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Hello buddy.
Look at your fansub webpage. Now back to Crunchyroll. Back to your regular fansub stream-site. NOW BACK TO CRUNCHYROLL. Sadly, it isn't Crunchyroll. But if it offered anime with no advertisements and in full HD it could be like Crunchyroll. Look down, back up, where are you? You're in the forums of a company that supports the anime industry. What were you doing in a pirate site then? Back at Crunchyroll. It's a lot of anime series. Look again. There is also manga. Anything is possible when you're a premium member of Crunchyroll and not a pirate.
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Mang, my monitor ain't even do HD.

HD is not a draw for me, and it's animated anyway, SD is fiiiine.

Of course, I first saw anime on the Sci-Fi channel riddled with ads, dub only.

But sometimes I think people care too much about certain qualities, forget the essence.

So I'll say it again, I have a two week guest pass, spend time figuring out what you want, beg for the guest pass when you need it, suffer less-than-HD and ads when you don't.
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Personally, I think it's worth it. The cost isn't that high for something you enjoy and you gain a high amount of marginal utility for $7 in comparison to eating a meal with diminishing returns (oh snaps did I just use some terms from economics?). $7 isn't that much, if you spend one less day eating out then it'll all be worth it. Ever since I tried out the trial, I haven't been able to go back to torrent sites because of the quality. I just can't seem to watch the fuzzy pictures anymore from those sites (except ovas that crunchy roll doesn't have and i'll only watch it on my phone because it's the only bearable screen I can watch it on). But ^^ anikevin has a point ;D
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anikevin wrote:

Hello buddy.
Look at your fansub webpage. Now back to Crunchyroll. Back to your regular fansub stream-site. NOW BACK TO CRUNCHYROLL. Sadly, it isn't Crunchyroll. But if it offered anime with no advertisements and in full HD it could be like Crunchyroll. Look down, back up, where are you? You're in the forums of a company that supports the anime industry. What were you doing in a pirate site then? Back at Crunchyroll. It's a lot of anime series. Look again. There is also manga. Anything is possible when you're a premium member of Crunchyroll and not a pirate.
I'm on a giant neko.

Crunchyroll The Official Source for Anime & Drama



-anikevin. Publicity for Crunchyroll 2015.


Mang, my monitor ain't even do HD.

HD is not a draw for me, and it's animated anyway, SD is fiiiine.

Of course, I first saw anime on the Sci-Fi channel riddled with ads, dub only.

But sometimes I think people care too much about certain qualities, forget the essence.

So I'll say it again, I have a two week guest pass, spend time figuring out what you want, beg for the guest pass when you need it, suffer less-than-HD and ads when you don't.


I just found out that every 30 days you get guest passes for free LOL

it's mk! you can "pretend" to enjoy the hd experience until you yenno, get a hd monitor.
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I just found out that every 30 days you get guest passes for free LOL

it's mk! you can "pretend" to enjoy the hd experience until you yenno, get a hd monitor.


That's why I click "SD" before I watch an episode of anything and give out my free pass any chance I get. Wish there was a way to set SD up as standard so I didn't have to click every time. Less bandwidth intensive to boot.

And beyond that, what, HD makes animation look more refined?

HD is only important for hockey. You will never break the fourth wall with picture quality. Let it be.

It's not the same as seeing an impressionist piece in a museum, the art of an anime isn't about texture, it's about substance, motion, and juxtaposition, which are not inhibited by standard definition. Life without the best toys can still be very enjoyable, I promise.
Posted 5/6/15
Depends on your interests.

I personally find it very worth it. Gives me current access to simulcasts without ads in HD, as well as the new manga service which i''ve started looking into. Still not too keen on the dramas though (but haven't really tried them).

And it's just $7 a month. There are times where I spend $7 just on lunch lol, so it's pretty worth it to me, and I wouldn't consider myself too "well off" by any stretch.

That being said, if you're not interested in the shows they simulcast, or if you don't mind ads and aren't bother by SD, then I guess there's no real reason to pay for it - just go with the free service.

I personally think it's darn near a steal. But of course it can't compare to a literal steal if you're partial to that avenue. I avoid it at all costs - not for moral reasons, but just because i have a bad history with viruses lol.
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Depends on your interests.

I personally find it very worth it. Gives me current access to simulcasts without ads in HD, as well as the new manga service which i''ve started looking into. Still not too keen on the dramas though (but haven't really tried them).

And it's just $7 a month. There are times where I spend $7 just on lunch lol, so it's pretty worth it to me, and I wouldn't consider myself too "well off" by any stretch.

That being said, if you're not interested in the shows they simulcast, or if you don't mind ads and aren't bother by SD, then I guess there's no real reason to pay for it - just go with the free service.

I personally think it's darn near a steal. But of course it can't compare to a literal steal if you're partial to that avenue. I avoid it at all costs - not for moral reasons, but just because i have a bad history with viruses lol.


I agree, for my budget it is a steal and Crunchyroll provides lots of services I've been aching for since I was a broke college student.

But I was also a broke college student and once spent the last of my savings on a dine-out meal with some friends just because I was sure it was what I really wanted to do. The free services are incredibly accommodating, which is another thing I'm really impressed with and keeps me paying my monthly fee.

If you have to consider $7 a month in your budget, which if you're truly broke you might have to (I'm no stranger to youthful overdrafts), don't do it. If you won't notice it, it should be fine.

But as I've stated in this thread, an HD monitor is not necessary for me, nor is it within my budget, and even though I have the HD option through my premium account, I have three other roommates using the internet and streaming really throttles a modem.

I'm not ashamed to not have the money, I use the term beg satirically, but if for two weeks a month you need the kind of access to CR that you can't get for free (Which baffles me, CR is so generous even outside of premium) just ask and somebody will probably help you out.

If all somebody has at the end of a month is $10, don't put that towards Crunchyroll, go eat something with your friends, I've got a 2 week guest pass for you, is what I've been trying to say.
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I am cheap so I only have the service when I am working. Personally, I hate ads and the thought of getting viruses from off the wall sites. I really try to watch my anime on legal sites and I do notice a difference in quality from SD to HD.
I also really like simulcast shows and I watch it the minute the show comes up so that does help. I am so bad at waiting too. It is killer definitely if I must wait. Don't do it for the manga though there is plenty of sites to read off of (legal or nonlegal). There is good drama in great quality, but you have to be into it. In the end I think it is worth it and I am in the same position as you are a broke college student.
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antoniidesu wrote:

As a broke college kid struggling to balance work, school, and attempting to have a social life, I want some honest opinions on why you'd recommend crunchyroll. Thanks in advance!! :)


I'm in the same boat as you and I do the 20 bucks for 3 months plan. It works out fairly well and I can still eat well (I cook my own food so it's cheaper than eating out regularly). The site is worth paying for as there are rarely issues with streaming (for me at least). The manga format is kinda crappy though because they are trying to have it set up like reading an actual manga tankobon on the internet (so left becomes right and vice versa) which makes it a pain in the ass compared to other sites which just have it read from left to right. I don't watch drama but that's neither here nor there for me.

The big draw for me is that the anime you watch as a premium member dictates where your money goes. For example, if you hate Naruto and don't watch it, they don't get your money. If you like some of the lesser known stuff and watch that, your money gets sent to those creators instead. Ads make up for it given that I think like 2% of user on CR are premium members and the rest are free watchers or don't bother with an account. To me that's a huge plus, it allows me to help the smaller parts of the industry with shows that aren't going to be nearly as huge as something like the big 3 and at the same time allows me to not screw over the creators (they still need to fix the labor wages over in Japan but I can't do anything about that unless the US put some huge pressure on Japan to get their crap together).

Plus, the forums are a crapload of fun to talk with others. You don't need to be premium for that, but you do get slightly more wiggle room with the rules (not much mind you, you can't act like a dink to other people but if you drop the f bomb and don't direct it towards another user it tends to get overlooked. Just don't make a habit of it)

As for Premium+, I'm not really interested in being in the contests and whatnot with really awesome prizes. I don't have nearly enough time for that since I'm studying Mechanical Engineering in college. But I do see the appeal in being Premium+ especially as someone in the States, but I don't have the money for that level since I don't use the store.
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I think it is worth it, no ads and a vast collection. How can you say no to that?
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7 bucks a month is chump change. Just get a job and pay the 7, it's worth it. I guess it could be different if you live alone and go to school and only have time to work like 15 hours a week.
But if you live with parent(s) and go to school and work it should be easily affordable.
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Sooo last month the new series of Gintama started which prompted me to finally use that 2 week trial, since this is the only site I watch Gintama on and I really didn't want to wait for the new episode. I'm never going back, no ads is just great and the fact that I can watch all the anime I'm currently watching as it comes out, and the knowledge that not only am I supporting the industry. but that the money I spend is proportionally allocated depending on what I watch is just awesome. I'm never going back, $7USD isn't that much and I'm a starving college student too.
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My friend told me that Crunchyroll doesn't have all issues of some Manga. For example he wanted to read Fairy Tail from the beginning and Crunchy Roll didn't have issues 1-300.
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Go here -> https://www.crunchyroll.com/acct/?action=video
Change the setting to something other than SD
Change it back to SD
Videos will now load in SD!
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Howdy!

First off, remember that you can watch most content on the site for free.
So if you're really hurting for money you don't HAVE to pay & you can still support the industry. (That's what the ads are for!)
Don't like ads? Think of them as little breaks where you can get water, make popcorn, run to the restroom. :o

Otherwise, other folks have linked to the Premium Comparison page so you can go check out the differences between Free, Premium & Premium+.

It really comes down to if you feel like it would be financially prudent at this point in your life. *nod*
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This season has a horrible collection of simulcasts...worst there's been since I started to subscribe a few years ago, last season was significantly better.

I'd say wait til summer and see what they're airing, all the good simulcasts are elsewhere this spring.
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Free with ads on my tablet? I can remember the days when we would knock ourselves out to track down a VHS rental of two episodes somewhere within a 20-mile radius.
I don't mind seeing an ad or two (or the same ad two or three times in a row! ) on my tablet if it means I get to catch up on recent series watching my tablet in bed. (One segment of Folktales From Japan always makes a perfect bedtime story.)

It's only if I want to catch up with series on my PS3 app on the living-room big screen that I'll take a month of Regular Premium, just to keep my viewing up to speed, but I consider that more of a luxury. And even then, I'll run out of favorites by the end of the season, so I have to go a few months at a time.
And not being manga-addicted, I've never felt the urge to go for Premium+.
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