Post Reply How do I know what will be on Crunchyroll in the future?
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Posted 12/30/16 , edited 12/30/16
To anyone who knows how might I learn about what will be available in the future on Crunchyroll: Since I began getting into anime around January of last year I've (most likely permanently) subscribed to Crunchyroll and FUNimation and one thing I noticed that I couldn't find on Crunchyroll was any sort of long term schedule, and with my entire YouTube Recommended feed overflowing with "Most Anticipated Anime in 2017" videos, this has became increasingly annoying to say the least. Unless I'm the stupidest person on the face of the earth and I can't find the corner of the website that offers the information I'm looking for, I was wondering if anyone knew any anime news sites, or any of the like, that could tell me where I could hope to find any upcoming shows.

Also, just a general question to any veteran anime fans, I was wondering if I should expect a provider (like FUNimation or Crunchyroll) to always have the distribution rights to a show? For example, one of the shows that made me post about this in the first place was the second season of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju which is set to air on the seventh. Seeing as Crunchyroll has the first season, should I expect it to have this next upcoming season, and any that come after it?

Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this mess wether you knew how to help or not.
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Posted 12/30/16 , edited 12/30/16
Usually Crunchyroll announces what they get and in which regions right before the shows air, essentially at the start of a new season. The lineup page should update at some point to Winter 2017. Then there's this http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-976411/winter-2017-simulcasts which has the ones they have already announced. Basically no long term schedule as far as I know.

I think there's a good chance they will stream Rakugo, can't know for sure before they announce though.
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I noticed that I couldn't find on Crunchyroll was any sort of long term schedule


Nope, you won't find such a thing. Funi has somewhat of a future release schedule for (only) a few days out, but that is mostly for older shows that they are dubbing or finally getting around to streaming after they had acquired the license from someone else... And now that they will be doing nearly only dubs, even simulcasts will be a few weeks later there.


Also, just a general question to any veteran anime fans, I was wondering if I should expect a provider (like FUNimation or Crunchyroll) to always have the distribution rights to a show?


Nothing is forever... In the past, CR has lost shows to Funimation, but hopefully that will stop now that they are "partners" where Funi will have the dub and CR will (eventually) have the sub. Supposedly most of the subtitled series from Funi will come here, but there's no actual scheduled order for which shows or when. I would be surprised (but pleasantly) to see that manage to be completed even within two years...

As for Funi, they are actually going to take down their subs at some point after they give them to CR, and only have dubs, so no, not forever there, either.

As for future, there are many different companies who distribute the streaming rights to streamers like CR and Funi. Except for the select production committees that CR is now starting to have representation in, there's no guarantee that a given show will come here.

Although, now with CR/Funi sharing them, it should be a greater majority each season. But there's nothing anywhere that will tell you that other than the very near future with the site news announcements, just days, or sometimes just minutes before something shows up the first time.

They can't tell you until the contracts are signed, and many of those come down to the last few days before a show goes on TV in Japan for the first time. CR and Funi do not make anime themselves, they only acquire the streaming rights for it second-hand from the Japanese producers by bidding on it. There's no way they can tell you anything ahead of time with any certainty like CBS or NBC, etc, who do produce their own shows.

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Thanks both of you for responding so soon. And, asharka, you were saying "Noting is forever..." in regards to the two streaming services I mentioned in my original posts which I'm already subscribed to. Basically what I'm trying to say is FUNimation "loosing" something to Crunchyroll or the other way around is totally fine because I'll always have full access to either; my issue, or what I was worried about rather, was the occasion that either provider could loose rights to a show for some reason and me no longer having streaming access. For example Death Note was a show that I couldn't find on a legitimate anime streaming site so (to avoid shitty illegal streaming sites that didn't give back to the creators in any way) I had to buy the Blu-Ray. I just assumed Death Note was something that used to be available somewhere - at some point - but was lost for some reason.

As for the schedule issues: I guess I'll just have to live with it. I had already seen the forum post Cenric referred me to, but seeing as it wasn't posted all that recently, I didn't know if there were any updates to it.

Thanks again!
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Death Note was picked up by Viz, so it's available there or on Hulu:

http://www.hulu.com/companies/viz-media

So you see that CR & Funi aren't the only players...along with Netflix, Amazon, The Anime Network, any of those may get shows here and there instead, usually high profile ones... One Punch Man, Death Note, Prince of Tennis, Inuasha, Ranma...

But to elaborate a little, there are 56 shows which have disappeared here since I started keeping track a few years back. The attrition rate is very much smaller than the accretion rate though...they gain 35-45+ new simulcasts each and every quarter...
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asharka wrote:

Death Note was picked up by Viz, so it's available there or on Hulu:

http://www.hulu.com/companies/viz-media

So you see that CR & Funi aren't the only players...along with Netflix, Amazon, The Anime Network, any of those may get shows here and there instead, usually high profile ones... One Punch Man, Death Note, Prince of Tennis, Inuasha, Ranma...

But to elaborate a little, there are 56 shows which have disappeared here since I started keeping track a few years back. The attrition rate is very much smaller than the accretion rate though...they gain 35-45+ new simulcasts each and every quarter...


Don't forget that now Daisuki has also entered the paid subscription market with exclusive series not to mention the recent studio signings with Tubi TV and Viewster among other new entrants in the field. There seem to be more options now than ever especially now that Crackle has mentioned rebuilding their anime library for their new "channels" as well. The sad part is that there are still quite a few older series that slip right through the cracks like Hyouka, Marvel Avengers: Disk Wars and the original Kindaichi Case Files animated series (and not a small series at that at 148 episodes). Hopefully all these new entrants in the market will help fill that hole.
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Posted 12/31/16 , edited 12/31/16
I see. Thanks for opening my eyes a bit more. I guess the long term solution would be to simply buy all the shows I hold dear on blu ray or something. It wouldn't be stupidly expensive and I wouldn't have to worry about waking up one day and not being able to stream this or that. I'm also completely assuming that most of the shows that you said are lost are either really old, or obscure.

And about what neugenx was saying, I don't think competitors like that are something to be viewed in a negative light. With FUNimation and Crunchyroll merging I feel like they will continue to "dominate" the anime medium. Again, half a year into this I'm still pretty naive to the scope, but I still think it's not something to worry about.
In the case that any of you think it is though, I might think about going and subscribing to some of the other providers listed by asharka. I was going to get the free trial for Hulu so I could watch One Punch man anyways, and assumingI like it, fully subscribe for when it comes back for a season two.
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Posted 12/31/16
There is also the "News" section on crunchyroll and other sites like ANN Anime News Network
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