Just a few years ago, there were two main competing streaming services for anime: Crunchyroll and Funimation. Though Crunchyroll was more popular, Funimation hung in there — until it realized the best way to beat your competition is to EAT them.
Well, what really happened was Warner Bros (under AT&T) bought Crunchyroll as part of their spending spree, then Warner Bros (under Discovery) sold Crunchyroll under their cost-cutting spree, and then Sony (owner of Funimation) was the highest bidder, giving them ownership of both services. Since it makes no sense to have two, they’ve been shutting down the less popular one.
Over the last year, all the titles previously exclusive to Funimation have been migrating over to Crunchyroll as their licensing deals have lapsed. Now the move is complete and the only thing left to do is turn off the lights in the old building. Sony has announced the Funimation app will go dark April 2.
If you still haven’t migrated to Crunchyroll from Funimation, you’d best get on that. Here’s how: simply log into the Crunchyroll app with your Funimation username and password. Yup, it’s that simple! If you have accounts with both services, you can merge them, which takes a few more steps but is pretty simple to understand:
- Combine Funimation and Crunchyroll data
- Replace my Crunchyroll data with Funimation data
- Save Crunchyroll data only
- Confirm the changes by selecting YES, I AM SURE
In fact you should’ve done this months ago because it costs less to keep one subscription open than two. “Going forward, the subscription fees will be reflected in the next billing cycle through Crunchyroll or the third-party access platform, following Crunchyroll’s pricing,” they say.
As for those of you who “own” digital copies of anime on Funimation, uhhhh….”Crunchyroll does not currently support Funimation Digital copies, which means that access to previously available digital copies will not be supported,” they tell us. In short, you now own nothing. Shoulda bought physical discs instead.