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Crunchyroll Review – The Good & The Bad Of Anime

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Crunchyroll is gaining massive attention, especially among anime lovers who don’t want to miss out on a single episode of their favorite anime shows. With a massive library of anime as well as other fantastic TV shows and movies, it’s no surprise to see Crunchyroll go head to head with big shots in the TV landscape.

Not just for anime shows, Crunchyroll also boasts of a bag of surprises under its sleeves. From cartoons to animations and more, you’ll never run out of what to watch when you subscribe to Crunchyroll. Trust us when we say you’ll be blown away by their massive library with over 1,200 titles.

However, if you prefer dubs over subs, you’ll be disappointed as Crunchyroll has a vast majority of the latter. That said, let’s dive in and explore everything you need to know about Crunchyroll.

What shows can you watch on Crunchyroll?

Crunchyroll’s library will impress avid TV watchers who are looking for amazing programming that will keep them entertained. Featuring a massive catalog of anime and dramas, you can finally kiss goodbye to boring days and say hello to more full-filling days, filled with lots of entertainment. We love the fact that their shows are distributed across multiple genres, including adventure, drama, music, mystery, fantasy, comedy, action, and Sci-fi.

Some of the popular shows we have come to love include Death Note, Attack on Titan, Hunter X Hunter, FLCL, Brotherhood, Full Metal Alchemist, One-Punch Man, and fantastic collections of several Naruto series.

Crunchyroll and Original programming

Following the footstep of other top streaming services, Crunchyroll also produces original anime series that are worthy of mention. Some of their popular original anime titles include A Place Further than the Universe, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and In/Spectre.

To keep their library fresh and intimidating, Crunchyroll is said to be working on a couple of originals like Meso America and Meiji Gekken: Sword and Gun, which will be premiering soon.

There are way too many shows on Crunchyroll’s library that it would literarily take us hours to list them out. But if you want to get a glimpse of what we are talking about, you can head straight to Crunchyroll’s all show page to see what’s up for grabs.

Crunchyroll and drama content

While drama based content isn’t the main draw of their services, Crunchyroll features amazing drama programming that is worthy of mentions. With popular titles like Death Note adaptation and some of Ultraman’s shows making it to Crunchyroll’s library, drama lovers are in for a swell time.

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Crunchyroll and other streaming services

Crunchyroll is always in a battle of supremacy as they strive to outdo other streaming platforms, thanks to their massive library of anime shows. However, other streaming platforms aren’t relenting as they also offer fantastic shows you’ll not find on Crunchyroll. On top of that, they also feature many of the titles on Crunchyroll. Hulu, for a start, features some of the non-original shows you’ll find on Crunchyroll, including the likes of Cowboy Bepop, Trigun, along with some Dragon Ball series.

Netflix too isn’t left out as they offer many of the same popular titles. In addition to this, Netflix boasts of its own original animations, including big names like Canon Busters, Devilman Crybaby, and Castlevania.

If you’re interested in more Western DC universe based animations like Batman: The Animated Series, Titans, and the Harley Quinn, then you may want to give DC Universe a try.

Crunchyroll and its impressive Simulcast

Crunchyroll is prepped to give other streaming services a run for their money, and with their impressive library of simulcast shows, they are sending the right messages. Like most anime based streaming platforms, Crunchyroll has an impressive library of simulcast shows you’ll love. What we love about Crunchyroll is that they keep their simulcast library fresh as most shows are available for streaming an hour after they are officially released.

At the moment, Crunchyroll features about 40 simulcast shows in their library, but we are optimistic that the list will grow with time. Some of their popular Simulcast titles include Ace of the Diamond, My Hero Academia, Black Clover, In/Spectre, and One Piece.

For simulcast fans who want to keep track of all episodes and new releases, you can check out Crunchyroll’s simulcast calendar. Also, don’t forget that Hulu and Funimation also offer fantastic simulcast series.

Crunchyroll Pricing and platform

With Crunchyroll, you can choose between a free and a paid tier. For people who are on a budget but still want to watch quality programming, it wouldn’t hurt to give Crunchyroll’s free tier a try. But keep in mind that the free tier is ad-supported and missing some very important features. For instance, the free tier doesn’t include Crunchyroll’s highly coveted simulcast as well as access to all of Crunchyroll’s anime or manga titles.

To experience the best of Crunchyroll, you’ll want to give the Crunchyroll’s paid tier a try, and guess what, it only costs $7.99 per month. With this, you’ll unlock all of Crunchyroll’s fantastic features. The cool thing about their premium subscription is that all titles come in pristine quality (1080p).

Is Crunchyroll Worth it?

If you’re a die-hard anime fan looking for a streaming service that ticks all your boxes, then you’ll certainly want to give Crunchyroll a try. However, if you or your loved ones want a streaming service that offers a nice blend of popular shows and movies, you’ll be better off choosing Netflix or Hulu as they feature some of the best movies and TV shows you’ll ever come across.

For instance, Netflix boasts of top originals like The Witcher, Bojack Horseman, and Stranger things. Even Hulu has some decent exclusives too. With titles like Veronica Mars Reboot making it to their catalog, you’re sure to have a refreshing time with Hulu.

For those interested in more family-friendly shows and animations, you’ll love Disney+ as they feature popular titles like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian.

The relationship between Crunchyroll and VRV

Surprisingly, Crunchyroll is owned by Otter Media, a TV company under Warner Media, and a subsidiary of AT&T. Also note that Otter Media owns VRV, an anime based streaming service that aggregates content from different streaming services. VRV is famous for bundling content across different services, including all of Crunchyroll’s library. Not just that, it also bundles content from platforms like Hidive, Boomerang, Mondo, Nicksplat, Cartoon Hangover, and RosterTeeth.

When it comes to bundling Crunchyroll and VRV, subscribers have a few options they can explore. The first option is to opt for Crunchyroll’s Super Fan Pack, which costs $14.99 per month. With this package, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to everything on Crunchyroll and VRV. Plus, you get to enjoy lots of amazing discounts at Right Stuff Anime and MunchPak stores.

But if you feel this doesn’t cut it for you and you’re looking for something reasonably priced, you can check out VRV’s free ad-supported subscription. With this free package, you can link your existing Crunchyroll account either free or premium and start streaming your favorite content.

However, to get the most out of your subscription without breaking the bank, we will advise you to try VRV’s premium subscription, which costs only $9.99 per month. With this subscription, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to all channels on VRV, and that includes all of Crunchyroll’s content. And don’t forget, this package also gets rid of ads.

How Crunchyroll compares to other streaming services

Like we mentioned earlier, Crunchyroll isn’t the only anime based streaming option on the block. Today, there are lots of big names in this niche. The likes of Funimation have amazing deals you’ll want to check out. For instance, Funimation’s premium plan costs $7.99 per month. And like VRV, they also have a free- ad-supported version.

DC Universe is another option you might want to check out. Good thing, their plans are affordable, and you only have to pay $7.99 per month.

Another streaming platform that offers amazing anime content is Hulu. Their massive library of anime based content will wow you. And guess what, they offer fantastic plans too. Hulu’s ad-supported plan starts at $5.99 per month; however, if you don’t want to deal with annoying ads that pop up now and then while streaming your favorite content, you can explore their $11.99 per month plan that gets rid of ads.

Netflix is another powerhouse in this industry, and their deals are one of the best you’ll come across. Netflix’s basic deal starts at $8.99; however, if you’re interested in a higher tier, you can explore their $12.99 per month plan. This incredible plan unlocks high-quality streaming as well as allowing two simultaneous streams.

For those who don’t want to pay anything, feel free to explore RetroCrush’s classic anime library. It is completely free and features lots of great content you don’t want to miss out on. However, be ready to deal with annoying ads.

If you’re interested in mainstream video streaming services, you will want to explore the likes of Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and CBS All Access. Streaming services like Disney+ are super affordable and costs only $6.99 per month to get hooked. Amazon Prime Video also falls in this category and costs $8.99 per month. CBS All Access has two incredible plans you’ll love. They have an ad-supported plan that starts at $5.99 per month and a premium package that costs $9.99 per month.

Crunchyroll’s Super Awesome Store

There are a lot of things to love about Crunchyroll, and that includes their fantastic store section. Featuring a unique apparel and manga shop you’ll not find on other streaming platforms, Crunchyroll has set a standard many streaming services are struggling to beat. From books to clothes to figurines to home videos and more, Crunchyroll’s store section is where you’ll find lots of exciting merchandise that meets your taste.

The only other platform that is offering something similar to Crunchyroll’s store section is Funimation. However, their store has limited merchandise. More so, it was only on Crunchyroll we could order yummy Japanese snacks.

Crunchyroll and compatible devices

Crunchyroll is leading the pack when it comes to compatibility. As a matter of fact, this streaming service works seamlessly on a variety of platforms, including media streaming devices like Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV. On mobile devices, you can stream Crunchyroll via Android or iOS devices as there is a unique Crunchyroll mobile app that works across different smartphones.

For gamers, you can stream Crunchyroll on game consoles like the Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. Sadly, Crunchyroll doesn’t offer support for Nintendo Switch, but with a lot of upgrades in the pipeline, this should be sorted out soon.

Crunchyroll’s Web Interface

Crunchyroll has one of the sleekest web interfaces you’ll ever come across. And guess what, their platform is easy to navigate. Featuring beautiful colors including white, gray and orange; the Crunchyroll web interface will capture you the very first minute you visit their website. However, the amount of info you’ll find on their pages can be pretty overwhelming.

To enable users to explore their web interface easily, they have a stylish top menu that includes Home, Games, New, Manga, and Store. And If you look at the upper right corner of their web interface, you’ll find a button for Queue. That’s not all; you’ll also find another random button you can use to explore the first episodes of random shows. Thanks to the Queue button, you can easily sort shows you initially saved. You can either sort by date accessed, date added, or alphabetically.

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Profile section

The Crunchyroll profile section lets you update your basic information including, profile photo as well as other details about anime-related interest. You can also tweak notifications, content preferences, and view payment history details.

Show page

The Show page, which is one of the menu options on Crunchyroll’s home page, allows you to sort anime and drama titles easily. Thanks to this menu option, you can sort titles by Simulcasts, Genres, Popular, Seasons, Alphabetical, Updated, or by Release Calendar. To add a show to your queue, simply hover the cursor over your preferred show’s thumbnail, it’s that simple.

Clicking on a particular show will launch a new page that gives you all the information related to that particular show. Here, you’ll find available episodes alongside user ratings and details related to simulcast.

Playback interface

Crunchyroll features a cluttered playback interface that can greatly impact your viewing experience. However, if you switch to full-screen mode, you can avoid all of those distractions and concentrate on watching your favorite movies or shows.

A whole lot is happening on the Crunchyroll playback interface. Here you’ll not only find contents that are surrounded by ads, but you’ll also see user comments, a list of episodes related to the show you’re watching, links to other content on Crunchyroll as well as recommendations. And if you love anime-based mobile games, you’ll also find a couple of them on Crunchyroll’s playback interface.

Video player

Crunchyroll’s video player isn’t doing too badly and will go head to head with what you’ll get on other streaming services. Besides standard buttons like playback and volume rockers, you’ll find the gear icon and next episode button, which are uniquely designed to help you select playback resolutions as well as subtitle languages.

Unfortunately, Crunchyroll doesn’t feature a rewind or fast button; plus, you can’t customize subtitles’ appearance. We sincerely hope they do something about this in future updates.

In terms of interface, we prefer Funimation as their interface is prettier. On top of that, they feature intuitive touches that allow users to skip forward and back a few seconds. With the likes of Acorn TV, you can customize closed captioning directly from their video player. That said, it took Crunchyroll a long time to switch from their obsolete Flash player to a more modern video player. Even at that, users experienced a couple of compatibility issues when exploring the manga reader on the web. Thankfully, their new video player worked without any hassle and played smoothly over a decent Wi-Fi network.

Crunchyroll Mobile App

We installed the Crunchyroll app on an Android device running on the latest Android 10 OS, and we weren’t disappointed. Just like the web interface, the mobile app interface features the same orange and white color schemes you’ll find on their website. And if you navigate to the top of the app, you’ll find an overflow menu that is uniquely designed to allow you to explore account settings and search bar.

The account section on the Crunchyroll app is pretty basic and has nothing special going on there. The only real customization happening there is that you are allowed to tweak app language as well as manga streaming quality.

Similarly, the Side menu features lots of external links that connects you to other Crunchyroll apps, including the News App, Manga App, and Store. Navigating this section can be quite tricky, but you should get things right as you keep exploring.

We love what CBS All Access did with their store section, and we sincerely hope other streaming platforms can replicate the same. The likes of CBS All Access integrates their store section into their app, making things easier for their users. If Crunchyroll can do something similar, that would be great.

Crunchyroll also included a link to VRV, but every time we clicked on it, it took us to a broken URL.

Top Navigation menu

The Crunchyroll app also features a top navigation menu with four items: Anime, Home, Manga Shop, and New. And to keep things simple, the guys at Crunchyroll divided the home section into two. There is the My Queue section, which saves a list of shows you’re interested in and My History list, which has all the information about your search history.

The New section helps organizes movies and shows into two categories: This Season and Updated Episodes. While titles on Crunchyroll are listed in Alphabetical order, it would be cool if they can work on an update that will allow users to sort titles by genre or popularity.

Thankfully, the anime section on Crunchyroll has everything that is missing in the New Section. On the Anime section, you can sort content by genre, title, popularity, or release season.

Crunchyroll and Simultaneous streams

With Crunchyroll, users are allowed to stream content on two devices at a time. While this may not beat what is offered on other streaming platforms, it is the average you’ll get in the streaming landscape. However, if this doesn’t work for you, you can explore other streaming services that let you stream on more than two devices at a time.

Pros and cons

There are a lot of things to love about Crunchyroll and some not so cool things we think they can get right in future updates. Here, check out some of the pros and cons of Crunchyroll, hopefully, knowing this will help you make a better decision.

Pros

  • Massive anime library
  • Supports flawless HD streaming across all tiers
  • Amazing blends of Simulcast shows to stream
  • Fantastic original shows
  • Manga and Apparel store

Cons

  • Lack of offline downloads
  • Limited dubbed shows
  • Cluttered interface

Frequently asked questions

Does Crunchyroll support offline download?

For now, Crunchyroll hasn’t rolled out support for offline download. But we sincerely hope they do so in their next update as this will push them close to the competition.

How many screens does Crunchyroll support?

At the moment, Crunchyroll only offers two simultaneous streams, which is the average in the industry.

Does Crunchyroll provide support for multiple profiles?

Crunchyroll doesn’t seem to be doing anything about allowing multiple profiles for one account. So as things stand, Crunchyroll users are only allowed to set up one profile.

Conclusion

Thanks to its overwhelming anime catalog and impressive support for simulcasts, Crunchyroll has become the go-to streaming service for anime lovers who don’t want to miss out on their favorite anime titles. Not just that, Crunchyroll is also popular for its original anime series and novel manga store where users can shop for lots of anime themed merchandise. Although it is missing the offline download features, we are sure this will be included in future updates.

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