Crunchyroll is an entertainment publisher and licensing company that primarily offers streaming services of anime, manga, and Korean dramas. They are the largest anime streaming service available. Crunchyroll is a subsidiary of Otter Media, which is a subsidiary of AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The company was founded in 2006 by Kun Gao, Brandon Ooi, Vu Nguyen, and James Lin. Crunchyroll operates out of San Francisco, CA, with additional offices in Los Angeles, CA, and Tokyo, Japan. Crunchyroll has distribution agreements with Funimation, ViZ Media, and Anime Limited to produce and sell DVDs and Blu-rays of select titles. They are a member of the Association of Japanese Animations. Crunchyroll created the Crunchyroll Anime Expo in 2017 with Left Field Media. Attendance exceeded 45,000 in 2018. The expo features exclusive screenings of episodes and movies, panels with anime and manga creators and voice actors, and concerts.
Crunchyroll offers access to more than 1,000 anime titles streamable through the Crunchyroll website or the Crunchyroll App that is available for Apple IoS, Android, Windows phones, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire. Simulcasts of popular titles are available as soon as one hour after airing in Japan. Basic streaming services are available for free and include access to most titles at standard definition, but access to simulcasts, HD ad-free video, and a discount on merchandise requires a premium subscription. As of the time of writing, Crunchyroll’s premium service is priced at $7.99 a month plus taxes after a 14-day free trial. If you need to cancel your subscription with Crunchyroll please read our guide.