In addition to our other posts on great anime sites, here’s all you need to know about the popular site, Crunchyroll. For many online users, Crunchyroll is the go-to website for all things related to Asian entertainment. This largely includes anime, as well as manga, anime and manga news and forums. As for things to watch, Crunchyroll also offers a generous amount of free anime and manga shows. According to the site, “Crunchyroll delivers more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers”. That’s a whole lot of entertainment, guaranteed to keep you entertained for a long time. Furthermore, much of the anime on this site has been translated into multiple different languages. In addition, you can view all that Crunchyroll delivers from your iPad, iPhone, PS3, PS4, Xbox Live, and many more devices.
All of this I will delve into further in the following review. In this review, I have inspected each area of the website, highlighting the good parts and the bad (if any). Without much further ado, here’s all you need to know about the Crunchyroll website.
Will I Have To Sign Up To Use This Site (Is It Free)?
Unfortunately, not everything is free on this website. You can sign up with Crunchyroll for a minimum of a two week free trial. Beyond that, you will have to pay £4.99 a month ($6.20) for all the shows featured on the site. To sign up, you can find the ‘premium’ page on the headings. It’s quite simple to create an account and should only take a matter of seconds. If you do sign up, you will receive many perks. With a premium account, you can enjoy all of the shows without any ads, in full HD, and on any of your devices. Nevertheless, you don’t have to use this website solely for watching anime and manga. This website also offers news on Asian entertainment and many forums which you can interact with.
What Anime, Manga and Other Entertainment Is On Offer Here?
As mentioned above, there are literally thousands of anime and manga shows featured on the Crunchyroll website. However, there’s more. Crunchyroll also offers Asian drama series. Basically, this website aims to bring you all the best in Asian entertainment, whether that means animated shows or real life shows. To find all of the watchable goods, simply click on the headings. To find the drama page, you will have to enter the anime page and then select drama. This will open up a separate which lists all of the available drama TV series. As for the anime, manga and the drama, you can browse by most popular, simulcasts, updated, alphabetically, by genre, or by seasons. If you have a particular anime, manga or drama show in mind, you can simply use the website’s search bar on the top right side of the screen.
Can I Download Any Of the Videos From the Site?
Unlike a lot of other video websites, there is no option for downloading videos from Crunchyroll. To put it basically, this website is streaming only. (If you would like to know how to download anime and other Asian drama, check out our other posts on free and legal torrent websites for downloading).
What Are the Special Features On This Site?
Some of the best features I have already mentioned, namely, the huge amounts of anime and other Asian entertainment on offer and the forums and news updates. To go into more depth with the forums and news articles, you can find these pages on the website headings. You can also find a list of the latest discussions on the homepage. These discussions are broken into separate categories, such as general discussion, anime discussions and manga discussions. You will also find the latest news right next to the discussions. Furthermore, another good feature to be found on the homepage is the ‘coming soon’ section. Here, you can see the upcoming shows that are to be soon featured on the site. Beneath this, you will find a ‘later today’ section, which shows a countdown to some shows being uploaded onto the site.
There are also sections on the homepage for things uploaded within the past few days and all new drama. Other than the homepage, one of the best things about this website are the options for quality. With most videos you can choose up to 1080p, with other options being 720p and 48op. There is also a store section on the website, in which you can purchase anime and manga merchandise. Some of the things on sale in the Crunchyroll store include: books, cosplay, figures, movies & DVDs, toys and games, and more.
All things considered, there are many great areas in this website worth exploring. Finally, the last area of the site to mention is the play page. When you have selected a video, you can explore additional information and read reviews and comments. There are also user ratings and recommendations featured below.
Are There Any Negatives Regarding This Site?
After viewing all avenues of this site, I haven’t found much to argue with. There are no annoying pop ups or ads here to distract you from browsing. Besides the fact that you will only get 2 weeks free with this site, there is still a lot to view for free. However, some videos on this website may not be available in the country you are in. If this does happen, there is not much you can do about it due to law and license rights.
This concludes the post on the Crunchyroll website. If you would like to learn more about great anime websites, please feel free to browse our other posts here on techwhack.