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Crunchyroll Staff,

For a subscription-based service that deals almost exclusively in anime, there are quite a few popular titles missing from your selection. To give a few examples, there's no Dragonball, no Tenchi Mouyo, and no Gundam either. There's quite a few others I don't see as well.

How can this be?

(I'm currently a trial subscriber, and I'd like to invest in your service, but I'm finding it hard to justify that)
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Ryncol wrote:

Crunchyroll Staff,

For a subscription-based service that deals almost exclusively in anime, there are quite a few popular titles missing from your selection. To give a few examples, there's no Dragonball, no Tenchi Mouyo, and no Gundam either. There's quite a few others I don't see as well.

How can this be?

(I'm currently a trial subscriber, and I'd like to invest in your service, but I'm finding it hard to justify that)


Basically, it's a licensing issue. CR tries to get as many licenses as it can, since more licenses means more people are happy and want to keep watching For the justification angle, it means more money going back to the studios of the shows you do watch, meaning they can make more, since CR's model is to send money for just what you view - shows you refuse to watch aren't getting your money, never fear.

Going into detail on the licensing issue - others are after the same market for various reasons. There are competing streaming services, so they sometimes outbid CR for new shows. Some shows are offered in bulk deals, or to services that had streamed previously for a studio, so CR can't always get those. Sometimes a service will get the license just to prevent anyone from streaming it so they can make money off DVD/Bluray sales. It's a competitive business!

CR tends to focus on simulcasts, to get the latest and greatest anime out to fans, but will try for older shows whenever possible. Those older animes, like the ones you mention, tend to have long-term contracts with their current publishers though. DB/DBZ/DB:GT is Funimation, who also has the rights to much of the Tenchi series. Bandai decided to close their license deal with CR, so all of their Gundam and other titles were removed at the end of 2012. I'm not sure who got streaming rights after that, to be honest, or if anyone has them, even.

Hope that helped a bit.
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That's insightful Makoto, thanks.
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Posted 12/21/13 , edited 12/21/13

MakotoKamui wrote:

Bandai decided to close their license deal with CR, so all of their Gundam and other titles were removed at the end of 2012. I'm not sure who got streaming rights after that, to be honest, or if anyone has them, even.

Daisuki.net has the original Gundam series, as well as Z (Zeta) and even ZZ, which had never been streamed before. The only modern Gundam series they have is the remaster of Gundam Seed. (Technically, they have Gundam Unicorn, but it isn't free).

The GundamInfo channel on YouTube has a number of the newer Gundam Series (including the current Gundam Build Fighters), although Unicorn and AGE are not available in in the west.

Hmm...actually I just tried the first episode of the English sub of AGE, and it played. It appears at some point they changed the region restrictions.
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Posted 12/22/13

TheAncientOne wrote:


MakotoKamui wrote:

Bandai decided to close their license deal with CR, so all of their Gundam and other titles were removed at the end of 2012. I'm not sure who got streaming rights after that, to be honest, or if anyone has them, even.

Daisuki.net has the original Gundam series, as well as Z (Zeta) and even ZZ, which had never been streamed before.


Daisuki had Original Gundam, but it's no longer listed on their website.
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eyeofpain wrote:

Daisuki had Original Gundam, but it's no longer listed on their website.

Hmm...well that didn't stick around very long, did it?

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Posted 12/22/13 , edited 12/22/13

TheAncientOne wrote:


eyeofpain wrote:

Daisuki had Original Gundam, but it's no longer listed on their website.

Hmm...well that didn't stick around very long, did it?



Nope. So once again, there's not easy, legal way for people to get started in the UC Gundam universe. If the 40+ episodes of the series are too much to host, at least making the movies available online would be a nice compromise.
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