For years now, Crunchyroll and FUNimation have battled for the rights to simulcast anime outside of Japan. Today, both companies have made an announcement that will change the industry: They will be forming a partnership to share anime between their two platforms.
What does this mean? The “Funiroll” (or “Crunchymation,” if you prefer) partnership will make it so fans can watch subtitled versions of some of FUNimation’s properties on Crunchyroll and dubbed versions of Crunchyroll’s on FUNimation’s website. English dubs of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club and The Testament of Sister New Devil will be up on FUNimationNow “in the coming weeks,” while dubs have been announced for Mob Psycho 100, orange, and 91 Days as well. However, the majority of the subtitled versions of FUNimation’s shows will be moving over to Crunchyroll.
FUNimation has also announced that they will assist Crunchyroll in promoting and releasing their shows on home video. That means that the titles Crunchyroll announced that they would be releasing on home video–including Twin Star Exorcists, Big Order, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, the new Berserk anime, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and Gintama–will be released by FUNimation.
Here’s the rundown:
- Crunchyroll and FUNimation are forming a partnership but are not merging.
- FUNimationNow will now be a mainly dub-only platform.
- Crunchyroll will be for those who want to watch anime with subtitles.
- FUNimation will publish some of Crunchyroll’s catalog on home video.
- FUNimation will dub some of Crunchyroll’s current anime for streaming.
It looks like there’s serious change coming to the anime industry. We’ll have to wait to see what effect it will have on the viewing experience for fans in the future. For now, Crunchyroll has former FUNimation shows like Cowboy Bebop and Psycho-Pass available to watch now on its website.