As first reported by Variety.com, IGN.com and the Anime News Network, The Funimation and Crunchyroll partnership is ending. We posted about the partnership deal back in September 2016. Then last year Sony Pictures ended their Crackle service and bought Funimation. We posed the question well this deal isn’t going to last long now.
Sony wants to push Funimation to “a global subtitled and dub anime brand,” Gen Fukunaga, Funimation’s President and CEO, wrote in an Oct. 18 internal memo obtained by Variety. Funimation leaving the deal was the only way that could happen. So here we sit today, not knowing what titles might be missing from either brand.
Crunchyroll is mostly a subbed brand and Funimation has been specializing in English dub for many years. The two worked very well together and really brought the anime community together. It meant less dollars spent for anime fans and viewing shows the way you’d like. Well Funimation will be replaced on VRV, whom is part of Crunchyroll. HIDIVE the newest anime streaming site with some good titles and Sentai Filmworks shows will take FunimationNow’s vacancy. Some titles will wind up missing from both services. Nov. 9, 2018 is the official ending!!