Starting November 9, Funimation will no longer be available as a channel included in the bundle streaming service, VRV. As a result of the deal, Crunchyroll and Funimation will stop sharing their dubbed and subbed anime content. This makes sense given that Crunchyroll and VRV are owned by the same parent company, Ellation.

VRV…?

For those who don’t know, VRV is a streaming service that bundles several “geek” related channels all in one place. These channels range from news to gaming, to anime such as Crunchyroll, The Nerdist, and Rooster Teeth. Funimation joined the bundle in September of 2016, agreeing to share content with Crunchyroll. Essentially, this means that Crunchyroll would be able to stream the sub of an anime that they otherwise might not have. Meanwhile, Funimation streamed the dub counterparts. Since then, however, Funimation has backed out of their partnership with VRV, ending their content sharing deal with Crunchyroll.

The decision was made because of Sony’s acquisition of Funimation last summer, according to Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga. Sony aims to invest in Funimation in order to make it a “global sub and dub anime brand.”

Cast of MY HERO ACADEMIA, now streaming on VRV, Crunchyroll, and Funimation.
Epic anime from VRV and Crunchyroll! | Image: Crunchyroll

Funimation is an American entertainment company that specializes in the dubbing and distribution of anime. Under their partnership with VRV, Funimation and Crunchyroll often shared content between the two channels. Funimation would primarily focus on simulcast dubbed anime while Crunchyroll would stream the latest sub anime. As a result of the separation, each service will lose some of their titles. Crunchyroll will announce which titles specifically in the coming weeks.

A Silver Lining

Luckily, VRV has done well to cover their bases. In the next few weeks, HIDIVE will replace Funimation in the streaming bundle. HIDIVE  is another streaming service that offers over 500 anime series, movies, and OVAs. HIDIVE titles range from the classics to current hits like MADE IN ABYSS and HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD.

This new partnership could prove to be a major score for VRV. Along with larger titles, HIDIVE produces a lot of exclusive anime series such as CORPSE PARTY and A SPIRIT OF THE SUN. HIDIVE offers most of these anime in both sub and dub. The Texas-based company has been a massive success so far, especially considering it was only established last year, in 2017.

HIDIVE displayed above the VRV logo.
HIDIVE to the rescue! | VRV

What’s more, anime with simulcasts that aired during the partnership will still be available on Crunchyroll. Anime fans can breathe a sigh of relief as this includes ATTACK ON TITAN and MY HERO ACADEMIA. Fans can also look forward to original content coming from Crunchyroll and VRV. For more info, check out our article about the new original anime here. VRV has also been touring a tunnel of original art at anime conventions around the country, which you can check out more on here.

As an anime fan, how will this affect you? Let us know in the comments below!

For the latest and greatest in all things anime, check out Funimation, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE. Interested in all things geek? Visit VRV for a service that bundles everything you need!

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  1. […] lately, you’ve likely heard about the most recent schism. After an acquisition from Sony, Funimation split from the popular anime streaming service Crunchyroll. In the wake of the split, subscribers of both services saw hundreds of shows disappear from their […]

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