Transition Details and Dates Announced
In a significant move that marks the end of an era, Funimation has announced that it will cease the operations of its website and app services on April 2, 2024. This decision follows the 2021 announcement that Funimation would be integrated into Crunchyroll, uniting two of the biggest names in anime streaming under one roof. Since the initial announcement, fans have had the flexibility to maintain subscriptions with both platforms as Crunchyroll gradually incorporated Funimation's extensive catalog into its own offerings. With the sunset date now official, Funimation subscribers are provided with a two-month window to either terminate their subscriptions or merge their accounts with Crunchyroll.
Streamlining User Experience Through Account Merging
Funimation has laid out a straightforward process for subscribers looking to transition their accounts over to Crunchyroll. Users without a prior Crunchyroll account can easily migrate their Funimation account by using their existing credentials. For those who have been managing subscriptions on both platforms with the same email address, a syncing option is available that will seamlessly transfer their watch history and queue to Crunchyroll. The merging process is designed to ensure a smooth transition, offering options to combine data from both services, opt for Funimation data only, or retain only Crunchyroll data, with a final confirmation step to secure the changes.
Subscription Adjustments and Digital Copy Concerns
With the merger comes a note on potential changes in subscription pricing. Funimation has advised users that the subscription fees may vary in the next billing cycle, aligning with Crunchyroll's current pricing structure. This adjustment reflects the consolidation efforts and aims to streamline the subscription model for users moving forward. However, a notable caveat for Funimation subscribers is the incompatibility of digital copies of anime shows and movies with Crunchyroll's platform. Funimation has acknowledged this limitation and expressed ongoing efforts to expand content offerings and enhance the streaming experience on Crunchyroll, though the immediate future will not include support for Funimation's digital copies.
This transition signals a significant shift in the anime streaming landscape, promising to bring together a comprehensive library of content under Crunchyroll's banner. As the deadline approaches, Funimation encourages its users to take the necessary steps to continue enjoying their favorite anime without interruption.