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58 User Reviews

5.9

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LAST UPDATED: October 4th, 2021

Crunchyroll provides anime on demand giving users access to thousands of hours of videos and different episodes of popular Asian content. This online service was founded by UC Berkley graduates in 2006. There are more than 5 million users of Crunchyroll's online service. 

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The Good

  • Device availability
  • Premium options
  • Great user experience

Variety of Streaming Devices

Crunchyroll works on a large variety of streaming devices such as, WiiU, Chromecast, XBox One, XBox 360, PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita, Apple iOS, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Google TV, Roku.

Plenty of Content

While Crunchyroll is designed for a very niche market, there is a lot of content available online.

Premium Option

Subscribers can upgrade to a Premium or Premium+ account and have access to even more features such as; all anime and drama within one hour of airing, all Manga, live streaming on all devices.

Social Functionality

There is an element of social functionality included with Crunchyroll; chat rooms, a place to get video recommendations, and an area to compete in contests to earn badges. Even though Crunchyroll is a narrow, very specific market, anime fans receive a lot of great features with Crunchyroll. From a large option of devices to stream videos to a fun social element, Crunchyroll creates a great user experience. In addition, subscribers have access to a very large database of videos and can choose to upgrade to Premium or Premium+ to access even more content.
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The Bad

  • Poor quality streaming
  • Lacks English-dubbing
  • Customer service

Poor Streaming Quality

The quality and resolution of streaming is poor compared to Hulu and Netflix.

English-dubbed Titles

Crunchyroll lacks English-dubbed titles for their videos. While there is a list of titles that include English dubbing, the list is disorganized.

Limited Customer Service

While Crunchyroll does have a pretty thorough FAQ, customer service overall is very limited.

Focus of Service

While Crunchyroll has a ton of content for their "anime on demand" market segment, their efforts to amass all anime did result in a loss of quality. Even though Crunchyroll is geared towards a specific market, there are some concerns to note with Crunchyroll's service. In addition, their streaming quality is poor at times and they lack English-dubbing for their subscribers.

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The Bottom Line

Crunchyroll is not a traditional streaming platform due to the limited subject manner they host on their website. While they offer a wide variety of anime content, those who want to see content in other genres will have to get an additional subscription. Though they have a fun social component, overall, the quality of video for the paid subscriptions is considered relatively poor. We recommend reviewing the top rated companies before making a final decision.

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58 Reviews

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Leonard Leo Potomac, MD

Offering primarily Asian movies and anime, CrunchyRoll is a great service. Along with their free limited service which rotates the selections every other month or so, the paying service offers a greater selection.

4 months ago

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Jasmine King New Orleans, LA

Crunchyroll has a very wide variety of anime and tv shows available, and has an easy to navigate and convenient design, but the constant ads do get in the way of truly enjoying it. However, the premium subscription is fairly cheap and I am considering subscribing.

1 year ago

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Ashley Pleasant Grove, UT

I downloaded this on my smart TV just for my grandson that is really into anime. His favorite show is Attack on Titan! Its free or you can upgrade to premium for only $6.99 a month. I think it is awesome to have Crunchyroll specifically for lovers of anime. I would recommend it to both old and young!

2 years ago

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MaKayla Christiansen Provo, UT

Crunchy Roll is such an amazing source to watch all of your favorite anime’s. They have so many selections when it comes to the different genres of anime. They add shows almost right after they air in Japan. So it is amazing to keep up with my shows.

2 years ago

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Fernando Delgado Tempe, AZ

I love using this to watch all of my animes. It's pretty convienent. I don't think it has all of the animes I look for but it has a pretty large variety. Only thing I don't like is the constant ads, which could go away if I paid.

2 years ago

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Anne Tallahassee, FL

Great place to watch anime, it has a variety of genres. It's also a great places to communicate with fellow anime lovers. However, the ads were a little raunchy at times...

1 year ago

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Zac Cannon Long Beach, MS

I enjoy watching all the different types of shows available. They are entertaining and provide variety. The anime that is available is extensive and it is nice having somewhere to go to see it for free.

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Taylor Walker Provo, UT

I really like anime so I really like this service. They have a huge selection of anime both old and new and they seem to be pretty up to date with current seasons. I also like that it can be free with ads.

2 years ago

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Joshua Langley Mesa, AZ

A lot of content is free and the payment for full access to all shows is reasonable. All shows have subtitles and many have both subtitles and dubbed English versions. Commercials are nonexistent with a membership.

3 years ago

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Madelyn Gulfport, MS

CrunchyRoll is a great place to watch and stream many animes or international dramas. Definitely recommend for any Asian-fans!

1 year ago

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Alain Orem, UT

Crunchy roll is great for finding the perfect anime. For me Attack on titan, Dragon Ball Z, Yugioh. Quick internet and speedy advertisement/commercials.

2 years ago

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Cody Enslow Pleasant Grove, UT

Best place for finding good anime’s. There’s a few that I couldn’t find though and I’m not an avid anime watcher, so I was surprised to have any trouble.

2 years ago

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Dasha Directo Provo, UT

Crunchyroll has a lot to offer. It's great when you don't know what you want to watch because there are a lot of options to choose from.

2 years ago

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Seth Boudoin , MS

Great choices of anime and the downloadable app is also useful for watching anime on the move.

1 year ago

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