HBO Max has attempted to corner the anime market by partnering with Crunchyroll when the streaming service first popped into existence, but it seems as though the branding for the anime streaming service is set to leave HBO beginning on the first of January next year. On top of housing many of Crunchyroll’s anime series, HBO Max also had plenty of its own original animated content, as well as housing a large number of the major feature-length films of Studio Ghibli, including the likes of Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and many others.
So what does this mean in terms of the anime that will still be available on HBO Max? Well for the time being it still seems that HBO Max will give its subscribers access to the anime television series that it garnered from Crunchyroll, though the branding of the anime streaming service will be removed according to the streaming platform’s website. With Crunchyroll being bought by Sony Entertainment and being merged with Funimation, it hasn’t been confirmed that this HBO Max change is a result of said merger, though it certainly seems like that could be the case as the acquisition was completed earlier this summer.
Twitter User Animation on HBO Max spotted the note that the streaming service was set to switch the Crunchyroll animation branding on its platform, instead taking the entries from Crunchyroll and placing them under its “global animation page,” at the beginning of next year:
The #Crunchyroll hub is apparently being removed from HBO Max on January 1, according to a message in the hub that says that anime will instead be collected on the service’s global animation page in the new year. pic.twitter.com/81xUvArLpH
— Animation on HBO Max (@AnimationOnMax) December 3, 2021
Previously, HBO Max Chief Content Office Kevin Reilly dove into the decision for HBO Max and Crunchyroll to join forces on Indiewire, with the former gaining a large number of titles from the latter’s library:
“Anime is a celebrated, diverse art form with a rich culture rooted in imaginative worlds and vibrant characters. Crunchyroll has centralized these fantastic adventures for everyone to enjoy. This WarnerMedia family collaboration is bringing together an incredible collection of content with a passionate fandom and HBO Max is very happy to expand the reach of this inventive artistry.”
Currently, a few of the biggest anime series available on HBO Max via Crunchyroll include Jujutsu Kaisen, Berserk, Hunter x Hunter, Dr. Stone, The Promised Neverland, and many others.
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from Ultimate Comic Blog