At long last, we the sports draft-like season announcements are over! Or are they?
For those who haven't heard the news, Crunchyroll and Funimation are partnering up, sharing some of their exclusive titles to each other's service. What does this mean? Well, next season, you might be able to watch Classicaloid, a zany anime centered around mecha battling space historical composers reincarnated back from the 17 and 18th centuries, on Crunchyroll (it's a Sunrise title, so I'm expecting Funimation to pick it up), or Natsume Yuujinchou season 5, a series that you most certainly should watch, on Funimation (the previous 4 seasons are all on Crunchyroll). What it probably doesn't mean is the end of service exclusives. The announcement definitely says that they'll be sharing some titles, and more titles, but higher profile current titles, like Love Live Sunshine will likely remain service locked. They're definitely going to make lots of anime cross-service, which is great because both services has impressive catalogues going way back. Card Captor Sakura (sub) is on Crunchyroll, while Funimation goes way back to titles like Excel Saga, which is a rollicking good time.
For those interested, here's a link to the announcement on Crunchyroll.