Aw, snap: Crunchyroll enters the dub and home release field


How will this affect the anime market?

If there's one unexpected piece of news to come out of Anime Expo '16, it's that Crunchyroll revealed that they're planning to release anime on Blu-ray and DVD with English dubs. The interesting thing about this announcement is that they're applying this treatment to not one but eight shows.

To add to this big surprise, the first show on their list is Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Wit Studio's original series about mankind facing off against undead beings with iron bodies and glowing hearts. To top all off, they are also grabbing the merchandising rights for the series, which might have to do with their faith in the show's performance when it launches on Blu-ray and DVD.

The rest of their shows that are getting the special treatment are Gintama, Free!, the latest Berserk series, Twin Star Exorcist, Big OrderPhantom World, and Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches. In other words, Crunchyroll is off to a fine start with their roster.

Perhaps the neat part about this deal is the Samurai Comedy Series Gintama receiving a new home release with a dub since we'll get to see the show's DragonBleaPiece skit dubbed.

Of course, the most intriguing thing about this news is how it'll affect the current playing field in the anime home release market since companies like Sentai and NIS America have gotten the Blu-ray and or DVD rights for shows that Crunchyroll has acquired for simulcasting. My guess is that Crunchyroll will focus on specific titles that they think would do well with this treatment, and the rest of their stuff might still be open for other companies to grab.

At the moment, Crunchyroll hasn't specified if these releases are only exclusive to North America; however, I have a feeling that this plan might be limited to that region since it was announced at Anime Expo. Then again, Crunchyroll's content has expanded across the globe, so there's a possible chance that their home release plan might reach other countries in the far out future.

Since this is a huge move for Crunchyroll, I look forward to seeing how this action will affect everyone down the road. Compared to what the Website was back then, it's amazing to see how much they have grown over the years since this action might help them reach a new height. Hell, I'm hoping that this could lead to them giving their j-dramas and Ultra shows the home release treatment down the road. I guess that'll depend on how things will unfold later on.

Now that we reached the end of this post, what do you all think about the streaming company's plan to do anime home releases with dubs?

[via Crunchyroll]

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