Funimation and Crunchyroll announce partnership

first_imgThe clouds parted, and the sun shone through, and the anime gods said, “Let there be light!” Anime fans can rejoice because a match made in heaven has just been announced: anime giants Crunchyroll and Funimation are partnering to vastly expand the reach and availability of their licensed properties for the English-language market. They will be sharing their titles across their streaming, home video, and electronic sell-through platforms. Crunchyroll will continue creating the massive amounts of subtitled content that their viewers know them for on their streaming site while adding a slew of Funimation’s titles. Funimation will focus their talents on creating English-language dubs of both companies’ titles for fans to enjoy, as well as handling distribution of Crunchyroll’s titles through home video and electronic purchase.This is win-win for both the companies involved, as well as anime fans. Starting yesterday, Crunchyroll subscribers already had access to some of Funimation’s summer simulcast titles. On Funimation’s streaming platform, called FunimationNow, viewers will soon be able to watch dubs of their favorite titles previously only available via Crunchyroll, like Mob Psycho 100 and Orange.Mob Psycho 100Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation, mentions, “Our commitment is first and foremost to our fans, and by partnering with Crunchyroll, together we can expand the reach of anime by making shows available to an even larger audience around the world. Funimation will continue to be the best place for fans to experience dubbed content while we also work with Crunchyroll to grow the market for anime. This is a thrilling next step for both companies.”This is only the tip of the iceberg, as both companies are preparing to begin streaming of their catalog titles like Cowboy Bebop and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club on their sites. Truly, it is a great time for us anime nerds to be alive.Cowboy BebopAlthough it seems like viewers would automatically only subscribe to one platform and not the other due to money concerns, the great news is that FunimationNow has lowered their subscription cost to $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year, which means you can subscribe to both FunimationNow and Crunchyroll and not break your otaku piggy bank.Kun Gao, Founder and GM of Crunchyroll states, “This partnership will allow Crunchyroll to continue making the best subtitled simulcast experience for all fans. Anime is a lifestyle experience shared by millions, and we look forward to new ways to delight fans together.”We can only hope that other big licensing giants will jump into the friend-zone with these guys. We’re looking at you, Netflix.It still seems like a dream that we can get simulcasts of anime direct from Japan in the same week it airs in the land of the rising sun. Remember the days when you could only get anime from a shady dude at the Chinese market for, like, $40 for 4 episodes in an unmarked plastic case? How far we have come, my fellow otaku.How we had to get our anime in the early ’90s. You kids don’t even understand how good you have it these days.Our biggest question now, is what do we call this awesome mashup of our two favorite anime distribution companies? FuniCrunch? Crunchination? FuniRoll? CrunchyFun?The world is truly our oyster.Click here to sign up!Crunchyroll (30 Day Trial Offer)FunimationNowlast_img read more