Have you ever wanted to watch anime or Asian drama legally online? The Crunchyroll app for Android allows you to do just that, on your Android powered device (of course). The application gives you access to all/most of the anime uploaded to their official website. Watching the latest episodes of Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, The World God Only Knows, Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Lucky Star and Fairy Tail is only a click away.
The Bad – Reason Why The Crunchyroll App Sucks
Like most good free applications, you should expect and/or experience something bad from your time with it. As for the Crunchyroll app for Android, one reason why I dislike it is because of the glitch due to constant advertisements. They blatantly show several “upgrade to premium” ads during the anime when watching video content Via the application, however while watching series or movies on their official website, things are different.
Now, I do not mind their constant ads, but when it disturbs my anime viewing, I get upset. The way these advertisements were implemented ticks off a bug that can freeze the entire screen and exit the video, forcing you to watch the anime from the beginning (or you can always wait until the video completes buffering, then fast-forward to the end, however you run into the system’s smart ads feature). It might not occur all of the time and if you let the video play out, you might not experience it at all.
The Good – Reasons Why The Crunchyroll App Rocks
Since I got ‘the bad’ out of the way, it is time to introduce ‘the good’. One reason you may have already known about is having access to over thousands of anime episodes that you can choose and view straight on from your Android device, without having to stress about Adobe’s flash player being installed or not. Best part is, you can stream the video content legally.
There are lots of anime to choose from, for example :
- Naruto Shippuden
- Sword Art Online (new – recently released)
- Fate Zero (unfortunately, Fate/Stay Night was never uploaded)
- Brave 10
- Fairy Tail
- Hakuoki Reimeiroku
- Linebarrels of Iron
- The Tower of DRUAGA – the Sword of URUK
- The Melody of Oblivion
- Time of Eve
Another reason why this is the best anime streaming application for Android, is because there are no waiting before watching another anime episode. Like many video streaming websites on the Internet, to save the founder money (servers are very expensive when your website is based on video streaming) they limit your number of videos or minutes you can watch per day. With the Crunchyroll app, there is no such experience.
The navigation is also a plus. After booting up the application and selecting ‘anime’, you can choose ‘genres’ from the drop-down box in the header to view an ordered list of categories to view what type of anime that you’re into. This is very helpful for someone such as myself, since I dislike mostly every mecha anime (therefore, I will be avoiding all anime related to macha).
A list of these categories are below :
- Science Fiction
- Slice of Life
Genres is not the only option that you can select from the drop-down menu. There are also five more options to choose from, which are; popular, simulcasts, updated, alphabetical and seasons. Of course, the names are self-explained so I’m not going to provide you with details for each individual option.
The app also includes the option to load thumbnail images. This can be enabled/disabled Via settings. In addition to this, the app also allows you to log into your Crunchyroll account which comes in handy if you’re a premium member.
What are the benefits of Crunchyroll premium membership?
- No waiting one week for the anime to be released for non-premium members.
- No advertisements while watching anime or drama series/movies.
- You will have access to 720p HD and DVD quality videos (1080p for newer series).
- You will be able to use the application over 3G/4G networks.
Overall, I rate this application a 4.5 out of 5.