What Crunchyroll Being Bought by Sony Could Mean for Anime Fans

With talks of popular anime streaming platform, Crunchyroll, possibly being bought by Sony, we’re looking at what the deal could mean for fans!

Haley Mendoza

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: November 3rd, 2020 11:37 pm pst

Maria Menounos
Keven Undergaro
AfterBuzz TV Founders

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

If you’re an anime fan and user of Crunchyroll, you’re going to want to listen up.

The mega-popular streaming platform, Crunchyroll, is one of the biggest online hubs for watching anime content in the world. Founded in 2006, the site has grown into a beast with nearly 70 million registered users worldwide. Its popularity grew greatly because it allows users to stream the majority of their content for free with advertisements. 

This domination of the anime market has not gone unnoticed, and it has recently been announced that Sony is in the final steps of purchasing the anime platform. In this reportedly 957 million dollar deal, Sony would take over the platform adding it to a growing list of the company’s assets. 

With this huge news, we want to go over some worries and thoughts about this deal.

Merging with Other Sony Platforms?

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Sony purchased Funimation, another anime streaming service, in 2017. Holding a 95% stake in the company, Sony’s track record hasn’t exactly been amazing with it. Users complain that the Funimation app on PS4 isn’t up to their expectations. 

Fans are currently wondering if the purchase could mean a merge of Sony’s Funimation with Crunchyroll. This raises concerns that Sony could take the site in a similar direction. We will have to wait to see what happens!

Paid Memberships Only?

Although Crunchyroll does have a paid premium membership, the platform is massively used because of its large selection of anime for free. Some users have been expressing fears that the platform could move to a “members only” format, like that of Netflix and Hulu. 

This is an understandable worry, but fans should be hopeful that Sony recognizes the attraction of the already existing format.

An Anime Streaming Conglomerate 

Along with Funimation, Sony also owns Aniplex, an anime and music distribution company responsible for popular series like Fullmetal Alchemist and Sword Art Online. Of course, Sony has licensed this content to other streaming platforms. However, with the possible third addition to their anime content empire, things could get interesting. 

The addition of Crunchyroll would give Sony a huge monopoly in the market, something that could lead to worries for anime fans who want options for where they can watch their favorite series.

This deal is certainly something to keep an eye on.

Whether you’re worried, excited, or indifferent about this possible deal, let us know by tweeting us @Afterbuzztv! We’d love to hear your thoughts.


About The Author:

Haley Mendoza is a lover of all things film and TV. Whether you want to bond over horror movies or competition shows, she’s always down. Haley attends Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Media and Visual Arts and writing scripts in her spare time.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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