If you’re looking for a new on-demand video service, you may be wondering whether anime-focused Crunchyroll is a better option, or if you should go with Netflix, the current top titan of the video streaming industry. What’s a better choice for you? Find out how Crunchyroll vs. Netflix stack up in this guide from Flixed.
Quick Overview – Crunchyroll Vs. Netflix
Crunchyroll is an anime-focused streaming service, and it was first launched even before Netflix, way back in 2006. It has an enormous library of anime, and you can even stream episodes about an hour after they air in Japan. It’s expanded over time to offer some live-action dramas and manga titles, too.
Netflix likely needs no introduction. From humble beginnings as a DVD delivery service, it ushered in the current era of VOD streaming in the early 2010s, and is still the most popular service in the world with more than 220 million users worldwide. Let’s take a look at the basics of each service now:
|Pricing||Free: $0/month, with ads|
Mega Fan: $9.99/month
Ultimate Fan: $14.99/month
|Free Trial Length||14 days||None|
|Popular Content||Attack On Titan|
My Hero Academia
Blade Runner: Black Lotus
The God Of High School
|Home Theater Features||Up to 1080p|
|Up to 4KHDR |
Dolby Atmos 5.1 surround sound
|Device Support||Web browsers, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox/Playstation,||Web browsers, iOS, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Xbox/PlayStation, most smart TVs, Blu-Ray Players, and set-top boxes|
|Simultaneous Streams||1-4 (plan dependent)||1-4 (plan dependent)|
Best Pricing: Crunchyroll vs. Netflix
Overall, Crunchyroll has better pricing than Netflix. The cheapest Crunchyroll plan starts at just $7.99/month for an ad-free subscription, and you can even sign up and watch for free if you’re willing to watch ads and you don’t care about Crunchyroll’s premium-only content.
In contrast, Netflix starts at $9.99/month for the Basic subscription, which doesn’t even have HD support, so most subscribers will go with the $15.49/month Standard plan. That’s nearly twice the price compared to Crunchyroll. You’ll get a lot more content including non-anime shows, but that’s still something to consider if you’re on a budget.
Best Free Trial: Crunchyroll Vs. Netflix
Crunchyroll wins in this category, too. You can get a free 14-day trial of any of its premium memberships, and see if an ad-free viewing experience is worth it. In contrast, Netflix offers no free trial at all, and doesn’t even give any discounts for first-time customers. To try out Netflix, you’ll need to just take the plunge and pay full price right out of the gate.
Best Content Library: Crunchyroll Vs. Netflix
Netflix is the clear winner for general-purpose viewing. It has one of the largest streaming catalogs of any VOD service, including tons of exclusive Netflix Originals that you won’t find anywhere else, such as You, Peaky Blinders, Ozark, The Witcher, and more. It also has lots of top anime titles, like Cowboy Bebop.
If you’re only interested in anime, though, Crunchyroll will be a better choice. Netflix just can’t compete with their library of more than 1,000+ top anime series and movies. So in the end, the winner depends on what you want. If you want to stream lots of different shows and movies, go with Netflix. For anime, choose Crunchyroll.
What to Watch on Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll mostly has anime on its platform, though it has expanded to include some Asian dramas in recent years. It offers full seasons, as well as simulcasts that air about 1 hour after shows premiere in Japan, so it’s great for anime enthusiasts. Crunchyroll does make some original shows, but most of its shows are licensed directly from anime studios in Japan. Some of its top titles include:
- Attack On Titan
- Demon Slayer
- One Piece
- Sword Art Online
- My Hero Academia
What to Watch on Netflix
Netflix has a tremendous range of shows, movies, documentaries, reality shows, and more. You name it, they’ve got it. And in recent years, they’ve spent lots of money on original content, with more than 1,500 original shows and movies as of 2020. Some of its top titles include:
- The Tinder Swindler
- Inventing Anna
- The Great British Baking Show
- Cowboy Bebop
Best Home Theater Features: Crunchyroll Vs. Netflix
When it comes to home theater features, Netflix blows Crunchyroll out of the water. There’s no competition. Crunchyroll offers 1080p for most shows, as well as stereo sound. That’s about it.
Netflix, on the other hand, has tons of killer features, like 4K UHD support, Dolby Atmos 5.1 surround sound support, and Dolby Vision and HDR10 support for some content on supported devices. If video and audio quality are your top priorities, Netflix definitely comes out on top.
However, it is worth noting that these features aren’t as important for anime. Most anime shows are actually made in 720p and are mixed with stereo sound only, so the 1080p and stereo support offered by Crunchyroll are definitely enough for a good viewing experience.
Best Offline Viewing: Crunchyroll vs. Netflix
For offline viewing, Netflix is the winner. Crunchyroll does offer offline viewing, but it’s a bit more restrictive. Almost all Netflix Original movies and shows can be downloaded with just a few taps, and some third-party licensed shows and movies are also available to download. Each device can have up to 100 pieces of downloaded content. Most downloads expire in 7 days, but some may expire within just 48 hours.
With Crunchyroll, you can also download up to 100 episodes, with a 7-day expiration date. Like Netflix, episodes that are played will be removed within 48 hours. However, you need to be Mega Fan or higher member to download shows. Netflix lets you download shoes at any membership tier, so it wins this category.
Best Device Support: Crunchyroll vs. Netflix
- iOS and Android
- Web browsers
- Amazon Fire
- Apple TV
- PlayStation/Xbox consoles
However, Netflix is also available on most smart TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray players, and tons of other devices. So overall, it has more device support, and will let you watch on more of your favorite devices.
Best Simultaneous Streaming: Crunchyroll vs. Netflix
Both Netflix and Crunchyroll offer very similar simultaneous streaming limits, so this is a draw unless you’re going by price-per-stream. If that’s the case, Crunchyroll is the winner. Here’s how a comparison of Crunchyroll vs. Netflix stacks up:
- You can stream on 1 device with the Crunchyroll Fan ($7.99/month) or Netflix Basic ($7.99/month) plans
- You can stream on 2 devices with the Crunchyroll Mega Fan ($9.99/month) or Netflix Standard ($15.49/month) plans
- You can stream on 4 devices with the Crunchyroll Ultimate Fan ($14.99/month) or Netflix Premium ($19.99/month) plans
Which is Better: Crunchyroll vs. Netflix in 2022?
The answer really depends on what you want. Netflix is better if you only want to subscribe to one streaming service and watch anime, movies, sitcoms, dramas, documentaries, reality TV, and tons of other shows. It has pretty much everything you need in one place. It’s the #1 streaming service worldwide for a reason.
However, Netflix is more expensive than Crunchyroll. And while it has lots of great anime shows, it doesn’t even come close to Crunchyroll’s anime library. So if you’re on a budget or you’re just interested in anime, Crunchyroll is the superior choice.