Crunchyroll Acquire Streaming Rights To Haruhi

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Media streaming site Crunchyroll are expanding rather rapidly. A short while ago, they announced a strategic investment partnership with TV Tokyo. More recently, they announced the rights to stream the popular Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi anime in a number of territories.


Crunchyroll will initially release the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya & Nyoron Churuya-san on its subscription-based streaming service, followed by a release thereafter on its ad-supported free streaming platform. The second season will stream soon later this year. Additionally, Crunchyroll will also handle download sales and print-on-demand merchandise for the title. The agreement between Crunchyroll and Kadokawa spans the Americas, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa.


The part about print-on-demand services sounds interesting, although, it’s unclear what exactly it refers to. Custom posters and trading cards perhaps?

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.