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Posted 10/9/15
I've noticed a few anime (e.g. Bakemonogatari, Beyond the Boundary) have ONAs, yet they aren't available on Crunchyroll. Same with the Kill la Kill OVA. These are just the few series that I've noticed, but I'm sure there are others.

Does Crunchyroll generally not get the rights to host ONAs and OVAs? That's a shame, if that's the case! It's just something that I've been curious about for a while now.
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Dospraline wrote:

I've noticed a few anime (e.g. Bakemonogatari, Beyond the Boundary) have ONAs, yet they aren't available on Crunchyroll. Same with the Kill la Kill OVA. These are just the few series that I've noticed, but I'm sure there are others.

Does Crunchyroll generally not get the rights to host ONAs and OVAs? That's a shame, if that's the case! It's just something that I've been curious about for a while now.


Those are episodes that were bonus materials to push sales of the DVDs and Blu-Rays, sometimes they are even distributed with Manga, sometimes Light Novels, etc. They did not get broadcasted over the air at all in Japan, so they aren't part of the series license.

It may be that the additional licensing to acquire them was too expensive for a relatively few episodes, but most likely, the Japanese publisher simply does not want to allow streaming of them at all, so that the media they were distributed with will sell.

CR does have a few random/stray OVAs, sometimes mixed in with the series pages, others on their own, and they have even had one up temporarily as a promotion (I personally remember Oreimo, for example).

But as you noticed, those are not the norm to have available on a legit site. Probably 90% of them aren't really worth watching anyway, unless you really are looking for fanservice. For the most part they are stuff like beach/hot springs episodes.

In the cases of Bakemonogatari and Kokoro Connect though, those really are important continuations, and the one for Another is a prequel of sorts, so I agree, at times it's disheartening to not have them available.
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