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love it. need more anime that comes out weekly. add one piece if u can.
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It's a really great site, I love the anime groups and such, but I do have two minor gripes.

The first would be, that, when releasing a new anime, I think you should make Episode 1 available to all members on its premier date. As, I think it will help people get into the anime more quickly.

The last one is the fact that CR constantly shoves Bleach and Naruto down out throats with ads that say "Stuff went on in Naruto/Bleach 100/200 something! Get a free trial to see what happens!" I know they are two of the "big three" and bring in revenue, but it gets annoying, especially if you do not like the show, and seeing it being forced down my throat everytime I log on or change pages on the site? It's both annoying and frustrating. I HATE how anime fans are constantly having the big three shoved down their throats! We get it people! They exist and are "TEH BEST ANIME EVAH!!!!!1111!!" just learn to back off!

**Edit 11/2/10**

THANK YOU CR! Thanks so much for letting people choose whether they want to view mature content or not! It really helps the few of us that like some of it (And are mature enough to handle it), but are under eighteen. Now I can watch Chu-Bra and Panty and Stocking! Thank you!
Posted 7/10/10
I have been gone for quite some time , and i dont like the new layout . The new player is very nice . But the place is still full of annoying teenyboppers . I may just click that nuke link sitting in my inbox if I cant find a reason to stay.
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Muppe wrote:


0123210 wrote:

I really enjoy using CR. I wish CR provide MORE ongoing anime though!

There are a lot of free sites providing almost a complete list of ongoing anime every week.

CR is missing out too much to be honest: Angel beats (just finished), FMA brotherhood (just finished), and many more great anime... that almost ALL free sites provide.

There is a reason why I want these on CR despite of the fact that I can find them from other sites... BECOZ I love the 720p and even the 480p are in general better than any other anime sites.

I actually don't understand why CR can't put many ongoing anime. They are not even licensed yet... I hope it is not because the translators are lazy o_O


The reason is this, CR runs a legal site. Because of that they have to get the rights to stream their shows, this from the studios that make said shows.
The free sites don´t care about that, so are not legal sites... well most of them are not.
The main reason I support CR is that it is legal, and the creators of the shows get at least something back... from free sites that stream them without the rights to, the creators get nothing.

On to the main thing.
The value of CR as a streaming site depends heavily on where you live in the world.
In the US and Canada: obviously great value.
GB and Nordic countries (where I live): decent value (we get most simulcasts)
Outside those areas: Not so much, a lot of simulcasts are left out.

For CR to really shine it need to work even harder on getting rights to stream shows to more countries.


Yes I do understand crunchyroll is a legal site that supports the effort of the fellow producers. However, think about this... Ok, what responsibility is there to take to air an animation that is playing and isn't licensed yet. I can understand it might not be so easy to air a 2nd season of a certain anime or an anime from a famous manga series etc. But it doesn't really mean it is illegal to post unlicensed animations before it became licensed. Fairy Tail for example. I do not believe crunchyroll had actually got the permission of airing it legally completely. It is deleted after it was aired after a few weeks, and so are many other animations that I am probably not aware of. This makes me wonder, did those animations they posted and deleted right after one or two weeks ACTUALLY received any permissions at all? Limited time permissions from producers? I wouldn't know unless Crunchyroll would explain to me about such confusing situation.

Another thing is, ok there are so many illegal sites and they don't give a damn about the producers. What is sad? There are LOADS of HD quality animations in these illegal sites, and these sites have more than all the animations add together from crunchyroll. The video quality of illegal sites as you can see, are unquestionably comparable with the quality on crunchyroll. The illegal sites have all the advantage.

Now back to the legal paid sites like crunchyroll here. You pay and you want to receive a fair amount of goodies you cannot get from illegal sites. One thing we use to get as a HUGE advantage is the video quality, and it is still the ACE in the web unquestionably. What about the animation diversity? Ok Lets talk about the past few months, for example May-July 2010... What main stream ongoing animations had crunchyroll carried? IT was more like 1/3 of the ongoing animations out there. For the past few months, where are "FMA brotherhood", "Angel Beats!", "K-ON 2nd season", and the newer ones like "black lagoon season 3", "kuroshitsuji season 2"? I don't know how many exciting or animations with huge fan base crunchyroll is missing out. BUT i do know that they basically miss out AT LEAST 2/3s of the ongoing animations ever existed during their ongoing period of time.

For 2009 of the past year. I was very happy ever since crunchyroll became legal. It was still quickly caught up with most of the mainstream ongoing animations. What really happened to the past few months... or should I say, the past half a year? I wouldn't need to give u more examples, you should know very well how many many popular ongoing animations crunchyroll have been missing out.

Sooner or later, if crunchyroll doesn't try to be more competitive... the free illegal sites with further improved HD videos will override the effort of crunchyroll in supporting legal video streaming. I wouldn't be so happy if this happens. Right now you can say the free sites providing HD quality videos, you know it is most probably not 30fps and "maybe" not 720p as they say. As time goes by, the quality of these illegal sites will improve even further. You won't see 1080p videos in anywhere because from the Youtube experience you know how laggy that is. Therefore, since crunchyroll is doing the best there is on their 720p videos. The illegal sites with crappier 720p can therefore very easily catch up with crunchyroll's quality if they really wanted to.

My conclusion is:
Not until I know how crunchyroll get permissions from unlicensed ongoing animations. I remain my two-pointed view towards crunchyroll.
1) If crunchyroll actually also ask for a limited time legal permission to air ALL of the ongoing unlicensed videos, then I would say they are doing the best they can and I will still support crunchyroll very happily.
2) If crunchyroll never asked airing permissions from any of the ongoing unlicensed animations but only work their way through and delete the videos as soon as it is licensed in the middle of the anime... I wouldn't say crunchyroll are very eager to provide a good source of animation as a paid site in general.
3)However, I will take back my 2nd statement if crunchyroll translators are never paid enough for their translation works.
4) More importantly, I think crunchyroll is loosing their competitiveness amongst the thousands of illegal sites providing good quality animations. AND this is A FACT... Let alone the other factors such as licensing problems.
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I think Crunchyroll's efforts to provide legal anime worldwide are commendable. On the pro side the technology and resources provided by CR make up for the inherent weakness of flash technology compared to downloaded video most of the time, though rarely the video is jumping. This makes CR better and more consistent in terms of streaming video than many of the most popular video sites. CR is also really affordable, even with a premium membership. ;)

On the con side as a premium member from Europe last week there was no new simulcast or -as far as I know- any new anime content to watch. I know that it was due to the Naruto (only simulcast or new anime currently available here) episode skipping. Still for a number of premium members it might be a strange experience not to be able to watch a single episode for a week via a paid service.
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Posted 7/12/10

0123210 wrote:


Muppe wrote:


0123210 wrote:

I really enjoy using CR. I wish CR provide MORE ongoing anime though!

There are a lot of free sites providing almost a complete list of ongoing anime every week.

CR is missing out too much to be honest: Angel beats (just finished), FMA brotherhood (just finished), and many more great anime... that almost ALL free sites provide.

There is a reason why I want these on CR despite of the fact that I can find them from other sites... BECOZ I love the 720p and even the 480p are in general better than any other anime sites.

I actually don't understand why CR can't put many ongoing anime. They are not even licensed yet... I hope it is not because the translators are lazy o_O


The reason is this, CR runs a legal site. Because of that they have to get the rights to stream their shows, this from the studios that make said shows.
The free sites don´t care about that, so are not legal sites... well most of them are not.
The main reason I support CR is that it is legal, and the creators of the shows get at least something back... from free sites that stream them without the rights to, the creators get nothing.

On to the main thing.
The value of CR as a streaming site depends heavily on where you live in the world.
In the US and Canada: obviously great value.
GB and Nordic countries (where I live): decent value (we get most simulcasts)
Outside those areas: Not so much, a lot of simulcasts are left out.

For CR to really shine it need to work even harder on getting rights to stream shows to more countries.


Yes I do understand crunchyroll is a legal site that supports the effort of the fellow producers. However, think about this... Ok, what responsibility is there to take to air an animation that is playing and isn't licensed yet. I can understand it might not be so easy to air a 2nd season of a certain anime or an anime from a famous manga series etc. But it doesn't really mean it is illegal to post unlicensed animations before it became licensed. Fairy Tail for example. I do not believe crunchyroll had actually got the permission of airing it legally completely. It is deleted after it was aired after a few weeks, and so are many other animations that I am probably not aware of. This makes me wonder, did those animations they posted and deleted right after one or two weeks ACTUALLY received any permissions at all? Limited time permissions from producers? I wouldn't know unless Crunchyroll would explain to me about such confusing situation.

Another thing is, ok there are so many illegal sites and they don't give a damn about the producers. What is sad? There are LOADS of HD quality animations in these illegal sites, and these sites have more than all the animations add together from crunchyroll. The video quality of illegal sites as you can see, are unquestionably comparable with the quality on crunchyroll. The illegal sites have all the advantage.

Now back to the legal paid sites like crunchyroll here. You pay and you want to receive a fair amount of goodies you cannot get from illegal sites. One thing we use to get as a HUGE advantage is the video quality, and it is still the ACE in the web unquestionably. What about the animation diversity? Ok Lets talk about the past few months, for example May-July 2010... What main stream ongoing animations had crunchyroll carried? IT was more like 1/3 of the ongoing animations out there. For the past few months, where are "FMA brotherhood", "Angel Beats!", "K-ON 2nd season", and the newer ones like "black lagoon season 3", "kuroshitsuji season 2"? I don't know how many exciting or animations with huge fan base crunchyroll is missing out. BUT i do know that they basically miss out AT LEAST 2/3s of the ongoing animations ever existed during their ongoing period of time.

For 2009 of the past year. I was very happy ever since crunchyroll became legal. It was still quickly caught up with most of the mainstream ongoing animations. What really happened to the past few months... or should I say, the past half a year? I wouldn't need to give u more examples, you should know very well how many many popular ongoing animations crunchyroll have been missing out.

Sooner or later, if crunchyroll doesn't try to be more competitive... the free illegal sites with further improved HD videos will override the effort of crunchyroll in supporting legal video streaming. I wouldn't be so happy if this happens. Right now you can say the free sites providing HD quality videos, you know it is most probably not 30fps and "maybe" not 720p as they say. As time goes by, the quality of these illegal sites will improve even further. You won't see 1080p videos in anywhere because from the Youtube experience you know how laggy that is. Therefore, since crunchyroll is doing the best there is on their 720p videos. The illegal sites with crappier 720p can therefore very easily catch up with crunchyroll's quality if they really wanted to.

My conclusion is:
Not until I know how crunchyroll get permissions from unlicensed ongoing animations. I remain my two-pointed view towards crunchyroll.
1) If crunchyroll actually also ask for a limited time legal permission to air ALL of the ongoing unlicensed videos, then I would say they are doing the best they can and I will still support crunchyroll very happily.
2) If crunchyroll never asked airing permissions from any of the ongoing unlicensed animations but only work their way through and delete the videos as soon as it is licensed in the middle of the anime... I wouldn't say crunchyroll are very eager to provide a good source of animation as a paid site in general.
3)However, I will take back my 2nd statement if crunchyroll translators are never paid enough for their translation works.
4) More importantly, I think crunchyroll is loosing their competitiveness amongst the thousands of illegal sites providing good quality animations. AND this is A FACT... Let alone the other factors such as licensing problems.


I do know that CR is missing out on around 2/3 of the anime that has aired during their time. Shows like the one you mentioned and even more... not that there are a big reason the name them all.
Not going to repeat my statement about illegal versus legal sites, but illegal sites do have a big advantage since they can skip the entire deal making that is a part of legal business.

Not that I know how CR get´s their license, but a guess would be this... they contact a studio to make a deal, they work out a contract where CR can stream said anime while the studio get´s paid for this. How much is paid I do not know, but I have heard that 1/2 of what CR makes is paid to the different studios. For me this is an important thing, since more money to the studios = more anime. No money to the studios = no anime.

And while it is a fact, like you point out with caps-lock on some words, that CR is less competitive then illegal sites. It is also a fact that most people will chose to get something for free if they can, so even if CR could stream all the shows they would still be less competitive since, you either pay and get better quality or don´t and get commercials. This being a model I think is right, still seems wrong to those that rather not pay for anything.
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I've got a lot of respect for doing the subbing legally, even though I must admit it's been easier and cheaper to just download from horriblesubs. However, I don't really fancy the spoiler you guys put in the commercial atm:



If I was coming here to download/watch a lot of episodes from you guys and hadn't seen that far yet, I'd nerdrage and boycott this site for life - regardless of how illegal it would be to keep downloading from free sites (i.e. stealing). It would be nice if the site was more spoiler friendly, in the sense that it could be optional to read/watch the preview, picture on the stream or any of the kind.

I know I'm extreme when it comes to spoilers, but the way I see it, just looking for a new show or episodes of a show I already watch, can spoil so much it's not worth "going legal".

Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect and appreciation for what you do, but being spoiler-free is just that important to me.

EDIT: Aaaand, now there's a Bleach spoiler as well. Sure glad I've got Horriblesubs and that I'm up to date on Bleach :P

EDIT 2: Well, I guess I found a solution. I've upgraded my account and after the free trial I'll keep paying you guys while downloading from Horriblesubs. That way, I won't have to endure all the spoilers on this site as well as I don't have to keep stealing
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I'm pretty happy with CR. Good variety of anime, and a reasonable price for the subscription.

I would like to see a better way to queue up videos, though. For example, I would like new episodes of shows on my Watch list to automatically queue up on a page that I could link to directly--this would make it easier to find and watch new stuff that I'm following. I also wish the site would remember my preferences and, say, automatically play videos at the highest available resolution and full-screen.
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Been here for 3 years (so surprised I'm still here). This place changed from okay to worse. I'm surprised I didn't nuke yet.
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Posted 8/9/10

otakushark wrote:
I also wish the site would remember my preferences and, say, automatically play videos at the highest available resolution and full-screen.

Actually, you can set your preferences so that the video plays at the highest available resolution.

Just go into your "Account Settings", then "Video Preferences" and make certain "720p" is selected from the drop-down. (If 720p is not available for a video, it will use 480p). You may also want to check "Enable Favorites Auto-Updates" if it is not already selected.

I believe their is a technical problem with CR defaulting to full-screen, but I will have to leave a definite answer on that one to someone with more experience with Flash video.

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Thanks for the heads-up on that. I didn't recall seeing it. There was a "Default Full Screen Hardware Acceleration" setting that wasn't enabled either.
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Posted 8/14/10
money is worth exactly, im just worried if the payment is secured,ive just joined recently and really enjoying the site, just hopefully my bank details is secured...
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Posted 8/14/10
and also it would be better if CR have one piece, or the older anime like, slam dunk, kenshin, or hunter x hunter
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Posted 8/14/10

zero_duncan wrote:

and also it would be better if CR have one piece, or the older anime like, slam dunk, kenshin, or hunter x hunter

One Piece is requested a lot, but is licensed by Funimation. If you are in the U.S. or Canada, you can view the subs simulcasts at their website (as well as older episodes).

FYI, if you have additional information to post, and no one has posted after your last message, it is better to use the edit link in your message, to avoid double posting.

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