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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/10/19
Seems like Funimation grabbed up like half the shows coming out this season, even pure moe stuff like Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san, which I 100% expected to be here.

With Amazon and Netflix also occasionally grabbing up exclusives it's starting to get pretty expensive to legally watch everything you want these days...
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I suggest getting used to it or finding a new hobby now that big name media & communication companies have taken an interest in anime
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Funimation stuff eventually streams for free with commercials
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Welcome to the internet where they want you eyeballs on there streaming platform. It's only going to get worse folks.

i can't even watch One punch man season 2 legally, being A Canadian and all.
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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/10/19
It's hardly expensive tho. Just wait till end of season and get a month premium for like £7 and binge away.
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I wish more shows are like Promised Neverland and Demon Slayer, where they simulcast it on a few platforms.
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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/10/19

HOOfan_1 wrote:

Funimation stuff eventually streams for free with commercials


... only on the anglosphere, team rest of the world must ride the high seas to get that half of the pie funi got their grubby hands on.
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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/10/19
Bidding for exclusive licenses is anti-competitive practice, pure and simple. It only makes for a worse experience for the consumer, and it encourages piracy from those who actually want to pay money to support the industry.

The production studios know this. When production studios grant exclusive licenses, they signal that exclusive streaming money is worth you pirating their product.
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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/15/19

JorduSpeaks wrote:

Bidding for exclusive licenses is anti-competitive practice, pure and simple. It only makes for a worse experience for the consumer, and it encourages piracy from those who actually want to pay money to support the industry.

The production studios know this. When production studios grant exclusive licenses, they signal that exclusive streaming money is worth you pirating their product.


Agreed. Because even with all the will in the world to support the industry, there are limits, I think, of what you can ask of people. That is the industry through their own licensing practices make it impossible for viewers to watch the shows they want legally because those that have the exclusive license to them don't offer services in their part of the world. I mean even here on CR as a European, what I can see differs a lot to what can be seen in the US, and even in Europe it differs from country to country, in not always predictable ways. And while some of that may have more to do with a country's laws than the industry's licensing issues, some doesn't.

My feelings have always been I'd prefer to watch my anime legally. But when the only access I can find is through pirate sites because there is no legal access to what I want to watch. Funimation does not provide streaming services in Europe (or much outside the US?)...They asked for it. So heck yeah it encourages pirating.
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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/13/19
Oh. I really dont care.

"You dont?"

No, why would I. I have to deal with you all day, because you wont leave me alone!"

"Awww, you know, you get a little shaky in the voice when you get angry*wrapping her arms around him* Why dont you like me?"

"I dont know what the hell you're going to do to me half the time"

"What would you like me to do to you?"

"Just.....//blush// let go of me will you*breaking away from her*. * grabbing for an anime* This is the only thing you need to watch. This is what anime is all about.

"Fate Zero? Sounds depressing"

Not the title, watch it

"Why dont I just devour it? I can tell you what I think very fast"


No!! This is the complete box set! You get your dam hands off this.

" since when are you so protective? You dont show me that kind of emotion*lowering her voice*"

*popping in the bluray* now youre going to sit, and youre going to watch the whole thing with me

*grin* can I get as close as I want :)"

*sigh* I dont care

"Ok, Ill watch it with you"
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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/10/19

Ohiotaku wrote:

I suggest getting used to it or finding a new hobby now that big name media & communication companies have taken an interest in anime


So you're saying it's mainstream?
*Gets hipster glasses ready*
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curr0001 wrote:

Welcome to the internet where they want you eyeballs on there streaming platform. It's only going to get worse folks.

i can't even watch One punch man season 2 legally, being A Canadian and all.


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curr0001 wrote:

Welcome to the internet where they want you eyeballs on there streaming platform. It's only going to get worse folks.

i can't even watch One punch man season 2 legally, being A Canadian and all.




:lol: now I'm thinking of that song from Team America world police.
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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/11/19

Naruto4LaifuSakuraMyWaifu wrote:

Seems like Funimation grabbed up like half the shows coming out this season, even pure moe stuff like Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san, which I 100% expected to be here.

At this point, Funimation has 14 titles from this season, while CR has 17 (not counting two 1-2 episode specials). Not counting those 2 specials, there are 48 new titles this season. Given that both services share 3 titles, combined they have a bit over 58% of the shows coming out this season. I don't know if Funimation is finished with their announcements, but CR certainly isn't (as the lineup page has 23 boxes at present).

Frankly, it shouldn't be a surprise that Funimation came out strong, or how many they could get. 14 is also the number they had for Winter 2016, a couple of seasons prior to the partnership. They were down to 9 for the next season, but came back stronger the season prior the partnership, with 19 titles. That was also the season only two titles (one a single episode special, the other a short form anime) went without either a simulcast or later streaming by Netflix, which illustrates the positive side of such competition.




Cobaltseas wrote:

Funimation does not provide streaming services in Europe (or much outside the US?)

They've been streaming in the UK and Ireland for some time, which the last time I checked is part of Europe. Perhaps you should have said, "continental Europe" or "mainland Europe" there.

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Posted 4/10/19 , edited 4/11/19

HOOfan_1 wrote:

Funimation stuff eventually streams for free with commercials


Except Spice and wolf season 2 despite it being almost 10 years old and a bunch of other old shows like Hyouka & The Devil Is A Part Timer!.
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