Crunchyroll Review

9

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. You can use Crunchyroll with many devices, such as Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku. Additionally, many games consoles are compatible, so you can use the services with Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U. If you prefer to stream content on mobile, you can download the app for Android, iOS or Windows Phone. Finally, you can keep it simple and just use a desktop browser window with Mac and Windows devices.

Top shows on Crunchyroll

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.

It’s possible to watch nearly all of the anime titles you could imagine with Crunchyroll. Here are some of the most popular shows to get started with:

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.

How to sign up for 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.

How to cancel Crunchyroll

  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.

Price, trials and subscription options

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. A premium subscription costs $6.95 a month, which is slightly cheaper than competitors such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Premium subscribers gain access to new episodes more quickly, and can also enjoy HD streams without ads. They can read more manga content, which includes access to a back catalog which isn’t available for free users.

Competitors

Crunchyroll is the main platform for streaming Asian shows and anime. There are competitors out there, such as Funimation, and there are some general content streaming providers which offer anime content, such as Netflix, which has invested in a wealth of original content. However, Crunchyroll appeals to many customers due to its huge library and years of expertise in the industry. 

Summary

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.

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