Do we call it Crunchymation or Funiroll?
This is probably the most interesting announcement to come out of the western anime community in a very long time. Even if you don’t use either services it’s a big indicator as to what is going on with the state of anime in the West. Basically, Crunchyroll and Funimation – while still two separate companies – have come to a cross licensing agreement which means that Funimation titles like Cowboy Bebop and Psycho Pass plus a fuck ton of dubbed anime will be available on Crunchyroll, and Crunchyroll titles will probably be dubbed and sold on home video.
This is a massive deal for many reasons because for one, Crunchyroll and Funimation are no longer real competitors which means that as of now, there’s absolutely no one who comes close to them in terms of who holds the anime business in the West.
For us this means more dubbed anime (which you’ll either love or hate but your opinion does not matter here) and virtually everything becoming available to users of either service. What this also means is that the licensing will probably be lowered, costs will be split and what I personally think is that this is all preparation for the next step, which is the West having a direct input in funding anime.
Netflix has been hinting it but it will definitely be Crunchymation which will eventually do it and when it does, it’ll change the game forever.
No longer a case of if but a case of when, we play the waiting game and see how it all turns out. For now, it’s an interesting but not totally unexpected development.