Post Reply Does Crunchyroll release any anime on Blu-Ray?
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Does Crunchyroll release any anime on Blu-Ray? I'd love to buy a copy of Arpeggio of Blue Steel & Aldnoah Zero (spelling???) on BD.

I've noticed Funimation releases most of what it streams on disc, but not sure why Crunchyroll doesn't.

Any explanations?
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jreffner wrote:

Does Crunchyroll release any anime on Blu-Ray? I'd love to buy a copy of Arpeggio of Blue Steel & Aldnoah Zero (spelling???) on BD.

I've noticed Funimation releases most of what it streams on disc, but not sure why Crunchyroll doesn't.

Any explanations?


I've moved this to Advice, Info, Recommendations.

Funimation purchases the rights for those disc releases--it's part of their business model--while CR currently focuses on streaming rights only.

CR did do a special thing releasing 5 Centimeters per Second on DVD, but that's the only case I know of where Crunchyroll has been involved in a disc release.
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I saw a similar question asked on a different forum a long time ago, and the answer that guy gave boiled down to (I'm paraphrasing here) "sometimes the Japanese rights holders don't want to separate the North America streaming and Blue-Ray/DVD rights, so a place like Crunchyroll might end up owning the disc rights for a brief period of time. Crunchyroll then usually tries to resell them, or work with a partner to release discs. The problem is, Crunchyroll doesn't really want to be in the DVD/Blue-Ray business--and if they are prohibited from reselling those rights, then they just end up sitting on them."

I tried to look up where I read that or who said it, and couldn't find it, however, and it's possible my memory of what he said is a little fuzzy--this was a while ago. I think it was one of the blogs over at animenewsnetwork, but I can't be sure.
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mnmike wrote:

I saw a similar question asked on a different forum a long time ago, and the answer that guy gave boiled down to (I'm paraphrasing here) "sometimes the Japanese rights holders don't want to separate the North America streaming and Blue-Ray/DVD rights, so a place like Crunchyroll might end up owning the disc rights for a brief period of time. Crunchyroll then usually tries to resell them, or work with a partner to release discs. The problem is, Crunchyroll doesn't really want to be in the DVD/Blue-Ray business--and if they are prohibited from reselling those rights, then they just end up sitting on them."

I tried to look up where I read that or who said it, and couldn't find it, however, and it's possible my memory of what he said is a little fuzzy--this was a while ago. I think it was one of the blogs over at animenewsnetwork, but I can't be sure.


The practice was briefly covered in this Answerman from December 19th.
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