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57 User Reviews

5.9

Overall Score

LAST UPDATED: May 25th, 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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57 Reviews

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Timothy Capps Lakeland, FL

To whom it may concern, I have been a Crunchyroll premium subscriber for 3 years. I have never had any problems and have been very pleased with my account. Yes at times the streaming can be poor, but it is still way better than trying to find some anime on youtube or some other anime site and i did say "at times" about half the time I stream at 1080p with no problem. The premium membership is worth it and cost no more than netfix or hulu and if your looking for anime neither of those compare to Crunchyroll. As far as customer support goes, even if it is limited, there is practically no need. I really cannot remember a time I had to use there customer support because everything always works. Have I had my phone stop working, yes. Have I had my PS3 stop working, yes. Have I had my internet cut out, yes. But these are all normal problem that have occurred over 3 years and it has never been at the fault of Crunchyroll. Lastly, yes Crunchyroll will not have every single anime or drama or manga, but does netflix have every movie or telvision series, No. I would highly suggest Crunchyroll to anyone, anytime, anywhere, because I have always been completely satisfied with Crunchyroll.

5 years ago

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Corey Smith Tallahassee, FL

I first learned of Crunchyroll from a friend in high Schoo and I have been using it ever since. I am so happy with the service that I get and the items that are sometimes that on sale on the site.

10 months ago

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Cade Boudreaux , FL

Crunchyroll is am amazing website. It’s head and shoulder better than other service for anime. It’s very cheap being under $10 and has the widest catalog of anime I’ve seen. I’ve used it to watch Naruto and plenty more of my favorite anime.

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Abigail scoville American Fork, UT

Crunchyroll has never ceased to disappoint, the selection of anime on this site is extensive and can keep you busy for hours buy not paying a thing and just having to watch a few ads here and there. If you wanted to spend some money to avoid the ads you can pay for premium but I personally think it tops the mark for most easily accessible anime watching app on any device.

2 years ago

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William Monday Knoxville, TN

I started using Crunchyroll about six months ago and it has been great, good variety of shows if you enjoy subbed anime a few of the shows are dubbed also. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to get into anime.

1 year ago

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Rocio Diaz Tallahassee, FL

Crunchyroll is the one and only place to go when watching Anime. They have all of the classics and hundreds of different shows per genre. The pricing is also adequate, as the variety of Anime here is a lot greater than any other streaming service.

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Alyssa American Fork, UT

BLESS CRUNCHYROLL. Doesnt have everything but has a lot of stuff, also has subs and dubs for a lot of things, has simulcasts and keeps track of what you have watched. Have had occasional experiences with trouble loading but it's not frequent and is probably usually just wifi issues. (Also love the crunchyroll shop!)

1 year ago

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Mildred Carter Woodbridge, VA

Crunchyroll is by far the BEST source to stream anime. There's both older anime, as well as newer releases. If you want to go through and watch the entirety of Naruto, you can. If you want to go through and watch Hunter x Hunter, you can. It's fantastic. Not to mention they also constantly give out guest passes that you can give to your friends.

2 years ago

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Violet Acosta Stewart Gulfport, MS

I absoloutley love Crunchyroll. I have discovered so many new animes I never even heard of and it has Brauden my horizon as to what animes would be good and bad.

1 year ago

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McKenzie Christiansen Provo, UT

I love Crunchyroll. It’s the only place I go to watch Anime. Always has the latest releases as well as old classics. Super easy to navigate through the platform and has a wonderful variety of anime.

2 years ago

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hmarashi Newark, NJ

I’ve had crunch roll premium for a year now. Easy access to all the anime I wanna see is a godsend. The platform is very intuitive and easy to use.

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DeeDee G. Norcross, GA

If you like subbed anime go no further than chruncyroll. You get a huge selection of anime and they're constantly adding new stuff. High reccomend.

1 year ago

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Spencer Scoville American Fork, UT

I rather enjoy watching my favorite anime on my phone for free. I love how many options there are and how easy it is to navigate.

2 years ago

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Alex miller Gilbert, AZ

Crunchyroll is a great place to view all my favorite anime shows any time I want, because of their convince and great selection.

2 years ago

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Josh Harold Dallas, TX

I love crunchy roll. It’s so easy to use and I can get all the shows that I can’t find anywhere else on it.

1 year ago

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Jenna Bagley American Fork, UT

Having access to so much anime is a dream, especially all the exclusive releases that crunchroll procures

1 year ago

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Asia Bui Gulfport, MS

I love to watch my anime on crunchy roll because it is free and is always coming out with the good animes

1 year ago

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Myles Cox Portland, OR

Every anime I'm interested in is available on the service and it's fairly easy to find something new I would enjoy.

2 years ago

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Jesse Rice Long Beach, MS

This is a place for you to watch anime and there’s lots to pick from and there’s really good ones

1 year ago

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Darius Williams Alexandria, VA

best to watch any of my favorite anime series without having to pay for a subscription!!!

2 years ago

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Katie Hope Easton, PA

We love this service! Good programming for kids and adults! Could not live without it.

3 years ago

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