FUNimation Brings Anime to Hulu

Leading anime distributor FUNimation Ent. has officially launched its programming partnership with online video service Hulu (www.hulu.com). Debuting this week are installments of Shuffle, Peach Girl and Slayers, which join new episodes of Black Blood Brothers, Blue Gender, MoonPhase and Mushi-shi. Other offerings include Shikebane Hime, Kiddy Grade, Mr. Stain on Junk Alley and xxxHOLiC.

In the following months, Hulu visitors will be able to access nearly 150 episodes and approximately 75 hours of free on-demand programming from FUNimation’s library. Additional content will be added on a monthly basis.

‘We support Hulu’s mission of making legitimate, professionally produced content easily available,’ says Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Ent. ‘Plus, the wide reach of Hulu not only allows fans to catch an episode they may have missed, but offers viewers a way to discover new shows.’

Hulu.com offers consumers one of the largest selections of legal, free videos from more than 50 top broadcast networks, cable networks, movie studios and web content providers. On tap are 100 feature-length films and 400 television series, with hundreds of videos added to the site each week. Programming is provided by such leading media companies as FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. Television Group and numerous cable outlets.