Anime streaming giant Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, that Funimation’s YouTube channel has been renamed as “Crunchyroll Dubs” channel. Funimation started the channel’s operation in 2006 and garnered over 3.7 million subscribers.
Besides streaming anime clips, trailers, and full episodes of English-dubbed anime, the Dubs channel will also release full episodes of classic shows beginning with the first English-dubbed episode of the popular isekai anime Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on April 9.
The dubbed episodes will be released every Saturday at 12PM PST.
The streaming service claims that it will add new free episodes to the Dubs channel on a weekly basis. The renaming of the YouTube channel was declared just a week after Crunchyroll announced that free, ad-supported access to new releases on their site would be discontinued.
Crunchyroll Collection, the company’s other YouTube channel, will host Japanese language content with English subtitles.
The relaunch of Crunchyroll Dubs is part of the Funimation/Crunchyroll merger announced in early March 2022, which includes over 800 anime titles that would now be available on Crunchyroll’s service.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T announced in August 2021 that Sony’s Funimation Global Group has completed its acquisition of Crunchyroll from AT&T at the price of US$1.175 billion. This amount was paid in cash while the deal was closing.