Crunchyroll: price, catalog… everything about the anime streaming champion

If you’re an anime and manga fan, you’ve probably heard of Crunchyroll. Like Netflix or Disney Plus, this streaming service offers thousands of high-quality content as well as exclusive content. We offer you a small synthesis on this original platform.

Very popular in Asian countries, but also in the United States and of course in France, Crunchyroll presents itself as a paradise for otakus. Indeed, since this streaming platform landed in France, anime fans have the opportunity to enjoy watching their favorite content. In fact, it is one of best streaming platforms to watch anime.

Note that Crunchyroll is known for its vast library of anime, manga, and other original content featuring popular titles like “Lupin the Third,” “Attack on Titan,” and “The God of High School.” It is also very popular for its large selection of anime titles which are not available on other streaming services.

Also, Crunchyroll offers subtitles in multiple languages, which makes it accessible to a wide audience. Find out in this comprehensive guide everything you need to know about this revolutionary service.

Crunchyroll: general presentation

Crunchyroll is an online video streaming platform specializing in Asian audiovisual content. The service notably offers content from the main Japanese producers. Launched in 2006, this platform now has over 75 million users worldwide. Today, it is available in French, English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian and Russian.

Besides that, Crunchyroll offers a wide selection of anime for all tastes. Action, adventure, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, mecha, mystery, romance, science fiction… You are bound to find what you are looking for! Moreover, the episodes are generally posted online a few hours after their broadcast in Japan.

Additionally, cross-device Crunchyroll mobile app is available on both android thatiOS. It’s a great way to watch anime on the go. In addition, it allows you to download episodes to watch them offline.

A look back at Crunchyroll’s history

Launched in 2006 by four Berkeley students, Crunchyroll was created to meet the growing demand for animated content. Available today in over 200 countries, Crunchyroll has established itself over the years as one of the leading providers of anime content for fans around the world.

For the record, Crunchyroll was in its infancy a site for hosting licensed software and illegally downloaded Asian content. Following a $4.05 million cash injection by venture capital firm Venrock in 2008, it began to move into legal distribution, entering the lucrative digital manga market.

More than a decade later, Crunchyroll is positioning itself as one of the largest anime streamers in the world. Including offering anime lovers thousands of titles, but also shows, movies, games, live dramas and even Japanese comics. Buoyed by its success, Crunchyroll was acquired by AT&T, which incorporated it into its subsidiary WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner). In 2020, the platform is again acquired by Sonythe parent company of Funimation for the colossal amount of $1.5 billion.

With more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes available, this is currently the number one source for anime fans. Note that the company also offers in-person events, such as the Crunchyroll Expo and the Crunchyroll Anime Awards.

Crunchyroll: what are the prices of its subscriptions?

Available in free and paid versions, Crunchyroll offers different subscriptions with varying prices to meet the needs of each user. With the free subscription, you will have the option of watching episodes with ads or in low resolution. To take full advantage of all the advantages of the platform, it is better to opt for a subscription. In details, the Premium version offers ad-free playback, high definition videos, additional features and the ability to watch episodes in advance.

Here are the three paid subscription levels you can subscribe to:

  • The Premium package: €6.99/month
  • The Premium+ package: €9.99/month
  • The Premium+ Elite package: €11.99/month

Crunchyroll: which devices are compatible?

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Crunchyroll is compatible with most devices so you can enjoy your favorite shows and anime streaming wherever you are and from any connected screen. Among other things, you can access Crunchyroll from your computer using your favorite browser or through the desktop version. Crunchyroll is also available on MacOS via the dedicated application or by installing the Crunchyroll extension for Safari.

Of course, Android users can also install the app from Google Play Store. iOS users can download the app from the App Store. Note also that they can go through the mobile version of the website.

And icing on the cake: Crunchyroll is available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can also enjoy your favorite shows on Nintendo Switch by installing the Crunchyroll app via TV mode in your Nintendo eShop app library.

Crunchyroll: how does it work?

To be able to access the content available on Crunchyroll, you will first need to create an account. To do this, go to the official website of the service and click on “Register”. Once on the dedicated page, you will need to provide your email address, choose a password and select your country before confirming your registration. You will then receive a confirmation email with a clickable link to approve your account creation and start using the service. From there, you can either continue to use the platform for free or subscribe to one of the three subscriptions offered.

In any case, you can find on the homepage all new episodes and new series available on the site. You also have the possibility to browse the catalog using the different categories at the main menu level or use the search bar at the top of the page to find the content you want to view.

If you want to have more information about a series or an anime, just click on its cover. You will then be taken to a description page with a short narrative of the story, genre, length, year of production and number of episodes currently available on the site.

The Crunchyroll Catalog

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Thanks to its library of more than 1000 titles, Crunchyroll offers a wide range of content for all audiences and for all tastes. It is also considered the platform for Asian content the most complete in the world. So whether you like action-packed shonen, heartwarming content about daily life, or animations filled with magic and fantasy, you can be sure to find the manga you need on this platform.

Besides, the Crunchyroll catalog consists of several sections, each divided into subcategories. The first branch titled “Anime” contains Japanese anime listed in alphabetical order. You will find the most popular content in Japan, such as Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan or One Piece in Full HD and sometimes 4K Ultra HD.

The second, entitled “Drama” concerns Japanese and Korean dramas. There are popular series like Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers or Descendants of the Sun. Content is generally available in 1080p high definition or 720p resolution. The rest of the catalog is devoted to: JMusic, Manga, News and Simulcast.

Of course, like other SVOD platforms, Crunchyroll’s content varies wildly. So much so that it is almost impossible to predict in advance which programs you will be able to watch.

  • How to enjoy Crunchyroll without restrictions?

Because of media timeline, the catalog offered by Crunchyroll in France remains limited compared to abroad. Fortunately, it is now possible to fully enjoy all the content of the streaming platform without any restrictions wherever you are and anywhere in the world.

Here’s how:

  • Install a vpn like NordVPN
  • Launch the VPN
  • Select a server located in a foreign country
  • Access the Crunchyroll catalog of the chosen country.

Launch date in France

The streaming service is available in France since 2017. It presents itself today as an essential address for lovers of Japanese culture.

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