If you haven’t heard, Funimation and Crunchyroll have recently made an agreement to work together. There are a lot of complex details that you can read here, but a quick summary is that Funimation is going to move some sub only things to Crunchyroll, Crunchyroll is going to move it’s dubs over to Funimation, and Funimation is going to be in charge of Crunchyroll’s video distribution. I could not be any more excited about this deal then I am right now. Here’s a quick thought about why.
In a world were streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime , and Hulu Plus reign supreme, Crunchyroll and Funimation are a lot smaller than those very main stream services. They are both niche. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have anime on their site that anybody can get too and watch right now along with having deals to have their own anime series that they can call original. Knights of Sidonia and Kuromukuro are examples of those for Netflix, Battery and Kabaneri are examples from Amazon, and Hulu has started to let go of their anime licenses and stray away from all non-main stream shows. Anyway, my point is that Funimation and Crunchyroll have to do this in order to remain competitive in the video streaming market place thing. It’s a bold move and I hope it works out for them and for us on a customer stand point.