Crunchyroll Purchased A Popular Anime Video Store and Removed Its Hentai

Crunchyroll Purchased A Popular Anime Video Store and Removed Its Hentai ...

Crunchyroll announced the acquisition of Right Stuf, a popular online video publisher and distributor of anime products. The anime streaming service boasted that its merger would allow it to offer a wider range of customers with anime products. However, CEO of FAKKU, the world's largest adult manga distributor, said Crunchyroll left out one vital detail of its acquisition.

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Crunchyroll, the world's leading anime streaming service, is known for being explicit to a point. Over the years, the streamer has become more conservative in its offerings, especially with its figurines and shows. But the rise in anime popularity has also allowed it to clinch juggernaut status in the anime industry with the acquisition of yet another online anime distributor, Right Stuf.

Crunchyroll and Right Stufs' merger, according to Jacob Grady, was a major setback for the company. Shortly after, Crunchyroll removed all hentai and adult manga and anime from the storefront, including clearing out FAKKUs' landing page.

FAKKU and Right Stufs' business relationship was similar to that of an online retailer selling goods from a different company, similar to Steam or Amazon. In a blog post on the Right Stufs FAQ page, the distributor announced that it would phase out the erotica genre content and product from its site and that new orders would no longer be accepted.

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Right Stuf was a major account for FAKKU and one of the few stores that truly embraced 18+ anime/manga. Grady tweeted that it was not good.

Grady said it was a shame to see Right Stuf move on to Crunchyroll due to the fact that the two companies had a good connection on many exclusive distribution projects.

Grady says the [Right Stuf] have long been a proponent of hentai anime and manga, having sold mature content since their print catalog days.

A Crunchyroll representative told Kotaku that customers may find previously available mature-themed content on a new storefront, the Ero Anime Store, which has been established for many years.

Wendy C, Ero Animes president, said in a press release on the website that the goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you and to ensure you receive the goods you're looking for. We will continue to offer anime products under the Critical Mass Video label, and some items we'll offer exclusively through the site.

Grady said on Kotaku that customers can still find FAKKU's physical media on the company's personal website despite Right Stuf's anime consolidation. Grady said it'll be monitoring any future business mergers in the industry.

Grady said he'd be happy to offer our titles on any online retailer, but none of them will have the same reach as Right Stuf.

The Funimation and Crunchyrolls Anime Mega-Merger Is Complete

Crunchyroll announced that it would merge with Funimation in March. Although the Funimation and Crunchyroll catalog of anime could be found on one site, others within the anime community were concerned that Crunchyrolls's subsequent consolidation of its competitor might harm the medium.

Crunchyrolls' merger with Right Stuf, according to Kate Sanchez, is likened to Disney buying a local comic store and narrowing its catalog.

Sanchez said one organization, regardless of how much I like the company, should not be in charge of THIS much of one product.