It’s a company smack dab in the middle of North Texas that’s working with the magic of Hollywood but it’s not Hollywood. This magic is being made in Flower Mound.
“What happens on the clock is just half the story,” said FUNimation Entertainment Director of Production Justin Cook. “Everybody is working around the clock all day long trying to make the best possible product we can. It’s not just for the fans. We’re all fans of what we’re doing as well.”
Simply put FUNimation Entertainment takes anime episodes from Japan and translates them into programming that can air right here in America. But it’s not just the language barrier that keeps the tunes in their original state from being unable to hit American airwaves.
“You can’t show cigarettes, blood or alcohol products,” said Editor Josh Tyler.
The editors cut out the cultural differences and make the program more fan friendly. It’s a million dollar industry that’s thriving in the metro plex bring jobs to editors and voice over actors.
“We get most of our talent locally because they are quite good and they also do other things like theater,” said President & CEO of FUNimation Entertainment Gen Fukunaga. “We’ve brought through thousands of actors now through FUNimation. Several of them have gotten well known enough that they’ve moved out to Hollywood or New York and are doing voice work and other things out there as well.”
The editing process is not a quick one. On average it takes the state of the art facility and anime masterminds one week to finish up a single episode while juggling several other programs at the same time.
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