Crunchyroll purchased a prominent anime store, and now you can't buy hentai there anymore

Crunchyroll purchased a prominent 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 that the acquisition will strengthen Crunchyroll as a major distributor of anime goods, which has already sparked outrage from anime enthusiasts, since the removal of erotic goods from the storefront.

Right Stuf has announced that it is phased out of its Erotica genre content and products under its new ownership. According to Right Stuf, all sales, including pre-orders and unfilled orders, will be moved to a new storefront called the Ero Anime Store, which will house the entire line of erotica content. Customers can look to them for current and future updates in the Ero Anime Store's FAQ.

Not everyone is thrilled. Consumers have immediately impacted as erotic content such as hentai anime and manga has now been removed from the Right Stufs website. Jacob Grady, the CEO of Fakku, the world's largest publisher of English hentai, described the acquisition as a "massive blow to his company."

Grady told Polygon via Twitter that [Right Stuf] have long been a proponent of hentai anime and manga. We have had a good connection with them, and we have done many projects exclusively with them, so we are sad to see them depart.

Polygon asked Crunchyroll about their concerns about the deal. In a statement, a Crunchyroll representative said the organization has 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 online. Wendy C, the retailer's president, acknowledged that the change might be sudden, but called customers for support. We want to make sure it's done correctly.

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

Kate Sanchez, an anime critic, said that one company, no matter how much I like it, should not be in charge of THIS many items. In a separate thread later, she explained, Crunchyroll buying RightStuf is like Disney buying your local comic store and then limiting what they can sell.

Grady believes that the shift in the company might offer new opportunities for customers to directly support the publisher.

Going to the source is a great way to assist publishers, and it may provide additional opportunities to obtain exclusives that were never shared with online shops.

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