It’s that time of year – the time when we put up our phones and quit playing Pokemon Go for the winter and find warm blankets to hibernate under. It’s Anime-and-Chill season, or rather, AnimeBinge season. With winter breaks coming up, Thanksgiving Holidays in the US, an other holidays around the world, there’s no better time to hunker down and watch a show that you’ve been meaning to get around to.
With that in mind, we thought it might be a good idea to bring you a little news from the anime world. If you already have a Funimation or Crunchyroll subscription, you should have already gotten some updates about this.
Funimation + Crunchyroll = better subs on Funimation and new dubs on pre-subbed Crunchyroll shows
But what does this mean for the average fan of either format?
- Funimation is taking on the role of distributor of the merchandise and video releases for the two companies at this time. (Crunchyroll will no longer be offering purchase/pc download options for videos on their own site)
- Some Funimation subs will be taken down (standard rotation – think of how Disney never releases their entire movie collection in one year – they parse them out to create scarcity), and others will be replaced by Crunchyroll versions of the subtitling.
- This is not an official merger. Since it’s a distribution partnership, they could disentangle and go their separate ways whenever they feel like it, and neither of them should necessarily lose any traction in the anime distribution circuit because of it.
- They’re hoping that the simulcast season will be tighter with the merge, and have been throwing around the phrase “within 2-4 weeks of broadcasting”… but they are putting emphasis more on the expanded capability of having a broader skilled team to create amazing work.
- The subscription for Funimation does NOT cover the streaming services available at Crunchyroll (with their free vs premium service) and Vice Versa. Funimation lowered the price of their premium plan to help subscribers buy both subscription plans (the Crunchyroll plan and Funimation Premium plan)
(And if you know all of that already – that’s PERFECTLY FINE. But: I’m looking to add more content to the blog, and I’m really curious – what have you been watching? What series are you excited about? What do you think about Miyazaki’s choice to – AGAIN – come out of retirement? Leave me your comments, I’d love to hear them!)