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Update to the Crunchyroll x Funimation Partnership

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Posted 10/19/18 , edited 11/11/18
Don't worry guys! You lose funmation's licenses but you gained High Guardian Spice!

Keep paying CR for this awesome content!
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You also have this link, which might be of help for other people!

https://www.crunchyroll.com/publisher/Funimation
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man this is terrible news. A lot of the anime on my list are from Funimation, but i'm from the UK and funimation looks kind of crap with barely any titles on there for us. Also one of the worst websites I've ever seen. Not sure what i'm gonna do; Well I do know but I dont really wanna do that.
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Damn that really sucks. I'm not so sure this will be a good move for Funimation since people were really happy with the partnership since it eliminated an extra streaming subscription and now people won't want to go back to it.

Plus Funi had a really really bad video player that had artifacting issues and whatnot. If they fixed that then I personally won't be miffed to much, but maintaining two platforms again is gonna suck.
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I think even they know High Guardian Spice is not being received well, hence the update video player immediately after the backlash from it.
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Posted 10/19/18 , edited 10/19/18

qwueri wrote:

Esh, if Crunchy loses future seasons of Hero Aca and Overlord that's going to be a gut punch.

Guess I should get around to finishing Garo: Vanishing Line sooner rather than later.





hyde90 wrote:


I feel like CR is gonna at least want to be able to simulcast MHA and AToT future seasons because of how popular they are.


For people who are worrying about MHA/AOT: both companies have stated publicly in several places that both those titles (and probably a couple other popular ones) will continue to be available on both services. Heck, it's even in the first post of this forum:

Direct from the very first post/page:

Currently-airing simulcasts and series that premiered during the partnership will continue to be available on Crunchyroll, including favorites like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia


And obviously they will get a list of exact titles to us as soon as they figure it all out (as both CR and Funi have stated multiple times); it's bound to be messy so I wouldn't expect it too soon, but really guys, how can you expect them to not make a master list for something as big as this?




Read, folks. Read.
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Go figure, Sony ruins something else for everyone.

They've been as anti-consumer as Microsoft lately.

(Let's just hope Microsoft doesn't enter the anime streaming business.)
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Posted 10/19/18 , edited 10/19/18
That sucks but when are you going to focus on crunchyroll and not 30 other things?
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Erebus25 wrote:

This is in no way good for the consumer. If you want to watch a specific anime, you have to get a specific service. There is no competition.

You only have a choice if you count pirating as one.


Your statement contradicts itself. Competition is often very good for the consumer Vs a monopoly one place stop for all anime - CR has dominated anime for years but it took the nerd rage over a High Guardian Spice video to finally get an updated player. Why? There's no rush if there's little concern for losing the consumers.

Most interesting thing will be seeing how serious Sony are with this. They were hilariously bad at helming Animax so will they step Vs the CR existing user base (with its VRV overlords now pulling in Sentai to sweeten the deal) as well as Netflix an ever present threat to the heirachy based on it could win outright on a whim if it's serious enough and Amazon are still looming too.

@Skode yep, his statement doesn't make sense. More services = MORE competition lol. Not sure where he gets his logic.


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I might have missed it but I need a freekin' list of what's going away in a few weeks so I can make some decisions on what to watch.

They haven't released one yet, afaik, but they say they will. Hopefully SOON and not like 2 or 3 days before the loss of the anime.

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Posted 10/19/18 , edited 10/19/18
is sad cause i recently joined crunchyroll,FeelsBadMan
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At least we'll still be able to watch Attack on Titan and MHA. I was gonna be upset if I had to get a Funimation sub to keep watching Attack on Titan.
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Posted 10/19/18 , edited 10/20/18
Oh god.

Now that every new season is just the popular continuing shows + all the trash imouto shows and whatnot on Crunchy, with Amazon or Netflix snapping up the few worthwhile shows, Crunchy is going to be a wasteland without Funimation.
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Posted 10/19/18 , edited 10/19/18
Let's be real here. It's not Funi pulling out. It's Sony pulling out.
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And with that, anime is losing its niche status thanks to the increasing influence of megacorporations. There's Sony's creation of Aniplex leading to a bunch of overpriced home video releases. Then there's Amazon and Netflix throwing a ton of cash to take selected shows for their own to get people to subscribe to their services. And then there's Crunchyroll that started off small before being bought up by the Chernin Group (which Hulu is part of), and with their parent company being bought out by AT&T now they are also subjected to the ways of megacorporations. With the Chrenin Group buying them up meant the end of those cheap subscriptions that were available during Black Friday, and AT&T's presence triggered this breakup. There's also Warner taking Viz and controlling the way they do business. And now this with Sony buying up Funimation and telling everybody that they are too good for Crunchyroll and that they will rule the anime industry by going solo rather than to remain partners in crime. Funimation is none too pleased about this decision as it was Sony who ordered this dissolution and Funi has always been about catering to the community.

So what's next? Only Sentai, Discotek, and Right Stuf remain under no influence by megacorporations, and Sentai previously got involved with their partnership with Amazon that only lasted nine months. I can see Sentai being bought up by Amazon given their past working relationship. Anyway, just sad that this is happening, but it seemed too good to last and because Sony and AT&T have more saying power than Funimation and Crunchyroll that it came to this.
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Considering how insular Sony is lately, I can only see Funimation crashing and burning because of this.
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