scifantasy: (MC Geeky)
scifantasy ([personal profile] scifantasy) wrote on November 27th, 2009 at 12:28 am
"ADV (Now Funimation)," or In Lieu of Content...
...a new filk. This one came to me recently.

Quick backstory: in the last few years, the waning economy has caused some upheaval in the anime licensing and distribution industry, especially here in the US. A year or two back, Geneon Entertainment shut down its US operations entirely. They're still a major force in Japan, mind. Then, last month or so, A.D. Vision Entertainment, one of the first and biggest US operations for importing, licensing, and distributing anime, sold its assets to five other companies in a complicated deal that sounded like a switcheroo on its creditors (since the five buying companies were ones in which ADV's owners had stakes).

Most of the anime properties licensed by those two companies have seen their licenses bought by another company, Funimation Entertainment. If anybody can be said to be the big winner here, it's Funimation.

Hence, the song. "NGE," for the record, refers to the infamous anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which was one of ADV's first and biggest titles...but whose "rebuild" series has been licensed by, who else, Funimation.

"ADV (Now Funimation)"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by Nat Simon (original words by Jimmy Kennedy)

NGE is now Funimation's
It was ADV's, it's now Funimation's
The new DVDs from Funimaition
When a company flops, someone grabs what it drops

Lots of shows are now Funimation's
When the owner folds, bought by Funimation
So if you've a show not from Funimation
You're just waiting for them to go

Even Sailor Moon was once from ADV
Why they folded I can't say
Guess they had too many people to pay

So get me shows not by Funimation
Soon there won't be shows not by Funimation
The whole industry is by Funimation
Why did Funimation get the shows?
That's just how the retail business goes.

Anime (anime)
Anime (anime)

Even Geneon was once called Pioneer
Why they changed it I can't say
But since they went under who cares anyway?

NGE is now Funimation's
It was ADV's, it's now Funimation's
Buying DVDs are from Funimation
Why did Funimation get the shows?
That's just how the retail business goes.

So get me shows not by Funimation
Soon there won't be shows not by Funimation
The whole industry is by Funimation
Why did Funimation get the shows?
That's just how the retail business goes.

Anime...

(Note: If accompanied by music, the introduction should open with "Istanbul," but at the slow descending scale, shift into a few bars of "Cruel Angel's Thesis.")

In the coming days, expect more actual content (behind the normal friends lock, of course), including an expansion of something I said on Twitter:

"Perfect 10 Magazine is the zombie mine canary of copyright law. When it comes alive (files suit--it's sued Google and Visa), the law is bad."
 
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