Crunchyroll bought a leading anime store, and now you can't buy hentai there anymore

Crunchyroll bought a leading anime store, and now you can't buy hentai there anymore ...

Crunchyroll-Hime, the flamboyant orange mascot of the popular anime streaming service, is a bit of a prude.

Crunchyroll and Right Stuf have announced the acquisition of the company's website on Thursday. The acquisition has already sparked outrage among anime enthusiasts as a result of the removal of erotic items from the storefront.

Right Stuf, the original owner of the Ero Anime Store, is phased out of its Erotica genre content and product, according to the retailer's website. All sales, including pre-orders and unfulfilled orders, will be moved to a new location, according to Right Stuf. Customers will be able to trust them for current and future releases, according to the store's owners.

Not everyone is surprised that the acquisition has immediately impacted consumers, since erotic content like hentai anime and manga has been removed from Right Stufs' website. Jacob Grady, the CEO of Fakku, the world's largest publisher of English hentai, described the move as a "catastrophe" in a tweet.

Polygon asked Crunchyroll about criticisms of the deal. Weve worked with the Right Stuf team to ensure a smooth transition to another vendor (Ero Anime Store) who can fulfill mature content seamlessly, according to a Crunchyroll representative in a statement.

The Ero Anime Store isnt yet up. Wendy C, the retailer's president, said in a statement released on the Ero Anime Store landing page that the change might be sudden, but said we want to make sure it's done correctly.

Crunchyrolls' acquisition of Right Stuf has also sparked debate about streaming services' growing anime industry consolidation. Last summer, Crunchyroll merged with its biggest competitor, the Sony-owned streaming service Funimation, which further reduced competition in the area.

Kate Sanchez, an anime critic, said on Twitter that one company, regardless of how much I like it, should not be in charge of THIS large amount of one product. In a separate thread later, she said, Crunchyroll buying RightStuf is like Disney buying your local comic shop, and then restricting what they can sell.