- Sep 16, 2014
- United States
Right Stuf has joined the Crunchyroll family
Right Stuf Media is/was the best independent retailer for manga, anime, and figures in the west. Distribution for multiple anime production companies, their own imprints in Nozomi Entertainment and Critical Mass, and another wildly successful enterprise in selling to a popular niche audience
So naturally, they get eaten up by Sony's Crunchyroll's burgeoning monopoly, immediately splitting off their niche content to a new storefront that currently doesn't exist, as is the way of companies getting popular with niche audiences, getting bought out, and immediately jettisoning said niche audience.
The Interspecies Reviewers anime is once again homeless, which is hilarious for meta reasons (being much more explicit than the manga, it's had problems getting dropped by Japanese stations, Funimation only dubbed a couple episodes before the infamous 3rd episode arguably crossed the line into full blown hentai, Critical Mass picked it up and released it only now getting spun away from Right Stuf)
LGBT stuff being in a precarious place in the USA for Current Events reasons has a lot of people anxious. Gay stuff tends to have a stricter bar of "appropriateness" than equivalent heterosexual stuff
Trying to monopolize a market is almost universally a bad thing, and given that Sony now owns a large part of the distribution of their main anime competitors is not great for market health