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Sony Now Owns Anime Website Crunchyroll

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Having first been reported in October 2020, then begun in December 2020, Sony’s billion-dollar buy of anime streaming website Crunchyroll has now been accomplished.

Sony’s Funimation introduced the finalisation of the deal earlier as we speak in a press launch, with the ultimate buy worth being a whopping $1.175 billion. It’s claimed Crunchyroll has “120 million registered customers throughout greater than 200 international locations), and the deal means Sony now owns all of Crunchyroll’s choices and providers, from its anime streaming service to occasions merch to video video games.

So what does this imply to customers, somewhat than simply shareholders? Plans for what Sony truly needs to do with all that anime are nonetheless fairly imprecise, and data like pricing modifications or licensing agreements are possible a great distance off.

One factor Sony did say, although, was that it plans to “create a unified anime subscription expertise as quickly as attainable”

From the press launch:

“We’re very excited to welcome Crunchyroll to the Sony Group,” mentioned Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Company. “Anime is a quickly rising medium that enthralls and conjures up emotion amongst audiences across the globe. The alignment of Crunchyroll and Funimation will allow us to get even nearer to the creators and followers who’re the center of the anime group. We sit up for delivering much more excellent leisure that fills the world with emotion by means of anime.”

“Crunchyroll provides great worth to Sony’s present anime companies, together with Funimation and our terrific companions at Aniplex and Sony Music Leisure Japan,” mentioned Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Footage Leisure Inc. “With Crunchyroll and Funimation, we’re dedicated to creating the last word anime expertise for followers and presenting a singular alternative for our key companions, publishers, and the immensely proficient creators to proceed to ship their masterful content material to audiences world wide. With the addition of Crunchyroll, we now have an unprecedented alternative to serve anime followers like by no means earlier than and ship the anime expertise throughout any platform they select, from theatrical, occasions, dwelling leisure, video games, streaming, linear TV — in all places and each method followers need to expertise their anime. Our objective is to create a unified anime subscription expertise as quickly as attainable.”

Funimation itself was solely purchased by Sony again in 2017 for $149 million. Now that Sony owns each it and Crunchyroll, it’ll be fascinating to see simply how a lot of a “unified anime subscription service” they will supply, contemplating the presence and recognition of sequence on providers like Netflix and HBO Max.

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