What is Crunchyroll? Even for longtime cord cutters, the niche streaming service might not be the most familiar name. But Crunchyroll is well-regarded by its small but dedicated fan base. For fans of anime and other Asian and Asian-influenced streaming content, Crunchyroll is one of the best deals in the streaming service. In this introduction to the service, we'll cover everything you need to know about Crunchyroll: what you can stream on Crunchyroll, how to sign up for Crunchyroll, and even how to cancel Crunchyroll. While we're here, we'll link out to more essential coverage of Crunchyroll from right here on Cordcutting.com.

What Shows and Movies are on Crunchyroll?

Crunchyroll isn't built to compete directly with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Instead, Crunchyroll uses its unique library of content to address needs that the other streaming services don't focus on quite enough for the tastes of die-hard fans. Crunchyroll's specialty is Asian and Asian-influenced content, particularly anime. As longtime fans well know, anime is the Japanese art of animation. Cartoons in Japan and abroad that share anime's history feature the genre's distinctive drawing and animation style. But anime shows can be very different from each other in a lot of other ways: you'll find drama, comedy, action, and more within the world of anime.

Crunchyroll's roster of anime shows includes tons of famous, popular, and groundbreaking series. And there is more than just anime on Crunchyroll! Here are a few of the highlights.

  • Bleach
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Naruto

That's hardly an exhaustive list, of course. You can head over to Crunchyroll's website for more.

On top of all of this, Crunchyroll offers manga – the Japanese art of graphic novels and comic books. You can read hits like Attack on Titan online using one of Crunchyroll's many apps. Speaking of those Crunchyroll apps, which devices can you use to watch anime or read manga online using Crunchyroll? That's the subject of our next section.

What Devices Can I use to Watch Crunchyroll?

Crunchyroll's goal is to bring its fans anime and more – no matter where those fans are or what device they want to watch Crunchyroll on. Crunchyroll's platform support (that is, its list of devices that you can use with its apps) is pretty robust. Here are the devices that you can use to stream Crunchyroll.

Streaming platforms and devices

  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku

Video game consoles

  • Nintendo Wii U
  • PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Mobile devices

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone

Other

  • In-browser app (Mac and Windows)

That's a pretty solid list of streaming platforms. The most conspicuous omissions are Amazon's Fire TV platform and Google's Android TV platform, but there are still plenty of ways to stream anime and more on Crunchyroll.

How Much Does Crunchyroll Cost?

Crunchyroll offers a ton of great content and is available on a lot of different devices. But how much does it cost? Well, that depends on if you feel like springing for the service's premium subscription option or are content to use a free account.

A premium subscription to Crunchyroll will cost you $6.95 per month. That's a bit cheaper than larger and broader-purpose streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Crunchyroll's price is pretty much in line with what you'd expect from other smaller, niche streaming services.

What's the difference between a free Crunchyroll account and a Premium one? The big difference is in content availability. Premium subscribers get new episodes sooner than their free-account counterparts. Premium subscribers get ad-free HD streams, too.

Premiums subscribers also get more manga content, including access to a back-catalog that is off limits to free users.

Deals on Crunchyroll

Are you always on the lookout for a deal? So are we. Cordcutting.com keeps track of the ways that you can save on subscriptions to services like Crunchyroll, and we give you the heads-up when you can pounce on the perfect deal.

When there are deals and sales on Crunchyroll subscriptions, you'll find them right here.

One deal on Crunchyroll is pretty much always available: the service's free trial offer.

Getting a Crunchyroll Free Trial

Crunchyroll is a great service, but it's a very unique one, so it makes sense to give it a test-drive before you plunk down any change on a subscription. Fortunately, Crunchyroll makes it extremely easy to dip your toe in the water without risking any of your hard-earned money. To test out Crunchyroll, just sign up for the service's free trial offer. You'll be able to watch anime free online (along with a lot of other stuff) for 14 days before you're charged anything. If you decide that Crunchyroll isn't for you, you can just cancel your subscription before the end of your free trial offer. If you cancel in time, you won't be charged at all.

To sign up for a free trial of Crunchyroll's premium membership, click here.

Crunchyroll Contracts

Contracts? Contracts are for cord-havers. In the world of cord cutting, long-term commitment is a rare thing. Crunchyroll is no exception: it offers a month-to-month subscription that auto-renews and can be cancelled at any time.

In other words, you'll be billed at the beginning of the month for Crunchyroll service all month long. At the end of the month, your subscription will renew and you'll get another month in exchange for another payment. If and when you decide to cancel, your subscription simply won't auto-renew for the coming month. So if you cancel right after a payment, you won't get that payment back, but will get the whole month's worth of service that you paid for. If you cancel right before a payment, your service will end sooner. Either way, you won't make any new payments.

How to Cancel Crunchyroll

Hey, Crunchyroll isn't for everyone. And if you decide it's not for you, then you'll want to know how to cancel Crunchyroll.

First, head to Crunchyroll's website and log in with your premium account. Then, go to your Account Page. If you're logged in with a premium account, you should see the option to Cancel. Click that and you're off!

Again, canceling Crunchyroll will simply mean that your service ends at the end of the current billing period, and that you won't be charged for the coming billing period.

All About Crunchyroll

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