Crunchyroll is an American streaming service, a publisher and a licensing company founded in 2006. It focuses on streaming anime, manga, and television drama. It is a subsidiary of Otter Media, which is a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia.
Crunchyroll was founded by a group of University of California, Berkeley graduates in 2006. It started as a for-profit video upload and streaming site intended to contain Asian video content, some of which was fansubbed anime.
In 2008, Crunchyroll secured a capital investment of $4.05 million from the venture capital firm Venrock, which was criticized, because it still allowed users to upload anime illegally.
That changed, though, and Crunchyroll started to operate more legally. It got deals with Gonzo, TV Tokyo and other companies. Finally, on January 8, 2009 Crunchyroll stated that it was committed to removing all copyright-infringing material from its site and to hosting only content to which it had legitimate distribution rights. Since then, it only contains legally streamed material.
The company is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA). As of 2020, Crunchyroll delivers content to 50 million users and has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chișinău and Tokyo. It has over 900 anime shows, more than 200 East Asian dramas to users, and 50 manga titles as Crunchyroll Manga.
Crunchyroll also selects some anime titles for release on Blu-ray/DVD through its distribution partners (Funimation and Viz Media in North America, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom).