Funimation and Crunchyroll?
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I notice that Attack On Titan is the only anime from Funimation that you can watch on Crunchyroll and i don't exactly know why. I've recently got into certain anime like Eureka Seven, Tokyo Ghoul and a lot of other anime that have been produced by Funimation and i came onto Chrunchyroll to see if i could watch those anime but found out that Attack On Titan is the only anime there from Funimation. My question is: does Funimation and Chrunchyroll have some sort of bad history or does Chrunchyroll just not have a lot of anime from Funimation?
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it's business, simple as that.
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It has to do with getting to license 'em and all that jazz. Not so familiar with all that.
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maybe they have exclusive licensing. like funi couldn't get Free! Iwatobi swim club because CR licenced that first or something.

But both companies have Free! Eternal summer.
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Generally, Funimation does the localization for dvd's and blu-rays as well, and when that happens, they are going to want to get exclusive streaming licenses. My guess is that everyone wanted to license Attack on TItan, and when there's a lot of demand, pricing goes up as well. I'd guess that an exclusive license would've cost way more than Funi wanted to pay, and they just said "fuck it." Other than that, exclusive licenses are within Funi's price range, so they go ahead with it for most shows. Probably.
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Rokenix wrote:

I notice that Attack On Titan is the only anime from Funimation that you can watch on Crunchyroll and i don't exactly know why. I've recently got into certain anime like Eureka Seven, Tokyo Ghoul and a lot of other anime that have been produced by Funimation and i came onto Chrunchyroll to see if i could watch those anime but found out that Attack On Titan is the only anime there from Funimation. My question is: does Funimation and Chrunchyroll have some sort of bad history or does Chrunchyroll just not have a lot of anime from Funimation?


Funimation is a licensor in the US just like Crunchyroll. They are 2 companies in the US licensing Anime from Japan. CR does not license anything from Funimation. Early on there might have been some sub licensing going on, but at this point I believe CR just licensing streaming rights directly from the Japanese licensor.

That said, Funimation is still the dominant power here because they release physical media. So it is likely that any license contract will stipulate that CR will remove a show from streaming once the physical media is released. At least for a time. Likely Funimation asks this when they license the same show, since shows by ADV and others do not always follow the same pattern. But it could also be that other studio's just do not bother to ask for that rider, or the Japanese block it for some reason, or no one really cares other than Funimation.

Any history between Funimation and CR is irrelevent because it does not impact licensing really. It is not like the Japanese are going to give Funimation preferential treatment just because they are the largest studio right now. Times change, the Japanese know that too. They also know streaming might be small in Japan, but it is huge elsewhere. So they are doing it because they want to, not because Funimation somehow is pressuring them.

It also could be that CR and Funimation have an agreement where Funimation licenses and foots the cost of the show and possibly subtitling for simulcasts with the provision that CR drops the show from streaming for a period when the physical media releases. The times when CR removes a show does seem to generally correspond to the physical media release dates. So rather than working against, they might be working together. CR gets access to a larger library, even if temporarily, for a fraction of the cost. Many of the shows currently in simlucast have also already been licensed by Funimation or another studio for the physical release.

Really though, the answer is who knows. The language in any contract is strictly confidential and never shared. So it is hard to say for sure.

It just is. This is one reason I buy all my anime on physical discs because eventually we will always lose streaming rights to all shows unless they are relicensed. License periods generally only last between 5-7 years on average.

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