The Internet Reacts To Crunchyroll And Funimation's Break Up 

For the past two years, Crunchyroll and Funimation have been sharing anime broadcasts via a cross-licensing deal. Variety reports that agreement is over. Bummer.

Sony-owned Funimation has decided not to renew. The reason? According to Funimation president and CEO Gen Fukunaga in an internal memo, Sony is increasing inventions in the streaming company in order to make it "a global sub and dub anime brand." Fukunaga added that Funimation and Crunchyroll parted ways "amicably this month."

This means that the Crunchyroll's VRV bundle service won't have Funimation Now starting November 9. Because of this, some shows will leave both Crunchyroll and Funimation, but as ANN points out, Funimation Now subscribers will get access to, according to Fukunaga's internal memo, "several hundred" titles starting November 9.

The good news, though, is that Hidive has inked a deal to become part of the VRV bundle.

Funimation (via ANN) confirmed the dissolution, adding that sub simulcasts could start as early as next season.

Many fans seem saddened — or, at least, annoyed — by the break-up, because this might mean you'll need both Crunchyroll and Funimation accounts.

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Comments

    At least this tweet wall is in English.
    This isn't going to effect OPM Season 2, is it?

    Didn't matter for us since we couldn't access VRV in Australia anyway.

      On the other hand, we have AnimeLab, which covers a ton of the holes.

      Thank you! It would have been nice for that to have been explained in the article. I was like, what the hell is VRV anyway?

    Hopefully this improves Funimations library in Australia. Subscribe purely for the My Hero Simulcast

      Hmm thats a good point. Although I fear it'll just mean we need three services going forward.

        You kind of already do if your a big anime fan. Luckily I'm not so I just subscribe for a month here and there

      Go for animelab in australia. Sub and Dub for My hero (and a bunch of other shows as well.)

        It's not simulcast on Animelab though is it?

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