Sony has brought over all of Funimation’s library to the bigger and better platform, Crunchyroll, essentially rendering Funimation useless. And now, anime streaming service Crunchyroll is lowering subscription prices for its premium tiers across 95 countries. You’ll be pleased to note that South Africa made the list.
Crunchyroll hasn’t given any clear reasons for why it’s reducing subscription costs, besides the usual corporate mumbo jumbo. But you won’t hear us complaining. It’s possible that Crunchyroll is just trying to boost subscribers in territories where subscriber count is low – which would explain why countries like the U.S aren’t receiving lower pricing.
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Before the change of prices, South Africans were paying close to R130p/m for a premium subscription, according to SAfacts. Now, it’s less. But not just a couple of bucks per month less. We’re talking more than half the price off. Below you can see a list of the updated Crunchyroll pricing.
A month’s subscription has been reduced from R130/m right down to R50/m. That’s a substantial drop and one that is likely to garner plenty of subscriptions for the service. Four months of Crunchyroll used to cost R520 — now a full year will set subscribers back just R490. That’s a substantial saving, right there, and it also saves R98 per year on the new monthly price.
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When Crunchyroll was asked why it was lowering prices, it gave a corporate answer.
“To create consistency for Crunchyroll memberships and to offer fans more value as we continue the unification of Crunchyroll and Funimation, fans in select markets are receiving price decreases,” said company spokesperson, Bianca Doria.