Op-Ed: Anime Streaming Could Change FOREVER (Crunchyroll and Funimation in Trouble?!?!)

Otaku Critical

How’s it going guys? It’s Otaku Critical here with another video. I’ve got some exciting news for you today. I was doing some industry research, and by research I mean I saw a thumbnail in my Twitter feed this morning and decided to immediately dive into the topic without looking into any further context.

Anyway, I found out about something really interesting. Thirty of Japan’s anime studios have teamed up to bring anime to a new YouTube channel under the name AnimeLog and it will all be available for free! That’s right, no longer will studios have to go through Funimation or Crunchyroll to make their shows available. Which is great news since everyone knows that those sites don’t support the anime industry financially at all and have done nothing to help expand anime’s popularity in the west over the past several years.

These studios have promised that thousands of shows will be made available. Can you imagine being able to watch every episode of something like One Piece for free? This is going to change everything. Piracy and every other streaming site will practically disappear overnight.

Now studios will be able to directly support themselves through ad revenue while making thousands of shows available to us for free. I personally can’t wait for this to happen. By the way, guys, with all the demonetization that’s been happening on YouTube lately, the amount I normally have been able to make off my videos hasn’t been what it used to be. If you could visit my Patreon and contribute it would really help me out with being able to continue making content for you guys.

So right now the AnimeLog channel is only available in Japan, but you can access it with a VPN. Which reminds me that our sponsor today is NordVPN. When NordVPN first approached me about a sponsorship deal, I initially said, “Hey, aren’t you the same service that had a data breach revealed last year where user activity was compromised?” But then they wanted to know the PayPal address to send a payment to and I stopped asking questions. Be sure to check out the affiliate link in the description to get 20% off your first three months!

Now where was I? Oh yeah, this AnimeLog YouTube channel is going to be one of the best things to happen for anime in a long time. Take it from someone who records unscripted vlogs for the internet every day; I know how international licensing works. Now we finally have a way to directly support anime. I mean, I won’t because I’ll be keeping my ad blocker on, but I’m sure enough people will turn it off for there to be enough to fund new animation projects.

We will have to see how this new development turns out. It would be a real disappointment if it turns out that this new channel is just a way for studios to post older, less popular shows that wouldn’t be very viable to license to subscription streaming services anyways, and that studios only entered this collaboration in order to consolidate their back catalogs and make some extra ad revenue off of them. That would definitely be a real downer and make it look like I didn’t put in any effort to check my information before jumping to conclusions. It’s a good thing that isn’t very likely though.

Well that’s it for today. Be sure to like, comment, and subscribe!

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Sustaining on instant noodles and a wavering DSL connection, it is uncertain how Vestro has continued to survive let alone still form a cognitive thought. Regardless, he still manages to come out of his soba induced coma now and then. He can be found spending his time pretending to understand Japanese media as well as picking up the remaining shards of his broken dreams.