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Name: Crunchyroll
Date(s): 15 May 2006 - present
Profit/Nonprofit: Profit
Country based in: USA
Focus: Anime, Manga
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Crunchyroll, Inc. is an American distributor, publisher, production and licensing company focused on streaming anime, manga, and dorama.

Crunchyroll started in 2006 as a for-profit video upload and streaming site that specialized in hosting East Asian video content. Some of the content hosted on Crunchyroll included fansubbed versions of East Asian shows.[1][2]

In 2008, Crunchyroll secured a capital investment of $4.05 million from the venture capital firm Venrock.[3] The investment drew criticism from anime distributors and licensors Bandai Entertainment and Funimation as the site continued to allow users to upload illegal copies of licensed titles.[4][5]



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  2. ^ Morrison, Chris (September 6, 2007). "Crunchyroll, for pirated anime content". VentureBeat. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Sevakis, Justin (March 11, 2008). "Video Site with Unauthorized Anime Gets US$4M Capital". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Loo, Egan (March 12, 2008). "Funimation, Bandai Entertainment Respond on Crunchyroll". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009.
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