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Introducing the Crunchyroll Anime Membership
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Posted 12/7/08 , edited 1/14/09
Hey guys! You know how we're launching Naruto Shippuden, Skip Beat!, Shugo Chara, Gintama, and more in January? I have some more details about it~

So we're able to put these shows up 7 days after it airs in Japan for normal crunchyroll users. BUT, we're allowed to show it in High Definition 720p 1 HOUR after it airs in Japan for exclusive Anime Members! Crunchyroll is the ONLY PLACE on the whole internet you can get it this early. Other websites won't have it, but we will =D. For example, normal people can watch Naruto Shippuden Episode 91 on Jan 15th, but Anime Members get early access on Jan 8th =P Everything will be soft subtitled in English, and Japanese dubbed.

So how do you become an Anime Member? Just click here! Anime Memberships are only available starting January 2nd, but you can preorder it today for a special discount ;P It's as little as US$5/month - cheaper than Netflix, WoW, cable tv, and even a single movie ticket You can even get it as a Christmas gift for someone else, or have your parents get it for you ;P

These are all the benefits Anime Members get:

- Early access to all of our simulcasted shows (usually one hour after Japan's broadcast, shows include TV Tokyo's Naruto Shippuden, etc.)
- super high quality video streams (HD 480p and 720p) (They look even better than downloaded versions! Check out a sample here)
- NO video advertisements
- Star recognition next to your name with custom colors
- Custom wallpapers for your profile page

Click here for more details, or check out the FAQ.

We'll continue to add more shows to the list, and we have a bunch more coming in January! And for those of you wondering if there will be Drama shows, don't worry about that too~ we're working on it ;P

Errata 12/10/2008: Territory restrictions
I initially posted "This is available WORLDWIDE (except Japan)", but actually that's wrong -- sorry my mistake! This is only for Naruto Shippuden and Shugo Chara. We're trying to get worldwide permission for the others, but unfortunately rights issues get hairy I'll have more details later, but it looks like Gintama and Skip Beat! may have additional restrictions in Asia. When we launch these, each show will clearly display its availability on the video page.

Your support helps out crunchyroll and the entire Anime industry! A large portion of the proceeds is given back to the studios who produce these shows =D By becoming an Anime Member, you are letting them know that you love their shows, so they keep making awesome shows for all of us to enjoy! =D

For those of you who can't get the Anime Membership, don't worry, Crunchyroll is still 100% free! You just need to wait a few more days to watch it in regular quality.

Update 12/10/2008: For people asking whether it'll be downloadable or not, sorry, it's streaming only, I couldn't get permission to do downloads. But the streaming quality is better than download quality, so why download? There are concerns about people pirating it and putting it on Bittorrent or whatever. We could also do DRM but I know people don't like that.

P.S. For existing Star Members, thanks for all your support in the past! I was able to make your Star Memberships transition to Anime Memberships! You get all the current star benefits, plus all the privileges of the Anime Membership for free! =D (There will be no more "Star Memberships" from now on, think of it as just renaming Star to Anime -_-)
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Posted 12/7/08
haha if it's gintama I'l be a anime memember!
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Posted 12/7/08
omg shinji's alive.

but anyway - sry, can't afford it.
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Posted 12/7/08
what if ur a DRAMA/MOVIE person....is there a movie member thingy than??
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but are those the only animes that will have that or will you be gradually having more animes into that style of format
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Posted 12/7/08 , edited 12/13/08
Sounds pretty cool ^^
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Posted 12/7/08
if tthere's more besides the one's listed above, i'll become an anime member. i would have to know the animes that will be available as i am not a fan of the one' that are listed above. thanks for the update!
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Posted 12/7/08
can't afford it...im still a student....><
and even if my parents have money...(not dollars) they won't let me....
besides....wat's the big deal on these....i can just wait for it...XD


~~PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE.~~
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Posted 12/7/08
wow nah just wait away
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sorry, can't afford it. I'm broke (the student life for ya)
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Posted 12/7/08
I'll wait until there is more content before I splurge for the fee.
Thanks to the crunchyroll staff and their efforts for making this happen.
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Posted 12/7/08

Gaby1 wrote:

sorry, can't afford it. I'm broke (the student life for ya)


lol.......im broke too
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Posted 12/7/08
ZOMG.
Shinji can Talk!! O:


*cough*
I'd be more glad to do so, but if it's worth it, that is.
Posted 12/7/08 , edited 12/7/08
WOW! The sample of Naruto Shippuden in 720p is awesome.
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Posted 12/7/08
oh so it's different from donate..I see..
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