Hundreds Of Anime Series Are No Longer Streaming, When Will They Be Back?

By Jason Collins | Published

The media and streaming landscape are constantly evolving, and the industry giants are now consuming smaller or struggling companies in their quest for unrelenting growth. In the latest news, Crunchyroll, a VOD streaming service that distributes anime content, is now devouring Funimation, and hundreds of anime titles are no longer streaming as a result. Will those anime ever return, and if so, when?

Funimation Helped Bring Major Anime To The West

Funimation has been a leading distributor of anime and other foreign entertainment properties in North America, introducing audiences to massively popular titles such as Dragon Ball, One Piece, Fairy Tail, Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan, and many others. However, on April 1, 2024, Funimation officially shuttered its services as part of its merger with Crunchyroll, prompting many fans to consider the implications of this particular business move. One of those implications relates to nearly 200 anime titles missing from streaming.

192 Titles Are Now Missing

The fans have gathered on social media to discuss the missing Funimation content, and according to the list of content the fandom has put together, there are 192 Funimation titles currently missing from Crunchyroll’s library. Admittedly, this list does include content that’s currently present on Crunchyroll but lacks official subbed or dubbed versions, if not both. But it’s also important to note that Crunchyroll does plan on bringing the entire Funimation library list to its website, so it’s not a matter of if but when.

Missing Fan Favorites

Crunchyroll has already confirmed that the majority of Funimation’s content has already been migrated, but some were just “stuck in traffic,” which actually isn’t all that surprising when you’re moving large volumes of data from one place to another. That still doesn’t change the fact that some prominent and even ongoing titles are currently missing from the platform, and eager fans are now wondering when their favorite anime shows will re-appear on streaming.

End Of An Era

This truly is the end of an era, but in all honesty, it has been a long time coming. For those who aren’t aware, both Funimation and Crunchyroll have been in Sony’s possession for quite some time, so the merger of two companies under a larger entity isn’t all that surprising. Funimation was founded in 1994, and following initial turmoil over licensing deals, the company soon rose to prominence as an anime distribution service for the North American market. However, both Funimation and its parent company were acquired in 2017.

Crunchyroll Is The Biggest Name In Anime Streaming

In the meantime, Crunchyroll was also acquired by Sony in 2021, which led to some shifts between the two subsidiaries. Namely, Funimation Group—Funimation’s parent company—was rebranded as Crunchyroll, LLC, and the large majority of its catalog was moved to Crunchyroll. Despite that, Funimation remained an active service until April 1, 2024, when the service finally shut down. While the list of missing content is known among the fans, the details surrounding their reappearance on Crunchyroll remain a mystery.

In the meantime, fans of action anime can pass the time with one of the thousands of anime currently on Crunchyroll.