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Crunchyroll Won’t Provide Access to Funimation Content After April 2

The Funimation streaming service will cease operations on April 2, nearly three years after it and Crunchyroll were acquired by Sony Entertainment. And beginning on January 28, 2025 the price of Crunchyroll will nearly double—from $54.95 a year to $99.99.

In an official announcement this week, Funimation told its subscribers, “Rest assured, this transition will not impact your access to the vast library of anime available on Crunchyroll. We remain committed to delivering the best anime streaming experience and will continue to expand our offerings to cater to your diverse interests.”

As a result of these changes, Crunchyroll will no longer be supporting Funimation Digital copies. In an email to Funimation customers, Sony Entertainment stated that “You don’t have to leave your Funimation Watch History and Funimation Queue behind, you can migrate them to Crunchyroll.”

Sony had purchased Crunchyroll from AT&T in 2021, making it a major player in the anime realm. At the time, Tony Vinciquierra, the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, was quoted as saying that the acquisition was designed to create “the ultimate anime experience for fans.”

However, not all of these fans are amused by the recent shifts, judging from reaction on social media platforms to the news that Crunchyroll won’t be offering its customers access to Funimation’s digital copies.

As a result of these changes, Funimation subscribers will be losing access to anime streaming by April 2 unless they make the decision to transfer to Crunchyroll. The Crunchyroll platform provides simulcast access, which means that customers worldwide will be able to watch content as soon as it’s been released in Japan.

The Funimation streaming service had been established in 2016 in the United States and became one of the leading distributors of anime and other foreign entertainment properties in North America. Among the many popular series it has streamed include Dragon Ball, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Black Clover, Fruits Basket, Assassination Classroom, and Tokyo Ghoul.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moranhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.

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