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61 User Reviews

4.2

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LAST UPDATED: December 8th, 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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3.5

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61 Reviews

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MMikael

A Good site for people who like anime and manga. There is some interference's in steaming time to time but most of a quality is good. I hope that site has a better tools to list series I like.

6 years ago

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Liana Colorado Springs, CO

Their selection of titles is some of the best around, with good free options. Honestly, I would go with the free option over the paid options if you are willing to be a week behind or only binge watch. However, their player is ancient, still relying on flash.

3 years ago

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Luke Swierczynski Troy, MI

Service used to be better, wish they had more dubs and access to simulcasts from abroad. I find that funimation has better access these days.

9 months ago

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G GA

Well worth it if you're a fan of anime or if your children are like mine. Huge selection at a good price. Definitely worth it.

10 months ago

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Emerald Scott West Jordan, UT

I use the free service and it is alright. I don't mind waiting for the episodes, but the apps on devices are severely lacking in available options to watch.

4 years ago

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Rischelle Mikkelson American Fork, UT

We started using cruncyroll to stream anime. It has a great selection for anime, but we have found it to be very spotty in reliability. Sometimes we get great streaming and other times all we get is buffering.

2 years ago

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Holly Brown Saint Amant, LA

Not the widest selection of anime available, but still includes series exclusive to them, including my favorite, Digimon Tri. Not a horrible service, but a multitude of ads.

2 years ago

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Tyree Newkirk Cedar Fort, UT

Too many ads but when I actually get to watching my show I always love having all the anime I can watch my nerd self comes out!

3 years ago

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Macy ,

i am used to far more user friendly streaming services.. canceling my subscription.

1 year ago