Weeaboos, Koreaboos, otaku’s, and plain ol’ dudes with yellow fever, rejoice! (I kid, I kid.) Popular anime and Korean drama streaming site Crunchyroll will soon make their extensive library of Asian programming available on the PS3 for a slight fee.
Crunchyroll segregates their content into “Anime” and “Drama” categories. A subscription to one category will run you $6.99 a month, while subscribing to both will cost you a slightly discounted $11.99 a month. Crunchyroll’s anime selections include popular titles like Naruto Shippuden and Eureka Seven, while their drama section has Korean drama hits like Boys Over Flowers and Coffee Prince.
The PS3 video market is already a crowded industry, and it’s about to get even more crowded: anime distributor Viz announced a similar anime streaming service, entitled “Neon Alley,” which should launch sometime within the year. It’s worth noting that many of Crunchyroll’s shows are available for free via other streaming sites, and Netflix already has a pretty decent selection of streaming anime and K-dramas, so Crunchyroll will have to compete against that media titan directly as well. I don’t know how they’ll be able to compete, especially with their higher prices, but perhaps they’ll be able to find enough of a niche and turn a profit.
Source: Playstation Blog
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