Crunchyroll is rumored to be the next one to be shut down for good after KissAnime. The anime website's fans are worried that it could go out of business after third-party licensing and stories of sales circulated online.
crunchyroll and funimations be like: pic.twitter.com/yHB57i8oyq — Finn (@Finn_n_n) August 15, 2020
Besides the speculations that the anime platform could help up because of a steep asking price, there are also reports claiming that Japan's top anime studios are currently developing a YouTube channel that would stream anime content for free.
Variety first reported that several studios, including Kodansha, Toei Animation, and Nippon Animation, are working together to create their own channel on YouTube called Animelog or Anilog. This channel will provide the contents from the anime studios for free, which will give these anime websites control over content distribution.
Popular websites such as Funimation and Crunchyroll may be out-of-date once the new channel and similar studio-led distribution networks are completed. These platforms will provide millions of people outside of Japan with a streaming service by licensing anime from the networks, as well as acting as a third-party distributor.
There is a possibility that platforms like Crunchyroll or Funimation will no longer be needed if free channels managed by a union of animation studios become successful on the YouTube platform.
Other platforms you can stream anime content legally
Comicbook's report provided the list of other websites where users can stream anime content legally. These websites are free of malware and also support the original teams behind each of the anime.
Good Night ~ (via My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) pic.twitter.com/WBg0y5l5Uu — Crunchyroll (@Crunchyroll) August 15, 2020
1) VRV - This platform includes HIDIVE and Crunchyroll catalogs. ($9.99 ad-free subscription available)
2) Pokemon - If you're a Pokemon fan, this anime platform is perfect for you since it provides free English dubbed Pokemon episodes from the series' official site.
3) Viz Media - Viz Media's English language anime licenses can be found on this website.
4) Anime-Planet - This anime platform provides content from HIDIVE, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.
5) Asian Crush - Bringing nostalgia as it includes rare classic anime content, as well as non-anime offerings.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.