This might be the biggest news to hit the western anime community in a while. The two biggest legal anime streaming services: Funimation and Crunchyroll have decided to put their differences aside and work together for more beneficial anime streaming services.They have announced that all English subtitled anime will now be on Crunchyroll exclusively, and all the broadcast English dubbed shows will now be on FunimationNow. This means that a lot of the shows on each of their respective catalogues will move. Older versions of shows like Psycho-Pass and even Cowboy Bebop will now be available in subbed version over on Crunchyroll.
As well as all the Crunchyroll licensed shows will now be getting dubs done by Funimation. Funimation announced that shows like Mob Psycho 100, Orange and 91 Days will be getting broadcast dubs in the near future.
This also means that Crunchyroll and Funimation will work together at distributing Blu-Rays and Download-to-Own subbed and dubbed versions of shows like Kabaneri, Stray Dogs and others.
This is beneficial to all the legal anime streamers as this partnership between the two has made anime streaming more streamlined. Viewers can now choose which service they want to pay for by their own preferences of dubbed vs subbed, and have a full catalogue for each. This also means more broadcast dubs by the people that do them best, as well as more Blu-Rays.
If you’re thinking of getting a membership for these services; Crunchyroll’s Premium Membership is $6.95 per month, and Funimation is $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year (which is the price of an average AAA title).
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