Crunchyroll, a leading anime streaming service, is set to elevate the anime experience by launching its own 24-hour anime channel in the U.S. This free, ad-supported channel is scheduled to debut nationwide on October 11, making it accessible on LG Channels, the Roku Channel, and Vizio WatchFree+. Subsequently, it will be available on Amazon’s Freevee starting October 17.
The Crunchyroll channel will kick off with a diverse lineup of beloved older anime series, all featuring English dubs. Among the offerings are titles like Horimiya, Ranking of Kings, Moriarty the Patriot, Psycho-Pass, Arifureta, Sugar Apple Fairy Tail, To Your Eternity, and Code Geass.
Crunchyroll’s president, Rahul Purini, expressed, “[The Crunchyroll channel is] a gateway to the world of anime where we will guide viewers to discover new worlds, new stories and new characters. Thanks to our distribution partners at launch, millions of fans have easy access to the medium that is taking the world by storm.”
It’s worth noting that newer and premium anime shows will continue to be available through Crunchyroll’s subscription and ad-supported streaming services. This channel is the result of a collaboration between Crunchyroll and Game Show Network (GSN), both of which fall under Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Tim Carry, GSN’s EVP of distribution, remarked, “GSN is thrilled by the massive response from our platform partners for this channel, which is a testament to Crunchyroll’s brand and library. We are grateful to bring this channel to market.”
While Crunchyroll is part of the Sony family, it operates independently. Sony’s acquisition of Crunchyroll in 2021 led to a recent merger with the anime streaming service Funimation.
According to IGN’s Crunchyroll review, it received a rating of 8/10, highlighting its expansive and diverse programming, extensive catalog, and accessible pricing, affirming it as one of the most comprehensive streaming services available.
Source: IGN India