Toku (TV network)
September 29, 2005|
(as Funimation Channel)
December 31, 2015
Latin America (in deployment)
|Headquarters||West Palm Beach, Florida|
Funimation Channel (2005–2015)|
Branding licensed from Funimation
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings for details|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1484 (HD)|
|Claro Puerto Rico||Channel 1120 (HD)|
Toku is a 24-hour cable network owned by Olympusat which broadcasts anime series, OVAs, ONAs, anime films and live-action Asian films and series. Formerly known as Funimation Channel, it adopted its current name on December 31, 2015, after Funimation ended their partnership with Olympusat. As such, Toku has not aired any Funimation titles since January 1, 2016. Tristan Leostar is the content aggregator for the Toku network.
The linear channel is available on AT&T U-verse and Claro Puerto Rico; its HD feed was launched on September 27, 2010. The VOD service is available on Optimum, Xfinity, Vubiquity, Massilion and Armstrong Cable. The channel was previously available on Frontier FiOS and the VOD service was previously available on Charter Communications.
As Funimation Channel
Funimation Channel started out as a syndicated block on Colours TV, one of OlympuSAT’s affiliate networks. Programs during this era were Dragon Ball, Negima!, Kodocha, The Slayers, Blue Gender, Kiddy Grade, Fruits Basket, Case Closed and YuYu Hakusho. The block was later discontinued in favor for a more successful expansion on digital cable, fiber optics and DBS systems
On May 1, 2008, Funimation Channel became a 24-hour English-dubbed anime digital cable network; the second of its kind in North America (following A.D. Vision's Anime Network). Olympusat was chosen as the exclusive distributor of Funimation Channel. The service originally was available to a few cities via UHF digital signals and was temporary as the channel was trying to gain a foothold in the already crowded digital cable landscape.
In May 2009, Funimation Channel continued its expansion on cable launching on Comcast's VOD platform and offering two services - Free On Demand and PPV On Demand. The PPV VOD offers viewers a chance to watch titles prior to their DVD release. Movies and packaged specials are available at $2.99 each while episodes are available at $.99 each.
As of September 27, 2010, a High Definition feed was launched alongside existing VOD services. On February 16, 2012, Verizon announced that it will drop Funimation Channel and Bridges TV from its Verizon FiOS service "on, or after March 15" due to "very low viewership". In response to reaction from Verizon FiOS TV customers, FiOS TV returned Funimation Channel via Video on Demand. Channel 262 remains on the FiOS system operated by Frontier Communications in some ex-Verizon territories. Cablevision's Optimum TV recently launched FUNimation Channel On Demand in the NY/NJ/CT Tri-State area. Adding this MSO increased FUNimation Channel's footprint to over 40 million households nationwide.
On December 8, 2015, it was reported that the channel would change its name to Toku on Thursday, December 31, 2015 and "will add more variety including highly-rated Asian movies in the Live Action, Grindhouse and Independent genres." It was subsequently announced, on December 15, 2015, that Funimation would end its partnership with Olympusat and relaunch Funimation Channel sometime in 2016.
Toku's programming comes from Media Blasters and other anime and movie licensors.
- Girl's High (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Gakuen Heaven: Boy's Love Hyper (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Green Green (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Jubei Chan: Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Juden Chan (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Ladies versus Butlers! (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Night Head Genesis (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Princess Princess (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Ramen Fighter Miki (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Rio: Rainbow Gate! (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Strawberry Panic! (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Yosuga no Sora (December 31, 2015 – present)
- Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (July 11, 2016 – present)
- Yamibou (July 19, 2016 – present)
- After School Midnighters (short series) (September 2, 2016 – present)
- Darkness Boy Santa (September 8, 2016 – present)
- Kowabon (September 15, 2016 – present)
- Cheer or Sneer, Mr. Deer? (September 22, 2016 – present)
- Ai no Kusabi (November 7, 2016 – present)
- A Certain Magical Index
- A Certain Scientific Railgun
- Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
- Appleseed XIII
- Assassination Classroom
- Attack on Titan
- Aquarion Evol
- Aria the Scarlet Ammo
- B Gata H Kei
- Baka and Test
- Baki the Grappler
- Bamboo Blade
- BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
- Big Windup!
- Black Blood Brothers
- Black Butler
- Black Cat
- Black Lagoon
- Blue Gender
- Boogiepop Phantom
- Burst Angel
- Buso Renkin
- Case Closed
- Casshern Sins
- Cat Planet Cuties
- Chaos;Head (anime)
- Chrome Shelled Regios
- Code: Breaker
- Corpse Princess
- Darker Than Black
- Deadman Wonderland
- Devil May Cry
- Dragon Age
- Dragon Ball
- Dragonaut: The Resonance
- Eden of the East
- El Cazador de la Bruja
- Ergo Proxy
- Eureka Seven
- Eureka Seven: AO
- Fafner in the Azure
- Fairy Tail
- Fruits Basket
- Full Metal Panic!
- Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
- Future Diary
- Galaxy Railways
- Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
- Good Luck Girl!
- Gunslinger Girl
- Heaven's Lost Property
- Hero Tales
- Heroic Age
- High School DxD
- His and Her Circumstances
- Honey and Clover
- Hunter × Hunter (1999)
- Hyperdimension Neptunia
- Ikki Tousen
- Is This a Zombie?
- Kamisama Kiss
- Kaze no Stigma
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
- Kiddy Grade
- Last Exile
- Level E
- Linebarrels of Iron
- Michiko and Hatchin
- My Bride Is a Mermaid
- Nabari no Ou
- Negima! Magister Negi Magi
- Ninja Nonsense
- Oh! Edo Rocket
- Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Peach Girl
- Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
- Ping Pong
- Princess Jellyfish
- Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Samurai 7
- Samurai Champloo
- Sasami: Magical Girls Club
- School Rumble
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
- Serial Experiments Lain
- Shakugan no Shana
- Shigurui: Death Frenzy
- Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
- Solty Rei
- Soul Eater
- Spice and Wolf
- Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning
- Tenchi Muyo! GXP
- Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
- Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode
- The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor
- The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
- The Sacred Blacksmith
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Trinity Blood
- Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
- Yu Yu Hakusho
- After School Midnighters
- Mazinkaiser SKL
- Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
- Blood-C: The Last Dark
- Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
- Eden of the East: The King of Eden
- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
- Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
- Fafner in the Azure: Heaven and Earth
- Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
- Grave of the Fireflies
- King of Thorn
- Kite Liberator
- Mass Effect: Paragon Lost
- Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
- Origin: Spirits of the Past
- Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie
- Sengoku Basara: The Last Party
- Shakugan no Shana: The Movie
- Summer Wars
- Tales of Vesperia
- Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love
- Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness
- Trigun: Badlands Rumble
- Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
- The King of Fighters
- Legendary Amazons
- Yakuza Weapon
- The Assassins
- Little Big Soldier
- Wu Dang
- 009-1: The End of the Beginning
- Alien vs Ninja
- Arcana (2013 film)
- Black Rat
- Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp
- Death Kappa
- Death Trance
- Female Convict Scorpion (2008 film)
- Hansel & Gretel (2007 film)
- Higanjima: Escape from Vampire Island
- Kamui Gaiden
- Karate Girl
- Lady Ninja: Reflections of Darkness
- Ring of Curse
- Stool Piegon
- Shinobi Girl: The Movie
- Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist
- Suzune Evolution
- The Legend Is Born – Ip Man
- The Machine Girl
- Ichi The Killer
- The Possession in Japan
- The Treasure Hunter
- Tokyo Gore Police
- Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
- Shinobi Girl
- Ai no Kusabi
- Black Lagoon OVA: Roberta's Blood Trail
- Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts OVA: Matsuri
- Gunslinger Girl -II Teatrino- OVA
- Hellsing Ultimate
- Holy Knight
- Project A-ko
- Project A-ko: Cinderella Rhapsody
- Project A-ko: Final
- Project A-ko: Plot of the Daitokuji
- Project A-ko: Vs. Series
- Record of Lodoss War
- Roujin Z
- School Rumble OVA: Extra Class
- Shakugan no Shana OVA: S
- Shakugan no Shana OVA: SP
- Shamanic Princess
- Tsubasa Spring Thunder Chronicles
- Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
- Olympusat, Inc. Owns & Operates FUNimation Channel
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