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Trivia / Crunchyroll

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  • Colbert Bump: Gave a very significant one to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure after they licensed the Stardust Crusaders anime. The series was already getting more popular thanks to the 2012 anime and the digital re-release of Heritage for the Future but this is what ultimately created a bunch of new fans.
  • Demand Overload:
    • The website had crashed for a while due to an overload of viewers all trying to watch Episode 12 of Yuri!!! on Ice at the same time.
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    • It's reported that the website crashes every Saturday during the premiere of every episode of Dragon Ball Super. Turned Up to Eleven during the 2017 Spring Season, since Dragon Ball Super, My Hero Academia, One Piece and Attack on Titan airs every Saturday. Due to that, Crunchyroll heavily suggest U.S. users to watch on VRV in order to leverage their servers.
  • Follow the Leader: While other popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu were already present, Crunchyroll was really the first streaming service to target the special niche of Anime, specifically Simulcasting. At the time, big American distributors like Funimation and Sentai Filmworks were more invested in their premium cable channels and home video releases, so Crunchyroll was able to stake their claim and experienced massive growth because of it. It was later on the Funimation and Sentai would play catch up in establishing their own streaming services, and later on some of the bigger streaming platforms like Amazon, and the aforementioned Netflix and Hulu would also show a growing interest in anime.
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  • Killer App: While Crunchyroll experienced modest growth over the years, it was really the one-two punch of simulcasting Sword Art Online in 2012 and Attack on Titan in 2013 that exploded the popularity of the service.
  • No Export for You: Since Crunchyroll is a law-abiding anime site, it must adhere to territorial restrictions like any other legal streaming site. This is averted with any anime Crunchyroll licenses worldwide except Japan and/or Asia. Since its a company located in the United States, Crunchyroll tends to make negotiations to local distributors in the US and, in most cases, simulcast titles are restricted by Japan because of that:
    • There're two types of titles: simulcast and catalog titles. The catalog titles are old anime series licensed by local distributors. Titles by companies like Discotek Media and Nozomi Entertainment are restricted to the United States and Canada only. Titles by Funimation Entertainment are restricted to those countries as well, but some titles will be available in the UK and Irelandnote , Australia and New Zealandnote , South Africa, the Netherlands, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. So, if you see any title announcements from those companies and you live outside the aforementioned countries, you will not watch them.
      • Due to how it negotiates their territories, Funimation titles aren't available in Finland, despite it belonging to the Nordic countries.note  They also aren't available in Latin America due to their reluctance to license to that regionnote . However, Funimation would expand some titles to Latin America if an anime is a simulcast title and it has previous seasons, as it happened with Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia and Overlord.
      • Keep in mind that those titles Crunchyroll gets are region-fixed by those local distributors in the US, a thing Crunchyroll won't do anything. Of course there'll be exceptions when a local distributor wants to make a separate agreement to add more territories, but it will be at the discretion of the distributor, not Crunchyroll.
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    • The second type of titles are simulcast titles. If you live in the Americas, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, you wouldn't have any problem watching them. But if you live in the rest of Continental Europe and the rest of the world, its another story. Spain, France, Italy and Germany have local companies and, because of the money Japan will get making separate agreements, Japan tends to make preference to them instead of Crunchyroll. If that happens, depending of the anime title, it will happen two things: one, the anime title will be available worldwide except Asia and the countries where a local company got the license; or two, Crunchyroll won't make more fuzz of it and the title is insta-blocked outside the countries where local distributors licensed that title. This is usually played straight in Spain and Portugal, despite Latin America tends to get anything in Spanish and Portuguese.
      • Also, Crunchyroll tends to negotiate only with the US-branch of some Japanese companies for simulcast titles. This is played straight with Aniplex of America and TMS Entertainment USA. In those cases, the Nordic countries and the Netherlands are insta-blocked because of that.
      • However, there're cases that Japanese companies block anime series in some countries on purpose, such as GONZO. This would happen if the company wants to make more agreements with local distributors in certain countries, or if the company thinks that anime title or region won't be profitable due to piracy and other stuff, and also if a title contains stuff that will be controversial (and therefore illegal) in certain countries. In GONZO's case, for example, since January 2017, GONZO no longer licenses titles to any Spanish and Portuguese speaking country due to unknown reasons and titles like Akiba's Trip, 18if, Space Battleship Tiramisu and Kakuriyo won't be available to Latin America whatsoever.note 
    • This is played straight in Asia due to Japan's legal restrictions, and in Japan... for obvious reasons.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Many Crunchyroll employees are anime fans themselves... now working for a website that deals with the distribution of anime worldwide.


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