Funimation’s Anime YouTube Channel Is Now Crunchyroll Dubs

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Pictured are the Crunchyroll and Funimation logos.

Be glad they didn’t go together with Funchyroll or Crunchimation.
Screenshot: Crunchyroll Dubs/YouTube/Kotaku

Should you’ve been on the lookout for Funimation’s YouTube channel, you received’t discover it. The channel has been rebranded as Crunchyroll Dubs. Whereas the identify has modified, what it’s providing, to this point, hasn’t. Anime Information Community studies that it’ll nonetheless stream trailers, clips, and episodes of English-dubbed anime.

Crunchyroll’s English-subtitled YouTube content material may be seen on its Crunchyroll Collections channel. (Calling it Crunchyroll Subs looks like a missed alternative, no? Perhaps!)

That is the most recent in Funimation and Crunchyroll’s merger right into a single anime-streaming powerhouse—however underneath the latter’s branding. Earlier this spring, as ANN factors out, it was introduced that Funimation and Wakanim’s anime catalog and simulcast content material had additionally moved to Crunchyroll.

This convergence ought to come as no shock. Again in December 2020, Sony’s Funimation introduced it had bought Crunchyroll from AT&T for over $1 billion—which, as Kotaku’s Ian Walker famous, is lots of anime figures! The deal was finalized in August 2021 with the ultimate buy worth being $1.175 billion—which is even extra anime figures.

“The alignment of Crunchyroll and Funimation will allow us to get even nearer to the creators and followers who’re the guts of the anime neighborhood,” Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Company mentioned on the time.

“Our purpose is to create a unified anime subscription expertise as quickly as doable,” added Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Footage Leisure Inc. Hey, they weren’t kidding!

Funimation was purchased by Sony again in 2017 for less than $149 million. That price ticket looks like a steal in comparison with what the corporate paid for Crunchyroll. (All the pieces actually has gotten dearer, even for multinational mega companies shopping for massively in style anime streaming providers.)

The unified anime subscription expertise does simplify issues, which many customers welcome. However little question longtime subscribers will miss the Funimation brand and intros. I do know I’ll.

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