Episode 164: Crunchyroll Matters is sponsored by MANSCAPED.com
Crunchyroll started as an illegal streaming site where fans could upload their fansubs of their favorite anime series – and a Starcraft vid or two – but now it’s an anime platform worth over a billion dollars. In the wake of the announcement that Funimation owner, Sony would be buying Crunchyroll and the internet’s communal “anime is worth how much?,” we dig into the history of Crunchyroll. We talk about how its model and acquisition of simuldubs of Naruto from TV Tokyo pushed the industry to innovate digital platforms, expanded the kinds of anime available in the United States, and ultimately created the current anime streaming landscape that we know today.
Crunchyroll Anime Awards information
The following categories are available to vote in: Best Protagonist, Best Antagonist, Best Girl, Best Boy, Best Director, Best Animation, Best Character Design, Best Score, Best Fight Scene, Best Couple, Best VA Performance (JP), Best VA Performance (EN), Best Opening Sequence, Best Ending Sequence, Best Fantasy, Best Drama, Best Comedy, and of course, Anime of the Year.
Nominees will be announced and voting will begin on January 15, 2021, at 9:00 AM PST and end on January 22, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST
Winners will be revealed during a live-streamed program on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST
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Kate is co-founder, EIC, and CCO of BWT. She’s also a Certified Rotten Tomatoes Critic, host, and creator of our flagship podcast, But Why Tho? and Did You Have To?. She also manages all PR relationships for comics, manga, film, TV, and anime. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies focusing on how pop culture impacts society.