Funiroll Crumbles: Crunchyroll and Funimation End Partnership After Two Years
Update (3rd November): Crunchyroll have updated their original forum post with a partial list of the titles moving away from Crunchyroll after November 9th, and a tentative list of titles that will see their dubs added to Crunchyroll in the future. Bear in mind that this is not the final list, and there will be further changes going forward – notably, that the list of exiting titles only includes the “top 20,” so it is not a complete list.
Top 20 Series Exiting Crunchyroll on November 9th:
Overlord Season 1
Yu Yu Hakusho
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
High School DxD
A Certain Scientific Railgun Seasons 1-2
Nichijou – My Ordinary Life
Lord Marksman and Vanadis
Blood Blockade Battlefront Season 1
Snow White with the Red Hair
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Dubbed Series & Seasons Coming Soon to Crunchyroll:
A Centaur’s LIfe
Alderamin on the Sky
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 1
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 2
Classroom of the Elite
Dies Irae OVA
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1
Gintama Season 3
Izetta the Witch
KADO -The Right Answer-
Katana Maidens ~toji no miko~
Magical Girls Raising Project
Mob Psycho 100
Myriad Colors Phantom World
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Recovery of a MMO Junkie
Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers*
Saga of Tanya the Evil
Space Patrol Luluco
The Ancient Magus Bride
The Morose Mononokean
THE REFLECTION WAVE ONE
The Testament of Sister New Devil
The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST
Twin Star Exorcists
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
After a collaboration lasting two years, Crunchyroll announced on their forums today that their partnership with Funimation will be ending effective November 9th. This ends an agreement between the two companies that allowed Crunchyroll to distribute the subtitled versions of Funimation’s shows, while Funimation Now got the dubs for Crunchyroll’s shows.
The list of titles affected by the split has yet to be confirmed, but Crunchyroll have clarified on Twitter that many dubbed titles on Funimation will be returning to Crunchyroll after the partnership ends. While less relevant to us in the UK, the American streaming conglomerate VRV is also losing Funimation, but is picking up Sentai-backed streaming service HIDIVE as a new member of their service.
In a statement on their forums, Crunchyroll said:
Dear CR users,
As many of you know, we have had an ongoing partnership with Funimation the last two years, sharing anime between users. Unfortunately, Funimation has decided to go their separate way, and this partnership will be winding down on Friday, November 9th.
For our Crunchyroll community, this means that you’ll still be able to access the biggest anime library in the world. However, a list of select catalog titles licensed via Funimation will be leaving Crunchyroll – likewise, the Funimation catalog will also be impacted. That list is currently being finalized between both parties, and we will share impacted titles with you as available. Currently-airing simulcasts and series that premiered during the partnership will continue to be available on Crunchyroll, including favorites like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. Additionally, all home video releases will be released as scheduled and all pre-orders will be fulfilled.
As demonstrated by our record year of anime announcements, Crunchyroll is more committed than ever to bringing you the best and latest series from Japan, as well as expanding our catalog of classics. We’ve just launched a strong fall season — with the likes of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and Sword Art Online Alicization — and plan to bring much more anime to you in the future.
Thank you for your continued support. We’re honored to be your favorite source for anime and will continue to do our best in delivering you your favorite series at the speed of Japan.
The Crunchyroll Team
Funimation have also released a much more in-depth FAQ, which you can read here.
Aside from the immediately obvious impact on the streaming market, this may also have a knock-on effect to home video in the UK, as Funimation and Crunchyroll could potentially become free to negotiate separate distribution deals again.
Up until now, Funimation has been distributing Crunchyroll titles on home video through various partners – most recently Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Now the partnership is ending, Crunchyroll may be able to ink new deals with UK distributors – if so, we might be able to look forward to more Crunchyroll titles hitting home video here in the UK.
There’s lots still to be cleared up in the aftermath of this saga. Stay tuned for more updates as they happen.