Crunchyroll, a popular streaming platform for anime content, has added over 1,000 hours of free anime shows to its library. This means that viewers can now watch these shows without having to pay for a subscription, although the free videos do contain ads. Some of the notable series that are now available for free include Chainsaw Man and Spy x Family.
Asa Suehira, Crunchyroll’s Chief Content Officer, stated that making popular titles more accessible to fans is part of their service. The addition of these shows aims to allow fans to sample the world of anime and expand the passionate anime community.
In addition to Chainsaw Man and Spy x Family, other popular shows like Bungo Stray Dogs, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Lycoris Recoil, VINLAND SAGA, Soul Eater, and Ranking of Kings have also been added to Crunchyroll’s free, ad-supported version.
One of the new additions to Crunchyroll’s free lineup is Blue Lock, a hit from the 2022 fall anime lineup. Based on a manga of the same name, the series focuses on football player Ego Jinpachi as he tries to create the ultimate team for Japan through a brutal training program. Blue Lock has received praise for its unique take on the sports anime genre.
Another series that is now available for free on Crunchyroll is My Dress-Up Darling, which was nominated in several categories at this year’s Anime Awards. Adapted from a manga by Shinichi Fukuda, the story revolves around the romantic and comedic adventures of Marin Kitagawa and Wakana Gojo as they explore the world of cosplay.
Crunchyroll already offered a selection of prominent anime series through its free, ad-supported service, including One Piece, Cowboy Bebop, and My Hero Academia. To access the ad-supported service, viewers need to create an account on the platform. Crunchyroll also offers paid subscription tiers that are ad-free and provide access to a catalog of over 46,000 episodes of anime series and feature films.