Funimation and Crunchyroll have announced that their partnership for sharing content will officially come to an end. The availability of Funimation Now content on VRV will also end as well. Luckily, the shows that have already premiered will continue to be on both platforms.
Funimaiton has released a statement regarding the spilt: “At Funimation, we strive to continually improve the fan experience and expand the reach of anime. In the last two years, we have established ourselves as the anime industry’s most advanced streaming platform, expanded our global footprint, and accelerated our dub speed to market for new episodes coming out of Japan.
While our partnership with Crunchyroll is ending, we are excited about the future, the support of Sony Pictures Television and their commitment alongside ours, to build the best experience for anime fans globally.”
However, all is not lost just yet. Crunchyroll has struck a deal with a new anime streaming service known as HIDIVE to essentially fill the gap. If you’re unfamiliar with HIDIVE, it’s a streaming service offering anime titles and a catalog spanning six decades from the latest simulcasts imported directly from Japan to hidden gems from the golden age of anime.