The news arrived today, November 6, when both companies announced "the ultimate anime destination for global fans" through a new partnership "designed to delight both anime enthusiasts and the anime-curious with a treasure trove of exclusive and popular anime merchandise and items from fan-favorite series." The list includes hits like Dragon Ball Super, Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, Akira, and more. However, products featured in the Crunchyroll Fan Shop "will be continually refreshed throughout 2024," so there will be time and space for surprises.
The Crunchyroll Fan Shop is said to feature 16 home video products from the get-go, "including 10 Walmart exclusives and manga, vinyl, and other items." On top of those, Crunchyroll will be introducing physical subscription cards (similar to the ones sold by other streaming platforms) to "allow fans to sign up for 1-month, 3-month, or 12-months of the popular streaming service." Of course, subscription gift cards do not require a credit card for purchase, which makes them especially attractive for many consumers.
Perhaps even more interesting are the Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray collections, which include Dragon Ball Z, seasons 1 through 9 (in three pieces), Dragon Ball Super, parts 1 to 10 (five pieces), and My Hero Academia's first four seasons (only two pieces).
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