Crunchyroll and Funimation Break Up, While Another Anime Streaming Service Joins VRV

/Film | 10/18/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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After two years of anime streaming bliss, Crunchyroll and Funimation are parting ways.

The anime streaming service and distributor ended a two-year partnership that allowed Crunchyroll subscribers and non-subscribers alike access to hundreds of subbed and dubbed anime titles under Funimation’s catalogue. Now the Sony-owned Funimation is reportedly looking to expand globally, taking with it hugely popular titles like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan. But you will still be able to see these shows without having to resort to the old illegal means.

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Anime fans, we’re now children of the divorce of Crunchyroll and Funimation. The two companies’ 2016 cross-licensing deal was like a match made in anime heaven. It gave Crunchyroll, the popular anime streaming service that started off as an internet community and fan upload website, credibility, while it gave Funimation direct access to fans who until then had to wait months for official home releases.

But, according to Variety, Crunchyroll has announced that it will not renew its partnership with Funimation. The break reportedly stems from Funimation’s acquisition last year by Sony Pictures Television, which plans to turn Funimation into “a global sub[titled] and dub anime brand,” according to an internal memo from Gen Fukunaga, Funimation’s president and CEO.

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