Crunchyroll, Funimation merge to be world’s largest anime streaming library
Crunchyroll announced that starting Tuesday, Funimation’s entire anime library, including shows, movies, and previously exclusive upcoming simulcast premieres, will live under the Crunchyroll brand. The move follows the acquisition of Crunchyroll by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., which last year acquired the anime streaming service from AT&T and WarnerMedia for $1.175 billion. “Combining all of our brands and services under the Crunchyroll brand globally allows us to offer more value than ever before as we bundle subscriptions, dubbing, simulcasts, library, music, movies, manga – all in one subscription.” This was stated by the CEO of Crunchyroll, Colin Decker. “The new Crunchyroll is a dream come true, and we are grateful to the anime creators and millions of fans who have joined us to make the community what it is today.”
According to Crunchyroll, upcoming spring anime premieres will stream exclusively on Crunchyroll going forward, and 80 percent of Funimation’s most popular existing series and French anime streaming service Wakanim will be available to watch on Crunchyroll by the end of March 2022, according to Crunchyroll.
Crunchyroll pricing ($7.99/month Fan; $9.99/month Mega Fan and $14.99/month Ultimate Fan) will remain unchanged, while new Crunchyroll and VRV subscribers will receive 60 days of Crunchyroll Premium for free. IN FAQ Page Due to the announcement, existing Funimation subscribers are advised to cancel their subscriptions when they are ready as Funimation will only continue to add new episodes of series that are currently streaming.