My mind is utterly blown. Jaw dropped.
I can say that such a thing has not happened in a great while. That is until today when Crunchyroll and Funimation made head-lines by announcing their new collaboration to bring even more anime titles to fans.
Because my mind is running off into different directions, here is the press release with all the finer details.
Crunchyroll and Funimation, the two leading global providers of anime, have announced a partnership to improve the fan experience and grow the current reach of anime by sharing titles across streaming, home video, and electronic sell-through (EST). Through this agreement, Crunchyroll will continue creating the best subtitled streaming experience for fans, while Funimation will focus on delivering the best in English-language dubbed (“Broadcast Dubs”) streaming. This collaboration will enable fans to enjoy more anime in more ways than ever before.
Not to be receptive; but my mind is blown. Ever since Anime Expo in July when Crunchyroll made the bold announcement that they would enter the home media market, things had shifted.There is no questioning that it was a bold move. One that changed things for the entire anime market.
And I was expecting something to happen. Grant you I had not a clue that anything like this would happen.
But wow…I really did not see anything like this coming.
Yet I find myself filled with fangirl glee. Funimation is good with their titles, offering dubs and home media releases of their series in a rather timely manor. There really is nothing to complain about. (Plus no more worrying about who got what series each season!)
Sub-titled series will be on Crunchyroll and Broadcast Dubs and home media releases fall into Funimation’s hands. With any luck that means several series such as “New Game” will get a nice Blu-ray release in the future.
As many anime fans, including that of myself, now have a new question; what about Sentai Filmworks and the other anime companies? What does this new partnership mean?
Only time will tell, I suppose. In the meanwhile it will be a interesting ride.