Now that Sony Funimation has successfully rolled into Crunchyroll in an effort to one anime streaming service to rule them all, it uses that consolidation to raise prices, right? Wrong, apparently! Company just announced price cuts in 95 different territories around the world, including the UK, China, India and many, many more.
The price of a Mega Fan subscription drops 25 percent in the UK, 37 percent in Brazil, and at the current exchange rate it costs nearly 88 percent less in India, where the company previously charged $9.99 and now charges. 99 Indian rupees instead. The company doesn’t say how much each area will pay, but there is… a full list of areas here.
Oh, but if you were hoping for a price cut in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc., you’re out of luck. North America and much of Western Europe appear to be missing from the deal. (By the way, the company suspended service to Russia this spring.)
It’s not entirely clear why Crunchyroll is cutting prices at all – much less just in some areas. Crunchyroll did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the company’s own FAQ page dodges the question completely.
However, the company has been trying to increase subscriptions since the Funimation merger: One of the first steps was to remove the free ad-supported streaming for newly released episodes, leaving those viewers to sign up for a subscription to watch new shows instead. .