Funimation’s Anime Library Moves to Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll inherits a slew of titles from Funimation in a move meant to unify the two biggest anime streaming services under one subscription. It also consolidates Funimation’s French-language subsidiary, Wakanim, and Crunchyroll-owned streaming service, VRV, into the single Crunchyroll platform.

Crunchyroll’s consolidation is hardly a surprise. Last August, Sony – which also owns Funimation – completed its acquisition of Crunchyroll for $1.175 billion and announced plans to unify the two services under one subscription.

An FAQ page says Crunchyroll subscribers will now have access to simulcast content that was previously only available on Funimation and Wakanim, as well as 80% of the “most popular existing series” from Funimation and Wakanim. It’s unclear if Crunchyroll will host the entire Funimation library (as there is already some overlap between the content of the two platforms). Funimation also won’t be streaming new anime series starting this spring — they’ll be available on Crunchyroll from now on — but will still be adding new episodes of ongoing series.

A list that Crunchyroll says will be “regularly updated” shows which Funimation series have already made their way to Crunchyroll. Unsurprisingly, it includes a number of voiceovers, which might be a good option when browsing the vast sea of ​​sub-only shows on Crunchyroll. Some notable voiceovers coming to Crunchyroll include Dr Stone, fire force, my hero academiaand tokyo ghoul. Other iconic series that were previously exclusive to Funimation, like cowboy bebop and Yu Yu Hakushoare now also available on Crunchyroll.

Crunchyroll announces that it will soon be emailing “qualified” Funimation, Wakanim, and VRV subscribers offering a free 60-day subscription to Crunchyroll. But after the free trial, Funimation subscribers will be forced to pay a higher monthly price.

Funimation charges $5.99/month for its cheapest plan and $7.99/month for offline viewing and other perks. Meanwhile, a Crunchyroll subscription sits at $9.99/month or $99.99 upfront for the whole year. Funimation also offers a $99.99 annual option with perks, but if you’re used to paying just $5.99/mo for basic access, Crunchyroll’s $9.99/mo price may seem a bit high. Additionally, the addition of new Funimation shows raises the question of whether Crunchyroll will decide to raise its price in the future.


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