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Posted 2/23/15
I know I live in the States so that'll probably color me biased, but yeah, it's way worth it for me.

Of course, I don't just stream anime. I buy it legally.
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In the UK it's a fiver a month, I loose more than that down the side of the sofa or in the car every month, can't exactly complain about value for money. However, if you really can't find anything suitable to watch or feel it is not worth it then cancel it. I know what you mean though about the licensing issues. They tempt you by having a page for the show then you see that damn message, I don't know why they even give us that page, it is as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.
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I'll have to change this. I'll call the ceo.
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Posted 2/23/15

Ember_McLain wrote:


TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:
You do realize that there are tons and tons of unofficial manufacturers of merchandise that doesn't give a crap over to distributes, publishers or production companies (such as the animation studio). Buying merch such as a figmas won't mean that they'll get a thing, it's more likely that some no name company will get that money... Unless you make a direct import from Japan and the official stores that sell them. In other words, using Crunchy will and do help the industry more then buying figmas. The only thing you can do if you want to support the industry more then what CR can is to buy the Blu-Rays.

Also, raws and fansubs are killing the anime indestry outside Japan. Stop using those sites
I can't speak for all anime companies, however, in an investor phone call in 2013 Aniplex disclosed how their annual revenue (¥2,100,000,000) broke down that year: 60% overpriced Blu-rays, 30% merchandise, and 10% "other." Now that "other" includes event ticket and royalties from protected intellectual property, it also included foreign revenue from Aniplex of America Inc. (a subsidiary company used primarily for tax purposes), which contributed less than 1% of all earnings. That's virtually nothing in terms of income.

Additionally, A-1 Pictures Inc. (another subsidiary of Aniplex) claims that they earn 15% of figure sales, while "non-domestic sales" (read as streaming services) have a marginal abatement cost of only 2%. This is because, primarily, sites like Crunchyroll have a large amount of overhead, which is where most of your money is going when you pay them. It does not support your favorite anime studio. Again, a well known fact is this: if you want to support the anime industry, but a licensed figure or overpriced blu-rays. You do not support the animation industry in Japan by using Crunchyroll, you only support Crunchyroll.


Heh funny thing, you didn't provide a single source.

Here you go http://www.tokyo15.co.uk/page50.htm
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Posted 2/23/15
I don't really come here to watch anime to be honest. 95% of my anime watching is done on sites like the ones you mentioned that have massive lists with most of the anime you could think of. Crunchyroll just pales in comparison as a source. Though it is an official endorsement. I'm pretty much just here for the nostalgia.
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I use a browser add on (Hola!) to get my moneys worth lmao, otherwise it wouldn't be worth it a lot of the time.


katt14 wrote:

It's less than $7 for God's sake!! It's not gonna break the bank!!


I'd like to point out, while you might be able to afford it, not everyone can.

There are teenagers, students and adults with low paying jobs on this site who won't as financially stable as others.

And it does suck to pay the SAME amount as the US and get LESS content than they do.
Posted 2/23/15
I don't really care
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I'm a filthy casual who is satisfied by the range of anime, and is perfectly happy with only watching four or five ongoing shows (even though I get Tokyo Ghoul elsewhere). It's nice to have such a clean-cut layout, forums (even though I rarely use them), a good support team, anime queues etc. As for the community, I don't really know where to start. No really, where do I start? (I want friends too *awkward laugh* )
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Oh and another thing, there are very simple ways of bypassing region locks through certain add-ons. I prefer this to getting region-locked anime through other ways.
Posted 2/23/15
There are plenty of other places where I get my anime fix so it doesn't matter to me much, either.
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The previous and current season availability for my region may say otherwise, but, for now, I've decided to continue my support as a subscriber.

@Katt Yes, very true. If something is blocked here, the 'other ways' become by default the way to follow those shows. I do not intend to miss shows I've planned to watch because of such trivialities. Still, the current situation probably sucks for those who prefer to confine their watching to legal avenues, but can't because of place to live and an unlucky selection of titles...

@amyhasabowtie True, the reason I've picked up the subscription is mainly that I'm in a position to do just that. As you said, people in different parts of the world are in different positions on how much they generally can afford, and first world countries like US are in a privileged position in that regard.
Otherwise, if the situation was different, a thing like CR sub would find itself pretty down on the list of priorities on my list. My anime budget goes to anime figures and artbooks, manga, occasional R2 releases I take an interest in, and various odd merchandise like calendars and games. And the CR sub. In that order. Were my income to be crunched for some reason, it would probably be the first one to go.

@Ember_McLain Somehow I'm having very hard time believing the merchandise numbers would be that low. Also, as many shows are created to promote the original works(manga light novels, games...) you would think those numbers would have some influence...

@Pika2346 I'm the other way around, I prefer the simple solutions. Besides, I'm not too sure messing with proxies to get around CR's blocks is exactly according to their TOS either...
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You know whenever I see someone asking "Is X Worth It" I generally have to say if you have to ask it is not worth it, for the person asking.

Personally I feel that it is worth it to pay for CR because it gets me new anime. I am a bit older, I remember the days when you had to find that Independent VHS rental store that found a bunch of anime VHS and put them in the cartoon section. I also remember spending 40 minutes trying to convince my mom to rent anime for me from Blockbuster, thank god Sailor Moon R the Movie had the Not For Kids sticker on it. Those times sucked, I would practically memorize shows because that was my only source of anime. I remember waking up early every day in high school to watch Sailor Moon, which resulted in me seeing the what was out at least 2 times, because that was the only anime I could get my hands on, I did not have "cable" at the time. I remember saving any money I received from Giftmas or other holidays so I could buy 2 DVDs of anime. All of those times were not the best times. Now I can boot up my computer, PS4, Phone, PSV, Wii U, etc and discover a new series. I do not have to master VCR technology to be able to see anime.

Another thing to consider, while more anime is getting physical releases here in the US. That is only really a fraction of the anime that is streamed here on CR. So we get to see more anime than is actually being released in the US. A lot of anime that gets a Blu-Ray or DVD release in Japan will not get one here. That is because Japan kind of... well hates the US when it comes to that kind of stuff. Our Blu-Rays are cheap and come with DVDs free, well some do.

Plus no one looks at one of the major benefits of online streaming, especially advanced streaming like CR. That benefit is the collection of Market Research Data. True it will likely not help right away, but it is something to help get anime over here in physical forms. A company like Sentai Filmworks can look at the number of views of each episode and determine just how popular an anime was while it was streaming. Such numbers can also be used to convince companies to bring other anime to CR. Which will then give them incentive to bring over figures, shirts, wall scrolls, and maybe even DVDs/Blu-Rays. I guess what I am saying is that it helps to keep the US Market a lucurative place. Anyone who is anyone knows that business people do not care about how Happy a product makes people. If there is no money to be made who cares.

Anyway, enough babbling, I guess my point is that I find CR well worth the cost. I feel that I get my years investment back and then some every season. However, if you do not feel that this site can suit your needs then do not pay for it. As we all know, sites like CR have not slowed down Fan Subber sites one small bit.
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Posted 2/23/15
I tell you this. Whenever I see my CR lineup limited I use the "magic network" and wololo a lot of new shows!
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Posted 2/23/15
What others think about it being worth it or not does not apply to you. It's based on their own satisfying experience. To me it's worth it because I can watch pretty much half of what I want on here. The other half I can always find at a different website. Others may not find it worth it because their preference of anime differ from mine so they may not be provided with what they want. The fact that I still have a bunch of unwatched anime that are on my list to watch is good for me, especially without the ads in HD.
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Currently, I actually think that we dont pay for the service we get (in the UK). However, I'm willing to keep paying whilst watching everything I want in less than ideal means to show my support for this model. I buy the anime I enjoy if it becomes an option and I support CR since they're the only legitimate anime streaming site for the UK and hope that with support things'll get better over time.

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