Hello all and welcome to Otaku Thursday! Today I have a bit of a different post–a short post. A nerd flash for you all. Which I’m pretty sure you all already know of. And that, my otaku friends, is that our two kami’s — Funimation and Crunchyroll, have joined hands and combined their anime libraries. It’s an iconic moment–truly. And while I’m sure many of you know people’s takes on it, here is my quick take on this choice.
Great. There is no other word to describe it. Now, Crunchyroll and Funimation already had some pretty decent crossover in their libraries. But as we know, each season the two powerhouses would claim the rights to simulcast select shows. Which meant that if we got Sk8 on Funimation, we couldn’t get Sk8 on Crunchroll and if we got Tokyo Revengers on Crunchyroll then it would not exist on Funimation. Which was a big problem for seasonal anime watchers when both services are paid for. It’s very inconvenient–sometimes you have to ask yourself is paying for both services is worth it when you’re paying for other streaming services as well. And having to buy even just one subscription sucks if you’re a kid without money of your own, and you have to beg your parents to pay for it (and then to try to convince them to pay for two services? I would’ve never as a teen). Of course all of this paid for content is EXACTLY why people got used to taking a page out of Luffy’s book to watch their anime. It was just too much to pay for both and how could you choose between the two? So the merging of these two libraries is a really really good thing.
Gone are the days of choosing between the two. Of sharing an account with your friend (just kidding that’s still happening). Now people can get access to a plethora of anime in this shared library while only paying for one account. Crunchyroll will officially become the largest streaming site for anime. Which again–I’m both for an against. Maybe this means the Crunchyroll Anime Awards won’t end up as big of a shit show (or maybe it’ll be worse). But I’m optimistic that this move will be good for all us anime watchers out there.
I think my only hesistance would be the question surrounding whether or not this means Crunchyroll will pick up more new titles each season for streaming. Because before they and Funimation each had a decent amount from each season–can we assume we’ll get the same selection? Or will they buy only as many as they always have. I am curious to see how it shakes out. But I’m hoping for the former over the later.
Anyway, that’s all for your quick nerd flash that you probably already knew. Are you excited or wary over the big merge? Kind of curious what others think. Til next time!