Funimation’s new SimulDub schedule has been announced. Working closely with Crunchyroll to provide dubs and subs to anime fans around the world, shows such as Akiba’s Trip and Masamune-kun’s Revenge will be viewable as part of the program in 2017, Crunchyroll reveals.
As Crunchyroll’s Scott Green reports, Funimation and Crunchyroll are working together to bring “season simulcasts of shows with English subtitles that will be up on Crunchyroll, and Funimation will be creating SimulDubs,” or English dubs, that can be watched on Funimation Now “just 2-4 weeks (or even minutes) after each episode airs in Japan.”
SimulDub releases could land particularly quickly on FunimationNow in the near future. At least, that’s the case with Akiba’s Trip, which is headlining the SimulDub plans. FunimationNow plans to land the first episode of Akiba’s Trip “30 minutes after the Japanese broadcast,” which would be approximately 9 am ET.
“We plan to continue working closely with our partners in Japan so that new SimulDub episodes for Akiba’s Trip will launch as close to the broadcast time in Japan as possible,” Funimation explained. “Right now, our goal is 30 minutes after Japanese broadcast time — the fastest launch of any SimulDub show this season! However, this is a new process for everyone so there likely could be some delays in the future, and we ask for your patience as we do our best to bring you episodes as early as possible. That being said, we’re excited to try something new this season and will keep fans in the loop as we continue this journey together!”
A variety of other shows will be joining Akiba’s Trip for the SimulDub schedule, including Hand Shakers, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Saga of Tanya the Evil and the continuation of Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On.
Last year, Funimation and Crunchyroll announced their partnership to provide dubs and subs to anime fans by providing dubs for Crunchyroll animes and subs for Funimation series, respectively. 2017 looks to be an exciting year for the partnership, so expect more news in the coming months ahead.
CGMagazine reached out to Funimation for comment, but did not receive a response as if this article’s publication.