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02 June 2010 @ 10:35 pm
Crunchyroll to "Simulcast" Bleach Anime; DB Likely to Drop  
Crunchyroll just announced that they will "simulcast" the Bleach anime starting June 8, 2010.

Their release says: "All episodes will be available to all viewers, with the latest simulcast episode available for Premium Members one-hour after TV broadcast in 480p and 720p, then available for all viewers one week later." Episodes are streamed. Please note that premium membership is PAID, $6.95 a month. If you don't want to pay a membership fee, you'll have to wait a week to watch the episode. VIZ Media will continue to provide the subtitles for the streamed episodes.

Their roll-out schedule: "Starting next Tuesday, June 8th at 2:30am PDT (yes that's AM), the latest arc beginning with episodes #266-#273, and the latest simulcast episode #274 will be available for Premium Members. Tentatively, the following week on June 15th, episodes #270-#274 will be available to all viewers, and the latest simulcast episode #275 will be available to Premium Members. Every Tuesday at 2:30am PDT, we'll be adding the latest simulcast episode immediately after Japan TV broadcast, and one week later for all viewers."

Dattebayo, one of the best known fansubbers of the Bleach anime, previously announced that they would be dropping Bleach if Crunchyroll got the series: "If and when Crunchyroll obtains a streaming license for Bleach, DB will drop it. We've considered all the options, and there will be no point in continuing to work on it in its current form." With Crunchyroll obtaining the license, DB will probably soon formally announce that they will be dropping Bleach.

As far as I'm aware, no other fansubbing group has yet said that they'll drop Bleach.

ETA: For territories, Crunchyroll said: "We tried really hard to secure as many territories for launch, so please bear with us. For launch, BLEACH will be available to all viewers in North America (US, Canada, Mexico), the Caribbean, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa."
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Kylara: Byakuya in the windkarenai on June 3rd, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
qwirky dear, thank you so much for posting this! And all the helpful links, and the summary! You are so good!

And now... I'm sorry. This might be the forbidden question. Please don't anybody mistake my question for an endorsement -- I am merely curious.

What exactly is stopping or slowing Viz from doing this to Bleach on the manga end of things?

qwirky on June 3rd, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Even with my newspaper-type headlines? <333

Good question for Viz. From some of the general articles re: problems with the manga industry that I've read, it sounds like the Japanese manga industry itself seems reluctant to embrace this kind of thing?

For One Piece, though, didn't Viz skip a whole bunch of volumes to try to "catch up" with where the series was in Japan? However, I'm not a fan of OP, so I don't know where the American translation is in relation to the Japanese manga or how they handle Shounen Jump. P:
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manonlechat: ulquiorra: nobody dies in BLEACHmanonlechat on June 3rd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm thrilled to have a place where I can watch Bleach legally and affordably. I would pay a similar subscription fee for manga chapters... (hint, hint.)
qwirky on June 3rd, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Ha, I'm sure people have proposed similar suggestions to Viz for the manga before. Like karenai, I'm interested in knowing the reasons why they haven't tried that already.
oh gallant piglet,: hmaizome on June 3rd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Interesting.

Well, I'm sorry for DB's loyal fans (I kind of qualify to a point), but this sounds like good news for Viz. I normally only DL raws (and temporarily at that, just to screencap), so I guess I'll be one of those people waiting a week to see subtitles.

I should also add that I do buy Viz's DVD sets (if they're not filler), so they're still going to be getting money from me eventually.

Edited at 2010-06-03 02:49 am (UTC)
qwirky on June 3rd, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
No one should pay for the Bount arc ever. *is serious* And I own the Japanese DVDs.

I don't keep track of where Adult Swim is - last I saw, they were showing repeats of the beginning of the Hueco Mundo invasion - so I wonder if this will help keep Bleach fresh to those who are impatient for new eps. But depending on where the anime is so far, it might be quite confusing for those fans who only watch Adult Swim. Not that I care, the manga is 10000000x better but... XD
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stealthhumanstealthhuman on June 3rd, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
I only watch the anime raw these days, but since Crunchyroll makes it easy to turn off subs, this means I have a cheap/free and legal raw source now. No complaints here. I'm so glad to see the anime industry moving toward simulcasts rapidly now.
qwirky on June 3rd, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know you could turn the subs off until you mentioned it! That's pretty cool.

Hm, I wonder. How many anime series do simulcasts right now? I know of FMA: Brotherhood, Durarara, Naruto, One Piece, I think some magical girls series, and now Bleach. There are still a lot of series that aren't being simulcast. The WSJ series and FMA: Brotherhood have guaranteed fanbases, so they're safe bets, but I'm not so sure about the other series.
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selenityshiroiselenityshiroi on June 3rd, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Is crunchyroll region locked to North America?

I had a nose at the site but it doesn't seem to say anywhere.
qwirky on June 3rd, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Crunchryoll says: "We tried really hard to secure as many territories for launch, so please bear with us. For launch, BLEACH will be available to all viewers in North America (US, Canada, Mexico), the Caribbean, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa." So I guess it's possible they might get some other territories in the future.
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(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Crunchyroll just announced that they will "simulcast" the Bleach anime starting June 8, 2010.

This is good.

For launch, BLEACH will be available to all viewers in North America (US, Canada, Mexico), the Caribbean, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa

I'm set. Though given the stretch of timezones this announcement covers, I wish they'd quote times in GMT.
kohi_no_torakohi_no_tora on June 3rd, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
And that was me. It's been one of those days.
Chloe-girl: also genkigrass_angel on June 3rd, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
I was all set to pout and make a little fuss about Crunchyroll usually being region locked to North America and not being fair to the rest of the world unless you pay, but then I saw the edit and it actually made me smile.
The powers that be have heard and they have actually LISTENED.
**BIG thumbs up to Viz and Crunchyroll for this**
pony_rocks: pic#84544780pony_rocks on June 3rd, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
They are STILL not fair to the rest of the world. Unless, of course, it consists solely of North America (US, Canada, Mexico), the Caribbean, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa and no other countries. :/
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pony_rocks: pic#84544780pony_rocks on June 3rd, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
No Czech Republic, eh. :/
tqvionaxinyi on June 3rd, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
And the rest of Asia which buys their Japanese [not Viz] merchandise...

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to rely on Horriblesubs.
Messy M.: Miaow :Ivicious_melange on June 3rd, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
Even though I don't watch the Bleach anime because I don't like it, and even though they are not launching it in Spain, I like this idea a lot.

Now if only they'd do the same with the Bleach manga...
papanchi: Gasppapanchi on June 3rd, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
No Asia. Great. The biggest continent gets zip. Whyyyy.
Grenatescarboucle on June 3rd, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Again, 'cause Viz isn't present there.
mikados on June 3rd, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
I think it's nice to know it's legal and I'm relieved to learn that my country is added to the territories.
Phoenix Hawk's Deep Corefmphoenixhawk on June 3rd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
So, I wonder what this will do to Hulu and their attempts to get the newer eps? I mean, sure, they're still stuck halfway through the HM arc, but they were trying to get the dubbed eps. Will CR get those now, once their done? Or are they only ever going to be on the Viz site (IIRC, that's where they are right now, except for DVD and TV, sort of.)
sleepwalker: wtfsleepwalkerrrr on June 3rd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
YAAAAY FINLAND. Lol I've never thought they'd actually even pay attention to us from all other countries. It has to be Nokia and polar bears (which never existed)
myalvim: lisamyalvim on June 3rd, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
When they say "South America", all the countries are included, right? Anyway, I always was more a manga person than a anime person (well, you see, there are fillers...), but it's good to know that my country is (probably) in the list.
Kylarakarenai on June 3rd, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
*scans comments*

My goodness, Bleachness readers are from everywhere.