Anime News Network reported that Shawne Kleckner, president & co-founder of Crunchyroll owned Right Stuf, will be leaving the company on December 14.
He sent an email to Crunchyroll which was shared with Anime News Network and he also conveyed the news to fellow employees at Crunchyroll/Right Stuf.
Todd Ferson & Kleckner founded the company to purchase telescopes at wholesale prices. It acquired its first anime license of Astro Boy back in 1987.
Since its establishment, Kleckner was managing the company through its many developments which included launching of the website in 1994, founding Nozomi Entertainment a production label in 2007, and also the recent acquisition of the company by Sony and Crunchyroll.
Kleckner, in his mail to staff revealing his resignation, he focused on “Super Service” which is his customer focused approach at the company.
The anime merchandise e-commerce website Right Stuf Anime was purchased by Crunchyroll. The news was officially released by Twitter and website of Right Stuf Anime on Aug 4, 2022.
The deal expands Crunchyroll’s already vast inventory with several new products such home entertainment and manga categories.
The terms of the deal were not announced by either companies. Furthermore, both the companies will continue working as separate entities for now. The official website of Right Stuf anime confirmed that they will continue selling all their products on their website except for the Erotica products.
The erotica products will be sold on EroAnimeStore.com. In addition, the Right Stuf website will also have new products from Crunchyroll’s inventory.
With the news of taking over Right Stuf, there was no announcement related to the licensing division of the company, Nozomi Entertainment. Although, Nozomi Entertainment shared the news of Crunchyroll acquiring Right Stuf on their Twitter.
In addition, Crunchyroll itself was recently acquired by Sony’s Funimation Global Group from AT&T at the price of US$1.175 billion. This amount was paid in cash while the deal was closing.
Crunchyroll also announced on March 1, 2022, that the entire catalogue of Funimation, Wakanim, as well as Crunchyroll’s VRV — including shows, movies, and previously exclusive forthcoming simulcast debuts — will be available under the Crunchyroll brand.