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Is Crunchyroll the Right Specialty Streamer for the Moment?

As the global streaming business underwent a surprise, secular reassessment last year, Sony’s anime service Crunchyroll found the whole industry suddenly contemplating the same strategies it had been prioritizing for years. Out was the gusher approach to content spending in pursuit of limitless subscriber growth. In were financial discipline, multi-tiered subscription options and a more […]

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures and Wowow Ink Anime Co-Production Partnership

Anime specialty service Crunchyroll is joining forces with Sony Pictures and Japanese pay TV broadcaster Wowow to boost its original anime series output. The three partners unveiled a pact Thursday to work together on new content.  The partners said the series produced under the pact will broadcast and stream on WOWOW in Japan, while launching […]

Crunchyroll Sets Global Theatrical Release for Anime ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’

Sony’s specialty streamer and distributor Crunchyroll has picked up global theatrical rights to Kodansha’s forthcoming feature adaptation of the hit anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The film, with the full title of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond, debuts in Japan in November 2022 […]

Sony’s Crunchyroll Picks Up Remake of Classic Anime Series ‘Trigun’

Sony Pictures’ anime specialty streamer Crunchyroll has lined up a remake of the anime series Trigun, based on the cult manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. Trigun was first adapted in 1998 as the anime series Trigun and later as a feature film in 2010 as Trigun: Badlands Rumble. Both achieved popularity and influence in Japan and abroad. The series […]

Sony Completes $1.2B Acquisition of Crunchyroll From AT&T

Sony has completed its nearly $1.2 billion acquisition of the anime streaming service, Crunchyroll, from AT&T, the company said on Monday. The acquisition, which was first announced in December, brings Crunchyroll to Funimation, a joint venture between Sony Pictures and Sony Music’s Aniplex. With Crunchyroll housed under Funimation, Sony will now be able to expand […]