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Last week I wrote an article on the first episode of a fantastic series called Food Wars: Shokugeki No Soma. It was truly wonderful to see an anime that actually took the criticisms of what we call otaku culture, y’know, the perverseness for one, and take it to an extreme that was actually just all around funny. It’s like it knew it’s audience and knew that they came for something a bit saucy, but knew how to have a laugh with them.

After watching this and seeing the first episode of the anime was available for free on Crunchyroll, I decided to go ahead and get myself a subscription. Y’know what? For unlimited anime for a little over a fiver each month, I really cannot stress how awesome the service is.

CrunchyrollOver in the aforementioned article, I said to The Otaku Judge how he should consider it but he mentioned how it wasn’t in his area. I do find the fact that it’s restricted by areas to be a shame, but I thought I’d take advantage and catch up on some anime I had been meaning to watch for some time. Now I literally have no excuse for not watching Fairy Tail as it looks like these are available on Crunchyroll.

One part of the service that did surprise me was the access to Manga. This is a brilliant touch that I didn’t realise originally was a part of the package. Originally, I believed that it was only a streaming service. There are a good number of them available on the website and you can view them all at a great quality.

One of the awesome shows I've found on Crunchyroll - Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon. Funny, silly and very "anime".

One of the awesome shows I’ve found on Crunchyroll – Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon. Funny, silly and very “anime”.

Speaking of quality, when you sign up to the service, you can watch some of your favourite anime at an amazing 1080p. I say some, but I’ll get onto what I mean about that in a minute. The quality of the streams are brilliant, as is the service as a whole. So far it’s been a really flawless system for me.

Now, I said you can watch some of your favourite anime for a reason. I’ve found a lot of series that I really wanted to revisit just weren’t on here. These weren’t small series, either. I’m guessing they couldn’t acquire the licenses but seriously, I was expecting to see Fullmetal Alchemist (Either one would have suited me), or even InuYasha. Heck, not even Soul Eater is on here, which truly is a crying shame.

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As such, so far I’m really loving the series and I’m watching some anime and reading some manga that in the past I just wouldn’t have done. Don’t be surprised if you see new anime and manga content on here! However, it does baffle me that some of the largest and most established anime and manga franchises in the world have still not been added in after all of this time. My voice-mail to Crunchyroll would be a really simple one: Thanks for what you’ve done so far. I’m now paying you though, it’s time to up the game and give the world the platform you deserve to be.

Have you used this service before? What do you make of their selection of media to choose from? Have you found any of the anime I suggest above from a source similar to Crunchyroll? As always, comments below, over on Facebook or on Twitter and let me know what you think about streaming services in general and if you think that this is truly the future for watching anime, like Netflix is to TV series. Let us know of any rivals and your thoughts on the state of streaming.

2 responses

  1. Yeah the region locking can be a pain. It doesn’t just affect me though. I understand that UK viewers get less shows to watch on the service compared with their US counterparts. A lot of the time what happens is that Funimation buys global rights to a series, but is only interested in bringing it out in the States.

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    May 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

    • That’s really interesting to know… Perhaps it’s time the UK speaks up and says: WE WANT ALL THE ANIME! I wonder how tricky it is to get these licenses sorted.

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      May 12, 2015 at 11:19 am

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