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Hey everyone, this would be my first post on cr forum. so i'm new in that aspect, but i been i been paying for sub for some time now.

as someone from Australia, it would seem i'm very much hinders in what i can and cannot watch on crunchyroll, as i use to watch anime on other sites , but i wanted a nice large HD collection of Anime to watch, and i wanted to do it legal, so yeah i pay, but i'm pretty disappointed that i'm being force to a limited selection based on my region, i'm now at the point of debating if paying is doing any justice to me, as i feel regional discrimination is foul play, not blaming Crunchyroll, but it has put bad taste in my mouth and i feel personally if i''m paying for a service i really should get what i paid for.

Now i know for fact there is large amount of show's not even showing for me, and that means i'm getting far lesser experience then people that live in US, and to be honest , i don't like it. now that i found animelabs ( free ) and theres few other places now showing Full 1080p anime with both dubs and subs anime with even larger selection then crunchyroll, i can't say who they are called for legal reasons, but i do feel this kinda stuff should change , any advice would be helpful i like crunchyroll , but this crunchyroll licensing restrictions , do ruin my experience , cr was first site i go to for my anime needs, but as time gone on, and more anime i have seen listed on crunchyroll, i am now at point that there very little for me continue watching anime on cr, as selection now is down to few uninteresting anime series that i'm not fond of.

now there is another way to go about fixing this, but due to where i live and location ect internet speed and all, using a alternative method to gain access to other show's ( that i believe i'm entitled to due to paying) does mean doing this route makes my videos lagg and not a great experience. i'm not sure even i'm allowed to even tell people it's one most common things use on internet base on region restrictions to bypass ( i think anyone that knows bit about computers may have idea what im talking about)
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Posted 2/15/15 , edited 3/6/16
I've taken the liberty of moving your thread to the feedback section of the forums.
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Yep, I have exactly the same problem. Coming from Germany, I very often discover Anime I'm not allowed to watch due to region restrictions. Case Closed, Nisekoi, Hunter X Hunter, Kuroko's Basket - just to name a few. I can't watch any of these even though I'm highly interested in them. I'm fine with the price of the premium membership and the lineup is very large but unfortunately I'm not interested in about 95% of the available Anime in my region and it's the missing highlights that are only available in the USA that hold me from purchasing a premium membership. I don't even need German subtitles, I'm absolutely fine with the English ones.

I just fear that the problem has nothing to to with crunchyroll not wanting to license these Anime. I think they're just not allowed to do it. Nisekoi, e.g., is published in my country on DVD and BluRay for an unreasonable price and nobody in their right mind would by the DVDs if they could stream it legally. The publishers know that, I suppose, and that's why we can't see the episodes here.

Maybe there will be some changes in the future. I would be glad about that, and even purchase a premium membership then.
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Germany has drastically improved and we got pretty decent catalog of shows these days. We also got quite a few shows these days that Crunchyroll does not have English-language rights for. Yurikuma Arashi and Absolute Duo in this season for example.
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Posted 2/15/15 , edited 2/15/15

Taku_ wrote:

Nisekoi, e.g., is published in my country on DVD and BluRay for an unreasonable price and nobody in their right mind would by the DVDs if they could stream it legally. The publishers know that, I suppose, and that's why we can't see the episodes here.

I don't know about that. Aniplex of America publishes their home media at prices that tend to generate discussions of how expensive they are. For example, The sub-only Nisekoi Blu-rays are $49.98 each at RightStuf (4 volumes to complete the first series), and yet that is the same company that licensed the series to CR for streaming.

Of course, that doesn't mean the company that publishes them in your country doesn't have a different opinion, but unless consumers there are markedly different than in the U.S. and Canada, the Aniplex example would appear to prove them wrong.

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Crunchyroll's main target is the US/CAN and also has friendly agreements with US distributors except for like Funimation.
So they will always get more shows then any other region. Some of Crunchyroll's friends include NIS America, Aniplex of America, Sentai Filmworks as well as a few smaller ones.
NIS America and Sentai titles NA only titles are what I consider bonuses and don't count it as what shows Crunchyroll actually was able to get itself.

In regards to Australia and NZ.

None of the distributors really have any friendship with Crunchyroll.
Hanabee: has added 2 titles. (has several shows exclusively on it's on streaming service. That would have likely been on here.)
Madman: takes titles it wants after a while/blocks titles from being added. (owns Animelab so titles it wants will be on there.) Once it goes subscription based it will open the flood gates on shows there.
Siren Visual: new titles will be on Animelab.

As you can see Crunchyroll is pretty much left out in the cold. The above could have been publishers on here but said no for whatever reason.

What can Crunchyroll do? Become a Australian distributor? Buy all the Australian/NZ distributors? Charge x5 or more monthly fees to make sure they can outbid them and get everything?
In my opinion they are doing the best with that they can do.

My advice would be since you are unhappy with things.
Depending on how many shows are on here that you want to watch and or again and how often you are able to watch shows.
Buy a subscription every so often (end of season/new season) for a month or two and marathon any shows you like then stop the subscription and return at a later date to repeat. Use Hanabee and Animelab for anime watching in between.
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Another Aussie here. It is pretty annoying not having the full roster of shows. It definitely makes us feel like we're missing out, especially as we don't have a PS3/4 app out over here yet either. It makes our service seem like it lacks value, like we're paying more for less. Its definitely not Crunchyroll's fault and they probably don't lose much market over it, but still.

I would immediately switch to a sub if they ever released the damn PlayStation app over here though. Instead, I just take my headphones off and read Cracked while the same ad plays four times in a row.
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smeghead25 wrote:

I would immediately switch to a sub if they ever released the damn PlayStation app over here though. Instead, I just take my headphones off and read Cracked while the same ad plays four times in a row.

While the app isn't officially available outside the US and Canada, you can create a US PSN account and download and install the app using that.

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I feel your pain! not only that a lot of popular anime arent here (in australia) like gurren lagann, attack on titan,fullmetal alchemist, cowboy bebop, gundam!!! and so on. but there are incomplete one's too like fairy tail and black butler!!! which is really sad and annoying!! im the type of person that like to use legal methods like using itunes for music and using netflix for movies ( those are a couple examples) but for anime its really ''complicated'' like i can watch a season four of an anime but can't watch earlier seasons of it which is just annoying as hell. its just not what i imagined. this site should be bigger and more open! you know? the paid service with a very large library! it wouldve been perfect. and its not that i full on hate this site. its just frustrating not to get to choose what you can watch. im sure there are good new ones but i want to watch the classics! i hope that theres a way to fix all this
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I feel your pain! not only that a lot of popular anime arent here (in australia) like gurren lagann, attack on titan,fullmetal alchemist, cowboy bebop, gundam!!! and so on. but there are incomplete one's too like fairy tail and black butler!!!

If you are referring to CR specifically, the series I bolded aren't on CR in any region AFAIK. (They certainly aren't on CR in the US or any of the "English speaking" countries). Another factor all three have in common is that all three are licensed here by Funimation.

For Gundam, depending on what series you are looking for, you may find it on the GundamInfo channel on YouTube.
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CovertLemur5960 wrote:

I feel your pain! not only that a lot of popular anime arent here (in australia) like gurren lagann, attack on titan,fullmetal alchemist, cowboy bebop, gundam!!! and so on. but there are incomplete one's too like fairy tail and black butler!!! which is really sad and annoying!! im the type of person that like to use legal methods like using itunes for music and using netflix for movies ( those are a couple examples) but for anime its really ''complicated'' like i can watch a season four of an anime but can't watch earlier seasons of it which is just annoying as hell. its just not what i imagined. this site should be bigger and more open! you know? the paid service with a very large library! it wouldve been perfect. and its not that i full on hate this site. its just frustrating not to get to choose what you can watch. im sure there are good new ones but i want to watch the classics! i hope that theres a way to fix all this


Nearly every one of those shows are found on animelab.com. Animelab Is owned by the Australian and New Zealand Anime distributor Madman entertainment. Most older shows of the popular kind are normally licensed by them.

Here is what Animelab has out of the shows you have mentioned.
Gurren Lagann, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, Black Butler, Fairy Tail: episodes 1-48 More will be added once the site goes out of beta. Or if people complain enough like they did with Naruto :p

Full list of shows is https://www.animelab.com/shows/all

Currently animelab is 100% free with only one pre roll ad normally for a madman product or a video game (Persona Q, Kingdom hearts etc). A account is required. Limited to Australia and New Zealand only.

I was actually going to make a list of all shows they have and post on here. But I never worked out where a good spot would be.
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thanks for the sites! its just frustraiting for me to go on multiple sites for multiple anime. huuuu
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CovertLemur5960 wrote:

I feel your pain! not only that a lot of popular anime arent here (in australia) like gurren lagann, attack on titan,fullmetal alchemist, cowboy bebop, gundam!!! and so on. but there are incomplete one's too like fairy tail and black butler!!! which is really sad and annoying!! im the type of person that like to use legal methods like using itunes for music and using netflix for movies ( those are a couple examples) but for anime its really ''complicated'' like i can watch a season four of an anime but can't watch earlier seasons of it which is just annoying as hell. its just not what i imagined. this site should be bigger and more open! you know? the paid service with a very large library! it wouldve been perfect. and its not that i full on hate this site. its just frustrating not to get to choose what you can watch. im sure there are good new ones but i want to watch the classics! i hope that theres a way to fix all this


Nearly every one of those shows are found on animelab.com. Animelab Is owned by the Australian and New Zealand Anime distributor Madman entertainment. Most older shows of the popular kind are normally licensed by them.

Here is what Animelab has out of the shows you have mentioned.
Gurren Lagann, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, Black Butler, Fairy Tail: episodes 1-48 More will be added once the site goes out of beta. Or if people complain enough like they did with Naruto :p

Full list of shows is https://www.animelab.com/shows/all

Currently animelab is 100% free with only one pre roll ad normally for a madman product or a video game (Persona Q, Kingdom hearts etc). A account is required. Limited to Australia and New Zealand only.

I was actually going to make a list of all shows they have and post on here. But I never worked out where a good spot would be.


Does the sites you listed have a premium version because i dont like to to jump sites ( this is my first discussion im still getting used to the forum system and such)
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CovertLemur5960 wrote:
Does the sites you listed have a premium version because i dont like to to jump sites ( this is my first discussion im still getting used to the forum system and such)


Premium in what way?

I'll have a guess and see if any of this covers it.
Currently there is only one level membership and it's a free one.
Videos are 720p HD.
You can't get rid of the pre roll ad. But there are no ads during the actual video.
You get access to simulcasts as soon as they appear on the site. (some extra waiting for certain publishers.)

They will be getting a paid model with 1080p and no ads once they go out of "beta".

If you mean something else feel free to post more details and I'll reply back.
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Thanks for answering my question! i'll give it a shot.
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