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FUNimation Introduces Video-Based Social Networking Website for Anime Fans
Users Can Sign Up Now For Beta Test
By Chris Beveridge
July 30, 2010
FUNimation has announced that the anime leader is launching an anime-focused social media and video hub in an all new FUNimation.com. FUNimation is inviting fans to participate in a private beta test in September, with the public launch to follow in October.
FUNimation.com is an online video community designed specifically with the anime fan in mind. At funimation.com, fans will find the largest selection of streaming, on-demand, high-quality, premium anime programming as well simulcasts for series now airing in Japan. The site has also integrated more than 200 individual brand sites, each with its own look, content, message board, videos and more. New features offer tools for the user to interact with friends and forge relationships with other fans who share their passion. Whether it’s posting on message boards, inviting friends, or uploading fan art or cosplay photos, FUNimation.com is the online destination for anime fans.
Membership to the FUNimation.com community is free and allows anyone the ability to create an account and personal profile and watch hundreds of hours of top anime content from FUNimation Entertainment, including exclusive content from top titles not available anywhere else.
Features of the site include:
- Improved video environment
- Exclusive content
- Ability to post comments and reviews on your favorite content
- Free account with customizable profiles
- Cosplay and fan art galleries
- Upgraded forums
- Weekly contests and polls
- More FUNimation news and event updates
Other features will be added in the future, including an Elite Membership subscription service launching later this year. The Elite Membership service includes everything mentioned before as well as access to ad free, high-quality English language dubbed episodes before they are available anywhere else, exclusive forums, additional contests, and more.
"Fans of this entertainment genre and industry flock to the Internet to find compelling content and people with similar interests,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO at FUNimation Entertainment. “Meanwhile, online social networking engages millions of consumers and has become a part of their daily lives. Our intention for the new FUNimation.com is to not only create a central point for them to gather and share that information but a distinctive interactive experience."
Anime fans who are interested in signing up to participate in the private beta testing period can do so in one of two ways: if attending the Otakon anime convention in Baltimore July 30th
through August 1st
, fans may go to the FUNimation booth (booth B at the front of Hall F) or they can go directly to www.FUNimation.com/Beta
to sign-up for a chance to selected to be a part of the beta team.
Registered members can also interact with community managers and provide feedback that will help shape the way FUNimation.com evolves.