Crunchyroll Still Hosts Some Fan-Subtitled Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Limited number of fansubs remain after transition to professional content

Three weeks after the Crunchyroll media distribution site announced that it had made a "transition from a platform for user-uploaded content to a platform of professionally produced content," the user-uploaded videos of several anime titles still remain on the website. While Crunchyroll encourages its users to submit dialogue translations for its optional "softsubs" system, these user-uploaded videos have fan-translated subtitles already embedded inside them.

The titles, many of which are listed in an forum thread, include anime from licensors that already have distribution arrangements with Crunchyroll. For example, Crunchyroll still has fan-subtitled videos of Pierrot's Magical Angel Creamy Mami and Pony Canyon's television series such as Rizelmine and Yume Tsukai. Crunchyroll is officially hosting the Naruto Shippūden series from TV Tokyo, Shueisha, and Pierrot. It is also distributing Abunai Sisters and Steel Angel Kurumi on behalf of Pony Canyon.

When asked if Crunchyroll's continued hosting of user-uploaded videos is intentional or not, Vu Nguyen, Crunchyroll's co-founder and Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, responded with the following statement:

Whether items are originals/fan subbed/dubbed, Crunchyroll is working diligently with all authorized content right holders to ensure that available video content on Crunchyroll is approved and authorized. We're dedicated to our content partners and the industry and pledge to continuously and actively remove titles on the Crunchyroll site that are not authorized by the appropriate right holders.

Crunchyroll did remove most of the user-uploaded videos from its public listings at the beginning of the year. However, unlisted videos are still accessible by directly typing in their URL addresses. After being notified of a sample unlisted video that was still available via this loophole, Nguyen told ANN, "We've gone ahead and purged that specific URL and we'll be sweeping through the entire site to make sure we properly remove all the items, but this process takes a little while due to the size of the site. We're working hard to make sure everything transitions smoothly for our partners and our users."

Crunchyroll already closed another loophole earlier this month that allowed users to link, in their profile, videos that had been removed from the public listings.

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