Hulu Signs Multi-Year Deal with Funimation to Expand Anime Library

Funimation and Hulu have entered into a multi-year exclusive partnership to bolster Hulu’s library of anime content available for streaming.

The deal sees Funimation serving as the primary provider for both subtitled and dubbed anime on Hulu, making it the largest anime streaming deal in Hulu’s history. Starting next year, Hulu will have a first look at on-demand streaming rights to future anime series from Funimation. Additionally, Hulu and Funimation will be the co-exclusive premiere platforms for new subtitled anime the same day they debut in Japan.

Funimation and Hulu are now the only services in the US that stream both subtitled and dubbed episodes of a number of anime series, including My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, and Tokyo Ghoul.

Funimation president and CEO Gen Fukunaga said the deal “will fuel the acquisition of new titles and provide both Funimation and Hulu subscribers with access to the very best in anime that Japan has to offer.”

Hulu VP of content acquisition Lisa Holme also shared a few words about the partnership, saying, “With this new deal, we are doubling-down on our investment to continue growing our world class anime offering with even more shows that we know our viewers love to watch.”

Last month, Funimation’s partnership with Crunchyroll came to an end. As a result, a large selection of titles are no longer being shared between the two anime streaming platforms.

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