Everyone would chose watching something legally over illegally if not for the price. We all want to feel like we’re making a difference to the industry but the reality is that I support nothing that Crunchyroll does and your money goes to the complete wrong place.
I hate 95% of seasonal anime, and what does Crunchyroll spend most of their money that goes into the industry? Paying for these terrible shows, which I don’t want to encourage other studios making. Each simulcast on Crunchyroll is a show that they paid a licencing fee to get, if they could put their money in better places the site would be much better.
Quite frankly it’s a crime that Evangelion isn’t on Crunchyroll while shows like school babysitters take its place! Get rid of these terrible shows and replace your catalogue with the classics! I had Crunchyroll for a very long time and literally nothing I wanted to watch was on there, so I had to pirate anyway, I even ended up watching shows I wouldn’t ordinarily watch because of the rarity of it being on Crunchyroll. Its archive is complete shit, nothing is there, and on the off chance that it is good luck with it being licenced if you live anywhere outside of the US!
This is just a side rant which isn’t even what I’m meant to be talking about. Let’s say you disagree with me and you think Crunchyroll has enough shows on it to be worth paying for I still think you shouldn’t pay for it.
You can watch every single show on Crunchyroll for FREE! Don’t pay for something you could have for free! If you use adblock the viewing experience is identical to the paid version, and don’t buy into the hype that you need to pay to watch in 1080p, not only are most of the shows in 480p or worse anyway, 480p still looks excellent, when I was paying for Crunchyroll I switched from qualities to see and I could hardly tell the difference, maybe my laptop has a bad screen but 480p also looks great on my phone as well so I don’t know what the fuss is about. I like shows in the low quality aesthetic, sometimes shows look too clean for me to feel immersed.
The only possible reason you would want to stick with premium is access to the new anime a week early, but it really isn’t worth it at all, I aim to keep up with seasonal anime using Crunchyroll and just watching at my normal rate lets me wait a week anyway! Not to mention I dislike most modern anime anyway.
Seriously guys, WATCH OLD ANIME, what’s the chance that of the anime released since the 80’s, that your favourite show is this season? If you start watching back from 1980 then there’s a 37/38 chance that your favourite show is not from this year! And many anime’s are a lot older!
So to conclude, watch old anime, cancel your Crunchyroll subscription, still use Crunchyroll with adblock so you can actually watch their measly catalogue legally, still pirate everything else if you do have a Crunchyroll subscription and thank me for saving you a lot of money!
Now let me prove some things to you, and go over my plan to watch to show how little shows Crunchyroll has. This will be from MAL. Also don’t praise the queue system so much when MAL does the exact same thing! They even link to Crunchyroll from their main website now!
Cupids Chocolates – no (I watch it to listen to Chinese)
Citrus – seasonal anime I’m watching so of course they have it
Eureka Seven – Yes but not licenced in my region (UK) so no
Legend of the Galactic Heroes – of course not
Ginga Nagaraboshi Gin – Nope (We’re doing the whole watching list and plan to watch list!)
Junji Ito Collection – Ongoing show so they have it.
Madoka Magica – No because of licencing
Paranoia Agent – NO
Recovery of an MMO Junkie – Only watching because CR advertised it so much
Spice and Wolf season 2 – Even if they had season 2, season 1 wasn’t licenced in my region so I wouldn’t be able to access it.
Overlord 2 – Yeah but ongoing show, I’m not that much of a fan of it now.
Saiki Kusuo 2 – no AND an ongoing show
2 Other ongoing shows that they have
Yuu Yuu Hakusho – CR “Good shows? No thanks.”
Now on to the plan to watch which is more important really.
Ashita No Joe – They don’t even have it in their archives, it was a classic! Most of these shows aren’t that obscure!
Manabi Straight – no
Eight Dogs of the east – I have no idea what this is but someone recommend it to me, it’s actually on CR so that’s amazing!
Hourou Musuko – I think both of these were recommended by a friend with CR since I have no idea what they are, still they look like good shows so I’m glad CR has got them.
Infinite Ryvius – no
Seven deadly sins spin off – I thought this one would be there but it turns out not even the original is on there.
Neo Ranga – no
No game no life zero – no
Oruchiban Ebichu – no
Ground Defence Force Mao Chan – no
Stella no Mahou – no
The moment you fall in love – yes!
Tekkan Chinmi – no, can’t even find this on pirate sites
The tatami galaxy – yes
So after all these shows, and so many no’s, that’s why I dislike CR, I’ll still use it to watch things like the tatami galaxy and the other few shows that I want to watch but most of the time CR Is terrible for watching anything I want to watch. I hoped I’d prove myself wrong by going through the whole thing but it turns out that isn’t the case!
So point proven, if you want to carry on just for seasonal shows I guess it’s your loss and your missing out on a lot of other good whereas I’ll be able to binge all the good seasonal shows once everyone else has told me which ones are good!
And that’s why I don’t pay for CR but use the free version when I can, I encourage you to do the same! I’ve paid for CR for over a year, and that’s all the support they’re going to get from me, I’ve given my small amount of money to pay whoever does the weekly CR podcast for a few hours and that’s enough supporting the industry I’m prepared to do, through CR that is.
I just found out that Yuu Yuu hakusho actually was on CR but they write the show differently. MAL calles it Yuu yuu hakusho but CR calls it Yu yu hakusho. This ultimately shows me that their search feature sucks. If there are any more shows that I missed which are actually on here then please tell me!