Shortly after the acquisition of Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a consolidation of Funimation, Wakanim and Animax Germany brands in order to position Crunchyroll as a comprehensive offering for anime content. It is now clear when the Animax and Animax Germany brands will finally disappear: September 30, 2022 will be the end.
The Animax line includes such as the Sword Art Online saga, Haikyu !!, Fire Force and the first season of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, as well as movies such as Liz and the Blue Bird. or “Fate / stay the night [Heaven’s Feel]The film trilogy is now available on Crunchyroll, the VoD Animax Plus service, which replaced the linear channel in 2016, will cease to operate in German-speaking countries on September 30th.
Carsten Fink, Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment Distribution & Networks, says: “Although the Animax Germany brand will be merged into Crunchyroll in September, this unique line is still fully available to fans of German-speaking anime – and forms with excellent and constantly growing Crunchyroll Library, as well as new duplicated versions and at the same time broadcasts a unique broadcast offer for the German-speaking anime community. “
And further: “At this point I want to thank the content and our B2B partners for the excellent collaboration – and of course the entire Animax team at Sony Pictures for their energy, innovative spirit, expertise and passion since the launch of our channel. “The biggest thanks, however, go to the many, many anime fans who have followed Animax faithfully and passionately over the past 15 years. I wish you all to enjoy the continuation of Japanese animation – and of course Crunchyroll. See you.”