It’s been two years since it was first announced that Funimation would be absorbed into rival animation service Crunchyroll.
“When we brought Funimation and Crunchyroll together last year, our top priority was to put fans first,” said Colin Decker, then-CEO of Crunchyroll. “Integrating all of our brands and services under the Crunchyroll brand globally allows us to offer more value than ever before as we offer subtitles, dubs, simulcasts, libraries, music, movies, manga We combine in one subscription.”
Crunchyroll announced today that as part of its alliance with Funimation, the Funimation app and website will be shutting down on April 2, 2024.
“Rest assured, this move will not affect your access to the vast library of anime available on Crunchyroll,” the company said in a statement. Statement. “We are committed to providing the best anime streaming experience and will continue to expand our offerings to meet your various interests!”
The end of Funimation’s services report shows things like refunds for Funimation, getting Funimation history, and queuing up to Crunchyroll, but also bad news for people who bought physical copies and redeemed digital codes. They are no longer valid and will not be transferred.
“We understand that you may have concerns about your digital copies from Funimation. These digital copies from Funimation were digital access to content on purchased DVDs or Blu-rays,” the response read.
“Please note that Crunchyroll does not currently support digital copies of Funimation, which means that access to previously available digital copies is not supported. However, we are constantly working to improve our content offering and a To provide you with an exceptional anime streaming experience. We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to explore the extensive anime library available on Crunchyroll.”
So while you may have physical copies, that digital library is wiped. It was initially feared that digital libraries purchased from the Funimation Store would also be completely gone, but it appears that is not the case.
However, the removal of digital copies is included even after they are purchased as part of the physical purchase. For fans who bought physical movies and then sold them or discounted them since they could still keep digital, those entries in the library are now completely gone. There are two months left in Funimation’s schedule, so anything is possible for Crunchyroll to reconfigure.