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It is an exciting day for anime lovers. Crunchyroll is taking anime to the next level by having Funimation's library added to Crunchyroll. What does this mean? It means that Crunchyroll will have the most extensive anime streaming library in the world. Fans of both sub and dub anime will be able to watch anime under one platform creating a new kind of anime experience. Watch the trailer below released by Crunchyroll.
This merger is a big win for the anime community. For years anime lovers have wanted the ultimate streaming platform to watch shows. Crunchyroll and Funimation have finally made that happen. You will be able to watch all of your favorite shows on one platform. But what does this mean for the future of Funimation and Crunchyroll?
The Future of Anime
As of right now, you can still watch shows on Funimation. Some shows that were connected to VRV will now be joining the merger. So if you are a VRV subscriber, you can still keep that account. However, new shows in the future will only be streaming on Crunchyroll. So eventually, you will have to get a Crunchyroll subscription if you already haven't.
I know it is on everyone's mind, an inevitable question that needs answering. Are subscription costs going to go up? As of right now, Crunchyroll will not be raising the price for subscriptions. However, down the road, that could change due to the increased demand for shows and the work behind making the merger happen. Overall, this merger is a good thing. We have all wanted a unified anime platform, and Crunchyroll is taking the proper steps to make it happen. As of now, Funimation Global Group, owned by Sony, will operate as Crunchyroll, LLC. Rebranding efforts are already underway to increase awareness of the merger.