Right, my thoughts on the Crunchyroll UK Q3 2022 slate.
For starters of all of the titles you could provide you only add 3 new shows? Don't get me wrong, those three are good choices but you're alienating dozens of shows that should have been brought over here, for example:
- Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
- Full Dive
- Golden Kamuy Season 3
- Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
- MEGALOBOX 2: NOMAD
- Moriarty the Patriot
- The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2
- The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent
I can name more but these are the bunch that should have been listed for the Q3 slate but instead we only got 3 new shows that aren't coming until September. The issue here is that we're back to the problem where 90% of the new shows are getting skipped over here, and we know that the moment they finally decide to bring them over - they won't sell, because people have imported already and even worse if one of them had a limited edition in the US and they wait so long - the UK release doesn't get it anymore.
Next we have the re-releases. Now complete collection Blu-ray releases I am perfectly fine with, but they were long overdue and should have been sorted months ago. No sign of Star Blazers 2202 complete collection which is odd but I can accept Magus Bride, Franxx and Clear Card.
As for the re-issues, I don't get it. The titles chosen are decent but they're just old stock (other than Dragon Ball Super which I can accept since its semi-recent and currently the only way to get a complete set for the meantime) and not to mention no Blu-ray upgrades for Ben-To, Cat Planet Cuties and Freezing Season 1 so that's insulting. Then we have Evangelion 1.11 & 2.22, which I personally believe this is just them doing a last ditch effort to get some sales before the license is up since Khara will likely want the Rebuild tetralogy to be handed over to Anime Ltd & GKIDS in the future.
At this point I'm just tired, tired of the UK branch. I have given them a shot multiple times and keep getting shot in return. It doesn't help that the GBP value is getting weaker so it's now more expensive to import US releases. Sony buying Crunchyroll has also made the situation even worse because I doubt they intend to let their titles be picked up by other distributors from this point going forward, and while AL managed to get Jujutsu Kaisen as an example it's probably not going to be for the long-term. Unless Crunchyroll is willing to sub-license many of their catalogue of 1100+ anime (from their Funimation licenses and Crunchyroll licenses combined) over to Anime Limited and MVM, the UK anime industry scene will be further damaged, and permanently, for the long term and eventually most consumers will be forced with three choices; stream-only, pirate or import.