Did Elon Musk buy Crunchyroll? Satire leaves fans worried

Rachael Grealish November 16, 2022
Did Elon Musk buy Crunchyroll? Satire leaves fans worried
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A satire video left Crunchyroll fans worried after falsely claiming Elon Musk had bought the anime subscription streaming site.

A TikTok and YouTube creator, Jeremiah Knight, who goes by the handle BALD NEWS posted a YouTube short today (November 16) claiming the SpaceX and Twitter owner had allegedly bought Crunchyroll.

The video was clearly marked as satire and was evidently a joke, but this still didn’t stop fans from having some pretty strong reactions to the joke.

Did Elon Musk buy Crunchyroll?

In the video, Knight says Musk has allegedly bought Crunchyroll, so is it true and did he buy it? Looking at Musk’s social media accounts it doesn’t seem to be the case.

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The 51-year-old is the new owner of Twitter and has been incredibly vocal about his acquisition of the company, which he purchased for over $40 billion – so if he’s bought the anime site it’s likely he would have mentioned it.

The billionaire, now the richest man in the world, has instead been focusing on issues surrounding Twitter Blue verification and the launch of Artemis 1 as he retweeted NASA video of the mission beginning.

GRV Media and The Focus have contacted Musk for a comment on this.

Satire gets out of hand

In the video, Knight starts by saying: “Elon Musk just bought Crunchyroll, that’s right and the number one trending video right now is Redo A Healer.”

The YouTuber then goes on to claim the anime site sent out a press release in which they stated: “Daddy Elon makes us happy. Daddy Elon knows all.”

Knight does put “allegedly” in the video’s on-screen caption and does mark the video with the hashtag “satire”. It only appears on his YouTube Shorts and isn’t featured on his TikTok account, but in the 12 hours it’s been up it’s garnered over 5,200 views, at the time of writing this article.

Crunchyroll fans worry about Elon Musk takeover

Along with the growing number of views, the video has caused a growing number of fans to worry Musk may have actually taken over the site.

Some people commented directly on the video some with panic and some completely. One posted: “Elon musk brought chuchyroll?!?!? WHAT?!?!? THAT IMPOSSIBLE!!!!”

Another gave a dramatic “Nooooooo” and more took to Twitter to ask the man himself if the rumor could at all be true as he was responding to questions about the blue check verification on the social media site.

Who owns Crunchyroll now?

Crunchyroll was actually acquired by Sony in 2021. Last year, Sony’s Funimation Global Group bought the streaming service – which currently has 120 million subscribers as of 2022 (10 million paying) – for a staggering $1.175 billion.

At the time of the acquisition Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Corporation said Sony is “very excited” to be working with Crunchyroll.

“Anime is a rapidly growing medium that enthralls and inspires emotion among audiences around the globe,” he said. “The alignment of Crunchyroll and Funimation will enable us to get even closer to the creators and fans who are the heart of the anime community. We look forward to delivering even more outstanding entertainment that fills the world with emotion through anime.”

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.