Hulu and Funimation announced a multi-year partnership and output deal this week, marking Hulu’s largest agreement for anime programming to date. The deal will bring new subtitled and dubbed titles from Funimation each year, offering more content for fans of the genre.
The new deal will grant Hulu a first look at U.S. streaming video on-demand rights to future anime series produced and released by Funimation beginning in 2019, and will make Hulu and Funimation the co-exclusive premiere destinations to certain new subtitled anime hits day and date with the worldwide premiere in Japan.
Hulu is already home to a few crowd favorites, including “My Hero Academia,” “Attack on Titan” and “Tokyo Ghoul”. Funimation’s expansive catalog of anime titles currently includes more than 600 shows offering over 10,000 hours of subtitled and dubbed entertainment.
“This expansive agreement, which symbolizes both companies’ shared commitment to anime, along with the support of SPT, further cements Funimation’s position as a global leader in anime distribution,” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO at Funimation. “It 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.”
“Funimation has been a longtime partner of ours, and together we have curated a full library of the most sought-after anime series from all over the world on Hulu,” said Lisa Holme, Hulu’s VP of Content Acquisition. “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.”
Hulu already offers a comprehensive library of anime series, which includes “Naruto Shippuden,” “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,” “One-Punch Man,” “Sailor Moon” and “Sword Art Online,” as well as an extensive offering of exclusive simulcast and exclusive dubbed episodes. The series are an added bonus for animation fans, since Hulu also offers “Bob’s Burgers, “Family Guy,” “American Dad!,” “South Park,” “Rick and Morty,” “Robot Chicken,” “Adventure Time” and more.