Crunchyroll & Azuki Will Stop Simulcasting Titles After Kodansha Updates Policy

The following titles will be removed from respective services on January 31

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Kodansha and Kodansha USA have released a statement to anime and manga streaming giants Crunchyroll and Azuki to stop the simulcasting of numerous manga titles on their platforms.

The titles in the statement are as follows:

  • A Sign of Affection
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
  • Drifting Dragons
  • Fairy Tail
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer
  • Fire Force
  • In/Spectre
  • Space Brothers
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm
  • The World of Summoning
  • To Your Eternity
  • Toppu GP
  • Wave, Listen To Me!

The last deadline to remove the titles is January 16 and 31 for Azuki and Crunchyroll to remove the series respectively.

Titles to be removed from Azuki are as follows:

  • A Sign of Affection Chapters 20ex-32
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Chapters 50-69
  • Drifting Dragons Chapters 57-78
  • EDENS ZERO Chapters 132-222
  • Space Brothers Chapters 377-395
  • The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm Chapters 20-54
  • The World of Summoning Chapters 1-11
  • To Your Eternity Chapters 147-165.2
  • Toppu GP Chapters 29-79
  • Wave, Listen to Me! Chapters 65-86

Crunchyroll received a statement from Kodansha officials about the change in policy as well:

“Due to forthcoming changes in Kodansha’ simulpub distribution program, we are suspending simulpub updates until further notice. For now, the best way to keep up with your favorite series will be by following the collected volumes. We at Kodansha are deeply sorry to those of you who have kept up-to-date through the simulpub format, and while we can’t divulge any details at the moment, we have exciting announcements to make about simulpubs in the coming months.”

Azuki also confirmed that other chapters, including non-simulpub chapters of some of the series listed and non-simulpub series, will be available on the platform to an anime and news website, Anime News Network. 

Source: Crunchyroll, Azuki (Email Correspondence), ANN, and Blog