Wakanim, a pioneering French anime streaming service, offered DRM-free downloads in Europe and expanded globally. Launched in 2009 to counter piracy in the French anime market, it innovated with services like Wakanim Music.
Aniplex’s majority stake in 2015 fueled European expansion. In 2019, it joined Funimation Global Group, leading to the inclusion of Funimation SimulDubs.
Merging with Crunchyroll in 2022, Wakanim suspended Russian services due to the 2022 invasion. Sadly, on 19 September 2023, Wakanim announced its closure on 3 November 2023, with content migrating to Crunchyroll.