Following a merger with animation streaming platform Crunchyroll, Funimation recently announced that it will soon discontinue its services, which will be effective starting on April 2, 2024. As per an official statement on Funimation’s help page:
“As part of Crunchyroll’s unification of fan services announced in March 2022, the Funimation app and website will sunset on April 2, 2024.
Rest assured, this transition will not impact your access to the vast library of anime available on Crunchyroll. We remain committed to delivering the best anime streaming experience and will continue to expand our offerings to cater to your diverse interests!”
Funimation adds that existing Funimation subscriptions will be transferred over to Crunchyroll. Meanwhile, users with no prior Crunchyroll account will see a confirmation message that their Watch History and Watch lists will be transferred over to Crunchyroll; users with an active Crunchyroll account will be able to merge it with their Funimation account, provided that both accounts use the same email address.
There is one big caveat however – Funimation says that digital copies of shows that were purchased by users are not supported by Crunchyroll, and will therefore not be included with subscription transfers. The decision to do so has already drawn flak online from less-than-happy fans, who will essentially lose access to DVDs and Blu-ray copies that they have paid for.
Funimation and its streaming service were acquired by Sony back in 2017; following its subsequent acquisition of Crunchyroll, Sony decided to merge the two services under the Crunchyroll brand.