Some hours ago, Funimation and Crunchyroll announced a partnership. In the past, if you wanted to legally be able to watch all anime in subtitled format and high-quality, you needed to have an account or subscription both platforms. Under the terms of the new partnership, each service provider will lean on what they do best: Crunchyroll will be the place to watch subtitled shows, while Funimation will be the home for lovers of dubbed anime.
How will this work? Funimation will be moving the subbed versions of its catalog over to Crunchyroll in phases. Cowboy Bebop, Psycho-Pass, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash are already available on Crunchyroll in subbed format. All subtitled content will be gone from Funimation by the end of 2016.
On the other side, Funimation will be picking up titles from Crunchyroll's catalog and dubbing them into English, starting with Free! Iwatobi Swim Club and The Testament of Sister New Devil. Funimation will also be using its Broadcast Dub process for popular Crunchyroll titles, offering English dubs 2-4 weeks after the Japanese airing. The first titles in the program will include Mob Psycho 100, 91 Days, and Orange.
"All of this means no more hunting for who's got your favorite shows each season, and it means each company can focus on what they do best," said Funimation on its official blog. "For Funimation, that means creating more dubs than ever before, and adding to the world's largest library of English-dubbed anime on FunimationNow."
"Funimation shares our passion of bringing amazing content to viewers," said Crunchyroll founder Kun Gao in a press release. "This partnership will allow Crunchyroll to continue making the best subtitled simulcast experience for all fans. Anime is a lifestyle experience shared by millions, and we look forward to new ways to delight fans together."
Even better, Funimation will be distributing select Crunchyroll-licensed shows on Blu-Ray, DVD, and download-to-own services. All releases will have Japanese and English audio, with English subtitles. Currently planned retail releases include ce Attorney, Alderamin on the Sky, Bungo Stray Dogs, Joker Game, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and ReLIFE.
This is one of the few times where everything seems to be coming up 'win'. If you love subs, get Crunchyroll. If you're a dub watcher, Funimation is your destination. And if you've wanted some of those Crunchyroll shows in disc format legally, Funimation now has you covered, likely at prices far below those of the Japanese Blu-Ray sets. Pretty keen for anime fans in the US.