So, remember: Funimation and Crunchyroll still love you; they’re just not together anymore.
On November 9, Crunchyroll announced that they launched seventeen English dubs on their platform. The publisher released the following:
- Bungo Stray Dogs
- Alderamin on the Sky
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge
- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
- A Centaur’s Life
- Berserk S1
- Brave Witches
- HAND SHAKERS
- Izetta the Witch
- Joker Game
- Love Tyrant
- Magical Girls Raising Project
- Taboo Tattoo
The publisher previously announced that they would bring these dubs to their service as part of the sunsetting of their partnership with Funimation. On the same day, Funimation announced that they will launch 413 subtitled shows on their platform today.
On October 18, Ellation announced that their partnership with Funimation is ending on November 9. After that date, all of Funimation’s content will be removed from VRV and Crunchyroll’s services, and users will no longer have access to Funimation as part of the VRV Premium Subscription or as an individual Channel Subscription.
Funimation and VRV first announced their content sharing partnership on September 8, 2016. As part of the agreement, the two organizations would offer a shared library, with each specializing in different forms of content. Crunchyroll would focus on subtitled shows, while Funimation would set their sights on dubbed adaptations and SimulDubs. Moreover, Funimation would distribute Crunchyroll’s titles on home video under the partnership.
In October 2017, we reported that Funimation was officially purchased by Sony Pictures Television. The deal, which was valued at $143 million, saw Sony purchase 95% of Funimation’s shares, giving the company a $150 million valuation overall. The company is now a part of Sony Pictures Television’s direct-to-consumer unit, which is helmed by Eric Berger. The unit also contains Sony’s Crackle, Film1 and Animax services.
On August 7, AT&T announced that they acquired Crunchyroll parent company Otter Media from The Chernin Group. The telecom bought Chernin’s controlling stake in Otter, bringing it under the company’s umbrella. In addition to Crunchyroll, Otter owns Ellation, VRV, Fullscreen, and Rooster Teeth.