With millions of hours of anime streamed in North America this past year alone, Hulu has entered a new, multiyear deal with Funimation to expand the premium streaming service's anime library granting Hulu first-look exclusivity rights to stream any future offerings from the anime studio.
Starting next year, certain newly subtitled anime series will be available to stream directly through Funimation and Hulu on the same day of their native Japanese premiere.
This expands on Funimation and Hulu's preexisting deal that had the streaming service and studio as the only US distributors of several popular anime series including My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, and Tokyo Ghoul.
"This expansive agreement, which symbolizes both companies’ shared commitment to anime, along with the support of [Sony Pictures Television], further cements Funimation’s position as a global leader in anime distribution," declared Funimation President and CEO Gen Fukunaga in a statement to Collider. "It will fuel the acquisition of new titles and provide both Funimation and Hulu subscribers with access to the very best in anime that Japan has to offer."
With a anime library rivaling Netflix, Hulu's latest partnership with Funimation makes the streaming service one of the largest providers of anime in North America with the simulcast deal especially competitive.
"Funimation has been a longtime partner of ours, and together we have curated a full library of the most sought-after anime series from all over the world on Hulu," explained Hulu Vice President of Content Acquisition Lisa Holme. "With this new deal, we are doubling-down on our investment to continue growing our world class anime offering with even more shows that we know our viewers love to watch."