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Posted 6/27/15
I wouldn't really say so. This Spring Season simulcast lineup didn't have any harem related shows. I'm a member myself and only about 4 pages are harem related, I must say this though there are about 300+ shows and about 20-40 Harem show. Funimation tries to grab titles that are suggested in their forums, which is different from CR. Funimation isn't so desperate right now considering how well their site is doing, if you believe they have too much Harem/Ecchi Anime then you can blame it on the people who suggested it to Funimation.
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actually i see more fanservice/harem stuff on CR


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The only thing Funimation needs is more simulcast titles and they will in every way be better than Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll has fallen way behind Funimation in the last 2 years and it's really showing. Especially where it matters a lot to customers in customer service. I am a $4.99 member there and I ask a support question and it gets answered in less than 8 hours. Try that with Crunchyroll and see if you get an answer ever.


yup my experience with CR customer service is "sorry we are overflowing with email inquires so we may take a while to respond" lol and ofc i never hear anything. i have lost money to the store before >.> whereas when i had an issue with funi's store i had it fixed within a day
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Yeah spring cour had 5 at once and I was stunned. Usually it's about 5% of series are harems (roughly 1.5 per cour).

Sort of like the Wikipedia wangsting about porn performers. "Thousand upon thousands of people qualifying by this guideline." Actual # last I checked was about 1600 total articles under the three categories, which was lower than the number of American Football Middle Linebackers by 200 or so. Yet it was claimed that the porn guidelines were too loose because they had better coverage than athletes.

I guess if you don't like or respect something it seems omnipresent due to your offense.


I understand exactly what you're saying . It's like me and Un-"Reality TV". I honestly get disgusted by it but I realize it only takes up about 10-15% of the shows on at max so I just turn the channel. Eventhough, Spring Cour seemed to have a lot of Harem Comedies there was a reason. Spring Cour had 42 Full-length shows and 8 Short-feature ones. By comparison it actually had less of a percentage than recent/past seasons .It feels weird looking back at past Cours on Anichart and seeing just how few titles we actually got compared to the 40-50 we tend to get now. This is the first season I remember where there won't be a break week between seasons for me .
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I am noticing that the Funimation fans here are not mentioning their lack of regional availability compared to Crunchyroll, though CR struggles with that from time to time, too. (I wait a week and watch Funi releases on Hulu; no sense paying twice for the same thing, IMO.) As for customer service, I get the feeling that CR has to listen to a lot of entitled bitching and try to pick out the real issues to be solved from amongst all the junk.

As for harems versus hentai, please note that hentai tends to operate on a very low budget compared to mainstream anime, and thus does not look nearly as good, for the most part. That, and hentai tends to tackle ... questionable subject matter (i.e. almost always rape). So! You can see uncensored harem anime as filling a softcore gap for fans who are not into the hardcore (i.e. hentai) end of the naughty spectrum.
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Posted 6/28/15 , edited 6/28/15

Sogno- wrote:

yup my experience with CR customer service is "sorry we are overflowing with email inquires so we may take a while to respond" lol and ofc i never hear anything. i have lost money to the store before >.> whereas when i had an issue with funi's store i had it fixed within a day

I have to think part of the problem is a matter of scale. I've never seen Funimation publish any numbers regarding their number of streaming subscribers, but judging on their forum activity, I suspect is is fraction of that of CR.

As they grow, it will be interesting to see if their customer service remains as responsive.




megahobbit wrote:

But the biggest harem question is... Why not just watch hentai.

That's a bit like asking why if someone likes spicy food, why don't they don't go for the "My teeth are melting" hot dish rather than something more mild.

Some people may also like a bit more plot with their PLOT than one would experience with hentai. Not everyone that is watching anime of this type is looking for fap fuel.

I also took you to mean "ecchi" there rather than "harem", as I can point you to some harem anime that if you were viewing them for titillation purposes, you would be quite disappointed.

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After seeing thumbnails of anime tiddies & the occational panty/ass shot for their trailers posted their YouTube channel, yeah probably.
They don't seem to care anymore about their dubs now. Its all about the money now.


Just to be fair, it's always been about the money. That's what businesses do.

They have passion for anime (otherwise the founders wouldn't have made Funimation and employees wouldn't work there), but of course they want to make as much money as possible, it's only natural.
Posted 6/29/15
Not only that, they even change the script when they dub them so it isn't even the original script anymore. The show is 14+ in Japanese but it's 18+ in English. I wish they didn't change the script.
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Maybe if people bought anything other than fansevice and DBZ they would rely on other things.

They went all out for Kami-sama Kiss with a Limited Edition but it didn't sell very well but HighSchool DxD sells like breastcakes
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Funimation had quite a varied genre lineup for Spring ! BTW CR does the same !

After today's annocement from FUNI their genres are quite varied for summer!

What Funimation has grabbed so far

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-907253/what-funimation-has-grabbed-so-far
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rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:

I am noticing that the Funimation fans here are not mentioning their lack of regional availability compared to Crunchyroll, though CR struggles with that from time to time, too. (I wait a week and watch Funi releases on Hulu; no sense paying twice for the same thing, IMO.) As for customer service, I get the feeling that CR has to listen to a lot of entitled bitching and try to pick out the real issues to be solved from amongst all the junk.

As for harems versus hentai, please note that hentai tends to operate on a very low budget compared to mainstream anime, and thus does not look nearly as good, for the most part. That, and hentai tends to tackle ... questionable subject matter (i.e. almost always rape). So! You can see uncensored harem anime as filling a softcore gap for fans who are not into the hardcore (i.e. hentai) end of the naughty spectrum.


I am not looking for a big debate but Funi was basically after AOD network and introduced me to a lot of anime ! CR did too but Funi laid a lot of my anime groundwork!

They always intended to Broadcast for the USA ! Nobody else was making dubs on such a scale!

I see alot of complaints from overseas CR customers about availabilitly!

As far as customer service I barely had to write FUNI and for awhile was putting in two or three tickets a week for problems which were very legit so dont dimiss customer complaunts so easily . It was so bad CR was crashing all my browsers. It seems to be OK now but was never sastified after two years of complaints!

BTW why should we pay $5.00 a month for better customer service / response talk about making a legit ( kinda shady ) service sounds plausible!

Hey I like CR and FUNI but make an issue sound one-sided!

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Posted 6/30/15 , edited 6/30/15

megahobbit wrote:

...Harems are weird. The whole point of clean versions of harems airing is to get people to buy the uncensored DVD.

But the biggest harem question is... Why not just watch hentai.


No such thing as watching hentai.
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AnimeKami wrote:


megahobbit wrote:

...Harems are weird. The whole point of clean versions of harems airing is to get people to buy the uncensored DVD.

But the biggest harem question is... Why not just watch hentai.


No such thing as watching hentai.


...Did your age go down? I could swear it was 25.
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anzn wrote:

After seeing thumbnails of anime tiddies & the occational panty/ass shot for their trailers posted their YouTube channel, yeah probably.
They don't seem to care anymore about their dubs now. Its all about the money now.


Just to be fair, it's always been about the money. That's what businesses do.

They have passion for anime (otherwise the founders wouldn't have made Funimation and employees wouldn't work there), but of course they want to make as much money as possible, it's only natural.


Another way to look at it is that to continue doing what they do, they need to find ways to make money. Otherwise, they go bankrupt or their employees work like slaves for nothing.
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megahobbit wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


megahobbit wrote:

...Harems are weird. The whole point of clean versions of harems airing is to get people to buy the uncensored DVD.

But the biggest harem question is... Why not just watch hentai.


No such thing as watching hentai.


...Did your age go down? I could swear it was 25.


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AnimeKami wrote:


megahobbit wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


megahobbit wrote:

...Harems are weird. The whole point of clean versions of harems airing is to get people to buy the uncensored DVD.

But the biggest harem question is... Why not just watch hentai.


No such thing as watching hentai.


...Did your age go down? I could swear it was 25.




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