If you enjoy anime or Japanese drama, then Crunchyroll is far and away the best app on the App Store to feed your obsession. The app is very simple in execution but delivers above and beyond what you would expect for an app that is free to use and contains so many different shows dating back more than a decade. With simple, intuitive menus, a universal app for access on your iPad or iPhone, and a free version that includes hundreds of episodes, it's a great place to start if you enjoy anime or are interested in getting into it.
Upon installation, you can choose to create a free account, which requires only an email address and password, or you can continue using the app as a guest. Free registration allows you to track your watching history and create a queue of episodes you would like to watch in the future. There are hundreds of shows to choose from, at first, though keep in mind that newer episodes of any show will require a Premium Membership. With the $4.99/month premium membership you can watch shows up to an hour after they premiere in Japan, watch over your cellular network, and see no ads, so it's the way to go if you plan on using the app a lot. But even for casual users, the app is powerful with a free account.
You can sort anime alphabetically or by popularity, date, genre, or season and you can then sort through each season of a show quickly and easily. There is a search function, as well, and all of the drama and anime have been separated into different menus for ease of access. Ultimately, Crunchyroll is the best way to watch anime on your iPad or iPhone, both in terms of cost and total access. Keep in mind that all shows are subtitled, with the original Japanese voice tracks; but if you are okay with reading subtitles, you can't get a better fix for your anime obsession.
Stream Japan's most popular anime with Crunchyroll. Watch new shows like Dr. STONE, One Piece, Black Clover, BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS, Demon Slayer, plus favorites like Dragon Ball Super, Naruto, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100, and hundreds more! Plus, watching on Crunchyroll helps support the creators who work to bring you awesome anime every week (Show availability varies by region).
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With Crunchyroll Premium, you get:
- No ads
- New episodes one hour after airing in Japan
- Watch on Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, Roku pretty much any internet-connected screen
Become a Premium user with in-app purchasing and auto-pay each month.
In-App Purchase information:
- Subscribe to Premium for only $7.99 per month (amount in USD in US App Store)
- Your iTunes Account will automatically be charged after you confirm your subscription
- The subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of your billing period. You can manage subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by going to Account Settings after purchase
- Your iTunes Account will be charged $7.99 monthly for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period
- A current subscription cannot be cancelled during an active subscription period