Gen Fukunaga at Comic Con
Gen Funkunaga is a Japanese-American engineer and businessman who created-FUNimation. Fukunaga was born March 22, 1962 in Itami, Hyogo Japan and grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana. After grad-uating high school, he attended Purdue University where he receives his bachelor’s in engineering in 1982 and his mas-ter’s in engineering in 1984. After college he later moved to Boca Raton, Florida to work as an engineer for IBM. He then attended Columbia Business School, obtaining an MBA in 1989. He later held a position with Andersen Consulting be-fore getting a job with Tandem Comput-ers in Sunnyvale, California. FUNimation Global Group, LLC founded in 1994 now located in Flower Mound, TXis an Amer-ican entertainment company that spe-cializes in the dubbing and distributing of East Asian media, most notably Jap-anese anime. Gen Fukunaga wife Cindy Fukunaga also help found this company, with funding by Daniel Cocanougher and his family, who became investors in the company. Before the start of this com-pany in the early 1990s, Fukunaga was approached by his uncle Nagafumi Hori, who was working as a producer for Toei Company. Hori proposed that Fukun-aga could start a production company and raise enough money Toei Animation would license the rights to Dragon Ball-franchise to the United States. Fukun-aga met with the co-worked Daniel Co-canougher who owned a feed mill and convinced the Cocanougher’s family to sell their BLT Productions, Ocean Stu-dios, Pioneer and Saban Entertainment.
business and serve as an investor of his company. The company was founded on May 9, 1994, as FUNima-tion Productions. The company was originally based in Silicon Valley, but eventually relocated to North Richland Hill, TX. They initially collaborated with other companies on Dragon Ball, such as .After two aborted attempts to bring the Dragon Ballfranchise to television via first-run syndicate, Cartoon Net-work began airing Dragon Zas part of its Toonami programming block in 1998 which quickly becam the high-est-rated show. The success of Drag-on Ball Zis credited for allowing FUNi-mation to acquire other licensed titles. July 2008, FUNimation confirmed that they had acquired distribution rights to several Geneon titles. At Anime Expo 2008, FUNimation announced that it had acquired over 30 titles from the Sojitz catalog that had previously been licensed by ADV Films In 2009, they signed a deal with Toei Animation to stream several anime titles online through the FUNimation website. -Dragon Ball Z-Yu Yu Hakusho-My Hero Academia-Attack on Titan-Cowboy Bebop-Fullmetal Alchemist-Code Geass-One PieceFUNimation is a site that distributes subbed or dubbed Asian media like anime to Canada and the United States. FUNimation is the third most used streaming service falling behind Netflix which stands in first place and Hulu in second.