Anime streaming giants Funimation and Crunchyroll are merging for the ultimate anime experience!
Funimation and Crunchyroll have merged! As a result, the two most extensive anime streaming services are now one, under the banner of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We are very excited to welcome Crunchyroll to the Sony Group,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President, and CEO, Sony Group Corporation. “We look forward to delivering even more outstanding entertainment that fills the world with emotion through anime.”
This deal was announced back in December 2020 and is worth almost $1.2 billion.
Crunchyroll brings 5 million streaming subscribers and 120 million users across more than 200 countries. In addition, they offer AVOD, mobile games, manga, events merchandise, and distribution. “With the addition of Crunchyroll, we have an unprecedented opportunity to serve anime fans never like before and deliver the anime experience across any platform they choose, from theatrical, events, home entertainment, games, streaming, linear TV — everywhere and every way fans want to experience their anime.”
According to Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment: “Our goal is to create a unified anime subscription experience as soon as possible.” Presumably, this means a unified streaming service app with improved functionality. This should also expand the content library. Anime fans everywhere can be excited about having all their favorite shows under one roof!
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