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              Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

              Originally posted by Chisel View Post
              Wait what?! I hope they still stick with Funimation even if it's just a for their anime releases. Toku is just a weird name.
              It's just the channel getting a name change, presumably to reflect that it offers more than just animation.
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                Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

                Not surprising, given how difficult it would be to offer a linear 24/7 anime TV channel today. This might actually get it some more coverage if it works.
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                  Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

                  Originally posted by jlaking
                  It looks like FUNimation may be doing some minor rebranding going into 2016 as one of their cable partners, Frontier, has revealed that at the end of this year the FUNimational Channel is being renamed to TOKU. By all appearances it’s looking to remain the same in a sense as it will feature a lot of anime, but it’s expanding into other areas – thereby diluting the FUNimation anime brand itself.


                  It is not FUNimation that is changing the name, that would be Olympusat since they own the channel.
                  Olympusat doesn't own the channel. They handle the distribution and satellite logistics for it. Funimation still actually owns it. Olympusat does this for a number of networks that it doesn't own, as it's often cheaper and easier to outsource these operations than to do them yourself.

                  Honestly, I doubt a name change and some expanded content will do much to help the channel's reach. Satellite and cable companies are already starting to push back against being forced to carry niche networks with low ratings, and Funimation doesn't have the option of bundling it with better performing channels. When even the big boys are having trouble getting cable systems to carry new channels, it's going to be nearly impossible for a company as small as Funimation, even with support from Olympusat.

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                    Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

                    I'm honestly pretty intrigued by the move. The name TOKU implies things are coming that I certainly wouldn't object to if they came to pass. That said, I wonder how long FUNimation can keep the network up and running. Especially now that networks like El Rey are starting to muscle in on the Asian cinema market in earnest. I wonder if this means FUNimation intends to renew their deal with Shaw Brothers Studio, or try out a tokusatsu series like GARO.

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                      Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

                      Someone posted a TOKU commercial on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pabaylosis/statu...22134170914816

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                        Originally posted by WTK View Post
                        Someone posted a TOKU commercial on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pabaylosis/statu...22134170914816
                        The ads featured distinctively not FUNimation/Giant Ape live action titles, in fact all of the ones I could recognize come from Tokyo Shock (Media Blasters).
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                        Last edited by Rootsofjustice; 12-11-2015, 12:07 PM.

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                          Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

                          Originally posted by WTK View Post
                          Someone posted a TOKU commercial on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pabaylosis/statu...22134170914816
                          One more (Ladies Vs Butlers dub): https://twitter.com/pabaylosis/statu...23967608721408

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                            Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

                            Originally posted by Rootsofjustice View Post
                            Originally posted by WTK View Post
                            Someone posted a TOKU commercial on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pabaylosis/statu...22134170914816
                            The ads featured distinctively not FUNimation/Giant Ape live action titles, in fact all of the ones I could recognize come from Tokyo Shock (Media Blasters).
                            • 009 - The End of the Beginning
                            • Ichi the Killer
                            • Machine Girl
                            The commercials also show the scenes of one more Media Blasters title : "Kite"

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                              Re: FUNimation Channel changing its name to TOKU

                              Originally posted by johnanime View Post
                              The commercials also show the scenes of one more Media Blasters title : "Kite"
                              I'm gonna bet its the cut edition because there's no way they're going to air a Hentai.

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