Crunchyroll Tops 5 Million Subscribers, 120 Million Registered Users Worldwide

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Crunchyroll now has 5 million paid subscribers, as well as 120 million registered users.

The specialist anime streaming service shared its latest subscriber milestone on Tuesday, just six months after it broke the four million subscriber mark. The number of registered users worldwide has also increased in that time, having jumped from 100 million to 120 million. Crunchyroll also currently has over 60 million followers across social media.

The news accompanied Crunchyroll’s announcement about a partnership with Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures to develop a new fantasy adventure series for the service. Todd Ludy is onboard to write that series while Zoe Saldana, Cisely Saldana, and Mariel Saldana are serving as executive producers alongside producers Sonia A. Gambaro and Maytal Gilboa.

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“The tremendous growth of our streaming service is indicative of the growing love for anime and its deserved spotlight in popular culture,” said Crunchyroll’s general manager Joanne Waage. “Zoe and her team are bringing their own anime fandom to their storytelling and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

“We’re elated to be working with such a talented creative team on the development of Dark Star Squadron, a new fantasy adventure series,” added Sarah Victor, Crunchyroll’s Head of Development. “We love working with creators who are passionate about telling stories through anime and we can’t wait to bring this interstellar epic to fans across the galaxy.”

According to Crunchyroll, the epic animated space opera will follow the journey of four failing cadets who return from a joyride with a stolen starship to find their academy in ruins and everyone vanished. Now on their own, the ill-equipped heroes must embark for the far side of the galaxy to find the missing and prove their worth.

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The new project will help to further bolster Crunchyroll’s robust anime library, which already houses more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes across a breadth of genres, supplying fans in more than 200 countries and territories with a wealth of sports, isekai, and mecha anime, both new and old, to stream and enjoy.

In December, AT&T announced a deal to sell Crunchyroll to Sony’s Funimation for $1.2 billion. However, the sale is now facing some uncertainty after it was reported in March that the U.S. Justice Department had extended its antitrust review of the acquisition. Paramount+ and Peacock’s rumored streaming partnership is also said to be on hold for similar reasons.

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Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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