Funimation’s massive library of anime content will be making its way to Crunchyroll.
Two of North America’s successful anime distribution companies have agreed to a historic partnership. Funimation is one of anime’s leading distributors in North America. The company is known for specializing in dubbing for its licensed anime shows. The company’s incredible catalog of licensed anime shows includes Code Geass, Tokyo Ghoul, Assassination Classroom, Black Cover, Fairy Tail, Fruits Baskets, Yu Yu Hakusho, Cowboy Bebop, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Attack On Titan, Dragon Ball, and many more.
Crunchyroll is also one of North America’s top anime distributors. The company is known for focusing on streaming manga, dorama, and anime content. Additionally, Crunchyroll’s partnership program and distribution channel has given content to more than one hundred million registered users globally. Now it’s been announced that the two successful North American anime distributors will be merging.
Funimation and Crunchroll Joining Forces
This recent merger is a massive win for the anime community as fans can watch many new anime contents. Existing and new Crunchyroll subscribers will now have special access to Funimation’s library and simulcast content. Additionally, Crunchyroll’s pricing will remain unchanged (Crunchyroll tiers are $7.99/month, Fan; $9.99/month, Mega Fan; and $14.99/month, Ultimate Fan), thus allowing fans an incredible anime experience. This anime experience includes more than 1600 hours of anime content, more than 40,000 episodes, and more than fifty newly added titles.
This massive addition of anime content will make it a colossal record, if not the biggest. Then also, it’s been announced that anime from this upcoming Spring season will also be included in this new merger. Additionally, all of Funimation Global Brands will unify under the Crunchyroll banner. Over two hundred countries and territories will be able to experience this ultimate anime experience of subs, dubs, films, and simulcasts.
Crunchyroll CEO Colin Decker revealed his excitement about this historic new merger. Decker explained that the merging of Funimation and Crunchyroll will give anime access to many anime contents. The Crunchyroll CEO further explained that the fans were their top priority. While also praising fans, anime creators, and the anime community in general. Decker explained that:
“When we brought Funimation and Crunchyroll together last year, our top priority was to put fans first,”…“Unifying all of our brands and services under the Crunchyroll brand globally enables us to offer more value than ever before as we combine subs, dubs, simulcasts, library, music, movies, manga—all into one subscription.”…”The new Crunchyroll is the realization of a dream, and we are grateful to the creators of anime and the millions of fans who have joined us in making the community what it is today.”Crunchyroll CEO Colin Decker
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