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Summer Simulcasts - Occult Academy & Tono to Issho
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I loved the summer of 2009 lineup and that was my first season at Crunchyroll. It's looking like summer of 2010 will be a pale imitation of 2009's unfortunately, and it's making me a little grumpy. I'll hang in there and hope for the best though, I don't blame anyone, its just the way it is. I have some hopes that these two new titles are just the tip of the iceberg. I hope it at least out-performs Spring 2010. Not looking forward to needing to "catch up" to so many titles if they get them part-way into the season. I hope I don't have to catch up by more than 3 episodes, otherwise, I'd just as soon watch older titles that I hadn't seen yet.
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Occult Academy has a good plot, imo.
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Woooo 2nd one available in Singapore!
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mozychan wrote:


agila61 wrote:

Nor is there any reason to believe that Funi would be unwilling to work with Crunchyroll as a streaming platform for its titles similar to the way that it works with Hulu and YouTube.


No reason huh? I'm pretty sure FUNi has reasons... The Shodojo project was/is a middle finger towards CR imo.

-moose


First, there's really no reason to assume that when Funimation tried to get a social media platform started that they were showing Crunchy the finger ... lots of people try to get social media platforms started. And even if it was a middle finger, since Shodojo.com comes up as a parked name from its Domain Name Server, its a broken middle finger.

Second, companies are companies. If there is a strong business case for Funimation, they are not going to turn up their nose at it because they have a grudge against Crunchy.
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I just watched the first ep of Occult Academy and it looks promising. :-)
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Thanks. Occult Academy looks absolutely awesome.
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only 2 anime on the cr summer line-up? and 2 that i don't care about.
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once gain without germany.


Or austria.... why no new worldwide releases?
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I heard from a reliable source that crunchyroll also has Strike Witches 2.
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vick1986 wrote:

Well I'm not sure about the Antilles but the announcement says it's available in the Netherlands where I am yet it still gives me the not available in your territory notice. Either you screwed up in the announcement and you never arranged the rights or someone forgot to flick the all important access switch.


Ah it's working now looks like someone did indeed forgot the switch then.
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Thank you for getting Occult Academy. I just finished the first episode and was pleasantly surprised. And doesn't that image just scream "TALK TO THE HAND!" or is it just me?
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*is still holding out on some vain hope that Digimon will be simulcast, knows it's probably hopeless though*
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Watched the first ep of "Occult Academy" and i found it very interesting and promesing ;3 I'm gonna continue and watch this! great job CR ;3
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Tono to Issho looks interesting.
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agila61 wrote: The problem with describing them as "what's keeping Crunchyroll alive" is that its sounds as if CR is on life support.

That's the direction it's moving in. CR's offerings have been steadily sliding in both quantity and quality. If it weren't for ongoing shows like Fairy Tail and Yumeiro I would have dropped my sub before Spring.


And as far as "they don't grow CR as a platform for a variety of anime" ... no, of course they do. The actual audience for the big platform titles is by no means restricted to the stereotype, and bringing that audience to the site increase the viewership of titles across the board. Increased viewership across the board improves the royalty streams for all shows, improving the case for uploading material to Crunchyroll.

And we're sure seeing the payoff of that in the amazing Spring and Summer lineup CR has, right? ...Oh wait a second.


They evidently are not unwilling to see the same show on multiple platforms for multiple global audiences. That is how we see Funi with an R1 license for an English-localization of a title that has an R4 licensed by Madman in Australia, an R2-ex-Japan license by Manga in the UK, and an R3 license by Odex in Singapore, on a variety of cable and satellite channels as well as various non-English localizations.

If you think a Madman R4 DVD license is similar to CR getting simulcast streaming rights for a show Funi has locked up for DVD release and streaming rights (because they have said they don't like licensing something unless they get ALL rights, and specifically described CR shows in a way that makes them sound toxic), then you don't quite understand the situation.

Simply put, even if the publishers liked the idea, Funi would never allow it. And Funi has a death grip on the largest anime market outside Japan. Funi doesn't have to worry about Madman in Australia or Beez in the UK as competition. Americans aren't going to import those DVDs when the R1s usually come out earlier and cheaper. A simulcast stream on Crunchyroll, however, *is* competition for their Funi player views. Very direct competition.


Making up an extreme starting point makes it easy to reach extreme conclusions, but there is no reason to believe either that Funi will lock up a large majority of desirable series for North American distribution.

They already do, and they already have. And the share is just going to get larger because they're the only ones in R1 with money right now. ADV/Sentai is the only other company that can license a decent number of series, and they seem to go for what's cheap most of the time. Although I tend to not care about a lot of what Funi licenses, it's unarguable that they've got a stranglehold on the industry.


Nor is there any reason to believe that Funi would be unwilling to work with Crunchyroll as a streaming platform for its titles similar to the way that it works with Hulu and YouTube.

Hulu and Youtube are neutral content delivery platforms. Funimation is not competing with them. They are, however, competing with Crunchyroll. They have absolutely no incentive to let Crunchyroll stream anything.

And even if they did, I prefer the style of translation usually found on Crunchyroll titles to how Funi or other R1 licensors translate. If Funi simply used CR as a viewing platform, nobody would be paying to retranslate.


Yeah, lots of people on the internet have absurdly unrealistic expectations and hyperventilate when reality proceeds at a more realistic pace.

When the expectation is "Crunchyroll should simulcast stuff I give a damn about", that's a pretty realistic and reasonable expectation. If CR thinks otherwise, well, they just better hope Bleach and Naruto never end, eh?
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