How a merger with the Wakanim and Funimation catalogs made Crunchyroll the ultimate haven for anime fans.
The news shook up the manga world. Streaming anime to millions of fans in over 52 countries and 10 languages, Funimation is set to join the Crunchyroll family. A merger that will include Wakanim, Funimation and Crunchyroll’s VRV platform, to ultimately create a unified brand serving fans worldwide.
The best of Japanese animation in a single platform
An XXL quantity of anime will therefore be available on a single platform. Fans can thus enjoy series and films, initially available from Wakanim and Funimation, now on Crunchyroll. To satisfy everyone, the choice is even wider for those who prefer content in VF or VOSTFR. It will therefore be necessary to go to Crunchyroll to find the new anime of the spring season and the following ones.
A true enthusiast’s dream, Crunchyroll’s biggest hits (My Hero Academia, Tokyo Revengers Where JUJUTSU KAISEN) and the best Wakanim anime such as Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, fireforce and fruit basket will now be available through a single subscription. As a welcome to Crunchyroll, subscribers of Wakanim, Funimation and VRV will be able to benefit from a special offer, namely 60 days of Crunchyroll Premium free. Over the next few days, Premium Wakanim subscribers will receive an email with a unique link to take advantage of this offer.
Crunchyroll, Netflix’s No. 1 Rival in the Anime Wars
SVOD platforms specializing in Japanese animated series and films, Crunchyroll and Wakanim are two major players in the sector in the West. The merger between the two SVOD services is not surprising and follows a strategy that began with the acquisition of Crunchyroll by Sony in August 2021 for 1.175 billion dollars. The absorption of Wakanim will begin on April 1, with a first arrival of more than 1000 hours of program. The merger will then continue over several months to eventually find 100% of the anime on a single platform.
In addition to allowing subscribers to no longer multiply subscriptions to follow different series, this merger is a real event that should allow Sony to establish itself as the quasi-leader of Japanese animation (taking into account the production and the distribution). Enough to compete with other platforms, in particular Netflix, which is expressing more and more interest in this sector. This merger now allows Crunchyroll to bring together the largest collection of anime in the world, while maintaining subscriptions at a very competitive price, since it costs €4.99 for a standard subscription.