Some things are just too good to last. Two years after anime streaming services Crunchyroll and Funimation joined forces, the two have announced that they will be separating. As a result, both services will be losing a significant number of shows licensed through the other company, and Funimation will no longer be part of VRV’s bundle. However, not every shared show will be disappearing, and there’s also some good news as well.
In a statement to fans on their official forums, Crunchyroll explained that the final list of shows to remain on each service is still being decided, but some big names are here to stay. Crunchyroll revealed that “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.” Meanwhile, Funimation assures fans that “Fan-favorite shows like Attack on Titan, Dragon Ball Super, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, and Tokyo Ghoul among many other great titles will be available in both subbed and dubbed episodes on FunimationNow.”
The partnership between Funimation and Crunchyroll will officially end on November 9th, and Funimation will also end its partnership with VRV at that time. In its place, VRV has announced that Hidive, another anime streaming service, will be added to their package. Hidive is home to “over 500 titles, including exclusives like Bloom Into You and Legend of the Galactic Heroes.”
The decision for the partnership to end was made by Funimation – or perhaps more accurately by Funimation’s parent company, Sony. Gen Fukunaga, Funimation’s president and CEO, says that Sony plans to make additional investments into Funimation to make it into “a global sub[titled] and dub anime brand.”