Crunchyroll locks new shows behind subscriptions

Crunchyroll is one of the easiest ways to catch up with your favorite anime series. Though it comes with ads and a sizable delay, the platform showcases new and current anime for free. Unfortunately, massive changes are coming to the streaming service. Crunchyroll will stop offering new anime series for free.

The previous standard was a good compromise for users. In exchange for getting new anime episodes, users merely had to contend with lengthy ad breaks and a one-week delay after the episode’s first release on TV. That’s no longer the case.

Now, to watch new episodes, users are required to pay for a premium Crunchyroll subscription (or around US$ 7.99 per month). As a very small consolation, free users can still watch a sampler of ongoing shows consisting of the first three episodes of a series. The sampler comes out a week after the series’ premiere. After that, succeeding episodes are locked behind subscription plans.

Crunchyroll will not lock already released episodes behind a plan. The service will start for the spring 2022 season. On the other hand, it did not confirm whether the same system will carry over in future seasons or if Crunchyroll has more stringent ones planned.

The service has implemented several changes since last year. Formerly a competitor on its own, Crunchyroll was purchased by Sony, the owner of Crunchyroll’s rival Funimation. Given what we’ve seen so far, the changes might not stop with the significant revamp of subscription tiers.

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