Funimation Accounts Merge with Crunchyroll, App Shuts Down April 2
revealed on Wednesday that the Funimation
app will cease operation on April 2. This discontinuation comes as a result of the continued consolidation of content and services from Funimation
following the merger
between the two companies. Customers of Funimation
can transfer their account, including their watch history and queue, to Crunchyroll
or they can choose to combine their Funimation
account with an existing Crunchyroll
account, providing the two accounts are connected to the same email address.
Contrarily, Crunchyroll will not accommodate digital copy content that existed on Funimation. With Funimation digital copies were offered as part of some purchases of home video DVDs or Blu-ray Discs.
Though Crunchyroll has been actively transferring content from Funimation to its own platform since the spring 2022 anime season began, it has yet to fully incorporate all Funimation materials onto Crunchyroll. Fandom Post’s editor-in-chief, Chris Beveridge is maintaining an actively updated list that registers all content which is yet to appear on Crunchyroll. At the time of reporting, Anime News Network could not confirm if all items on Beveridge’s list are actually missing on Crunchyroll.
It is to be noted, Sony‘s subsidiary Funimation Global Group finalised its purchase of Crunchyroll from AT&T on August 9, 2021. This followed the initial announcement of the acquisition back in December of 2020. The acquisition cost was US$1.175 billion which was paid upfront in cash at the time of closure. All home video releases of Funimation are now categorised under Crunchyroll.