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Sony Plans to Shutter Funimation, Moves Titles to Crunchyroll Starting Today

By James Field | TV | March 2, 2022 |

By James Field | TV | March 2, 2022 |


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It is almost time to cancel your Funimation subscription, fellow anime nerds. Parent company Sony announced March 1 that the Funimation library was folded into the Crunchyroll service. Funimation will continue showing new episodes of their current titles, but all their new series are Crunchyroll exclusives beginning April 1. The consolidation brings more than 50 new titles to Crunchyroll’s service and app, available on most platforms.

Funimation has been around since 1994, as any fan of Cartoon Network’s late 1990s Toonami block can attest. Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and has produced a number of its own popular titles over the last few years. Jujutsu Kaisen, The God of High School, Tower of God (so many gods), and Shenmue: the Animation - based on the popular SEGA series - are just a few, and production values have been pretty solid across the board. The consolidation makes sense from Sony’s perspective, given the scope of Crunchyroll’s 1000-strong library.

But if you don’t have a Crunchyroll subscription just yet, hold off on your cancellation of Funimation. In the next few days, Sony will mail Funimation subscribers unique links good for 60-day Crunchyroll memberships. Sony says Crunchyroll prices aren’t going up, though we don’t know how long the current price tiers will remain. At $7.99 per month the price isn’t terrible, but it’ll still keep 16 bucks in your pocket.



Image sources (in order of posting): Crunchyroll, Jujutsu Kaisen