Crunchyroll x Funimation Partnership, What Does it Mean?
Yesterday, Crunchyroll and Funimation announced a strategic partnership. Basically, in a nutshell they decided to share content with each other.
Yes! Fans were excited as two major anime providers in the West joined hands. Although not merging operations but just something like a give and take relationship.
Unfortunately, Regional Locks will still prevail as there are many hurdles there. Like there might be several companies with rights to same show but for different regions. Thankfully there’s always VPN.
I think, looking at the nature of both the companies, Crunchyroll will have the subbed version with Funimation the Dubbed.
As Gen Fukunaga, Founder and CEO of Funimation, said, “Crunchyroll is a leading destination for fans to watch anime content. Our commitment is first and foremost to our fans and by partnering with Crunchyroll, together we can expand the reach of anime by making shows available to an even larger audience around the world. Funimation will continue to be the best place for fans to experience dubbed content while we also work with Crunchyroll to grow the market for anime. This is a thrilling next step for both companies.”
For now, Crunchyroll viewers can watch subtitled versions of Funimation’s summer simulcast titles, D.Gray-man Hallow, First Love Monster, and Puzzle & Dragons X. Additionally, some absolute anime classics that Funimation has in its catalog, like Cowboy Bebop and Psycho-Pass are available right now on Crunchyroll.
Whereas Funimation viewers will now have access to Crunchyroll’s current anime titles with broadcast dubs, such as 91 Days, Mob Psycho 100 and Orange. Funimation will also serve as the distributor for Crunchyroll’s home video release titles and EST (electronic sell-through) releases. The home video and EST releases will include subtitles and English dubs.
“No more thinking about which company has what show,” Mike Duboise, COO of Funimation said. “ALL of the best of anime brought to you by Funimation and Crunchyroll, both subbed and dubbed. This partnership will enable both companies to grow the anime industry, both in Japan and in the U.S. – this means more great anime for everyone. Fans won’t pay more for dual subscription. It really is bringing the concept of ‘anime my way’ to life.”
That’s all but what about others players? If you’ll didn’t knew Funimation already distributed content with Amazon and Hulu and that will probably still continue, as in the end of the day that just revenue sharing like with Crunchyroll. On the Flipside, Sentai Filmworks would usually distribute Crunchyroll shows but now seems like there’s a dent.
Source: Official Press Release