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Crunchyroll expands Brazilian TV presence, international dub initiative

In April, anime streaming service Crunchyroll announced its move into linear television in Brazil through a partnership with local broadcaster Rede Brasil (RBTV). The channel’s Crunchyroll TV block appears to have been a success, as starting August 6th the block will expand to a daily half hour from its original weekend hour/encore. Monday through Fridays, fans in Brazil can check out Portuguese-dubbed versions of Black Clover (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays), Re:Zero (Tuesdays) and Bungo Stray Dogs (Thursdays).

“The anime community spans far and wide, and we’re always looking to create more experiences for fans to connect — with both their favorite shows and with each other,” said Joellen Ferrer, VP of Communications, Ellation. “Brazil is one of our largest and fastest-growing markets, and we’re excited to expand our relationship with Rede Brasil to now bring anime fans together on a daily basis.”

Crunchyroll’s non-English dub business heats up

The news comes as Crunchyroll is about to grow its foreign dubbing initiative. The streaming service has announced the following:

  • Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dub launches on August 1st, French dub July 25th, available worldwide except Asia)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dub launches on August 13th, French dub July 25th available worldwide except Asia)
  • Mob Psycho 100 (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dub launches on August 13th, available worldwide except Asia)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dub launches on August 1st, French dub launches on July 25th, available worldwide except Asia)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dub launches on August 10th, French dub launches on August 8th, available worldwide except Asia)
  • Black Clover (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dub launches on August 11th, available worldwide except Asia)
  • Re:Zero (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dub launches on August 15th, available worldwide except Asia)

Crunchyroll Premium Members will now be the only members to be able to watch the full foreign language dubs of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Mob Psycho 100, Saga of Tanya The Evil, Black Clover and Re:Zero. Free users will be limited to the first international dub episode of each series, and the rest will now require a Premium membership for complete access. Crunchyroll’s earlier international dubs for Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches and Schwarzes Marken are currently available to free users until August 31st. From then on, they’ll be only available to premium members.

Crunchyroll has partnered with Funimation to produce English-language dubs for many of its titles.

Since launching in 2006 as a piracy website and going legitimate in 2009, Crunchyroll has grown into the premiere official online destination for anime. The service offers content shortly after its Japanese debut with subtitles in a variety of languages. Crunchyroll boasts over a million subscribers globally and over 40 million registered accounts.

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