Good news, everybody! Anime News Network is reporting that TV Tokyo managing executive officer Akihiko Tamura has confirmed what Crunchyroll said at their Anime Expo panel last week, namely that the San Francisco-based streaming anime company has broken even financially for the month of May. This bodes extremely well not only for Crunchyroll's future, but the future of streaming anime in general and will go a long way in reassuring more Japanese companies that opening up their catalogs for legitimate online broadcast to America is a good idea.
A good amount of Crunchyroll's success can probably be traced to TV Tokyo's hot properties Naruto and Bleach, but as regular viewers may know the company has diversified greatly in the past year and is going full steam ahead with its simulcast program. The next stage in Crunchyroll's strategy (along with minority partner TV Tokyo) will involve a push for online e-manga distribution with Bitway, Japan's only digital manga provider, followed by worldwide streaming anime broadcast with local partners.
Bold plans, Crunchyroll. Bold plans indeed. Here's hoping they don't flame out before realizing these ambitions.
What have your experiences been like with Crunchyroll, dear readers? And are you interested in their digital manga initiative?