Crunchyroll Review

8

Great

Price 9 out of 10

Interface 7.5 out of 10

Compatibility 9.2 out of 10

New Shows 8 out of 10

Fans of anime and Asian-influenced content will be aware of Crunchyroll, although it is not a popular name for those who don’t watch this style of show. Crunchyroll is one of the most well-known streaming providers when it comes to anime, and it has a content library that you won’t see on other sites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. There are many different genres of anime available to browse, such as drama, comedy and action. Additionally, you can read Manga comics using the Crunchyroll app.

The platform was founded in 2016 by some graduates from University of California, Berkeley. Now content is delivered to over 50 million registered users across the globe. Its parent company is AT&T’s WarnerMedia, and as of 2019 there are over 2 million paid subscribers.

Initially, the platform’s investment of $4.05 million from Venrock drew criticism from Bandai Entertainment and Funimation as the site allowed people to upload licensed titles illegally. Over time, though, Crunchyroll obtained legal distribution agreements with various companies. For example, 2009 saw the platform make a deal with TV Tokyo to provide episodes of popular anime Naruto Shippunden.

In 2014, AT&T joined forces with The Chernin Group to create a venture which would see the investment, acquisition and launch of over the top (or OTT) video services. Otter Media was the resulting company, which became the majority owner of Crunchyroll.

Crunchyroll stands out from the crowd due to its store, which features clothing, anime figures, accessories, manga, books, gifts, snacks and Zoom backgrounds. This is not a feature typically seen with streaming services, but one which allows anime fans to obtain a full experience of this world.

Pros and Cons

Pros

Huge library. Anime fans are spoilt for choice, as even the most obscure of series is likely to be found in this one-stop shop.

Simulcasts available. Don’t miss out on the latest transmission of your favourite show with a good range of simulcasts available.

Release calendar. Find out when the next episode of the top shows are coming out in an easy-to-navigate format.

Cons

Outdated design. The interface is relatively simple and looks old fashioned compared to many other streaming services out there.

Limited customisation. There aren’t rewind or fast forward buttons, and subtitle appearance can’t be customised.

Not much dubbed content. There are not a huge amount of English dubbed shows in the library compared to competitors - shows are subtitled instead.

Genres and channels

You can view a wealth of anime content on Crunchyroll. The two main categories are Anime and Drama. Under Anime, the sub categories are Popular, Simulcasts, Updated, Alphabetical, Genres and Seasons. Popular titles include Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia and One Punch Man. Titles are constantly being updated with the latest episodes so you never miss out. With the Genres section, you can check the boxes to view shows listed under Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Historical, Mecha, Romance, Science Fiction, Mature, Shoujo, Shounen, Slice of Life or Sports. With the Drama section, you can browse using the same sub categories.

Top Crunchyroll shows and movies

My Hero Academia – This anime is set in a world where people with superpowers are commonplace. Izuku Midoriya has dreams of becoming a superhero, despite being teased in school for not having a superpower – known as a Quirk. After he is the only one who tries to save his friend from a villain, Japan’s greatest hero – All Might – gives him a Quirk called One For All. He then enters a special school designed to produce the next generation of superheroes.

Attack on Titan – This dark anime focuses on a world where humanity is based in cities surrounded by walls as protection from giant humanoid beings called Titans, who devour humans. Eren, Mikasa and Armin have their lives changed forever when a Colossal Titan breaks through the wall of their hometown. Eren and his friends join the Scout Regiment in an effort to defeat the threat.

Hunter X Hunter – Hunter X Hunter follows the story of a boy called Gon, who discovers that the father he thought was dead is in fact alive. Ging is actually a Hunter, who left his son with relatives so he could follow his own dreams. However, Gon decides to sign up for the Hunter Examination and find his father in order to become a Hunter himself.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – All 27 volumes of the manga are incorporated into this version of Fullmetal Alchemist, unlike the first series. Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Eric, are growing up raised by their mother Trisha Elric in a remote village in Amestris. Their father is a gifted alchemist who abandoned the family, but the boys soon begin to show a talent for alchemy too. They travel the world to progress in their alchemic training and carry out some dangerous acts in the process.

Naruto – A powerful fox called the Nine-Tails attacks a hidden leaf village called Konoha, which is located in the Ninja World. The leader of Konoha seals the fox inside his newborn son Naruto’s body. As a result, the leader loses his life and Naruto is ridiculed by the other villagers for being Nine-Tails’ host. Naruto learns the truth and becomes a ninja, forming a team with a few others.

Blue Exorcist – Rin and Yukio Okumara are twins raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, who is an Exorcist. They discover they are the sons of Satan. After Shiro dies to protect Rin, he draws a demon-slaying sword called Kurikara and gains demonic features along with the power to ignite into destructive blue flames. He vows to become an exorcist so he can become stronger and beat Satan.

One Piece – Monkey D Luffy is a young man who embarks on a journey from the East Blue Sea to find famous treasure called One Piece and therefore announce himself as the King of the Pirates. He is inspired by powerful pirate Red Haired Shanks, and befriends a swordsman, Nami, Usopp and Sanji as he progresses on his journey aboard a ship called the Going Merry.

Your lie in April – Kosei Arima is a gifted piano player who becomes famous but controversial. His mother Saki dies suddenly, which leads to Kosei experiencing a mental breakdown. He can no longer hear the sound of the piano, even though he has no problems with his hearing. Two years later, he meets a girl called Kaori who changes everything.

Bleach – A 15 year old high school student named Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper after Ruki fails to perform her duties following a battle with a particularly tough Hollow. He reluctantly accepts the responsibility and discovers several of his friends and classmates have powers of their own, such as being able to use spirit particles, possessing a group of protective spirits and using strength equal to the Hollows.

The Seven Deadly Sins – The Holy Knights were once a group that made use of powerful magic to protect the kingdom, but they have now overthrown the king to rule an oppressive and tyrannical reign. The third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, Elizabeth Liones, embarks on a mission to find the Seven Deadly Sins. These are a group of powerful but dangerous former Holy Knights who are now wanted criminals for betraying the kingdom a decade earlier.

Streaming library

The interface with Crunchyroll is fairly intuitive, although there is some room for improvement in terms of updating the design and user experience. On the site homepage, upcoming episodes to stream are clearly showcased in the right sidebar, along with titles that are now showing. The next day of content and its air times are shown, along with the following few days after that.

Users can queue shows to watch so there is no need to keep flicking through the library every time an episode ends. Alternatively, they can click on the Random button to be taken to a random show and see if they enjoy it.

Streaming quality

Those subscribed to the Crunchyroll Free plan will have a standard streaming definition of 480p. People on Crunchyroll Premium will get high definition 720p and 1080p for certain titles in the library. However, there is no 4K capability available with Crunchyroll.

It is generally recommended that people who want to stream HD video (which is the category 720p and 1080p streams fall into) will need a bandwidth of at least 5Mbps.

Customer support

People wanting to contact Crunchyroll can fill out an online web form with their inquiry. Those who are Premium Members will receive a quicker response. For video streaming problems, there is a Video Help Guide available for troubleshooting.

There is not a phone number or live chat function available, but community support is on offer in the forum. There is also a knowledge base with a good range of FAQs for browsing.

Free trial

New users can make use of a 14 day free trial before deciding if they want to progress with Crunchyroll. This trial allows people to see if they will want to watch the available content, and if they do, they can simply keep their account open and start being charged for a monthly subscription once the time period has expired.

Plans and pricing

The Crunchyroll Free option gives users limited access to anime titles and dramas. There will also be ads on content. With Crunchyroll Premium, the full library is unlocked and simulcasts are also available. Store discounts and priority support responses are provided.

Customers can choose from three billing cycles with Crunchyroll Premium. 1 month is $7.99, 3 months is $22.99 and 12 months is $79.99. The 3 month option is equivalent to $7.66 a month, and the annual price is the same as $6.66 a month. Furthermore, the 12 month cycle provides savings of 16%.

Competitors

Those interested in the world of anime will know that the main competitor for Crunchyroll is Funimation. Both have their own perks – for example, Crunchyroll has an engaged community where their thoughts on anime they want added to the platform is listened to. However, those who want classic anime should check out Funimation, while Crunchyroll has newer and more popular titles. Crunchyroll has better subtitled options, while Funimation has better English dubs.

Elsewhere, Funimation draws some subscribers due to its higher quality streaming. While both platforms have streams available in 1080p, Funimation has updated some of the classics to this resolution from 480p.

Crunchyroll will get interest over Funimation for those who want to browse live action drama as well as anime titles. By dividing its content library between anime and drama, Crunchyroll has ensured it has a diverse roster that attracts plenty of people.

Is Crunchyroll worth it?

Crunchyroll is one of the best destinations for anime content. There is endless entertainment to be had with shows constantly getting updated with the latest episodes, and you can read manga if you want a break from streaming content. The trial allows users to try before they buy, and the price of a premium subscription is generally cheaper than that seen with larger and more general streaming services.

Over time, Crunchyroll has only continued to grow. On an annual basis, the platform hosts The Anime Awards, also referred to as the Crunchyroll Anime Awards. This event sees various anime over the previous year recognised for its popularity and merit. Meanwhile, 2017 saw the Crunchyroll Expo created. This anime convention has become increasingly popular since its initial launch, with movie premieres, screenings and high profile guests featuring.

In February 2020, Crunchyroll announced they would be creating a number of series as part of their Crunchyroll Originals sector. The anime or animated series are co-produced or directly produced by the company. Series include In/Spectre, Tower of God, The God of High School and Onyx Equinox. Content and developments like these mean that Crunchyroll is definitely one to watch.

FAQ

How to cancel my Crunchyroll subscription
  1. Navigate to https://www.crunchyroll.com/nuke.
  2. Select a reason for deactivating your account.
  3. Enter your password.
  4. Click on Deactivate Now.
  5. Click on Yes when the prompt appears asking if you’re sure you want to complete the action.
  6. Upon clicking Yes, you will be redirected to the homepage, no longer signed into an account.
How to login to my Crunchyroll account

  1. Navigate to the Crunchyroll website or download the app.
  2. Click on the login button located in the top right corner.
  3. Enter your email address or user name, then your password, in the form on the right hand side.
  4. Ensure browser cookies and JavaScript are enabled if you experience any issues with login.
  5. Start streaming!
How to delete my watch history on Crunchyroll

  1. Log in to your Crunchyroll account.
  2. Navigate to your watch queue.
  3. Go to the History section.
  4. Click the button marked Clear History.
How to restart my Crunchyroll subscription later


If you cancel your Crunchyroll subscription but want to sign up again later, you can restart it by logging in using your old email or username and password. Then, select a plan to reactivate your Premium subscription or simply use the Free plan.

How to get a refund on Crunchyroll?

Forum users on Crunchyroll have recommended that those who wish to request a subscription refund should use the online web form to get in touch with an agent.

Are there any good alternatives to Crunchyroll?

Funimation is the main competitor in the anime streaming sphere. Amazon Prime Video also has a number of anime series to stream.

Can I use my Crunchyroll account in another country?

Crunchyroll works in around 170 countries. Your account will work providing you are in a location which has the platform available.

How to sign up to Crunchyroll

To sign up for a free trial

  1. Click on the Try Free icon at the top of the homepage.
  2. Enter your email address and a password.
  3. Click on ‘Create Account’.
  4. Press ‘Continue’ once the system has logged you in.
  5. Enter your credit card information. Payment will not be taken until the free trial period has expired.
  6. You now have 14 days of free access to Crunchyroll Premium.

To sign up for a basic account

  1. Click on the Login icon at the top of the homepage.
  2. Enter your email address, a username, password, your birthday and gender.
  3. Check the box to confirm if you want to be kept posted on updates related to Crunchyroll.
  4. Go to your profile page and click on Upgrade Your Account. If you have already made use of a free trial, you will need to re-activate a paid version of Crunchyroll in order to watch selected full shows on the platform.

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