Crunchyroll Out of the Red, Poised to Make Some Cash

Topic started by Boddington on July 8, 2010. Last post by daotherkenji 4 years, 1 month ago.
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9

 Go ahead, Crunchyroll, treat youself to a...crunch roll. You've earned it.
 Go ahead, Crunchyroll, treat youself to a...crunch roll. You've earned it.
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?
Post by N15PCA (611 posts) See mini bio Level 13

I watched Sasameki Koto, Corba and Aoi Hana on Crunchyroll.  I've been watching legal anime ever since Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu stared streaming anime on their websites.    
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9
@N15PCA: Out of the services available for legal streaming anime, which do you like best?
Post by CrazyCanuck (169 posts) See mini bio Level 15
 @Boddington: I like Crunchyroll a lot due to the fact that it has a good library and for a small fee I can watch them commercial free and in HD.  Other sites like funimation and hulu are a good second only due to a fact Funi spreads their content between youtube, hulu, and there site and it's hard to know what is where,  As for Hulu, I watch somethings on it I can't access it 100% of the time because I'm in Canada.
Post by GodLen (877 posts) See mini bio Level 10
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i use the crunchyroll app all the time on my iphone, its really amazing. 
Post by sickVisionz (4,255 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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I signed up when they announced Naruto and I've been totally satisfied since then.  They've got a well rounded catalog of content and their video player is pretty good.  I'll be a customer for the foreseeable future.
Post by metalsnakezero (670 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Good to hear how Anime Streaming sites are doing well.
Post by Halberdierv2 (1,290 posts) See mini bio Level 17

good for them, and now that they have bleach there, i can now catch up on the anime that i'm missing.
Post by agila61 (87 posts) See mini bio Level 4
Note that Crunchy just started streaming Bleach in the second week of June for anime members and the third week of June for ad-streaming, so the May report is before the Bleach simulcast started.  Looking at Alexa.com, it appears that the Bleach launch has pushed up rankings, better than 2,000 over the past week,  better than 1,400 in the US and in the top 900 for Canada. 
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Glad to see they are doing well.      :)
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,640 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Still not too interested in Crunchyroll. They just don't have the catalog to interest me. I'm more enjoying FUNimation's site. Many more animes that I want to watch.


@Boddington said:
" @N15PCA: Out of the services available for legal streaming anime, which do you like best? "
I'm not really watching Bleach and Naruto. I've kind of lost interested in them, but I still wouldn't since they are VIZ productions, when it comes to the dubs. I'd still probably use fan subs for those two series if I was still watching them.
 
While I'm all for legitimate animes if these official sites don't edit the content. When it comes to anything VIZ is involved with. I'm against.
Post by N15PCA (611 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Boddington said:
" @N15PCA: Out of the services available for legal streaming anime, which do you like best? "

1. Hulu.  They have the type of anime I like the most.  
2. Crunchyroll. 
3. Funimation. 
4. Media Blasters. 
Post by tainteddonut (45 posts) See mini bio Level 14
Good news for them. Hopefully this means they'll continue to get more anime every season.
Post by Killajade (37 posts) See mini bio Level 6
sorry i try to steer clear of what horriblesubs releases.
Post by godeater (2,041 posts) See mini bio Level 11
bleh streaming
Post by agila61 (87 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@FoxxFireArt said:
While I'm all for legitimate animes if these official sites don't edit the content. When it comes to anything VIZ is involved with. I'm against. "
Of course, the fansubbers edit the content of the big shonen titles all the time, adding all sorts of swearing that is not in the original.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,640 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@agila61: 
Fansubs don't change character names from Japanese to European. Fan subs keep in Japanese culture, such as honorifics. Fab subs don't change meaning of scenes.. Adding in the occasion curse word hardly compares to the utter butchery that VIZ Media does to multiple series.
 
VIZ Media is the lowest quality publisher. They don't deserve to be supported.
Post by Gasero (167 posts) See mini bio Level 9
@FoxxFireArt: 
Will you just change your username to "I hate VIZ" already?
 
I'm glad to see Crunchyroll is doing okay financially. I recently tuned in to start watching Bleach on the site since its now official subs, but I don't really think I will benefit from a membership
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,640 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Gasero: 
It's their own fault for producing such low quality work. I just call them on the stuff they pull. You're just going to have to excuse me for not being like so many and kissing VIZ's rear all the time.
 
They are the ones that alter content, censor art, removed Japanese culture from the mangas (never using terms like sensei or jutsu in Naruto), refuse to use any honorifics, make absolutely pointless changes to stories, such as renaming "Gin and Vodka" to "Melkior and Kaspar"; no translator notes in the books, and provide poor translations and editing.
All of this while providing absolutely no alternative to their alterations.
 
Part of me would like to support them, but I'm going to call them out what I see the kind of poor product they put out. There are far better publisher worth support. I used to buy VIZ until I discovered just how extensively they were editing series. They don't deserve to be supported for just existing. They are not the industry. They are just one publisher in the industry. They are low quality publishers and the facts back me up on it. I'm not making up the things they do.
Scanlations of their series are far more accurate to the originals.
 
I think it's good of them to release series like One Piece into higher production so that the US market is only a month behind where Japan is, but that doesn't make up for their edits and alterations.
I encourage people to buy from Del Rey and Yen Press. They produce incredible products that are as close to the originals and still be in English.
 
I'm a major supporter of FUNimation releasing One Piece on their site. They offer episodes in both dub and subtitled forms. They offer alternatives. They also release the latest episodes right out of Japan an hour after they air. Their subtitle work is pretty good with nearly no edits at all.
Before FUNimation had the series. It was being dubbed by 4Kids, who utterly butchered the series. Much in the same way VIZ does with mangas. Fans didn't support it and went to fansubs for the "real" story. Eventually 4Kids lost their distribution license and FUNimation picked it up. They do such a good job that most fansub sites removed the series from their catalogs and direct people to FUNimation's site. These groups still post Naruto and Bleach.

I'm saying that it wont really matter what VIZ tries as far as internet distribution of mangas if they just continue to alter the content. Readers of scanlations want the real story. Not what VIZ changed it to.
Post by Papasan (160 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Ha! I told you this would work! I said streaming was the way to get the ball rolling, and you didn't believe me!!! No one ever believes me! 
 
MONEY! MONEY! MONEY! 
 
* go cr *
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