Crunchyroll bought a leading anime store, and now you cant buy hentai there anymore

Crunchyroll bought a leading anime store, and now you cant buy hentai there anymore ...

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

Crunchyroll and Right Stuf have announced that the acquisition of the anime merchandise company has already sparked outrage among anime enthusiasts. Because of the move, erotic goods have been removed from the storefront.

Right Stuf says in a FAQ on its website that it is phased out of the Erotica genre content and product. According to Right Stuf, all sales, including pre-orders and unfilled orders, will be moved to a new storefront known as the Ero Anime Store, which will carry the entire line of erotica content, and customers may look to them for current and future updates.

Not everyone is ecstatic. Consumers have immediately impacted as erotic content like hentai anime and manga has gone from the Right Stufs website. Jacob Grady, the CEO of Fakku, the world's largest publisher of English hentai, said the acquisition is a major setback to his business.

Grady told Polygon via Twitter that [Right Stuf] has long been a proponent of hentai anime and manga, having sold mature content since they first appeared in their print catalog days. We are sad to see them depart, but it is something we will be actively following from here on out.

Polygon asked Crunchyroll for comments on the terms 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.

The Ero Anime Store isnt yet operational. Wendy C, the retailer's president, admitted that the change might come unexpected, but thanked customers for their patience. We want to ensure that everything goes smoothly, according to the website's FAQ.

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

Kate Sanchez, an anime critic, wrote on Twitter that one company, no matter how much I like it, should not be in charge of THIS many parts of one product. She added that buying RightStuf is like buying a comic book from a local comic store, but then restricting what they can sell.

Grady thinks the change will give customers greater opportunities to support the publisher directly.

Going to the source is a great opportunity to better support the publishers, and it may lead to more opportunities to acquire exclusives that were never shared with online retailers.

Update: This article has been updated to reflect changes made by Fakku CEO Jacob Grady to Polygon.