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NEWS: Crunchyroll Announces Partnership with Sumitomo to Create Company to Co-Produce Anime


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Stark700



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:07 am Reply with quote
Partnership to co-produce anime? this is interesting. I recall Funimation also working on an anime series recently. Hopefully this also brings more series for CR in the upcoming years.
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ZODDGUTS



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:35 am Reply with quote
As long they avoid adapting light novels considering most of them are garbage. Here's hoping they produce good adapted works and also original ones.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:47 am Reply with quote
Oh boy here comes another NA anime crash :/
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Lemonchest



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:57 am Reply with quote
SumiRoll has a nice ring to it. But more important is what barely legal cartoon girl they'll pick as a mascot.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:00 am Reply with quote
Blankslate wrote:
Oh boy here comes another NA anime crash :/


That was my first thought. These are some crazy exciting times, for sure. I do trust Crunchyroll though, so I'm very interested in what becomes of this. I just hope it doesn't actually end in some kind of bubble burst. Funimation and Crunchyroll are pushing each other closer and closer to the cliff, it seems.
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Hameyadea



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:01 am Reply with quote
The concept of non-Japanese companies partaking in anime's production is seldomly implemented, AFAIK. Best of luck to them.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:08 am Reply with quote
If this means some of the single season shows or abandoned franchises I liked that need a sequel can now be funded, then I'm all for this.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:18 am Reply with quote
Same reason other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are getting into producing content. Being a middleman in a two sided market can be tricky. It's pretty easy to get into the streaming platform game.
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:19 am Reply with quote
N. American companies used to do this a lot a decade ago during the anime boom years, for the same reason of not having to go thru bidding wars for licenses. Did ya guys enjoy
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vanfanel



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:30 am Reply with quote
enurtsol wrote:
Did ya guys enjoy


Your comment got cut off, but from context I'm pretty sure your next words were gonna be "Sin: The Movie" and "M.D. Geist II: Death Force." Very Happy

In all seriousness, I think this would be an excellent moment for CR subscribers to let CR know they expect decent pay for the animators making it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:34 am Reply with quote
If all goes well, perhaps even shows that would probably have gone unnoticed will have a bigger chance of being noticed. I hope the partnership works out well.
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DuchessBianca



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:03 am Reply with quote
I personally don't care about crunchyroll because I don't stream anime and prefer dubs but if this leads to Crunchy getting more series and holding exclusive rights I really hope they develop a division and get those series with the intent to release them on home video. As someone who only watches a series when I have bought it would stink if any series that's picked up never sees a home video release. Not sure if they already have something like that though.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:07 am Reply with quote
Great! It's nice to see a different kind of horse in the race on production committees. More diversity there is always a good thing. Hope this means more originals and less adaptations.
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yuna49



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:28 am Reply with quote
Does Sumitomo have much experience in the Japanese anime industry or in publishing? I don't see evidence of any involvement in content creation from their website. Sony at least owns a studio to go with its distribution network.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:08 am Reply with quote
DuchessBianca wrote:
I personally don't care about crunchyroll because I don't stream anime and prefer dubs but if this leads to Crunchy getting more series and holding exclusive rights I really hope they develop a division and get those series with the intent to release them on home video. As someone who only watches a series when I have bought it would stink if any series that's picked up never sees a home video release. Not sure if they already have something like that though.


Most of crunchyroll's library makes it to home release. They seem to have a really close relationship with Sentai Filmworks, since they license most of those series (or at least the ones I enjoy and pay attention to). Discotek and NIS get a few of those titles too. So as long as whatever they stream does decently well in numbers, i'm sure we can expect video releases.
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