Today some very big news came from FUNimation. This news is extremely large for those who like to stream their anime with English subtitles. FUNimation which is the largest North American anime company has entered into a partnership with Niconico.com. Niconico is the English version of the Japanese video service named Nico Nico Douga.
Their combined partnership is now named Funico which is going to handle licensing for both NIconico and FUNimation. Niconico.com is going to handle the streaming for Funico licensed shows while FUNimation will be releasing Funico titles in DVD and Blu-ray format for North America. Currently there is no news as to how this will develop for anime fans, though NIcoNico is a very high powered streaming site, with shows such as Last Exile -Fam-, Fate/Zero, Guilty Crown, and Mirai Nikki on its list. We’ll have more news as it develops on this partnership.