Fans of many genres not heavily carried by mainstream services like Netflix and Hulu often have to rely on specialized services off the beaten path. These sites can become a hub for the genre and the center of an online community. Such is the case with Crunchyroll, a leading international platform for fans of Japanese anime and manga. Crunchyroll offers hundreds of titles that are ad-free for the hardcore fan to get access to everything truly.
Crunchyroll carries over 900 anime shows, more than 200 Asian dramas, and 50 manga book titles. While some licensing restrictions mean that not all programming is available worldwide, that’s still a substantial library that is accessed by millions of registered users to the popular site.
How to Watch Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll offers a 14-day free trial of premium access, and subscribers have several price tiers to choose from starting at just $7.99 a month plus taxes (after the free trial). Levels offered to first time Premium subscribers include:
- $7.99/month – Basic Crunchyroll access, including all streaming anime and Asian dramas and all the Crunchyroll manga titles.
- $9.99/month – the basic package plus NickSplat, a Nickelodeon package of animated and live-action series; and access to VRV, an over-the-top streaming service that includes several additional streaming channels like Mondo, Boomerang, Rooster Teeth, and Cartoon Hangover.
- $14.99/month – both the above packages plus individual international snack boxes, and a discount from the Right Stuf Anime store, and more.
*NOTE: package tiers slightly change once you register. If you don’t go to for the top tier “Super Fan Pak” when getting your first Premium free trial, it may not be offered or available again, and the mid-tier price goes up as well. Then the standard options are either $7.99 or $11.95 for the first two Premium tiers. However, if you pay for a full year up front, you also get a discount on the total price.
What’s on Crunchyroll
As mentioned, Crunchyroll carries hundreds of titles of anime, Asian dramas, and manga for fans to dig into. These titles include a wide range from old-school fan favorites from the 1980s and 1990s to current popular series. Most current shows still airing are available as a simulcast from Japan, as soon as an hour after the original Japanese broadcast. Also, all shows on Crunchyroll are ad-free and HD if supported by your viewing devices.
Crunchyroll is available to stream on select online, as well as through apps for iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV devices, as well as an array of PlayStation devices, and Xbox 360.
Why get Crunchyroll
If you’re a fan of Asian dramas or anime, and a reader of manga, Crunchyroll is one of the best places to get virtually any title out there. From the classics to the new shows, there are hundreds of titles available to watch right now, ad-free. The Crunchyroll site also links to an online retail storefront with an incredible array of plushies, action figures, collectibles, clothing, and more. For a die-hard fan of Japanese entertainment, Crunchyroll is the place to be.
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