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Right, I know this gets brought up again and again. But it has recently occurred to me as someone outside of the US or Japan, there are some ongoing anime I could never no existed. Crunchyroll doesn't display the anime you can't watch, so as someone from the UK I haven't heard of a lot of this seasons anime and I doubt I ever shall. This also causes issues for already aired anime, if it hasn't be licensed and released by Funimation or whoever, people in the UK or Europe can't view it through the usual ways. And I know there are other sites that are like Crunchyroll that are legal where you can stream the ones Crunchyroll misses and more, but paying for Crunchyroll isn't exactly easy for some people and that could be just about all they can manage. So paying lets say... another £5 might not be possible for some people.
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Right rant over
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Posted 7/24/14 , edited 7/24/14
Here.

You can see what animes come out when (This season, next fall and so on as they become available), read a description and all that none sense. It's not that hard to learn about animes that will exist just because CR won't tell you. Other than that, it's just how it works I'm afraid. Not saying you should get rid of your subscription but if you don't think it's worth it for what your location gets, then no one is forcing you to pay.
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On the subject of localisation, in the UK this thread title would be "Localisation". Interestingly, the original poster is apparently from the UK. Did a spellchecker give a bad correction? Possibly.

I think Crunchyroll provides a decent selection for people in the UK (better than many, at least). It'd be nice if we got the same value for money as users in the USA but it's pretty standard that we pay more here for the same. Funnily enough, we often pay less for UK anime releases than the equivalent American release (although we get a much smaller selection and I'd say less blu-ray releases, also some releases have less extras or similar). Overall, I think Crunchyroll is a pretty good deal for what you get if you have the time to use it often enough (you can get maybe four months on Crunchyroll for the price of a single season to keep, that seems decent to me).

It can be quite annoying when we don't get something at all without there being a particularly good reason. For example, if it was licensed by Funimation and there's no real reason for it to be totally unavailable here (on the plus side, animax is picking more of that up but I haven't tried their site yet and hear it's not as good). Some of Funimation's licenses are even on Crunchyroll in non-English form so that can be extra frustrating (although it's a good thing that more people have access so I'm not complaining about it as such). Also, there are some oddities such as a show that is only partially available here or whatever (Wagnaria/Working season 2 is available in the UK but the first season doesn't seem to be).

It can be frustrating but I think it's mostly not too bad and while Crunchyroll almost never get everything I want, they do tend to at least get a few things (plus they have Nichijou, which is worth the whole one year subscription cost alone). Hopefully having more UK subscribers will convince them that it's worth the extra effort to get more shows for the UK so that they can keep those subscribers (and it'll also help provide the funds to do so).
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Posted 7/24/14 , edited 7/24/14
If you want to see what all came out this season, independently of whether Crunchyroll licensed it for your country, check out the Summer 2014 anime thread. A similar thread runs in the Anime forums for every broadcast season, normally started about a season to a season and a half in advance.
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Posted 7/24/14

Smeelia wrote:

On the subject of localisation, in the UK this thread title would be "Localisation". Interestingly, the original poster is apparently from the UK. Did a spellchecker give a bad correction? Possibly.
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Right we shall ignore that spelling error on my part there.

And by no means was I saying Crunchyroll wasn't worth it, far from it in fact. I just find it frustrating that some of the anime which are held in high esteem like Kill La Kill can't viewed from the UK on here.
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
It's not technically a spelling error, I just thought it was funny. Thanks for taking it in good humour as it was intended (assuming you did).

Kill La Kill was just added to the UK Netflix if you have that (subtitled). They don't have a lot of anime in the UK, they did also recently add Knights of Sidonia and Gurren Lagann though so it seems that they're trying. Anime Limited will also be releasing it (a bit cheaper than the US release most likely but probably with less extras) either at the end of the year or next year. Might be worth subscribing for a month if you really want to watch Kill La Kill (or you could maybe get a free trial).

I tend to go to http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/ to keep up to date with news. They tend to link sources so you can find out about other sites that way.

In some ways you might be better off not knowing though, at least that way you don't know what you're missing.

I do agree that some of the regional restrictions for shows on Crunchyroll seem odd. I suspect a lot of them would be problems at the Japanese end though, they may simply ask too much for each region without really thinking about the actual audience sizes or whatever. It does seem strange that they often seem to "leave money on the table" but then it could just as easily be that Crunchyroll isn't really willing to pay enough (in fairness, I expect they have the most customers in the USA it makes sense to focus there and the UK customer base isn't so huge). I suppose there's no way to be sure and unfortunately it's hard to influence things as a customer.
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Posted 7/25/14
The horrible localization is the reason why i pirate so much anime.
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Posted 7/25/14
When I went to school in America the past year, everyone used free websites to watch anime... I don't know how it is in the UK, but that type of goes unpunished there.
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
Look I like the service Crunchyroll provides for their fee. If you want to work at it I am sure you can find other ways to get shows you want. To me it easy to get anime with no problems, I am happy with what they provide.
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