A Kickstarter for a new anime streaming service raised more than $100,000, but anime industry professionals are casting doubts on its legitimacy. On Friday, the campaign was suspended by Kickstarter.
Anime Tube’s pitch on Kickstarter positions itself as a competitor to services like Crunchyroll, VRV, and Funimation. It specifically mentions these apps in their campaign, citing low ratings from users in the Google Play store.
“Anime enthusiasts worldwide have expressed their discontent with the current anime apps,” the campaign reads. “The few licensed anime apps on the marketplace are inundated with low ratings between 2 – 3.5 stars on Google Play and other stores.”
The pitch goes on to call Anime Tube the “future of anime streaming apps,” boasting an AI virtual assistant, free anime shows with ads, and a service called Anime Chat, which is described as “an extremely useful feature as…