Yesterday, August 8th, Funimation announced their partnership with Crunchyroll.
Who wins? The fans.
D. Dray-man Hallow, First Love Monster, Puzzle & Dragons X, Cowboy Bebop, PSYCHO-PASS and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash will be available to Crunchyroll viewers. PSYCHO-PASS has been around on Netflix and Hulu while Cowboy Bebop I used to see on Adult Swim’s site on a weekly basis. Gen Uborochi of Madoka Magicka and Kamen Rider Gaim fame is in charge of PSYCHO-PASS, an anime about futuristic Minority Report-ish crimes. Cowboy Bebop is about a futuristic bounty hunters, with influences from media.
Kun Gao, Crunchyroll’s co-founder, stated that he ran into Funimation COO Mike DuBouise at a conference before discussingtheir shared goal of growing the Eastern anime audience, something vital to the anime business.
“No. Funimation and Crunchyroll have entered into a distribution partnership. Our goal was not a merger. We will still continue to be separate companies serving the anime industry.”