Sony wants to buy Crunchyroll for $ 1 billion

    If you’re interested in anime as a westerner, chances are you know Crunchyroll. The typical Japanese cartoon genre is well celebrated on Crunchyroll: the site is full of anime, complete with English subtitles. The service therefore has many users: 70 million units, of which 3 million are paying subscribers.

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    The website features more than a thousand anime shows, plus a few hundred Asian drama series and manga (Japanese comics). It started in 2006 as a kind of upload site where you could stream anime. That was useful, as fan-created subtitles were often added. For example, people in the West could watch Japanese cartoons with English subtitles.

    In the end, the service received a considerable investment a few years later, but also a lot of criticism: offering anime was not done in the most legal way. It united the two by looking for legal distribution agreements right from the investment and offering anime content officially.

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    Crunchyroll is not only a gathering place for all kinds of anime from other providers: there are also all kinds of Crunchyroll originals. The company is officially part of AT&T WarnerMedia, so it is part of a gigantic organization.

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