Post Reply Does crunchyroll take off certain animes?
Posted 8/29/15
So ive been on here since 2011 but sheesh forgot my password
and i remember them having Gosick on here but its not on here anymore
and im kind of ugh about it because it's my favorite of all.

What is crunchyroll's way of doing things
do they take anime off a certain amount of time? or does it vary by season

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Posted 8/29/15
they take anime off if the license to host/air the series have expired (and they didn't bother to renew the license)
Posted 8/29/15

namealreadytaken wrote:

they take anime off if the license to host/air the series have expired (and they didn't bother to renew the license)


oh because i was kind of like ehh. was about to go to funi >_<
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ignitingmemories wrote:

So ive been on here since 2011 but sheesh forgot my password
and i remember them having Gosick on here but its not on here anymore
and im kind of ugh about it because it's my favorite of all.

What is crunchyroll's way of doing things
do they take anime off a certain amount of time? or does it vary by season



I've moved this to Site Support / Minor Questions. They do remove shows from time to time as licenses expire unless they renew them.

There doesn't seem to be standard time that they license all shows for, so we generally don't know when shows will expire (I get the impression that sometimes Crunchyroll doesn't know until the last minute either--perhaps some licenses end not based on amount of time, but based on other conditions beyond CR's control.)

When Crunchyroll does know ahead of time, they announce it in Site News, often in threads that have something like "Marathon time" in the title.
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Posted 8/29/15

ignitingmemories wrote:

So ive been on here since 2011 but sheesh forgot my password
and i remember them having Gosick on here but its not on here anymore
and im kind of ugh about it because it's my favorite of all.

What is crunchyroll's way of doing things
do they take anime off a certain amount of time? or does it vary by season

Gosick was part of a large number of titles that were lost one year ago:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864201/marathon-time

Most, and perhaps all, were licensed to CR by Kadokawa.


The short answer to your question is that when an anime disappears off CR has to do with the terms of the contract.


Any contract will be written to give CR a specific minimum amount of time. Typically this is at least the season the series is being broadcast, plus a specific amount of time.

The most extreme examples of this were the original Kadokawa contracts, which pulled the series 30 days after the simulcast season ended. I can only recall one series where they actually exercised that right, however, and it was later restored. BTW, that example (Omamori Himari) was also among those series lost a year ago.

There were at least a couple of more extreme exceptions. When the original Fairy Tail series was being simulcast, CR was only permitted to keep each episode for 30 days. When the original Strike Witches series was simulcast (back in 2008, before CR went fully legit), each episode was gone before the next one aired. (I believe they were only available for about a day).

Beyond this, the contract could go one of three ways:

1. It has a specific end date beyond which no renewal is offered. As we really don't see CR giving (possible) expiration dates months in advance, I doubt this type of contract is common these days.

2. It can be open for renewal, likely at a set price, but perhaps also subject to negotiation. In either case, if the renewal cost isn't supported by the recent viewership of a title, there would be little incentive for CR to renew the title. CR believing they would be able to negotiate suitable new terms but failing to could explain titles where notice is given, but it is very short.

3. It changes to "at will" status. The title can remain on CR indefinitely under agreed terms, but can also be removed at any time by the licensor. While CR would likely prefer a substantial period of notice (i.e., 30 days), they aren't going to argue to much over that point on a title that would probably have been here for 2-3 years by that point, especially if it was a simulcast. If CR licenses a title from an intermediate party, and that party loses their license for some reason, CR is legally obligated to pull the title immediately upon notice.

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