I am surprised this was not bigger news. It certainly flew under my radar. Since this is just one large group buying out another's shares I don't think we have much to worry about, though.
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Crunchyroll is definitely dominating the way English-speakers consume new anime in Japan, and they have by far the best system in every way. I'm always so happy to see this number shoot up like this. Double the number of subscribers in half a year? That's pretty damn good.
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Nope, nothing to worry about I'd say. I'd call it a good sign in fact, the biggest news since the TV Tokyo investment. Crunchyroll is on a trajectory to expand its offerings and its reach ever further, which is in no way inconsistent with its ongoing dominance when it comes to streaming anime.
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I don't know. This really begs the question: did Crunchyroll sell out? Personally, I can't tell. The article said something about this new group about "expanding" CR's offerings. That part really worries. If they start acquiring non-Asian shows (or worse yet American shows that can be seen on any website or TV network), I am going to scream (not literally, mind you, but you get the idea). I won't be playing the "Psycho strings" yet, but in any case, I really hope this doesn't lead to "website decay". Okay, so this is the worst case scenario, but still.
In the meantime, I'll at least give CR the benefit of the doubt and continue to support them (that is, since I know they really have gone legit). That said however, one of the worst things than a website (or any other "media" project, for that matter) that promotes piracy, is one that sells out and becomes just like all the other "general entertainment" TV networks and websites. If CR is somehow reading this, they had better not let everyone down...
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I suppose the fear is that it'll be the online version of network decay where they become no different from Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon.
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Yeah, I'd rather they stick to stuff from other countries. Like, if they were to stream Adventure Time or something, that wouldn't be cool at all.
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